James LaBrie Debuts New Single, ‘Am I Right,’ Companion Video

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Dream Theater front man James LaBrie kicked off the week by premiering another new single from his new album.

LaBrie premiered his new single, ‘Am I Right‘ and its video Monday. The song is the third single from his new album, Beautiful Shade of Grey, which is scheduled for release May 20 through InsideOut Music. The album has already produced the singles, ‘Give and Take‘ and ‘Devil In Drag‘ and its video. ‘Am I Right’ is the last single from the album ahead of its release Friday.

‘Am I Right’ is the softest of the songs that LaBrie has released from the album so far. It is centered largely on LaBrie’s vocals and semi-acoustic guitar line. The subtle addition of the bongos as a supporting element adds even more to the song’s musical dept, as do the gospel style backing vocals that join in as the song progresses.

LaBrie talked about the new single in a prepared statement.

“The anthemic song of the album with gorgeous chordal picking and progressions,” LaBrie said. “A perfect marriage between melody and music. Extremely dynamic throughout with an epic and glorious ending.”

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme. No lyrics are provided with the video, either. A close listen reveals the song’s lyrical content likely centers around the all too familiar topic of a relationship and the troubles connected therein.

The video for ‘Am I Right’ is a familiar style presentation in its own right. It features LaBrie and company in studio, working on the new album. Other various imagery is incorporated into the visualization to complete the video.

The track listing for Beautiful Shade of Grey is noted below.

The full track-listing is as follows:

1.Devil In Drag
2.SuperNova Girl
3.Give And Take
4.Sunset Ruin
5.Hit Me Like A Brick
6.Wildflower
7.Conscience Calling
8.What I Missed
9.Am I Right
10.Ramble On
11.Devil In Drag (Electric Version)

More information on James LaBrie’s new single, video, and album is available along with all of his latest news at:

Websitehttps://jameslabrie.com

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Nick Phoenix’s New LP Is A Welcome Addition To 2022’s Field Of New Americana Albums

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Singer-songwriter Nick Phoenix released his new album, Wide World late this past Spring through independent record label Downtown Music.  The 11-song record is a mostly successful new collection of neo-Americana works with some very deeply emotional lyrical themes.  One of the most notable of the record’s songs comes late in its run in the form of ‘Which Side You’re On.’  This track will be examined shortly.  ‘Always On,’ which comes early in the album, is another notable addition to the presentation and will be examined a little later.  ‘Tumblin’ Down,’ which comes just past the record’s midpoint, is another notable entry here.  It will also be examined later.  Each song noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  When they are considered along with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole makes the album overall a work that any Americana fan will appreciate.

Wide World, the new album from independent singer-songwriter Nick Phoenix, is a record that will find wide appeal among Americana fans.  Yes, that awful pun was intended.  The record will appeal to his targeted fans from beginning to end with each of its 11 total songs, not the least of which is the late entry, ‘Which Side You’re On.’  The song’s musical arrangement is one part of what makes it so notable.  The pairing of the guitar and piano along with Phoenix’s distinct smoky sounding vocal delivery makes the arrangement so rich in its semi-brooding sense.  Audiences can argue that there’s a sense of melancholy, to be more specific, about the arrangement.  That applies even in the equally rich solos that are exhibited more than once in the four minute-plus composition. 

