Le Coq Records’ Second ‘Jazz All Stars’ Record Is Imperfect But Still Enjoyable

Courtesy: Le Coq Records

Independent jazz label Le Coq Records released its new Jazz All Stars compilation record Friday.  The nine-song record, released Friday is a presentation that any jazz fan will find interesting, even being imperfect.  The record’s one lone negative comes from certain information that is lacking from its packaging.  This item will be discussed a little later.  It is not enough to doom the collection, but is still problematic to the set’s presentation.  Moving to the collection’s positives, its primary positive is its featured songs.  They will be examined shortly.  The songs’ production rounds out the record’s most important items and will also be examined later.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the collection’s presentation.  All things considered, The Jazz All Stars Vol. 2 proves to be a presentation that despite being imperfect, is still well worth hearing.

Le Coq Records’ newest record from The Jazz All Stars is a presentation that audiences will find imperfect, but still worth hearing.  That is due in large part to the record’s featured songs.  According to information provided about the set, the songs are “some classic favorites.” This is where the record’s one glaring negative comes into play.  It will be discussed a little later.  Sticking to the songs for now, one of the most notable of the record’s songs comes late in its 57-minute run in the form of ‘Balinda.’  Bill Cunliffe’s gentle, flowing piano line pairs so well with Rick Margitza’s performance on saxophone here.  The duo leads the way as bassist Chris Colangelo and percussionist Alex Acuna add just the right flare to the arrangement with their respective performances.  Colangelo’s bass work gives the arrangement just enough low end while Acuna’s work on percussion deepens the song even more.  Drummer Vinnie Colaiuta’s solo late in the song’s almost 8-minute run time is one of the arrangement’s most notable highlights along with guitarist Jake Langley’s Middle Eastern style solo.  The control that Colaiuta displays even as he throws in so many cymbal crashes, diddles and paradiddles across his kit is awe-inspiring.  Langley’s subdued performance only serves to make audiences want to listen all the more.  The whole makes the opus in whole so engaging and entertaining from beginning to end.

‘Freddie’s Blues’ is another example of the importance of the collection’s featured songs.  That is because it serves to show the diversity in the sound and stylistic approach that the songs exhibit.  While ‘Balinda’ is more of an active song, even being so subdued, ‘Freddie’s Blues’ is more of a light, bouncy tune.  That is exhibited through the pure, blues-tinged sound and style of the composition.  Trumpet player Rashawn Ross leads the way and is complimented through the performance of Russell Malone on guitar.  The kick from Ross’ work on trumpet against Malone’s smooth groove makes for a wonderful contrast.  Bassist Ben Williams brings even more swagger to the composition through his subtle performance.  Their work and that of their fellow musicians in this work gives the song a great identity that is separate from that of all of the record’s other songs, further showing the importance of the record’s musical arrangements.

Much earlier in the album’s run is yet another standout addition.  It comes in the form of ‘Yesterday’s.’  The collection’s shortest track – it clocks in at just under five minutes in length – it shines because of the pairing of Andy James’ velvet soft vocals and Chris Potter’s work on saxophone.  Whether it be his controlled accompaniments to James’ singing or his full on solos, which are so controlled in their own right even being so active, Potter’s performance in this song is so impressive to say the least.  Colaiuta’s solid time keeping adds its own welcome touch to the song, too, while Cunlifee’s subtle performance on the piano proves true the old adage that less really is more.  Stylistically, this subtle swinging work takes audiences back to the high end jazz clubs of the 1930s and 40s, showing even more, the diversity in the record’s musical arrangements.  When it is considered along with the other arrangements examined here and with the rest of the collection’s works, the whole leaves no doubt as to the importance of the set’s featured arrangements.  They are reason in themselves for audiences to hear this record.

Now as much as the arrangements do to engage and entertain audiences, the record is not perfect.  Going back to the previous note of how the songs are allegedly “some classic favorites,” the record makes no note as to who wrote the songs, but rather who arranged and performed on them.  This leaves audiences to have to research for themselves who wrote the songs, and that is no easy take to put it lightly.  Not giving credit to the original songs’ composers takes away from their credibility and legacy, and likely poses some legal issues, too.  The noted information provided with the album, by the way, was only provided to media outlets.  There are no liner notes here, so again, the lack of any background detracts from the collection’s presentation in its own right.  It is not enough to doom the record, but its inclusion certainly would have made the presentation stronger.

