Doll Skin Debuts Sophomore LP’s Lead Single

Pop punk outfit Doll Skin is giving audiences the first taste of its new album.

The band debuted the video for its new song ‘Shut Up (You Miss Me)’ this week via the Vans Warped Tour website.  The song is the band’s first from its upcoming sophomore album Manic Pixie Dream Girl, the follow-up to the band’s 2016 EMP Label Group debut In Your Face (Again).  The record was produced by Cage9 front man Evan Rodaniche.

The song is pure pop punk in terms of its musical arrangement. Its lyrical content is a seeming story about someone who is a little bit too devoted to another person.  Audiences can check out the video online now here.

Courtesy: Vans Warped Tour/EMP Label Group

Doll Skin is currently touring in support of its upcoming record, whose release date has not yet been announced. The band wraps a short string of live dates across Wisconsin May 12 and 13 in St. Calvary and LaCrosse respectively before heading to Dubuque, IA to wrap the weekend. Dates in Nebraska and Okolahoma next week finish the band’s current headlining schedule.

Once the band finishes its headlining dates, it will take some time to rest up before joining the Vans Warped Tour June 16.  That string of dates runs through June 25 in Denver, CO.  The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

Upcoming Must-Attend Events

Tour Dates:

DOLL SKIN Headlining:

SHUT UP 2017 TOUR:

5/11 Ft Atkinson, WI. @ Hijynx w/ Evil Engine
5/12 Mt Calvary, WI. @ Maximillians w/ Evil Engine
5/13 LaCrosse, WI. @ The Warehouse w/ In Solace
5/14 Dubuque, IA. @ The Venue
5/15 Omaha, NE. @ Lookout Lounge w Green Death
5/17 Scottsbluff, NE @Union Bar & Grill
5/19 Oklahoma City, OK @ Thunder Alley

VANS WARPED TOUR 2017 PRESENTED BY JOURNEYS:

June 16 — CenturyLink Field – Seattle, WA
June 17 — Oregon State Fairgrounds – Salem, OR
June 21 — Balloon Fiesta Park – Albuquerque, NM
June 22 — Fear Farm – Phoenix, AZ
June 23 — Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV
June 24 — Utah State Fair Park – Salt Lake City, UT
June 25 — Pepsi Center – Denver, CO

More information on Doll Skin’s new single, album, tour and more is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://dollskinband.com

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

 

 

 

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Hannah Williams’ Second LP Takes First On Phil’s Picks’ 2016 Top 10 New Independent Albums List

Courtesy: Record Kicks

Courtesy: Record Kicks

The countdown to the year’s end continue today with yet another addition to Phil’s Picks’ 2016 “Best Of” lists.  This time, Phil’s Picks offers its list of the year’s top new independent albums.  This list was just as difficult as any assembled.  Readers should understand independent doesn’t necessarily mean unsigned.  Rather it encompasses unsigned bands and bands signed to independent labels, thus the title “Independent Albums.”  Included in this year’s list are new releases from Cage9, All Hail The Yeti, Hannah Williams and the Affirmations among many others.  As always, the list includes the year’s Top 10 new albums on the list as well as five honorable mention titles, bringing the total album count to 15.  So, without further ado, here are Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Independent Albums.

 

2016 Top 10 New Independent Albums

 

1) Hannah Williams and the Affirmations – Late Nights and Heartbreak

 

2) All Hail the Yeti – Screams From A Black Wilderness

 

3) Love and a .38 – Nomad

 

4) Buffalo Summer – Second Sun

 

5) Cage9 – Illuminator

 

6) Apollo Under Fire – Apollo Under Fire

 

7) The Heavy – Hurt and the Merciless

 

8) Celeb Car Crash – People Are The Best Show

 

9) Radio Exile – Soulfire

 

10) Ray Rocket – Do You Wanna Go To Tijuana

 

11) Another Lost Year – Alien Architect

 

12) Alexis Taylor – Piano

 

