Queensryche Announces Release Date For New LP, Tour Dates; Debuts New Single

Courtesy:  Concrete Marketing

Courtesy: Concrete Marketing

Queensryche returns this fall with its latest album.

The band announced Monday that it will release Condition Human on Friday, October 2nd via Century Media Records. Pre-orders for the album, the band’s second with new front man Todd LaTorre, are available online now at http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/queensryche. It is the first album for the band since it settled its court case with now former front man Geoff Tate earlier this year over the rights to the use of the Queensryche brand. Tate now fronts his own band, Operation: Mindcrime, which is named after Queensryche’s hit 1988 album.

Condition Human was helmed by famed producer ZEUSS (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Sanctuary) in Queensryche’s home state of Washington. In anticipation of the album’s release, Queensryche has made available for streaming the album’s lead single ‘Arrow of Time.’ Audiences can hear the song now online via SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/centurymedia/queensryche-arrow-of-time/s-3aMP6.

Along with the debut of its new single, Queensryche has also announced that it will join fellow veteran rock band Scorpions on the road beginning Thursday, September 10th in Boston, MA. The twenty-two-date tour currently runs through Friday, October 9th and includes performances in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, California, and other locations. The bands’ current tour schedule is listed below.

 

QUEENSRYCHE w/Scorpions

Sep 10 @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion – Boston, MA

Sep 11 @ The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY*

Sep 12 @ Barclay’s Arena – Brooklyn, NY

Sep 13 @ Meadowbrook – Gilford, NH

Sep 14 @ State Theatre – Portland, ME*

Sep 16 @ Moncton Coliseum – Moncton, Canada

Sep 17 @ Imperial Theatre – Quebec, Canada*

Sep 18 @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – Toronto, Canada

Sep 19 @ Bell Centre – Montreal, Canada

Sep 22 @ LC Pavilion – Columbus, OH

Sep 23 @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica – Cleveland, OH

Sep 24 @ The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN*

Sep 25 @ Caesar’s Windsor – Windsor, Canada

Sep 26 @ Allstate Arena  – Chicago, IL

Sep 29 @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre – Denver, CO

Oct 01 @ SAP Center – San Jose, CA

Oct 02 @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe – Stateline, NV*

Oct 03 @ The Forum – Los Angeles, CA

Oct 04 @ House of Blues – San Diego, CA*

Oct 06 @ Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA

Oct 07 @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV

Oct 09 @ ShoWare Center – Seattle, WA

* QUEENSRYCHE Headlining Off-Date

 

All of the latest information on Queensryche’s new album is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.queensrycheofficial.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/queensryche

 

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TesseracT Reveals New Details For Its Third Album

Courtesy:  eOne/Kscope

Courtesy: eOne/Kscope

British prog-metal standout TesseracT recently announced that it had signed a new deal with independent record labels eOne and Kscope that would see its next label released via the two labels. It announced that eOne would handle its new release domestically and Kscope would carry it overseas. Now the band has announced even more details on its new record.

TesseracT announced this week the title, release date and even track listing for its album and as well as a teaser trailer to promote the record. The band announced that its new album will be titled Polaris and that it will be released worldwide on Friday, September 18th under the music industry’s new worldwide release date scheduling. The band’s third full-length studio effort, Polaris comes two years after the release of its most recent album 2013’s Altered State. It will also be the first full-length studio release for the band in its new relationship with eOne and Kscope. Audiences and fans can check out the trailer for Polaris online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pnWkaZK1hA.

Courtesy:  eOne/Kscope

Courtesy: eOne/Kscope

The album’s track listing is noted below.