Moving on from the record’s one negative, there is still another positive to the whole.  That positive is in the record’s production.  Whether it be in the record’s more subdued, controlled moments, or its more active moments, every performer gets his and her own moment in the limelight.  Every performer compliments his and her fellow musician/performer.  The result of that expertly balanced work throughout is that each composition does its own share to keep listeners engaged and entertained.  When this is considered along with the impact of the songs by themselves, the two elements join to give audiences plenty of reason in themselves to hear The Jazz All Stars Volume 2.

The Jazz All Stars Volume 2 is a mostly successful new presentation from the independent jazz label, Le Coq Records.  Its success comes in large part through its featured arrangements.  From beginning to end of the nearly hour-long collection, the arrangements change style and sound from one to the next.  The performances put forth in each song pairs with that continued diversity to make for plenty of enjoyment and engagement in itself.  While the record’s featured songs are themselves reason for audiences to hear the collection, the record is not perfect.  The lack of any background on the songs – since again some of the songs are allegedly classics – detracts from the set to a point.  The damage that this issue does is problematic, but not enough to doom the record.  The songs’ production rounds out its most important elements.  It shows that painstaking efforts were taken to make sure every performance was expertly balanced in each song.  No one performer outperformed his/her counterparts at any point in the record’s presentation.  When this is considered along with the impact of the songs themselves and the performances thereof, the record gains that much more appeal.  It collectively makes the compilation a work that most jazz fans will agree is a pleasant new collection of jazz songs.

The Jazz All Stars Volume 2 is available now. More information on this and other titles from Le Coq Records is available along with the label’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://lecoqrecords.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/leCoqRecords

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Hammerfall Debuts Visualizer For New Album’s Second Single

Courtesy: Napalm Records

Hammerfall gave audiences another preview of its new album this week.

The band unveiled the visualizer for its new single, ‘Venerate Me’ Thursday. The CG video features a book whose pages feature black and white images of the band members. The images appear seemingly magically as the song plays over the presentation.

‘Venerate Me’ is the second single from Hammerfall’s forthcoming album, Hammer of Dawn, which is scheduled for release Feb. 25 through Napalm Records. The band premiered the album’s lead single/title track Dec. 1.

The song’s musical arrangement is a fully immersive, full, throttle composition. Stylistically, it is just as much of a powerhouse power metal opus as ‘Hammer of Dawn.’ However, there are subtleties in the arrangement’s sound that sets it apart from its predecessor. Once again, the comparison to works from Sabaton and other similar acts is inescapable.

Founding member/guitarist OScar Dronjak said ‘Vernate Me’ is one of the most notable of the songs featured in the band’s new album.

“The second single is here, and I’m very, very proud of it!,” he said.  “The music was written during the darkest, most uninspiring days of the pandemic and still came out as one of the strongest on the whole album. Joacim’s fantastic lyric idea makes this track really stand out, and the special guest appearance towards the end really pushes it over the edge!”

The edge that Dronjack mentions comes from a guest vocal appearance by metal legend, King Diamond.

Front man Joacim Cans talked about the song’s lyrical theme.

“Lyrically one of my greatest efforts dealing with the fact that we die twice!,” said Cans. 
”First when we take our last breath and second when someone says your name for the last time. Say my name and I will never die!”

Hammer of Dawn will release through a variety of platforms noted below along with the album’s track listing.