The sense of melancholy established through the song’s musical arrangement is of note because it helps to enhance the impact of the song’s lyrical theme.  The theme in this case comes across as that of taking pride in who one is, not letting one’s self let external factors shape who one is.  That is inferred right from the song’s lead verse and chorus in which Phoenix sings, “I know it’s providence/I know your ships won’t burn…It’s just a war of words/No one ever said that/You were alone/You’re coming back twice as strong/Doesn’t really matter which side you’re on/I covered the facts/You were wrong/Doesn’t really matter which side you’re on.”  There is one point in that lead verse that is difficult to decipher sans lyrics, but enough is understandable that this comes across as a subject who is trying to encourage someone else, telling that person that he/she will be okay and will come back, grown from facing adversity.  Phoenix continues in the song’s second verse, “You’ve been the bad wolf/You ate the chickens…you’re gonna try for that/You can’t invent the rules/No one ever said that/You were alone/You’re coming back/Twice as strong/Doesn’t really matter/Which side you’re on/I covered the facts/ You were wrong/Doesn’t really matter which side you’re on.”  Yet again, this seems like a commentary of sorts about people being people and simply ignoring those people and living life.  That is, again, just this critic’s interpretation.  If in fact it is the correct interpretation, then it goes without saying it is an original way to address a familiar topic.  The mention of getting in a lifeboat and being “a sidenote”, reminding the listener that despite that “you’ll come back twice as strong” is even more of that seeming motivation.  Again, this is all this critic’s interpretation.  The melancholy mood set through the song’s arrangement helps to put listeners in the shoes of the person to whom the subject is speaking, making for even more connection for listeners.  To that end, the song in whole proves itself a strong addition to the album and just one of the record’s most notable works.  ‘Always On’ is yet another notable entry in this presentation.

‘Always On’ presents a musical arrangement that is subdued and contemplative in its nature.  The melancholy mood that it sets through its dual guitar approach and familiar rhythmic pattern from the drums.  The guitar solo that comes late in the song’s run is a full-on classic rock performance even in its subtlety that will certainly engage and entertain audiences.  The mood set here works well with the song’s seeming lyrical theme.

The seeming lyrical theme features here is that of someone who knows that he worries constantly, yet through it all has that someone there to help him get through it all and put up with his nonstop negativity.  The mood in the song’s musical arrangement serves to illustrate the feelings going through the subject’s mind as he is saying those words to that other person.  It makes for its own share of interest and in turn makes the song stand out even more.  It is just one more of the songs that makes Wide World appealing.  ‘Tumblin’ Down’ is yet another notable addition to the album.

‘Tumblin’ Down’ presents an arrangement that is completely unlike those of its counterparts throughout the album.  Right from the opening, the simple guitar line, vocals, and drums present something of a neo-classic rock vibe that shows influences of The Beatles while still boasting its own identity.  On another hand, audiences can just as easily argue that there is an influence from Tom Petty here, too.  Those listeners would be right, too.  Having influence from two of the greatest and most respected acts in modern music history says a lot.  That Phoenix uses those influences to craft a song that stands on its own merits in the process makes for even more respect for him and this arrangement.  It works with the song’s lyrical content to make for even more overall engagement and entertainment.

The lyrical content here is sure to generate its own share of interest.  Phoenix sings early on of seeing how good it is outside, but not being able to manage, and basically feeling like everything around is “tumbling down.”  The declaration that “You wanted to win/So you wagered it all/Now you’ve gotta make it up” adds to the message here.  It almost comes across as Phoenix saying here that people put themselves into negative situations.  That is, of course, just this critic’s interpretation of the bigger picture here.  If in fact that is the case with the theme here, then the contrast of that to the mood set through the arrangement makes for even more interest.  To that end, it becomes another clear example of what makes Wide World worth hearing.  When this song is considered along with the others examined here and with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole makes Wide World a welcome addition to this year’s field of new Americana records.

Wide World, the new album from Nick Phoenix, is a work that most Americana finds will agree is worth hearing.  That is proven from start to end thanks to its musical and lyrical content alike.  All three of the songs examined here make that clear.  When they are considered along with the rest of the album’s songs, the whole makes the album overall a work that will appeal to a wide range of audiences.

Wide World is available now.  More information on the album is available along with all of Nick Phoenix’s latest news at:

Website: https://nickphoenix.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nickphoenixartist

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nickphoenix10

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Metal Fans Will Find 2 Shadows’ New LP Worth Hearing At Least Once

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Late this past April, up-and-coming hard rock group 2 Shadows released its new album, Bring The Cold Inside. While the album runs just seven songs deep, it is a record that the band’s targeted audiences will agree is worth hearing at least once.  That is due in large part to its featured arrangements, which will be discussed shortly.  While the arrangements that make up the album’s body do plenty to make it worth hearing, its production proves somewhat problematic, or so it would seem.  This will be addressed a little later.  The lyrical content that accompanies the album’s musical arrangements adds its own share of interest.  It will also be discussed later.  Together with the noted musical content, the two elements make the record worth hearing at least once.

