Queensryche Debuts ‘Dark Reverie’ Lyric Video

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Queensryche released the lyric video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its single ‘Dark Reverie‘ on Monday.  The song’s musical arrangement is everything that audiences have come to expect from Queensryche throughout its life.  Queensryche guitarist Parker Lundgren explained the song’s lyrical theme is very introspective.

“‘Dark Reverie’ is a guitar-driven progressive ballad addressing self-reflection during times of tragedy and the questions we ask ourselves while grieving,” Lundgren said.

‘Dark Reverie’ is the latest single from Queensryche’s forthcoming album The Verdict, which is currently set for release March 1 via Century Media.  Pre-orders for The Verdict are open now.  The album’s lead single, ‘Man The Machine‘ premiered Nov. 16.

Queensryche will tour in support of The Verdict starting March 2 in Orlando, FL.  The monthlong tour is scheduled to run through March 3 in Seattle, WA, and feature performances in cities nationwide, such as Cincinnati, OH; Uncasville, CT and Tempe, AZ.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

 

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QUEENSRYCHE HEADLINE TOUR DATES
March 2 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
March 3 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
March 5 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
March 7 – Baltimore – Sound Stage*
March 8 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun^
March 9 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza*
March 10 – Worcester, MA – Palladium*
March 12 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
March 13 – Detroit, MI – Diesel
March 14 – Chicago, IL – Concord
March 15 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
March 16 – Medina, MN – Medina Entertainment Center
March 17 – Davenport, IA – Rhythm City Casino Resort^
March 20 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
March 21 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
March 22 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec
March 23 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey
March 26 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
March 27 – San Diego – Observatory
March 28 – Los Angeles, CA- Fonda
March 29 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
March 30 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
April 2 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
April 3 – Seattle, WA – Neptune
*w/ support from The Cringe
^Queensrÿche only

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Pre-orders Open For Buckcherry’s New LP

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Pre-orders for Buckcherry’s new album are officially open.

Pre-orders officially opened Friday for the band’s forthcoming 12-song album Warpaint, which will be available on a variety of platforms, including but not limited to CD and vinyl.

Anyone who pre-orders the album now will receive an instant-grat download of the album’s lead single, ‘Bent.’ It can also be purchased online via iTunes, Apple Music and Amazon Music.  It is streaming online now via Spotify.

Another song featured in Warpaint is the band’s cover of Nine Inch Nails’ hit single ‘Head Like A Hole.’  The video is streaming online now here.

Warpaint was produced by Mike Plotnikoff (Aerosmith, Skillet, Creed), who has previously worked with Buckcherry, including the band’s platinum-certified album 15.  That album produced the hit singles ‘Crazy Bitch’ and ‘Sorry.’

Buckcherry will launch its new tour in support of Warpaint Jan. 16 in San Juan Capistrano, CA. The tour is currently scheduled to run through May 5 in Montclair, CA.

Joyous Wolf will serve as support on the tour starting March 6, The band will tour on the strength of its latest single, ‘Mississippi Queen,’ which is featured in the band’s as-yet untitled Roadrunner Records debut album

The tour’s schedule, which is listed below, includes dates in North America and Europe. Tickets can be purchased here.