13) Garrett Klahn – Garrett Klahn

 

14) Pareidolia – Denied Truths

 

15) Phill Rocker – Hard To Bleed

 

 

 

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‘Illuminator’ Shows Cage9 Is Ready For The Mainstream Spotlight

Courtesy: eOne/EMP Label Group

Courtesy: eOne/EMP Label Group

Late last year Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson launched his independent record label EMP Label Group.  The upstart company has been making quite the name for itself ever since its launch, signing notable up and coming bands such as Another Lost Year, Apollo Under Fire and Even The Dead Love A Parade to its roster just to name a few. All three bands have proven with their latest records to be some of the label’s leading acts. Early this past June, another new member of the EMP roster stepped up and proved itself to be one more of the label’s leading bands when it released its new album.  The band in question is Cage9 and its new album goes by the title of Illuminator.  It is a fitting title for the album.  That is because after working so hard for more than a decade, putting out some six albums and selling more than 25,000 copies of its records, Iluminator could be the album that finally sets the spotlight on Cage9 and breaks the band into the mainstream realm.  That is due to the mix of the album’s radio-ready musical arrangements and its equally well-thought out lyrical content from beginning to end.  The album’s opener ‘Open The Sky’ is just one of the songs included in the record that proves this but definitely not the only one.  ‘Everything You Love Will Someday Die,’ one of the album’s singles, is another example of what makes Illuminator a bright, shining spot in the band’s life.  The same can be said of the album’s title track, which is saved for a spot very late in the album’s run.  All three songs are key inclusions in Cage9’s new record. When they are set alongside the rest of the album’s songs, the album in whole proves to be one of the brightest spots in Cage9’s history.

Cage9’s recently released album Illuminator is an aptly titled record.  That is because the album is one of the brightest spots in the band’s history.  It could be the album that, given the right support, could finally put the mainstream rock realm’s spotlight on the band. That is due to the combination of the album’s radio ready musical arrangements and its equally well thought out lyrical content. Both elements will keep listeners engaged from the beginning to the end of the fifty-six minute record. That is obvious right off the top with the album’s opener ‘Open The Sky.’ The song’s musical arrangement is driven largely through the dual guitar attack of front man/guitarist Evan Rodaniche and guitarist Matt Borowski.  The melodic hard rock arrangement is complemented expertly by Leslie Wyatt’s low end and drummer Brian Sumwalt’s time keeping.  The collective work of the band’s members results in an arrangement that is instantly infectious and ripe for the picking by any mainstream rock radio programmer.  Of course, it is only one part of what makes the song stand out in the record’s overall body.  The song’s lyrical content is just as important to note as its musical arrangement.  In regards to its lyrical content, it will keep listeners’ ears just as easily as the song’s musical arrangement.  That is because of just how well thought out it is.  Rodaniche sings here, “You can call me an alien/In a superstitious land/But I’m flipping the pages, rattling cages/In the age of man/Staring out into the night/I know we’re living in black and white.”  He comes across as saying to someone, “you can call me different all you want, but I’m here and I’m doing what I do. I don’t care what you think.”  When he says, “Staring out into the night/I know we’re living in black and white” is followed by a statement that, without lyrics to which to refer, is a little difficult to understand.  But the first part of that statement is easy enough to understand.  He is saying this world is set in its ways, but I don’t care.”  That is, at least, this critic’s interpretation of these lines.  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “We’re so afraid to be alone/We want to know what can’t be known/Are we just an anomaly…stuck in the Twilight Zone.”  These lines will leave listeners thinking and talking just as much as the lines in the song’s lead verse.  That is because of the metaphorical language used here.  The seemingly contemplative verse works with the song’s lead verse and its chorus to say people need to “open the sky and let the stars in” or rather, open up their horizons and let in all of life’s possibilities.  That is, again, just this critic’s own interpretation.  As always, it should not be taken as musical gospel.  It could very well be a completely incorrect interpretation.  Hopefully not, though.  Regardless, the sheer depth of the song’s lyrical content proves in the end to be another reason that this song stands out in Cage9’s new album.  When the song’s musical content and coupled with that well thought out lyrical content, the two elements make the song a solid opening statement from the band on its latest offering and a clear example of what makes Illuminator such a bright spot for the band.