Bring The Cold Inside, the new album from up-and-coming hard rock band 2 Shadows, is a work that audiences will find interesting.  That is due in large part to its featured musical arrangements.  The arrangements are of interest because of their blend of sounds and styles.  From one song to the next, each arrangement has its own identity separate from its counterparts.  The songs mix elements of metalcore with more melodic hard rock leanings for what is an interesting overall musical presentation in each song.  At the same time, one could also argue there is a bit of a death metal leaning incorporated into the arrangements along with the noted other styles and sounds.  Again, this enhances the songs even more, making for reason enough for audiences to hear the record.  Even as the band takes on Green Day’s ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ its heavier leanings take prominence over the more brooding, subdued nature of the original song.  The only moment in the arrangements in which things really change is the record’s finale, which is an acoustic take of its own original, ‘Scratching at the Surface.’  Even in that case though, the arrangement still reaches its own unique level of heaviness.  Again, taking all of this into account, the arrangements that make up the body of this album do their own share to make the record worth hearing.

While the arrangements featured in this record make for their own share of engagement and entertainment, the production that went into their presentation detracts from that enjoyment to a point. As already noted, there is a lot going on in each arrangement.  Between the vocals and the overall instrumentations, there is so much sound and so much energy.  That sound and energy ends up more often than not, almost becoming a wall of sound.  The vocals become washed out by the instruments and the instruments just all sound too often, like one big mass.  Maybe it is just the speakers on this critic’s computer, but the fact of the matter is that in this case, the arrangements just could have been better balanced through the production.  Instead, it all becomes muddied, and in turn, somewhat difficult on the ears.  Now as problematic as this is, it is not enough to make the record a failure, but it certainly would have made the overall presentation had more attention been paid to the sound balance throughout the record.

Moving on from the album’s production, its lyrical content works alongside its musical arrangements to give audiences more reason to give the record more reason to hear the record.  Throughout the course of the record, its lyrical themes will engage audiences just as much as its musical arrangements.  Case in point is the record’s opener, ‘Keep Breathing.’  This song presents a theme that at least to this critic is that of someone trying to help another person who is going through a lot of emotional and mental turmoil.  That is inferred right from the song’s opening verse and chorus, which state, “Your lease of life is burning/Your affliction now returns/I can’t help myself/There’s something here/It’s reaching for you/Run away/It bleeds me out/It runs me down/Through my skin.”  The seeming theme continues in the song’s, which states, “I see within your eyes/There’s nothing left/The devil deep inside that just won’t rest/The marks upon your skin/They just won’t mend/It locked you in/Will you ever win/Just keep breathing.”  If in fact this critic’s interpretation is even close to being right, then it makes the song a work that will relate to plenty of audiences.  That is because it comes across as helping people who are trying to help others fight those mental health battles.

On a completely opposite hand, a song, such as ‘Blackened Wings’ shows in its own way, the importance of the record’s lyrical themes.  That is because of the thought and discussion it is certain to generate.  The opening lines, with their mention of “pious mountains of sand always falling back into their hands/Their paper bones shearing blackened wings/And always investing in the never-ending,” conjure thoughts that perhaps the song centers on the religious institutions in this world.  However, as the song progresses, the declaration that “You told me love would last forever/But my love’s buried six feet deep/And we’re all left to rot and wither” hints at perhaps a broken relationship.  From there, the song makes mention of “Following siren psalms/Down the drain”, again lending the song to interpretation of a commentary on the Christian faith.”  Simply put, there is a bit of depth here that is certain to engage audiences, and in turn generate plenty of discussion among listeners.  This further proves the importance of the album’s lyrical content and is hardly the last example of that importance.