CALIFORNIA TOUR DATES:
Jan 16 – San Juan Capistrano, CA @ The Coach House Concert Hall
Jan 17 – Santa Clarita, CA @ The Canyon
Jan 18 – Agoura Hills, CA @ The Canyon
Jan 19 – Pasadena, CA @ The Rose
EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:
Feb 5 – Manchester, UK @ O2 The Ritz
Feb 6 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy
Feb 8 – Kingston Upton Hull, UK @ Asylum
Feb 10 – West Midlands, UK @ West Mid
Feb 12 – Tyne And Wear, UK @ O2 Academy Newcastle
Feb 13 – Glasgow, UK @ Galvanizers
Feb 15 – Nottinghamshire, UK @ Rock City
Feb 16 – Oxfordshire, UK @ O2 Academy Oxford
Feb 17 – Norwich, UK @ The LCR
Feb 19 – Bo, Germany @ Zeche Bochum
Feb 20 – Berlin, Germany @ Markthalle Berlin
Feb 22 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Dynamo
Feb 23 – Ceriva, Italy @ Rock Planet
Feb 24 – Saarbrucken, Germany @ Garage Saarbucken
WARPAINT TOUR DATES:
Mar 6 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Mar 8 – Vancouver BC @ Hard Rock Casino
Mar 10 – Edmonton ALB @ Century Casino
Mar 11 – Calgary ALB @ Palace Theatre
Mar 13 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theater
Mar 15 – La Crosse, WI @ Brickhouse
Mar 16 – Effingham, IL @ Effingham Performance Center
Mar 17 – Chesterfield, MI @ Diesel
Mar 19 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
Mar 20 – Dayton, OH @ Oddbodies
Mar 22 – Palatine, IL @ Dirty Nellies
Mar 23 – Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall
Mar 24 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Jergel’s
Mar 26 – Foxboro, MA @ Toby Keith’s
Mar 28 – Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penns Peak
Mar 29 – New York, NY@ Irving Plaza
Mar 30 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s
Mar 31 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
April 2 – Newport News, VA @ Boathouse
April 4 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Arizona Bike Week – Westworld of Scottsdale
April 7 – Jacksonville, NC @ Tarheel
April 9 – Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
April 11 – Greenville, SC @ Firmament
April 12 – Knoxville, TN @ Cotton Eyed Joe
April 13 – Tampa, FL @ Fergs Live
April 14 – Jacksonville, FL @ Surfer Bar
April 16 – Pensacola. FL @ Vinyl
April 17 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
April 19 – Memphis, TN @ Graceland Soundstage
April 20 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
April 22 – St. Louis, IL @ Pops
April 23 – Springfield, MO @ The Complex
April 24 – Angola, IN @ The Eclectic Room
April 28 – Colony, TX @ Lava Cantina
April 30 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Studio
May 1 – Denver, CO @ Harry’s Hideaway
May 3 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Royal Bar
May 4 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
May 5 – Montclair, CA @ Canyon Club

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Queensryche Announces New Album Release, Tour Dates; Debuts Album’s Lead Single

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Queensryche is giving audiences their first preview of its new album.

The band debuted the lead single, ‘Man The Machine‘ from its forthcoming album The Verdict on Friday.  The Verdict is scheduled to be released March 1 via Century Media, and will come a little more than three years after the release of the band’s most recent album, 2015’s Condition Human.

Front man Todd La Torre said in a recent interview that more is on the way from Queensryche as The Verdict‘s release date nears.

“We are excited to release the first full song ‘Man The Machine’ from our upcoming albumThe Verdict,” La Torre said.  “This is just a small taste of what is to come, and we look forward to unveiling more tracks and videos as we approach the official album release date of March 1, 2019 via Century Media.  For exclusive footage, sneak peek audio teasers, exclusive merchandise and album pre-order packages, we invite you to join our official Pledge Music campaign here!”

Pre-orders for The Verdict are open now. The Verdict will be available on a variety of platforms, which are listed below.

The Verdict was produced, mixed and mastered by ZEUSS (Rob Zombie, Iced Earth, Hatebreed).  at Uberbeatz in Lynwood, WA; Planet Z in Wilbraham, MA and watershed Studios in Seattle, WA.

The following formats will be available for The Verdict:
CD Digipack (US)
CD Jewelcase (EU)
Ltd. 2CD Box Set (EU)
Exclusive T-Shirt Bundle available at the Century Media store here:
The following vinyl colors will be available:
500x Red Smoke LP (Available in stores and online in the US)
Limited (TBD) Clear Smoke LP (Band Exclusive Available at Pledge Music)
500x Bloodshot LP (Exclusively Available at FYE)
The following will be available on the Century Media European store HERE:
Black LP+CD & Poster
100x clear LP+CD & Poster
200x transp. red LP+CD & Poster
200x transparent petrol green LP+CD & Poster are available alongside album bundles HERE

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Along with the announcement of its upcoming album release, Queensryche has also announced it will tour in support of The Verdict.  It will launch a headlining tour March 2, with Fates Warning and The Cringe serving as support.  Tickets can be purchased via the band’s official website.

The current schedule for Queensryche’s upcoming tour is noted below.