‘Open The Sky’ is a solid opener for Illuminator and a clear example of what makes this record such a bright spot for the band.  That is because its musical content is just as infectious as anything else out there across the mainstream rock realm today.  The song’s deeply contemplative lyrical content couples with that infectious musical content to make the song in whole one of the album’s best compositions just as much as it is a solid opener for the album.  It is just one of the songs that serves to show what makes Illuminator such a bright spot for the band, too.  ‘Everything You Love Will SomeDay Die’ is another of the album’s best compositions.  Rodaniche explained in an interview some months ago that he wrote the song a long time ago after having lost his father to cancer.  The song’s musical arrangement expertly conveys the pained emotions that Rodaniche must have felt in losing his father beginning with the power of the song’s opening measures.  The minor chords that are used in those trodding measures lead to a powerful explosion of musical emotion, which takes listeners straight through to the end of the song.  It is just as expertly complemented by the song’s lyrical content, which makes the song’s picture even richer.  Rodaniche sings here, “We’re built to suffer/We’re built to question every breath we take/We’re like a cancer without a cure/And we don’t’ know just what we’re fighting for/But everything you wish for/Everything you make/Everything that’s perfect slowly fades away/So open up your sleepy eyes/Cause everything you love will someday die.”  Yes, it is a seemingly nihilistic statement.  There’s no getting around that.  But Rodaniche does eventually go on to remind listeners that even in the bleakest, most painful moments, it is possible to keep going.  He does this as he sings, “I know everything’s a circle/Everything is made/Everything seems to always end the same/But don’t give up and hang your head in sorrow/It comes around again.”  This is a wonderful reminder that Rodaniche offers to listeners and a great way to lyrically cap off the song even as the band’s members reprise the song’s chorus from here and adds, There’s no time to close your eyes.”  They are saying life happens. People come and go.  We have to go on in life.  It is such a small statement but it speaks such loud volumes, again showing in its own way why the song’s lyrical content is just as important as its musical arrangement.  When both elements are coupled together they show why ‘Everyday You Love Will Someday Die’ is one more of Illuminator’s key compositions.  In turn, it is yet another example of what makes Illuminator its own bright spot for Cage9.  It still is not the last song that could be cited in making this statement.  The song’s title track is one more example of what makes Illuminator shine so brightly.

‘Everything You Love Will Someday Die’ and ‘Open The Sky’ are both key inclusions in Cage9’s new album Illuminator.  That is due to the combination of the songs’ musical arrangements and their equally well thought out lyrical content.  They are not the only songs that show just how brightly this record shines.  The album’s title track stands out just as much as those songs for the same reason.  In regards to its musical arrangement, the song is a solid slab of hard rock that any true hard rock purist will appreciate.  It mixes the band’s melodic hard rock sound in its chorus with shorter but still heavy riffs in its verses, resulting in a work that is just as ready to be used on radio stations nationwide as any other song featured in the body of Illuminator.  It is just one part of what makes this song stand out.  The song’s lyrical content is just as important to note here as the song’s musical arrangement.  The song’s lyrical content seems to paint a picture of the bright and dark spots in life, from all of the lows to all of the highs.  Its seemingly introspective approach will keep listeners just as engaged as the duality in the song’s musical arrangement.  When both elements are set against one another, the end result is yet another high point for this album that shows even more what makes Illuminator such a bright spot for Cage9.  When it is set alongside the album’s opener and ‘Everything You Love Will Someday Die,’ the trio show clearly why this album could be the record that shifts the mainstream rock realm’s light to Cage9. When the album’s other offerings are taken into consideration with these songs, the end production is a record that is one of Cage9’s most brightly shining musical offerings.