Hammer of Dawn will be available in varying formats in various territories:
– Ltd Deluxe Box, incl CD Digisleeve, Hardcover Photobook, Plectrum Tin, Hammer Key Chain, Bottle Opener – strictly limited to 500 (Napalm Webstore exclusive)
– CD Digisleeve
– 1LP Gatefold Black
– 1LP Gatefold Marbled Orange Transparent/Black – strictly limited to 300 (Napalm Webstore exclusive)
– 1LP Gatefold Crystal Clear – strictly limited to 300 (EMP exclusive)
– 1LP Gatefold Curacao – strictly limited to 300 (Levy X & Ginza exclusive)
– Bundle CD + Shirt (outside North America only)
– Digital Album

Hammer of Dawn tracklist:
1. Brotherhood
2. Hammer of Dawn
3. No Son of Odin
4. Venerate Me
5. Reveries
6. Too Old to Die Young
7. Not Today
8. Live Free or Die
9. State of the W.I.L.D.
10. No Mercy

Courtesy: Napalm Records

In other Hammerfall news, the band has also announced it is scheduled to launch its “United Forces Tour” alongside Helloween March 22 in Oslo, Norway. The tour, which will take the band’s to cities across Europe, is scheduled to run through May 22 in London, England. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

UNITED FORCES TOUR 2022
25.03.22 NO – Oslo / Sentrum Scene
26.03.22 SE – Göteborg / Partille Arena
28.03.22 FI – Helsinki / Black Box
29.03.22 EE – Talinn / Noblessneri Valukoda
01.04.22 DE – Bamberg / Brose Arena
02.04.22 DE – Hamburg / Sporthalle
03.04.22 DE – Berlin / Verti Music Hall
04.04.22 DE – Regensburg / Donau Arena 
08.04.22 ES – Madrid / Wizink Center
09.04.22 ES – Barcelona / St. Jordi Club
11.04.22 IT – Milan / Lorenzini District
12.04.22 DE – Kempten / Black Box
13.04.22 CH – Zürich / Samsung Hall
15.04.22 LU – Luxemburg / Rockhal
16.04.22 NL – Tilburg / 013
18.04.22 PL – Katovice / MCK
20.04.22 BG – Sofia / Arena Armeec
22.04.22 AT – Vienna / Gasometer
23.04.22 CZ – Prague  / O2
24.04.22 SK – Zvolen / Ice Stadium
26.04.22 HU – Budapest / Papp Laszlo Sportarena
29.04.22 DE – Bochum / Ruhrcongress
30.04.22 DE – Stuttgart / Schleyerhalle
01.05.22 DE – Frankfurt / Jahrhunderthalle
04.05.22 UK – Manchester / Manchester Academy
05.05.22 UK – London / Brixton Academy

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

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Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/hammerfall

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/hammerfall

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‘You Are Magic’ Is A Successful Starting Point For Triple Rainbow

Courtesy: Brave New People

Family music act Triple Rainbow released its debut album, You Are Magic, Friday.  The act, which is literally and figuratively a family act – it is comprised of founder Jared Mees and his daughters – released the album through Brave New People and is an applause worthy early entry to this year’s field of new family music albums.  That is proven in part through the record’s featured musical arrangements, which will be discussed shortly.  The album’s lyrical themes are just as notable as its musical content and will be examined a little later.  The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the album’s presentation.  All things considered, the noted items make the album a successful first outing for Triple Rainbow.

Triple Rainbow’s debut album, You Are Magic, is a positive start for the literal and figurative family music act.  That is due in large part to its featured musical arrangements.  As is the case with so many family music records, the arrangements here are diverse.  Right from the album’s opener/title track, audiences get a touch of kindie-folk in this song’s arrangement.  The use of the tambourine and bongos alongside the guitar and vocals gives the arrangement a unique identity from other folk and even kindie-folk compositions.  ‘Dance Party,’ one of the album’s early entries, is a light, danceable kindie-fied EDM style composition.  Its simple 2/4 beat, with its keyboards and electronics is in direct contrast to the folk sound of the album’s opener/title track.  ‘Fam Jam,’ which immediately follows, offers audiences a touch of indie garage rock alongside its family friendly lyrical content, showing even more the variety in the album’s musical arrangements.  ‘Beautiful All,’ which comes late in the album’s run, changes things even more with its gentle, flowing, guitar-centered arrangement.  It is a complete change of pace for the record that maybe would have served better to be placed earlier in the album’s sequencing in order to break up the album’s energy.  That is a discussion for another time.  Getting back on the subject, the arrangement featured in this song is just as different from those of the other songs addressed here as they are from it, each other, and from the rest of the album’s arrangements.  Keeping all of that in mind, the variety in the album’s musical content should be clear.  That variety is just one part of what makes the album worth hearing.  The album’s lyrical themes are just as important to address as the album’s musical content.