‘Scratching at the Surface’ is one more example of the importance of the album’s lyrical content.  This song comes across as a commentary about someone who has had enough of others being fake, not only toward the subject but in general.  This is inferred right from the song’s opening lines, which state, “Why can’t I see/Why can’t I hear/This wooden box you built of slander/Won’t keep me inside/You look away/You ridicule/How dare you say you know me/You don’t even know yourself/Why can’t you cope/Why can’t you heal/Do you even try to take the time/To lick your wounds/I dim the light/I hide my fear/I’m trapped inside your design/Give me time and you’ll be mine.”  The song continues the inference, stating as it progresses, “Your keys/My cage/Lower me down to my grave/Your mind is stuck in a place so hollow/You think you’re heaven/But you’re ground zero/Just below your halo/Is there even a sign of sorrow.”  Everybody knows at least one person like the one described here.  This is that person who just has no scruples; that person who doesn’t care that he or she is just a horrible individual who is just so fake.  The interpretation is pretty clear here.  This song is certain to help any listener get through the frustration that such individuals cause, once more showing the importance of the record’s lyrical themes.  When this is considered along with the other themes examined here and with the rest of the record’s lyrical content, the whole of said content leaves no doubt that the record’s lyrical themes are just as important to its presentation as its musical arrangements.  When that musical content is paired with the lyrical themes, the whole makes even clearer why this record is worth hearing, even despite its apparent production problems.

Bring The Cold Inside, the recently released new record from 2 Shadows, is an intriguing presentation that metal fans across the board will find worth hearing.  That is due in part to its featured musical arrangements.  The arrangements blend elements of a variety of metal subgenres, from metalcore to death metal to melodic hard rock for a unique presentation in each composition.  The production of those blends is a little problematic, but not to the point that it makes the record a failure.  It is just an item that deserved more attention.  Speaking of attention, the lyrical themes that fill the album alongside its musical arrangements will keep audiences’ attention because of their ability to connect with listeners and the depth thereof.  Each item examined here is important in its own way to the whole of this record.  All things considered, they make the album worth hearing at least once.

Bring The Cold Inside is available now. More information on the album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://2shadowsofficial.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/2shadowsofficial

Twitter: https://twitter.com/2ShadowsBand

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Steve And Ginie Jackson Debut New Single, ‘Help Me!’

Courtesy: Thousand Islands Records

Indie neo-folk dup Steve and Ginie Jackson premiered the third single from their forthcoming album this week.

The duo premiered its new single, ‘Help Me!‘ Wednesday. The song is the third single from its forthcoming album, Colder Than The Sea, which is scheduled for release May 26 through Thousand Islands Records. The album has also produced the singles, ‘Tear My Voice‘ and  ‘7 Billion People‘.

The musical arrangement featured in this latest single from the married duo is a full-on bluegrass tune, setting itself clearly apart from the album’s other singles. The immediate comparison that comes to mind is to works from the likes of Steep Canyon Rangers.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the song’s premiere. In listening to the song, it comes across as being a theme of someone who is working to come to terms with accepting that they need help. That help could be in a variety of ways. This is just this critic’s interpretation.

More information on the Jacksons’ new album, single, and tour is available along with all of the duo’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://steveandginiejackson.com

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The Aquadolls Debut New Single, ‘Held (I’m Falling 4U And I Can’t Get Up), Video

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The Aquadolls debuted its latest single and video this week.

The trio premiered its new single, ‘Help (I’m Falling 4U And I Can’t Get Up)‘ and its video Friday. The song’s musical arrangement is a laid back, sultry composition that has an infectious bluesy vibe. That sense plays into the song’s lyrical theme, which front woman Melissa Brooks talked about in a prepared statement.

“This song tells the story of falling for someone and starting to obsess over them,” she said. “It’s about imagining all of the things we could do together, both romantic and twisted, showing the darker sides of having a crush and longing for more to come from it.

The video features the all-female group playing out the story told in the lyrics. One of the members is seemingly dreaming about so many certain situations as the song plays over the visualization.

In other news, The Aquadolls has a tour planned this summer with Sublime with Rome and Incubus. The tour is scheduled to launch July 24 in West Palm Beach, FL and to run through Sept. 3 in Bend, OR. It features stops in cities, such as Mountain View, CA; Rogers, AR; Bangor, ME.