Cage9’s latest album Illuminator is one of the brightest spots in the band’s already extensive history to date.  That is because from the album’s musically intense and deeply lyrical opener to its equally stirring single ‘Everything You Love Will Someday Die’ to its equally deep and powerful title track and beyond, this record is a solid offering.  It is a record that is both a bright spot for the band and for a mainstream industry that is in need of another big name.  It isn’t the band’s first album by any means.  But it is definitely among the band’s best offerings to date.  It could be the album that puts that mainstream spotlight on the band and finally takes the band to the next level.  Illuminator is available now and can be directly ordered online via the band’s official website.  More information on Illuminator is available online along with the bands latest news at:

 

 

Website: http://www.cage9.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Cage9

Twitter: http://twitter.com/cage9

 

 

 

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Apollo Under Fire’s Self-Titled Debut Is One Of 2016’s Top New Independent Albums

Courtesy: EMP Label Group

Courtesy: EMP Label Group

Dave Ellefson’s upstart record label EMP Label Group has been quite busy ever since its birth late in 2015.  The label has already assembled a roster rich with heavy acts ready to reach the metal masses.  Those acts include the likes of Cage9, Doll Skin, Green Death, Dead By Wednesday, and a handful of others.  While the label has its fair share of heavy acts as part of its stable it also has some acts that are just as anxious to make it to the mainstream.  They are Another Lost Year and Apollo Under Fire.  Both bands have already released their latest respective records this summer.  The latter released its new album Alien Architect just last month and the prior released its self-titled debut this past June.  That record is perhaps the most standout of any of the records released by EMP Label Group so far this year.  That is because it is by far the label’s most radio ready record hands down.  Between its solid musical arrangements and its equally uplifting lyrical content this ten-song record proves to be one that will move listeners deeply from beginning to end.  Being that it is so powerful, it ultimately proves to be one of 2016’s top new independent albums and one of EMP Label Group’s best offerings yet.

Apollo Under Fire’s self-title debut album is one of 2016’s top new independent albums hands down.  It is also one of EMP Label Group’s best offerings yet.  That is thanks to the combination of the album’s solid musical arrangements and its equally uplifting lyrical content.  From one song to the next, the combination of those elements makes this record one that will put a smile on any listener’s face.  That is something that the rock (and music) community needs now more than ever.  The album’s opener and lead single ‘Gotta Believe’ is a prime example of how that combination gives this record such strength.  The song’s musical arrangement instantly conjures thoughts of Creed with its modern power ballad approach.  Love Creed or hate it, audiences on either side of the discussion should understand this comparison is meant only in an observational fashion.  Guitarists Peter Klett (Candlebox, Lotus) and Jimmy Kwong have crafted a sound in this song that almost directly mirrors that crafted by Mark Tremonti in his days with Creed.  To be more specific, its sound is akin to that of Creed’s ‘hit ballad ‘Higher.’  It isn’t a direct lifting.  But the influence (intended or not) is there.  And it does its own part in making the song so enjoyable.  The song’s lyrical content does its own share to make the song enjoyable, too.  That is because of the positive outlook on life offered up in that content.  It is exhibited as front man Donald Carpenter (Eye Empire/Submersed) sings here, “Even though I live in daydreams/I don’t feel like holding on/But I gotta believe my days aren’t over/Gotta believe this sun will shine sometime/Gotta believe this rain will cleanse my pain/An stand before a brand new life.”  This is just part of the hopeful vibe presented by Carpenter in the song’s lyrical content.  He goes on to sing, “We must face this fear of failing/With the will to overcome/Many candles shining brightly/Though they all were lit from one/We’re mirrors in faceless crowds/Bound by the sound/Of our lives as they pass us by.”  From here he and his band mates return to the song’s chorus, driving home that sense of determination and positive mindset once again.  Some might call it sappy.  But there are just as many people out there that need that positive reminder in their lives.  Even this critic has needed such a reminder more than once in life.  To that end, that positive lyrical message and the song’s equally moving musical arrangement make the song in whole a clear example of what makes Apollo Under Fire such a solid debut for the band.  It is just one of the songs presented in this record that serves to exhibit that, too.  ‘One Track Mind’ is another key example of what makes this record such a strong debut for AUF.