Polaris Track Listing

1. Dystopia

2. Hexes

3. Survival

4. Tourniquet

5. Utopia

6. Phoenix

7. Messenger

8. Cages

9. Seven Names

More information on Polaris is available online along with all of the latest news from TesseracT at:

Website: http://www.tesseractband.co.uk

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/tesseractband

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Odyssey/Scala Is One Of 2015’s Best New Live Recordings

Courtesy:  Century Media Records

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Progressive metal band TesseracT recently released its first-ever live recording. The recording, Odyssey/Scala is an interesting effort from the UK-based band. The dual-disc recording gives audiences quite the treat right off the top in the fact that it offers not just one performance on two platforms but multiple performances on one disc (CD) and one complete hour-plus concert on the other (DVD). Interestingly enough despite that variety of concerts, the set list presented both on the set’s CD and DVD side is the same. It is also in the same order on both platforms. While the CD and DVD platform each present different aspects of TesseracT’s European and Russian 2014 tour, an examination of the shows’ production values still remains a must. For the most part, the production values are impressive on both platforms. Though, it can’t be denied that some of the concerts presented on the set’s CD side have some issues with their audio mixes. Luckily though, those issues aren’t enough to take away from the more positive audio elements presented on that side.The cinematography on the set’s DVD side is beyond exceptional. Coupled with the relatively impressive audio here, the combination of both elements solidifies it as a concert that any fan will enjoy. When the production values of both platforms are taken into consideration with the noted set lists and the fact that audiences get both a full concert on one platform and pieces of multiple shows on the other, Odyssey/Scala proves in the end to be a candidate to be one of this year’s best new live recordings overall.

Odyssey/Scala is a definite candidate for any critic’s list of this year’s best new live recordings overall. That is saying quite a bit being that it is TesseracT’s first-ever live recording. The main reason that it is deserving of such honor is the fact that over the course of the set’s two discs, audiences get both a complete hour-plus concert on the set’s DVD platform and a variety of performances from across the band’s 2014 Europe/Russia tour. That within itself is plenty of reason for Tesseract’s fans to pick up this recording. So in essence, audiences are getting not one performance but one full performance plus a large snapshot of the band’s tour overall as it made its way across Europe and Russia last year. This is something significant because in so many cases, bands that release multi-disc live recordings have a tendency to release the same performance on both platforms. That is not to say that there are not bands that do or have done what TesseracT has done here. But it would seem that the tendency is more towards bands doing the prior. So for TesseracT to do what it has done here means that it has gives its fans both a full audio/visual experience on one platform and a relatively solid audio experience across a multitude of performances from the same tour that gave audiences Scala. It also means that audiences have been given a wide picture of the band’s performance as it made its way across Europe and Russia last year. This makes for a solid foundation on which the rest of this recording rests and in turn serves to show in just one way why Odyssey/Scala should be in ny TesseracT fan’s collection and on any critic’s list of the year’s best new live recordings overall.

The fact that Odyssey/Scala’s dual platform presentation gives audiences such a wide view of TesseracT’s live show is an important element of this recording. It serves as the presentation’s foundation. And the foundation established in this fact is strong to say the least. It’s just one part of the whole that makes Odyssey/Scala such an impressive first live effort from TesseracT, too. The set list that is presented on both platforms makes the recording just as impressive. Audiences will be interested to note that while the DVD presents one of TesseracT’s shows and the CD presents a wider array of performances, the set list still remains in tact through it all. That is especially interesting to note. It would have been easy for the band and those at Century Media to simply re-organize the tracks on the CD side. They opted not to do that, though opting instead to keep everything the same. As wild as it may seem, in keeping the set lis the same even being split up among a variety of concerts it actually makes even better the view of the band’s live show. Sure, mixing up the tracks would have still given its own view of the band’s live show in its own right. But having them in the same order even among the band’s different live shows as set against the band’s full live show on Scala makes the experience in whole all the richer and in turn enjoyable. that being the case, it shows once more why Odyssey/Scala belongs in any TesseracT fan’s music library and in any critic’s list of the year’s best new live recordings.

On related note, the set list that is featured across both of the set’s discs is especially interesting to note in that both lift liberally from the band’s current body of work. The band currently has two full-length records under its belt and two EPs (I.E. four total releases). The band lifted from each one of those releases for this recording. So even with the band still technically being a relatively young act, it is safe to say that the set list culled for Odyssey/Scala is a career-spanning set. That makes the set list even more important to the whole of this recording.