The tour’s full schedule is noted below.

Incubus / Sublime With Rome / The Aquadolls Tour Dates

Sunday, July 24 West Palm Beach, FL iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre

Tuesday, July 26 Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place

Wednesday, July 27 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre

Friday, July 29 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion

Saturday, July 30 Doswell, VA AfterHours Concerts at The Meadow Event Park

Sunday, July 31 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

Tuesday, Aug 02 Syracuse, NY St. Joseph’s Heath Amphitheater at Lakeview

Wednesday, Aug 03 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center

Friday, Aug 05 Camden, NJ Freedom Mortgage Pavilion (formerly BB&T Pavilion)

Saturday, Aug 06 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center

Sunday, Aug 07 Bangor, ME Maine Savings Amphitheater

Tuesday, Aug 09 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center

Wednesday, Aug 10 Clarkston, MI Pine Knob Music Theatre

Friday, Aug 12 Bonner Springs, KS Azura Amphitheater

Saturday, Aug 13 Maryland Heights, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis

Sunday, Aug 14 Tinley Park, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago

Tuesday, Aug 16 Rogers, AR Walmart AMP

Wednesday, Aug 17 Dallas, TX Dos Equis Pavilion

Friday, Aug 19 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Saturday, Aug 20 Austin, TX Germania Insurance Amphitheater

Monday, Aug 22 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion

Wednesday, Aug 24 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre

Friday, Aug 26 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre

Saturday, Aug 27 Irvine, CA FivePoint Amphitheatre

Sunday Aug 28 Chula Vista, CA North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre

Tuesday, Aug 30 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort and Casino (Grand Theatre)

Thursday, Sept 01 Ridgefield, WA RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater

Saturday, Sept 03 Bend, OR Hayden Homes Amphitheater

More information on The Aquadolls’ new single, video, and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://theaquadolls.bandcamp.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/theaquadolls

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Big Drink Debuts New EP’s Lead Single, Video; Announces Live Dates

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Pop punk band Big Drink is scheduled to release its new EP, It Was Supposed To Be Easy next month, and in anticipation of its release, has unveiled the record’s lead single and video.

The band debuted its new single, ‘Different Circles‘ and its video Friday. The song features a musical arrangement that can only be described as intriguing. It is essentially a two-movement song, with the first movement being a clear pop punk approach that has a heavy, hard rock instrumentation. That in itself is unique because of its contrast.

The second movement is the polar opposite, with the band’s co-vocalist bringing some clear metalcore style screams that are far more fitting with the instrumentation.

Vocalist “Jim” talked about the song’s lyrical theme in a prepared statement.

“‘Different Circles’ is a twisting journey exploring the thoughts and feelings behind giving up,” he said. “Aimed at trying to explain the upwards battle faced in life and creative endeavours, the track hints at dissatisfaction and isolation in making music during lockdown and the piling pressure of trying to push through bad habits and repetitive behaviours to succeed. All bundled up into a pop-metal track.”

In other news, Big Drink has a series of live dates coming up in support of its new EP. The band’s upcoming live schedule is set to launch May 20 in Bristol, UK and to run through Nov. 4 in High Wycombe. The band’s tour is noted below.

Upcoming shows:

May

21st – Bristol – The Crofters Rights w/ Sharkbait and Trashed

24th – Manchester – The Peer Hat w/ Youth Illusion

25th – Liverpool – Jimmys w/ Youth Illusion

27th – Leicester – Firebug w/ Youth Illusion

28th – Northampton – The Lab w/ Youth Illusion

June

18th – Bromley – Carved Dive w/ Neversaid

19th – Brighton – The Pipeline w/ Neversaid

24th – London – Engine Rooms w/ The Bottom Line

July

2nd – Nottingham – The Angel Microbrewary

November

4th – High Wycombe – Pick It Up Festival

More information on Big Drink’s new single, video, EP, and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at https://www.facebook.com/bigdrinkuk

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The Hu Debuts New Single, ‘This Is Mongol,’ Companion Video; Black Thunder Tour Continues

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The Hu will release its sophomore album this year, and in anticipation of its release, the band unveiled the as-yet untitled album’s lead single and video this week.