The lyrical themes featured throughout You Are Magic are just as diverse as the record’s musical arrangements if not more so.  Throughout the course of the record, the themes take lefts, rights, and curves right to the end of the musical road.  From the album’s title track, which encourages listeners to take pride in themselves (it is not the only song that delivers that theme. ‘Exactly Perfect’ does much the same, just in a slightly different way from ‘You Are Magic,’ which is a very good thing.) to a song that celebrates the sea (so to speak) in ‘Under The Water’ to the celebration of Halloween (yes, Halloween) in ‘Why Can’t Every Day Be Halloween’ to the celebration of playing with slime in the aptly titled ‘Slime,’ the themes in this record take audiences in so many directions.  That in itself is reason enough for audiences to hear the album.  Even in a case, such as ‘Dance Party,’ which yes gets young listeners on their feet, audiences get even more of something different, lyrically.  So again, what audiences get here in terms of lyrical themes is clearly diversity.  When it and the diversity in the album’s musical arrangements are considered together, the whole shows even more why this album is a positive debut for Triple Rainbow.  It is just a part of what makes the album a success.  The album’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements.

The sequencing of You Are Magic is important to the album’s presentation because it does just as much to keep listeners engaged and entertained as the record’s content.  The sequencing takes into account, the diversity in the album’s content as it orders the songs.  Even as the album’s content changes from one song to the next, the album’s energy remains stable through it all.  Even in a moment such as in ‘Slime,’ whose subdued verses are contrasted by its more energetic choruses, that balance makes certain the energy remains stable.  That stability in the record’s energy works with the continued diversity in the record’s content to create a fully immersive experience for listeners.  That experience will definitely keep audiences engaged from beginning to end.  That maintained engagement and entertainment through all three elements leaves no doubt that You Are Magic is a strong start for Triple Rainbow.

Triple Rainbow’s debut album, You Are Magic is a successful fist outing for the literal and figurative family music act.  Its success comes in part through its featured musical arrangements.  The arrangements are divers throughout the album.  From some kindie folk to kindie dance and pop to a touch of family friendly rock and more, the arrangements offer something for a wide range of audiences.  The lyrical themes featured alongside the album’s musical arrangements are just as diverse as the record’s musical content.  There’s a song celebrating Halloween of all things.  There are songs that encourage self-confidence among audiences.  There are also random, fun songs about slim and diving beneath the waves and so much more.  That variety is even more reason for audiences to take in this record.  The sequencing of that content makes sure that the changes are constant throughout the album.  It also ensures the album’s energy remains stable through it all.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make You Are Magic a strong first outing for Triple Rainbow.

You Are Magic is available now.  More information on Triple Rainbow’s new album, single, and video is available along with all of the group’s latest news at https://www.instagam.com/triplerainbow.

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Animals As Leaders Announces “Parrhesia Tour” Schedule

Courtesy: Cosa Nostra PR

Animals As Leaders Will Tour in support of its new album this spring.

The band is scheduled to launch its “Parrhesia Tour” March 30 in Denver, CO. The tour, which runs less than a month, is in support of the band’s forthcoming album, Parrhesia, which is scheduled for release March 25 through Sumerian Records. The album has produced the singles, ‘The Problem of Other Minds‘ and ‘Monomyth.’ The album’s track listing is noted below.

1.Conflict Cartography  

2. Monomyth

3. Red Miso

4. Gestaltzerfall

5. Asahi

6.The Problem of Other Minds

7.Thoughts and Prayers

8. Micro-Aggressions

9. Gordian Naught

Animals As Leaders’ upcoming tour is scheduled to run through April 22 in Los Angeles, CA and features scheduled performances in cities, such as Detroit, MI; Cincinnati, OH and Atlanta, GA.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

ANIMALS AS LEADERS ‘PARRHESIA TOUR’