‘Gotta Believe’ is a key example of what makes Apollo Under Fire’s self-titled debut album such a strong effort from the band.  The song’s sweeping, Creed-esque musical arrangement couples with its equally uplifting lyrical content to make the song in whole a work that will put a smile on so many listeners’ faces.  The positive vibes exhibited through that combination of music and lyrics makes this song one of the record’s best moments.  It is only one of those great moments, too.  ‘One Track Mind’ is another song that shows the strength of this new effort from the band.  It stands out in part due to its musical arrangement.  Much as with ‘Gotta Believe’ (and most of the songs presented in this record) this song’s musical arrangement also boasts a certain influence from Creed.  That is obvious in the fact that its arrangement is also centered on that familiar modern day power ballad style presentation.  On the good side it isn’t just a repeat of ‘Gotta Believe’ in that arena.  It is, however just as big and epic as the arrangement presented in said song.  What’s different is those big, epic moments are saved here for the song’s chorus.  They are juxtaposed by a softer, more introspective sound presented in the song’s verses.  Speaking of the verses they offer their own value to the song, too.  Carpenter comes across here as singing from the vantage point of a figure who has changed quite a bit over time; someone that has gone from having that one-track mind to being more open to different viewpoints in life.  This critic in particular interprets the song’s lyrical content as centering on someone who is looking back on who he once was versus who he is now.  That is, again, just this critic’s own take on the song.  Hopefully it isn’t completely off the mark.  Regardless, it is clear through that interpretation and the song’s musical arrangement why this song is another important part of Apollo Under Fire’s self-titled debut. The deep thought presented in the song’s lyrical content couple with its equally powerful musical arrangement to make it really stand out as yet another of the album’s best moments.  It is definitely not the last of those key moments either.  ‘Weightless’ is one more example of what makes the album such a strong first effort from the band.

‘Gotta Believe’ and ‘One Track Mind’ are both key examples of what makes Apollo Under Fire’s self-titled debut record such a strong effort from the up-an-coming quintet.  That is due to the songs’ mix of powerful musical arrangements and their equally deep and moving lyrical content.  One is a full-on uplifting piece that reminds people to try and maintain an optimistic outlook even as difficult as it might be to do.  The other is more of a figure offering an introspective look at his past and present.  It basically reminds people (at least in this critic’s interpretation) that if he can change, anyone can change.  Cue the Rocky theme song.  Yes, that really bad reference to Rocky IV was fully intended.  While both songs offer their own insight and power they are not the only songs that stand out on this debut effort from Apollo Under Fire.  ‘Weightless’ stands on its own merits, too.  In regards to the song’s musical arrangement, it stands out because yet again that Creed influence is just as evident as ever.  Yet in its defense it still maintains its own identity separate from those power ballads crafted by Creed.  Keeping this in mind, the song’s lyrical content stands out even more as its main anchor.  The song’s lyrical content serves as its main anchor because of just how much it boasts its own identity separate from the rest of the album’s offerings.  This time out Carpenter sings about the power of a person’s love.  Carpenter’s subject seems to be addressing a love interest here as he sings, “Can I stay/With this restless heart/Is it too damn cold living miles apart/Can I stay/These games I play/With my fragile heart/I always push away/From a caring thought/These games I play/These games I play/These walls I built come crashing down/I am free/Your love has embraced me now/I am free/It’s a love that can overwhelm…floating ten feet off the ground.”  This is a feeling to which so many people can relate.  Who hasn’t felt that overwhelming sense of happiness at finding that person whose love overpowers everything else?  Carpenter’s subject continues on much in the same manner in the song’s second verse singing, “Well I have faith/In my changing heart/I have found the strength missing from the start/I have faith/I now have faith/These walls I built/Come crashing down/I am free/Your love has embraced me now/I am free/It’s a love that can overwhelm.”  What is interesting, in hindsight is that Carpenter mentions as he returns to the song’s chorus something to the effect of being on his knees and finding happiness.  So it leaves one to wonder if he is referencing not so much romantic love but spiritual love.  It would definitely be interesting to learn if that is what was being referenced here.  Regardless of spiritual or romantic, the positive message of strength from love is there.  It makes the song stand out even more.  Considering this, it joins with ‘Gotta Believe’ and ‘One Track Mind’ to show once more just what makes Apollo Under Fire’s self-titled debut record such a strong outing for the band.  Any of the other songs not noted here that make up the rest of the album’s body could be cited just as easily when considering the album’s strengths.  All things considered, Apollo Under Fire proves in the end to ultimately be one of 2016’s top new independent albums.  It also proves to be (along with Alien Arnchitect, Another Lost Year’s new offering) yet another viable chance for EMP Label Group to gain some real mainstream notoriety.