The band premiered its new single, ‘This Is Mongol‘ and its video Friday. The song’s musical arrangement is another familiar style composition from the band, complete with Mongolian instruments and in turn, instrumentation. It blends that with a rich blues-infused heavy rock western influence for an overall presentation that is infectious throughout its four minute run time.

Information provided in a press release about the new single states the song’s lyrical content delivers a message promoting Mongolian culture, which also includes natural preservation and spiritual connection with the Earth.

Front man Galbadrakh “Gala” Tsendbaatar talked about the song’s video in a prepared statement.

“We shot in the Mojave Desert, Nevada and the environment reminded us of Gobi Desert in Mongolia, Tsendbaatar said. “We enjoyed shooting the video, which happened during our tour and gave us a little break to reminisce about home. The song perfectly matched the environment we made the video in. It was one of the best memories we created as a band and it was special because our producer Dashka was with us to oversee the whole process.”

In other news, The Hu’s Black Thunder Tour continues to make its way across North America. The tour’s current schedule is noted below. More dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

The HU Upcoming Tour Dates:

May 14 – Albany, NY – Empire Live

May 16 – Washington, DC – Warner Theater

May 17 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa

May 19 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore

May 20 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz

May 21 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm

May 22 – Daytona Beach, FL – Welcome to Rockville

May 25 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City

May 26 – Little Rock, AR – Little Rock Music Hall

May 27 – Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theater

May 28 – The Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (Buzzfest)

May 29 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion 

May 31 – Mexico City, MEX – Lunario

Aug 19 – Portland, OR – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater

Aug 20 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheater

Aug 23 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheater

Aug 24 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheater

Aug 26 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion

Aug 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater

Aug 30 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion

Sep 1 – Del Valle, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater

Sep 2 – Houston, TX –The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman

Sep 6 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion

Sep 7 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

Sep 9 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

Sep 10 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live

Sep 12 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater 

Sep 14 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center

Sep 15 – Camden, NJ – Waterfront Music Pavilion

Sep 17 – Bangor, ME – Maine Savings Amphitheater

Sep 18 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center

Sep 20 – Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview

Sep 21 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake**

Sep 23 – Scranton, PA – Pavilion at Montage Mountain

Sep 24 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium

Sep 27 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater**

Sep 28 –Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

Sep 30 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

Oct 1 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center

Oct 4 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center

Oct 5 – Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre

Oct 7 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater – Summerfest Grounds

Oct 8 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

Oct 10 – Atlanta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

Oct 12 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP

Oct 14 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena

Oct 15 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheater

**5FDP, The HU, and Fire From The Gods only

More information on The Hu’s new single, video, album, and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://thehuofficial.com

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ABKCO Announces Details For New Singles/EP Collection From The Rolling Stones

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The Rolling Stones is celebrating its 60th (yes, 60th) anniversary this year, and in celebration of the historic mark, ABKCO will release a new collection of the band’s singles next month in the form of The Rolling Stones Singles 1963-1966.

The new limited edition box set of singles is scheduled for release June 10. It features reproductions of the band’s first 18 7″ vinyl singles and EPs. Those records were originally released through Decca Records and London Records. The music was remastered by 12-time Grammy award-winning engineer Bob Ludwig.

A 32-page booklet will accompany the new box set. It will feature liner notes by Rolling Stones authority Nigel Williamson, as well as rare photos. A poster and five exclusive cards are also included in the hard shell box.

The full record/track listing for the collection is noted below. A companion box set, dubbed The Rolling Stones Singles 1966-1971 is scheduled for release next year.