W/ Special Guests TBA

Mar 30 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall

Apr 1 – Kansas City, MO @ Truman Theater*

Apr 2 – Omaha, NE @philspicks Slowdown*

Apr 3 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater

Apr 4 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

Apr 5 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts

Apr 6 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall

Apr 8 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s*

Apr 9 – Lititz, PA @ Mickey’s Black Box*

Apr 10 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

Apr 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Brooklyn Bowl

Apr 12 – Boston, MA @ Big Night Live

Apr 13 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage

Apr 15 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre

Apr 16 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues

Apr 18 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues

Apr 19 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s

Apr 21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theater*

Apr 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Theater At The Ace Hotel

*Not a Live Nation Date

More information on Animals As Leaders’ new single, video, and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.animalsasleaders.org

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/animalsasleaders

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/AnimalsAsLeaders

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Slipknot Announces Knotfest Road Show Schedule

Courtesy: Cosa Nostra PR

Slipknot will take its Knotfest music festival on the road this spring.

The band is scheduled to launch its “Knotfest Roadshow 2022 Tour” March 16. The tour’s first leg is scheduled to run through April 17 and will feature performances from In This Moment and Jinjer. The tour’s second leg is scheduled to launch May 18 and to run through June 18, and will feature performances from Cypress Hill and Ho99o9.

Front man Corey Taylor said the band is looking forward to getting the tour off the ground.

“Even with everything going on in the world right now, we’re still extremely excited to come back out in the states, with 2 different, exciting packages,” he said. “Whether it’s In This Moment and Jinjer, or Cypress and Ho99o9, we pride ourselves in bringing our fans the epicenter of our music and art. Come celebrate with us, and try to stay as safe as we will be.”

Shawn “Clown” Crahan echoed Taylor’s sentiments.

“It feels so good to get back out on the road with our Culture,” said Crahan. “Get ready for a brand new experience. See you soon.”

The schedule for the “Knotfest Roadshow 2022 Tour” is noted below. Tickets re available now.

Knotfest Roadshow 2022

LEG 1

Slipknot w/ In This Moment & Jinjer

Wed Mar 16 Fargo, ND      FARGODOME

Fri Mar 18 Omaha, NE     CHI Health Center

Sat Mar 19 Wichita, KS     INTRUST Bank Arena

Tue Mar 22 Memphis, TN     FedExForum

Wed Mar 23 Tulsa, OK      BOK Center

Fri Mar 25 North Little Rock, AR Simmons Bank Arena

Sat Mar 26 Durant, OK       Choctaw Grand Theater

Tue Mar 29 Birmingham, AL   Legacy Arena at the BJCC

Wed Mar 30 N. Charleston, SC  North Charleston Coliseum

Fri Apr 01  Greensboro, NC   Greensboro Coliseum Complex

Sat Apr 02 Reading, PA      Santander Arena

Mon Apr 04 Cleveland, OH    Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

Wed Apr 06 Green Bay, WI    Resch Center

Thu Apr 07 Peoria, IL        Peoria Civic Center

Sat Apr 09 Minneapolis, MN  Target Center

Mon Apr 11 Winnipeg, MB    Canada Life Centre

Tue Apr 12 Regina, SK       Brandt Centre

Thu Apr 14 Saskatoon, SK    SaskTel Centre

Fri Apr 15  Edmonton, AB    Rogers Place

Sun Apr 17 Vancouver, BC    Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

LEG 2

Slipknot w/ Cypress Hill and Ho99o9

Wed May 18   University Park, PA Bryce Jordan Center

Fri May 20 Brooklyn, NY    Barclays Center

Sat May 21 Providence, RI    Dunkin’ Donuts Center

Sun May 22 Manchester, NH   SNHU Arena

Tue May 24 Albany, NY       MVP Arena

Thu May 26 Montreal, QC     Bell Centre

Sat May 28 Québec, QC      Videotron Centre

Sun May 29 Ottawa, ON      Canadian Tire Centre

Mon May 30  Toronto, ON      Budweiser Stage

Wed Jun 01 Cincinnati, OH    Heritage Bank Center

Thu Jun 02 Grand Rapids, MI  Van Andel Arena

Sat Jun 04  East Troy, WI     Alpine Valley Music Theatre

Sun Jun 05 Moline, IL        TaxSlayer Center

Tue Jun 07 Bonner Springs, KS Azura Amphitheater

Thu Jun 09 Colorado Springs, CO The Broadmoor World Arena

Sat Jun 11  Nampa, ID     Ford Idaho Center

Mon Jun 13 Seattle, WA    Climate Pledge Arena

Tue Jun 14 Ridgefield, WA    RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater

Fri Jun 17  Las Vegas, NV     MGM Garden Arena

Sat Jun 18  Chula Vista, CA   North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre

More information on the “Knotfest Roadshow Tour 2022” is available along with all of the tour’s latest news at:

Website: https://knotfest.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/knotfest

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The Dollyrots Debuts New Single; Announces New Tour Schedule

Courtesy: Wicked Cool Records

The Dollyrots debuted its latest single this week.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Too Fun For My Health’ Thursday through BrooklynVegan. The song is the latest single from the group’s forthcoming compilation record, Down The Rabbit Hole, which was originally schedule for release Jan. 7 through Wicked Cool Records and is now scheduled for release Jan. 21. The band premiered the record’s lead single, ‘Just Like All The Rest‘ last month.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Too Fun For My Health’ is a catch, infectious work centered around the pairing of the vocal harmonies and guitars. The solid time keeping and the bass line add just enough accent to the work to make the whole completely engaging and entertaining.

The press release announcing the song’s premiere did not address the song’s lyrical theme. Listening through the song closely, the lyrics that can be deciphered sans lyrics hint at a theme of a person contemplating how he/she has changed along with his/her friends who were one way a long time ago but different as years have gone on. This is just this critic’s own interpretation and should not be taken as the only interpretation.

The track listing for Down the Rabbit Hole is noted below.

Down The Rabbit Hole tracks-

DISC 1

Too Fun for My Health

Cloud Ten

Just Like All the Rest

Vibration

Little Miss Impossible

Get Radical (Dark Version)

Be My Leia (Electric)

Rebel Angel

Super Mega Ultraviolet

Valentine’s Day

Penny (Alt Version)

Nobody Else (Alt Version)

DISC 2

Breed

Stay

Ruby Soho

High School Never Ends

Walking on Sunshine

Da Doo Ron Ron / I Wanna Be Sedated

Punk Rock Girls

American Girl

Earth Angel

Dancing With Myself

Teenage Kicks

Do You Love Me

In other news, The Dollyrots has announced a new tour schedule in support of its new compilation and a new album on which it is working. The tour’s first leg is a North American leg that is scheduled to launch March 10 in Chicago, IL and to run through March 16 in St. Louis, MO. The Von Tramps are scheduled to serve as support for the tour.

The second leg of the tour will take The Dollyrots overseas to Europe and is scheduled to launch April 12 in Blackpool, England. The tour, which will see Bowling For Soup and Lit as support, is scheduled to run through April 23 in London, England.

Additionally, the band is scheduled to take part in the Great Rock n Roll Sea Cruise in Athens Greece from Aug. 18-23 with bands, such as The Dictators, and Buzzcocks. The band’s full tour schedule is noted below.

Upcoming tour dates:

w/ The Von Tramps

Thursday, March 10 Reggie’s Music Joint Chicago, IL

Friday, March 11 Uptown VFW Minneapolis, MN

Saturday, March 12 X-Ray Arcade Cudahy, WI

Sunday, March 13 Beachland Ballroom & Tavern Cleveland, OH

Monday, March 14 Rumba Cafe Columbus, OH

Tuesday, March 15 Melody Inn Indianapolis, IN

Wednesday, March 16 Old Rock House St Louis, MO

w/ Bowling for Soup & Lit

Tuesday, April 12 Empress Ballroom Blackpool, UK

Wednesday, April 13 O2 Academy Glasgow Glasgow, UK

Thursday, April 14 Grimsby Auditorium Grimsby, UK

Friday, April 15 Scarborough Spa Scarborough, UK

Saturday, April 16 O2 Academy Birmingham Birmingham, UK

Sunday, April 17 O2 Academy Bournemouth Bournemouth, UK

Monday, April 18 Riviera International Centre Torquay, UK

Tuesday, April 19 Brangwyn Hall Swansea, UK

Thursday, April 21 De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill On Sea, UK