The set list and overall presentation of Odyssey/Scala are both integral in their own way to its success and enjoyment. While both are key to its success and enjoyment, an examination of the concerts’ production values is just as worth noting here, too. Audiences will especially appreciate the production values incorporated into Scala, the presentation’s DVD side. The audio mix was relatively well-balanced even with the concert having been recorded at what looks like a venue that did not look that large. The real star in terms of the production values here is its cinematography. Thanks to the work of the concert’s camera crew, the concert looks more like a top-notch music video than a live show. Even with the venue seemingly not being overly large, the camera crew managed to get into spaces that give a good view of the packed house and its rabid reaction to the band’s show as well as equally impressive views of the band itself. On another level, the combined efforts of the camera crew and director created shots and movements that served to heighten even more the emotion of the band’s performance. This is so important to the whole of the show because the band didn’t spend much time in the show interacting with the audience. Rather it let the music do the talking. And together with the work of the camera crew, the band speaks volumes. Their combined work makes Scala stand out brightly and proudly.

The production values incorporated into Scala make more than worth the watch by audiences including both the band’s fans and critics alike. On the other side of the set, the audio mix in Odyssey’s concerts is fairly impressive for the most part. Though it can’t be denied that it isn’t perfect. There are some points at which front man Daniel Tompkins gets drowned out by his band mates throughout the shows. It isn’t overwhelming in the grand scheme of things. But it is noticeable enough to be mentioned. And even so, when examined in comparison to the production values of the rest of Odyssey and those of Scala it is hardly enough to do any noticeable damage to the enjoyment of Odyssey/Scala. Because it doesn’t really take away too much from the whole of the set, Odyssey/Scala it can still be said that the overall production values incorporated into Odyssey/Scala as a whole play their own important role in the set’s overall enjoyment and success. When considered with both the package’s set list and the general presentation on CD and DVD, all three elements show collectively exactly why Odyssey/Scala is an impressive live debut for TesseracT and a piece that is deserving of a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s best new live recordings overall.

Odyssey/Scala proves itself in plenty of ways to be one of this year’s best new live recordings overall. It is just as impressive of a debut live recording for the UK-based prog-metal band. It proves this thanks to the overall presentation of its CD and DVD platform. The set list presented on both platforms is just as key to the package’s enjoyment and success. The production values incorporated into each of the presented shows roudns out the package’s positives. Each of the noted elements plays its own important role in the enjoyment and success of these presentations. Collectively, they show once again just how much there is to appreciate about this package. All things considered, Odyssey/Scala shows in the end to be a piece that every one of TesseracT’s fans should have in their own music libraries and a piece that deserves a place on any critic’s list of the year’s best new live recordings overall. It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct from TesseracT’s online store at http://www.bandstores.co.uk/shop/tesseractstore/proddetail.php?prod=esm_Tesseract_liveDVD&cat=2292. More information on Odyssey/Scala is available online now along with all of the latest news from the band at:

Website: http://www.tesseractband.co.uk

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/tesseractband

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TesseracT Streaming “Scala” Concert In Its Entirety Online Now

Courtesy:  Century Media Records

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Progressive metal band TesseracT will release its first ever live CD/DVD recording Odyssey/Scala next week. In anticipation, the band is now streaming Scala, the live video portion of its concert online in its entirety for fans. It can be viewed online now via Century Media’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UV8gpcchzkw&feature=youtu.be. The concert was recorded live on November 6th 2014 in Scala, London, UK. Odyssey, the set’s audio portion, was recorded throughout the European and Russian leg of the band’s 2014 Altered State World Tour.

Currently, no pricing information is available for Odyssey/Scala. Audiences can keep up with the information and more, including the latest updates from the band, online at:

Website: http://tesseractband.co.uk

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

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TesseracT Premieres ‘Nocturne’ Live Performance Video

Courtesy:  Century Media Records

Courtesy: Century Media Records

UK-based prog-metal band TesseracT will release its new live CD/DVD Odyssey/Scala later this month via Century Media Records. In anticipation of its release, the band has premiered the official video for its performance of its song ‘Nocturne.’ It can be viewed online now via Century Media’s YouTube website at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iy5mxqnJEVE&feature=youtu.be.

The band’s new video for ‘Nocturne’ is just the latest taste of what TesseracT has to offer audiences on its new live recording. The band previously released a sneak peek of its performance of ‘Concealing Fate Part 2 & 3 also via Century Media’s YouTube channel. It can be viewed online now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAodZJhE_Ws&feature=youtu.be.