The Rolling Stones Singles 1963-1966 tracklist:  

“Come On” (originally released June 1963) 
Side A: Come On 
Side B: I Want To Be Loved 

“I Wanna Be Your Man” (originally released November 1963) 
Side A: I Wanna Be Your Man 
Side B: Stoned 

The Rolling Stones E.P. (originally released January 1964) 
Side A:  
Bye Bye Johnny 
Money 
Side B: 
You Better Move On 
Poison Ivy 

“Not Fade Away” (originally released February 1964) 
Side A: Not Fade Away 
Side B: Little By Little 

“Tell Me” (originally released June 1964)  
Side A: Tell Me 
Side B: I Just Wanna Make Love To You 

“It’s All Over Now” (originally released June 1964) 
Side A: It’s All Over Now 
Side B: Good Times, Bad Times 

Five by Five E.P. (originally released August 1964) 
Side A: 
If You Need Me 
Empty Heart 
2120 South Michigan Avenue 
Side B: 
Confessin’ The Blues 
Around and Around 

“Time Is On My Side” (originally released September 1964) 
Side A: Time Is On My Side 
Side B: Congratulations 

“Little Red Rooster” (originally released November 1964) 
Side A: Little Red Rooster 
Side B: Off The Hook 

“Heart Of Stone” (originally released December 1964) 
Side A: Heart Of Stone 
Side B: What A Shame 

“The Last Time” (originally released February 1965) 
Side A: The Last Time 
Side B: Play With Fire 

Got Live If You Want It! E.P. (originally released June 1965) 
Side A: 
We Want The Stones (Live) 
Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (Live) 
Pain In My Heart (Live) 
Route 66 (Live) 
Side B:  
I’m Moving On 
I’m Alright 

“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” 

(US version, originally released June 1965) 
Side A: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction 
Side B: The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man 

“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction)” (UK version, originally released August 1965)
Side A: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction 
Side B: The Spider And The Fly 

“Get Off Of My Cloud” (US version, originally released September 1965)
Side A: Get Off Of My Cloud 
Side B: I’m Free 

“Get Off Of My Cloud (UK version, originally released October 1965) 
Side A: Get Off Of My Cloud 
Side B: The Singer Not The Song 

“As Tears Go By” (originally released December 1965) 
Side A: As Tears Go By 
Side B: Gotta Get Away 

“19th Nervous Breakdown” (US version, originally released February 1966) 
Side A: 19th Nervous Breakdown 
Side B: Sad Day 

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Hail The Horns Debuts ‘Hail The Horns’ Lyric Video; Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: Mindsnap Music

Hard rock super group Hail The Horns will release its self-titled debut album next month, and in anticipation unveiled the lyric video for the album’s title track this month.

The band debuted the lyric video for the song May 4. The song is featured in the band’s album, which is scheduled for release June 3 through Mindsnap Music.

The band’s new video presents the song’s lyrics next to the image of the album’s cover art as the song plays over.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Hail The Horns’ (also known as H.T.H.) is a heavy, composition whose instrumentation and vocals are expertly balanced throughout the song. At points, the whole lends itself to comparison to works from Pantera, while at others it conjures thoughts of works from Crowbar.

Tony Camps (Static-X, Fear Factory) handles vocal duties in this song. The sound and style of his vocal delivery is immediately comparable to that of Crowbar front man Kirk Windstein.

Drummer Christian F. “Opus” Lawrence (Dead By Wednesday) talked about the song’s musical and lyrical content in a prepared statement.

“’H.T.H.’, which are simply abbreviations for our self-titled track, is a nod and an “ode to” some of the classic heavy metal songs and bands that we grew up on that influenced us all,
” said Lawrence. “Tony who is singing leads on this track, took some song titles, words and lines from obvious metal songs and made them work writing them into song complete lyrics. Our idea was to have that same “metal militia” type vibe. I believe we accomplished that.”

‘Hail The Horns’ was produced, mixed and mastered by Nicky Bellmore (Dee Snider, Jasta/Hatebreed, Dead By Wednesday).

Rounding out Hail The Horns is Marc Rizzo (Ill Nino, ex-Soulfly), who formed the band.

Courtesy: Mindsnap Music

In other news, Hail The Horns has announced a new tour schedule in support of its new album. The tour is scheduled to launch June 2 in San Diego, CA and to run through June 10 in Reno, NV. It also features performances in cities, such as Seattle, WA; Portland, OR and Sacramento, CA.