Friday, April 22 Winter Gardens Margate, UK

Saturday, April 23 O2 Academy Brixton London, UK

w/ Buzzcocks, The Dictators, & more

Thursday, August 18 – August 23 Great Rock n Roll Sea Cruise Athens, Greece

More dates TBA

More information on The Dollyrots’ new compilation record and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.thedollyrots.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/thedollyrots

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/thedollyrots

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Joe Satriani Announces New Album Release Date

Courtesy: earMusic

Joe Satriani is scheduled to release his new album this year.

The famed guitarist is scheduled to release his new album, The Elephants of Mars April 8 through a partnership between Satriani’s own new independent label and earMusic. Pre-orders are open.

Said Satriani of the album’s creative process, “We did everything. We tried the craziest ideas. And we entertained every notion we had about turning something backwards, upside down, seeing what could happen.”

The track listing for The Elephants of Mars is noted below.

THE ELEPHANTS OF MARS Track Listing
1.         Sahara                                                  8. E 104th St NYC
2.         The Elephants of Mars                          9. Pumpin’
3.         Faceless                                              10. Dance of the Spores
4.         Blue Foot Groovy                                 11. Night Scene
5.         Tension and Release                           12. Through a Mother’s Day Darkly
6.         Sailing the Seas of Ganymede            13. 22 Memory Lane
7.         Doors of Perception                             14. Desolation

Joe Satriani released the third issue of his limited edition graphic novel, Crystal Planet in August. The graphic novel series is based on his 1998 album by the same name. The Elephants of Mars will be Satriani’s 19th album and will come less than two years after the release of his most recent album, Shapeshifting, which was released April 10, 2020 through Sony Music.

More information on Joe Satriani’s new album is available along with his latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.satriani.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/joesatriani

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/chickenfootjoe

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Stabbing Westward Unveils New Album’s Second Single

Courtesy: COP International Records

Stabbing Westward released the second single from its new album this week.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Ghost’ Friday. The song is featured in the band’s forthcoming album, Chasing Ghosts, which is scheduled for release March 18 through COP International Records.

Stabbing Westward premiered the album’s lead single, ‘I Am Nothing‘ and its companion lyric video, in November. Audiences can stream and download ‘Ghost’ here. Audiences who download ‘Ghost’ now will receive instant grat downloads of a ‘Ghost’ remix, and re-worked take of the band’s hit song, ‘Why,’ which was featured in the band’s 1996 Gold-certified album, Wither Blister Burn & Peel.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Ghost’ takes audiences back to Stabbing Westward’s heyday through its electronics and haunting vocals from front man Christopher Hall. The brooding keyboard line, Hall’s vocals and the staccato nature of the guitar riffs work with the drums to make the arrangement in whole a song that throws back to works from Wither Blister Burn & Peel.

The press release announcing the single’s premiere did not include information about the song’s lyrical theme. A close listen to the song however, infers a theme of someone feeling alone mentally and emotionally. That is just this critic’s interpretation and should not be taken as the only interpretation.

Pre-orders for Chasing Ghosts are open. The album’s track listing is noted below.

The full track listing for Chasing Ghosts is as follows:

  1. I Am Nothing
  2. Damaged Goods
  3. Cold
  4. Push
  5. Wasteland
  6. Ctrl Z
  7. Crawl
  8. Dead & Gone
  9. Ghost
  10. The End

More information on Stabbing Westward’s new single and album is available along with all of Stabbing Westward’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.stabbingwestward.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/stabbingwestward

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/stabbingwestward

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Lydia Can’t Breathe Debuts New Single, Video; Announces New Live Dates

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Independent hard rock band Lydia Can’t Breathe debuted its latest single and video this week.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Sick Now‘ and its companion video Friday. The single’s arrangement is a heavy, melodic hard rock style composition. The contrast of the heavier verses and the more melodic choruses make for a rich, immersive work.

The song’s lyrical theme tackles the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, said front man Kyle Bolduc.