Apollo Under Fire’s self-titled debut album is one of 2016’s top new independent albums.  It is also one of EMP Label Group’s best chances at attaining real mainstream notoriety.  Another Lost Year’s new album Alien Architect is the label’s other major chance at that notoriety.  As is evidenced in all three of the songs noted here, the album’s powerful musical arrangements join with their equally uplifting lyrical content to put a smile on any listener’s face.  The same can be said of any of the album’s other offerings, too.  All things considered, this record proves to be a strong start for Apollo Under Fire, and with any luck just the start for the band.  Apollo Under Fire is available now.  It can be ordered online direct via the band’s official website.  More information on the album is available now online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.apolounderfireband.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/apollounderfire

 

 

 

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Cage9 Joining Lacey Sturm For “Late Summer Tour” Dates

Courtesy: O'Donnell Media Group

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

Cage9 has announced its latest round of live dates.

The band announced this week that it will join former Flyleaf vocalist Lacey Sturm for a series of live dates in August.  The two-week tour launches next Saturday, August 6th in Akron, Ohio and runs through August 21st in Dallas, Texas.  The tour is largely made up of dates that will take Sturm and Cage9 throughout the Midwest.  Cage9’s new tour schedule, which is noted below, is in support of its latest full-length studio recording Illuminator.  It was released this past June via Dave Ellefsons EMP Label Group in the United States and via Triple Vision Entertainment in Japan.  Illuminator is set to be released in Europe in August.

 

Lacey Sturm with Cage9 tour dates:

08/06/16 Akron OH – Musica
08/07/16 Lansing MI – The Loft
08/08/16 Cincinnati OH – Bogart’s
08/09/16 Battle Creek MI – The Music Factory
08/11/16 St. Louis MO – The Firebird
08/12/16 Berwyn IL – Wire
08/13/16 Cudahy WI – City Lounge
08/14/16 St. Paul MN – Amsterdam Bar & Hall
08/18/16 Omaha NE – Slowdown
08/19/16 Lawrence KS – Jackpot Music Hall
08/21/16 Dallas TX – The Prophet Bar

 

The “Late Summer Tour,” as it has been dubbed is not the first time that Cage9 first performed live with Sturm.  The band performed with Sturm at her February 2016 CD release show at the famed Whisky-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles, California.  Adding another degree to the proverbial game of six degrees, Cage9 front man and guitarist Evan Rodaniche produced Sturm’s new solo album Life Screams.  More information on Cage9’s upcoming live dates is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.cage9.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cage9

Twitter: http://twitter.com/cage9

 

 

 

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Cage9 Set To Enlighten Audiences With Its New Album, ‘Illuminator’

Cage9 has officially been released.