The tour’s schedule is noted below along with ticket links.

HTH Tour Dates:

6/2 – @Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA.

https://bit.ly/HailTheHornsSD

6/3 – @NAMM2022

6/4 – @La Santa, Santa Ana, CA.

https://www.ticketweb.com/event/hail-the-horns-worldwide-panic-la-santa-tickets/12014465?pl=shealy

6/5 – @Harlow’s, Sacramento, CA.

https://www.showclix.com/event/hailthehorns22

6/7 – @Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, OR.

https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/7466228/hail-the-horns-portland-hawthorne-theatre-lounge

6/8 – @El Corazon, Seattle, WA.

https://wl.seetickets.us/event/Hail-TheHorns/478581?afflky=ElCorazon

6/10 – @Peavine Taphouse, Reno, NV.

https://www.ticketweb.com/event/hail-the-horns-worldwide-panic-peavine-taphouse-tickets/12015015

More information on Rizzo’s new band is available along with all of its and his latest news at:

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Bleed From Within Debuts New Single, ‘Flesh And Stone,’ Companion Video

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Bleed From Within debuted the latest single from its forthcoming album, Shrine, and its companion video this week.

The band debuted its new single, ‘Flesh and Stone‘ and its companion video Thursday. The song is the fourth single from the album, which is scheduled for release June 3 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album has also produced the singles, ‘I Am Damnation,’ ‘Levitate,’ and ‘Stand Down.’

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Flesh and Stone’ is everything that audiences have come to expect from Bleed From Within musically speaking. The intense screams are there, as are the equally powerful orchestrations and intense drums, guitar riffs and more. Comparisons can be made at points, to works from Ice Nine Kills, and at others, to works from the likes of Whitechapel. The blend of influences makes the song a heavy, intense work that will appeal to a wide range of metal fans.

Drummer Ali Richardson talked about the song’s lyrical theme and its connection to the song’s video in a prepared statement.

“‘Flesh And Stone’ was born from the idea that future generations will inherit a dying planet,” Richardson said. “The evidence to support this theory is overwhelming, but we are still met with people who choose to deny the fact that this world is finite. Avoiding the traditional performance style video, we instead wanted to create a cinematic fictional world that could no longer defend itself from the sun; a barren wasteland once full of life. In her isolation, our desperate protagonist has resorted to rituals in order to manifest some form of life on this dead world, but it’s too late.

Courtesy: Cosa Nostra PR

In other news, Bleed From Within has an extensive summer tour scheduled in support of its new album. The tour is scheduled to launch with a handful of festival shows between June 2 and Aug. 18.

After finishing its festival shows, the band will take some downtime before launching a full European tour Dec. 1 in Cologne, Germany. The tour is scheduled to run through Dec. 5 in Paris, France.

The tour’s schedule, including festival shows, is noted below.

Bleed From Within – Summer Festivals

June 2 – Gdnask, PL @ Mystic Festival

June 10 – Castle Donnington, UK @ Download Festival

June 24 – Gräfenhainichen, DE @ Full Force Festival

June 29 – Viveiro, ES @ Resurrection Fest

August 18 – Sulingen, DE @ Reload Festival

Shrine – EU Tour Dates

December 1 – Cologne, DE @ Club Volta

December 2 – Nijmegen, NL @ Doornroosje

December 3 – Eindhoven, NL @ Dynamo

December 4 – Hamburg, DE @ Logo

December 5 – Copenhagen, DK @ VEGA

December 6 – Berlin, DE @ Hole 44

December 7 – Frankfurt, DE @ Das Bett

December 8 – Stuttgart, DE @ Kulturguartier

December 9 – Vienna, AT – Arena

December 10 – Warsaw, PL – Hydrozagadka

December 11 – Prague, CZ – Underdogs

December 12 – Munich, DE – Feierwerk

December 13 – Aarau, CH – Kiff

December 14 – Lyon, FR – Warmaudio

December 15 – Paris, FR – Le Backstage

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