The CD portion of Odyssey/Scala was recorded throughout the European leg of Tesseract’s 2014 tour. The package’s DVD was recorded live on November 6th, 2014 in Scala, London, UK. Along with the live videos already noted, fans can also check out a trailer for the upcoming live double-disc release via Century Media’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrT0YXTvH1E&feature=youtu.be.

More information on Tesseract’s upcoming live recording is available online now along with the band’s latest news and tour dates at:

Website: http://tesseractband.co.uk

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

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Butcher Babies Complete Work On Second Album, Announce Upcoming Tour Dates

Butcher Babies is preparing to hit the road once again.

The band announced today that it will embark on an extensive spring/summer tour in support of its as-yet untitled upcoming sophomore album this week. The album was produced by former Machine Head bassist Logan Mader. The band’s new album is currently slated for release this fall via Century Media Records.

The first slate of tour dates on the band’s current schedule sees the band hitting the road alongside Upon A Burning Body beginning this Thursday, April 9th in Scottsdale, AZ and winding down next Friday, April 17th in Poughkeepsie, NY. It also includes stops in Colorado, New Mexico, Illinois, and Iowa. The complete schedule is listed below:

Butcher Babies Spring Tour Poster 1

Courtesy: Street Smart Marketing/Century Media Records

BUTCHER BABIES w/Upon A Burning Body

April 9th, 2015 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock Live

April 10th, 2015 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad

April 11th, 2015 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre

April 13th, 2015 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s (No UABB)

April 14th, 2015 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s

April 15th, 2015 – Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theatre

April 17th, 2015 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft (No UABB)

Butcher Babies will waste no time after finishing up its tour with UABB finishes up next week. Beginning next Saturday, April 18th, both bands will join The Nearly Deads and headliners In This Moment for the “Black Widow Tour.” The tour is in support ITM’s upcoming hits compilation Rise of the Blood Legion: Greatest Hits (Chapter 1). That collection will be released May 5th via Century Media Records. The twenty-one date tour runs through May 26th and includes a stop at North Carolina’s annual hard rock festival the Carolina Rebellion Festival. Butcher Babies vocalist Heidi Shepherd discussed the band’s inclusion on the “Black Widow tour,” noting the band’s outlook at getting out on the road with the tour’s other bands saying, “This upcoming tour is really special to us. Not only do we get to see so many of our friends that we have accumulated around the country through our music, but it’s also our first chance to play some songs off of the new album. Our fans have been so patient waiting for new music. In true Butcher Babies fashion we never do anything half-assed, so it took a little while. Playing these songs on this tour will be a little treat for our dedicated fan base. Also, to be back out with In This Moment is a huge honor. They have been so supportive of us and they put on an incredible live show.”

She went on noting the band’s excitement at getting to see all of its fans at each show’s post-show meet-and-greet, stating, “To all the BUTCHER BABIES fans old and new, you’ve inspired us so much throughout the years. After every show, we do a free meet and greet at our merch booth. Be sure to come stop by and say hello. We would be honored to meet you.”

Guitarist Henry Flury shared Shepherd’s thoughts on getting to see the band’s fan base saying, Every time we pass through a city we see more and more faces screaming along to the lyrics to our songs. You guys have no idea how that makes us feel. Now we have a few new face melting surprises in store for you guys and we can’t wait to see you sweat it out with us in the pit!”

Co-vocalist Carla Hardy added her thoughts on the tour saying, “It is crazy to think that this will be our ninth big national tour since our first big tour in mid 2012. We feel like old road dogs now as we recognize all the truck stop showers and coffee shops all across the states. However, the best thing about touring is seeing all the familiar faces in the crowd. Our fans have become dear friends over the last few years and every night feels like a family reunion at our after show merch booth meet and greets.”

The complete “Black Widow Tour” schedule is listed below.