One of the latest additions to Dave Ellefson’s EMP Label Group, the band released its new album Illuminator this past Friday, June 3rd.  The album was released via eOne in the United States and Triple Vision Entertainment in Japan.  It is schedule for release later this year in Europe via SPV.  The band unveiled the video for the album’s lead single ‘Everything You Love Will Someday Die’ earlier this spring.  The video is streaming online now via YouTube.  It features footage of the band’s members and fans singing the song.

 

Courtesy:  EMP Label Group

Courtesy: EMP Label Group

 

Front man Evan Rodaniche discussed the video in a recent interview.  He noted the song’s family roots in the interview and the video’s recording process.  “This song is dedicated to my father, who passed away about a month ago after a two year battle with cancer,” he said.  “But even when I first wrote these lyrics at the onset of his terminal diagnosis as a sort of comforting mantra, in the back of my mind I believed my dad was indestructible.  I never thought I’d be adding an “in loving memory” dedication at the end of this video.  But then he was gone.  And that’s what this is all about.  We spend our modern lives wrapped up in our first world problems, completely disconnected with the natural cycles of the planet around us.”

In discussing the video’s production, Rodaniche noted the cameras that were used and the band’s general approach to making the clip.  We shot the video DIY with a couple Canon DSLR cameras, a black sheet in our rehearsal room and about forty non-actor friends, fans, and family who showed up one sunny Los Angeles afternoon in 2015 to mouth the lyrics to a song they’d never heard.  We aimed to bring home the message that no matter who you are we’re all in this together.”  He went on to not the song’s roots and sound in his discussion, too noting, “As for the song itself, it’s a little bit of old school thrash mixed with something more melodic and a little piano and acoustic guitar wankery to push it over the 6 minute epic-metal-song mark. (Yes, there’s a radio edit.)  He linked this in to a discussion on [Dave] Ellefson discovering Cage 9 through ‘Everything You Love Will Someday Die.’  I was the 14 year old kid running around with a worn out cassette of Peace Sells in his Walkman, he said.  “So having the dude that brought us pretty much THE most recognizable bass riff of my (and half the planet over 30’s) youth dig our band is a huge honor.”  He went on further noting, “Cage 9 originated in Panama where I grew up playing in a band yet having pretty much never experienced famous bands performing live to learn from, not to mention any of our idols like Megadeth or Metallica.  This definitely makes this chance to work with Dave in a mentor/label situation that much more amazing.  Very excited to be releasing our new album Illuminator with EMP this summer.”

Ellefson shared his thoughts on the band and its song in a discussion of his own even echoing the Megadeth/Metallica influence in the band’s new single noted by Rodaniche.  “Cage9 is definitely the real deal,” he said.  When I first heard ‘Everything You Love Will One Day Die,’ it instantly struck me as the closest I’ve heard to a song with a true Metallica/Megadeth core, with the radio accessibility to really connect with a modern rock audience.  And with the band’s history, and everything they’ve accomplished, they were a perfect fit for what we were doing at EMP.”

Since moving to Los Angeles the band has released a total of six albums and more than one hundred songs.  One of those albums was completely in Spanish.  The band has sold 25,000 copies of its albums worldwide in that time and played over 50 dates across America just last year.  It has also toured Japan and Central America as direct opener for Ozzy Osbourne, Bad Religion, Seether, and In This Moment.  The band has also shared stage time with the likes of Sevendust, Hellyeah, Karnivool, and others.  Even Rodaniche himself spent some time in the past as a member of Powerman 5000.  He also helped to co-write, record, and mix some of PM5K’s most recent albums.  That isn’t Rodaniche’s only production credit.  He also worked on ex-Flyleaf singer Lacey Sturm’s new album and work from Boy Hits Car, and others.  As if all of this isn’t enough credit to Cage9, the band has also received glowing reviews from its much more well-known counterparts including: Pop Evil, Korn, Saving Abel, Asking Alexandria, Devil You Know, and 9Electric just to name a handful of acts.

More information on Cage9’s new album is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

Website: http://www.cage9.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Cage9

Twitter: http://twitter.com/cage9

 

 

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