“I wrote these lyrics while quarantined during the first wave of Covid,” he said. “It’s a true reflection of how I was feeling at the time, and what we were all going through. All I was thinking about was how I wanted to do shows and get back in the studio. We couldn’t even practice together because we were all getting sick and s*** was changing life as we knew it.”

Added Bolduc, “I was actually sick when I wrote the song. That day I decided to smoke a bowl and wrote some lyrics about how we are sick now and the feelings I had about that. Looking back now at that time, I didn’t realize how relevant the song would end up being and the significance of the concept. We ended up liking the idea so much we decided to make it our next single with a music video.”

The video for ‘Sick Now’ features Bolduc playing the contrasting roles of a COVID patient and a politician, showing everything that has gone on throughout the course of the pandemic. Meanwhile, the band is shown performing its new single as the song plays over the overall visualization.

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In other news, Lydia Can’t Breathe has announced a new tour schedule. The tour is scheduled to launch March 24 in Chesapeake, VA and to run through April 10 in Charleston, WV. It also features performances scheduled in cities, such as Akron, OH; Buffalo, NY and Indianapolis, IN. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Lydia Can’t Breathe Dates:

Thursday, 3/24 Chesapeake, VA @Riffhouse Pub

Friday, 3/25 Whitehall, PA @Club Carrigans

Saturday, 3/26 Mechanicsburg, PA @JB Lovedrafts

Sunday, 3/27 Berlin, MD w/COTW @Globe Gastro Theatre

Wednesday, 3/30 Buffalo, NY w/COTW @Mohawk Palace

Thursday, 3/31 Akron, OH w/COTW @The Vortex

Friday, 4/1 Portage, IN w/COTW @Decibels at On the Roxx

Saturday, 4/2 DeForest, WI w/COTW @DynaVap

Sunday, 4/3 Sturtevant, WI w/COTW @Route 20

Tuesday, 4/5 Devenport, IA @Village Theatre

Wednesday, 4/6 Lombard, IL w/COTW @Brauer House

Thursday, 4/7 Indianapolis, IN w/COTW @Black Circle

Friday, 4/8 Parkersburg, WV w/COTW @The Dils Center

Saturday, 4/9 Martinsburg, WV w/COTW @Bad Habits Bar & Grill

Sunday, 4/10 Charleston, WV w/COTW @Rock City Cake Company

Lydia Can’t Breathe most recently toured alongside Sevendust and Tremonti in September. That band had a handful of solo shows along the way

More information on Lydia Can’t Breathe’s new single, video, and upcoming live dates is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://lydiacantbreathe.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/lydiacantbreathe

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/lcbmusic

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Matt Heafy Debuts New Solo Project’s Lead Single, Video

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Trivium front man Matt Heafy gave audiences their first preview of his new solo project this week.

Heafy premiered his new single, ‘Tamashii No Houkai‘ and its video Friday. The song, which features a guest appearance from Ihsan (Emperor), is the first from Heafy’s new Ibaraki project.

The song’s musical arrangement is a heavy, intense composition. The combination of Heafy’s intense vocals and the equally powerful guitars gives audiences a touch of Heafy’s work with Trivium while also incorporating some black and death metal influences into the mix. The whole makes for quite the intriguing opus.

Heafy offered the following about the arrangement’s creation.

“‘Tamashii No Houkai’ is co-written by Ihsahn — the legend behind Emperor and a musician who has been a longtime influence and mentor to so much that I do in music. The writing of this song was the turning point for Ibaraki — it summarized everything from the past, present, and future of what I thought black metal was, is, and could be. ‘Tamashii No Houkai’ is the perfect summary and representation of everything that Ibaraki is… and will be.”

As to the song’s lyrical theme, Heafy noted the term ‘Tamashii No Houkai’ “means ‘the breaking of the soul’ or ‘soul collapse,” he said. “It’s a Japanese term that didn’t exist before, but one we forged to reflect the song’s meaning.”

The video for Heafy’s new single features images, such as the noted samurai practicing with his sword on a beach, a bird in flight and other items.

More information on Heafy’s new single is available along with all of his and Trivium’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.trivium.org

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Trivium

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TriviumOfficial

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