Courtesy:  Street Smart Marketing/Century Media Records

Courtesy: Street Smart Marketing/Century Media Records

BUTCHER BABIES w/In This Moment, Upon A Burning Body, The Nearly Deads

April 18th, 2015 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre

April 19th, 2015 – Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall

April 21st, 2015 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

April 22nd, 2015 – Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater

April 23rd, 2015 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live

April 25th, 2015 – Fort Myers, FL @ Fort Rock

April 26th, 2015 – Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville

April 28th, 2015 – Knoxville, TN @ The International

April 29th, 2015 – Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29

May 2nd, 2015 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom

May 3rd, 2015 – Charlotte, NC @ Carolina Rebellion

May 5th, 2015 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage

May 7th, 2015 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE

May 9th, 2015 – Bangor, ME @ Rise Above Fest

May 12th, 2015 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

May 14th, 2015 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount

May 15th, 2015 – Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre

May 16th, 2015 – Reading, PA @ Reverb

May 22nd, 2015 – Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma

May 23rd, 2015 – Tyler, TX @ Click’s

May 26th, 2015 – Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Amphitheater

Following the end of the “Black Widow Tour” Butcher Babies will take some well-deserved and much-needed time off before heading overseas for a handful of summer festivals beginning with the annual Download Festival on June 14th. The band’s summer festival schedule is listed below:

European Festivals

June 14th Download – UK

June 19th Graspop – Belgium

June 20th Hellfest – France

July 20th Metaldays – Slovenia

July 31st Wacken – Germany

More information on Butcher Babies’ upcoming tour is available online now along with all of the latest daily updates from the band at:

Website: http://www.ButcherBabiesOfficial.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ButcherBabies

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Otherwise Announces Spring Tour Schedule With Nonpoint, Scare Don’t Fear

Courtesy:  Street Smart Marketing

Courtesy: Street Smart Marketing

Fans of the Las Vegas-based hard rock band Otherwise are going to get more chances to see the band live this spring.

The members of Otherwise announed this week that the band will continue its current tour into the spring. The band will join Scare Don’t Fear as a support act for veteran rock bad Nonpoint on its current tour. The new slate of tour dates are in support of Otherwise’s latest full-length studio effort Peace at All Costs (Century Media). Front man Adrian Patrick spoke on behalf of the band noting that it Nonpoint was one of the first bands to offer support to Otherwise, so it’s just fair to repay the favor. He expanded explaining that Nonpoint’s willingness to take chances and set itself apart from all of the mainstream acts out there, which is another reason that the members of Otherwise have always admired Nonpoint. “The Wise Guys are excited to go out on the road with Nonpoint for this new tour,” he said. “They were one of the first bands to support us and they’ve continued to find success for as long as they have by doing something unique in this Active Rock genre which we strive to set ourselves apart in as well. Add in the fact that they’re cool cats and we can’t wait to hang out!”

‘Coming for the Throne,’ the latest single from Peace at all Costs, is currently making waves at radio stations across the country. As Patrick explains, the song is self-explanatory. “Our latest single has been at radio for a few weeks now and has been doing very well; getting picked up by stations all over the country,” he said. “The message of the song is crystal clear: we are here to take the crown… the world needs to know that. And now with my son here in this life, it holds a deeper meaning in what I want to share with him. I want him to always believe in himself, just as my parents taught my brother & I to do.” The video for ‘Coming for the Throne’ can be viewed online now via YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eu6MfEMVtdo&feature=youtu.be.

The dates for Otherwise’s dates with Scare Don’t Fear and Nonpoint are listed below:

OTHERWISE Dates on Nonpoint Tour

4/20: Fat Cat’s Music Lounge – Modesto, CA *

4/28: Hard Times – Hagerstown, MD

4/29: Schmitt’s Saloon – Morgantown, WV

5/1: Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA

5/3: Hard Times – Fredericksburg, VA

5/6: Rockpile West – Toronto, ON

5/7: Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY

5.8: Jewel Nightclub – Manchester, NH

5/12: Bullshooters – Philadelphia, PA

5/13: The Broadberry – Richmond, VA

5/16: Music Factory – Battle Creek

5/18: Green Bay Distillery – Ashwaubenon, WI

5/19: Q & Z Expo Center – Ringle, WI

5/20: Spicoli’s Grill – Waterloo, IA

5/30: Rock Fest – Kansas City #

* – w/We Are Harlot (no Nonpoint)

# – Radio Festival (no Nonpoint)

All of the latest updates on Otherwise’s tour schedule are available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: http://www.weareotherwise.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/weareotherwise

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