QUEENSRYCHE HEADLINE TOUR DATES
March 2 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
March 3 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
March 5 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
March 7 – Baltimore – Sound Stage*
March 8 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun^
March 9 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza*
March 10 – Worcester, MA – Palladium*
March 12 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
March 13 – Detroit, MI – Diesel
March 14 – Chicago, IL – Concord
March 15 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
March 16 – Medina, MN – Medina Entertainment Center
March 17 – Davenport, IA – Rhythm City Casino Resort^
March 20 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
March 21 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
March 22 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec
March 23 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey
March 26 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
March 27 – San Diego, CA – Observatory
March 28 – Los Angeles, CA- Fonda
March 29 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
March 30 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
April 2 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
April 3 – Seattle, WA – Neptune
*w/ support from The Cringe
^Queensrÿche only

More information on The Verdict, Queenryche’s tour in support of The Verdict and all of the band’s latest news is available online now at:

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/queensryche

 

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Like A Storm Debuts ‘Pure Evil’ Music Video

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Like A Storm unveiled the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the music video for its new single ‘Pure Evil.’  The song is the second single from the band’s most recent full-length studio recording Catacombs, which was released June 22, 2018 via Century Media Records/Red Music.

The video was shot at the site of the former Methodist Church of Gary, Indiana, just south of Chicago, Illinois, with Vince Lundi heading the project.  Like A Storm guitarist Matt Brooks explained in an interview, that the song’s lyrical theme is a social commentary that focuses on religious and political leaders.

“The cover ups, scandals and exploitation that pervade the highest levels of church and government are just sickening,” Brooks said.  “‘Pure Evil’ seemed like the perfect way to sum up this absolute hypocrisy.  These people seem so righteous, but at their core, they are the worst of the worst.”

‘Pure Evil’ is just the latest single to be released from Catacombs.  Audiences can hear a snippet of the album’s lead single ‘Complicated (Stitches & Scars)’ — as well as the album’s other songs — here.

Along with the debut of its new video, the band also recently announced a new string of live U.S. tour dates stretching from Dec. 11 – Dec. 22 in support of Catacombs.  Palisades will serve as support for the tour.  VIP packages and tickets are available here.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

Like A Storm Headline Dates:
December 11 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
December 12 – Janesville, WI – The Back Bar
December 13 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
December 14 – Ringle, WI – Q and Z Expo Center
December 15 – Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
December 17 – Minot, ND – The ‘O’Riginal Bar And Nightclub
December 18 – Billings, MT – Pub Station
December 19 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
December 21 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
December 22 – Las Vegas, NV – The Backstage Bar

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Website: http://www.likeastorm.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/likeastorm

 

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Fozzy Reaches Its Peak With ‘Judas’

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Veteran hard rock band Fozzy launched the latest leg of its “Judas Rising” tour on Friday.  The tour, which currently runs through September 29 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, includes performances in Charlotte and Jacksonville, North Carolina on September 19 and 20 respectively.  The tour’s launch also follows the release of the band’s latest single, ‘Burn Me Out,’ which is taken from the band’s most recent album, Judas (2017).  Judas is an interesting change of pace for Fozzy at least stylistically speaking.  That is not a bad thing, either.  In fact, the change in the band’s sound exhibited in this record is a big part of what makes the record such an interesting new offering.  ‘Painless,’ which comes a little early in the record’s run, is just one example of that welcome change.  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Elevator,’ which comes late in the album’s run, is another example of the change exhibited in the record this time out, and another of the most notable of those examples, too.  It will be discussed a little later.  The full-throttle ‘Wolves at Bay,’ which closes out the album is one more example of the change that is evident in this record that makes it another interesting new effort.  Of course it is not the last of the songs that shows the change from the band this time out.  Keeping that in mind, there are also some more familiar works early on in the record.  When those songs are considered along with the songs noted here and those not noted, the whole of Judas proves to be a record that presents Fozzy at the top of its game.

Veteran hard rock band Fozzy’s most recent full-length studio recording, 2017’s Judas is one of the best albums that this band has released to date.  Simply put, it presents Fozzy at the top of its game.  That is thanks to the growth and change exhibited by the band throughout the album.  The first real sign of that change comes early in the album’s run in the form of ‘Painless.’  Musically speaking, this song is one of the most radio friendly songs that the band has composed to date.  At the same time, it doesn’t sacrifice the hard rock edge for which the band has come to be known in its previous albums in order to achieve that accessibility.  It shows similarities to works from the likes of Breaking Benjamin, Five Finger Death Punch and other similar hard rock acts, showing again, that accessibility.

The song’s lyrical content shows a certain growth, too, as it presents a subject in a distinctly difficult place emotionally and psychologically.  What’s interesting here is that it doesn’t just come right out and give away the situation, perhaps intentionally leaving interpretation to apply to any difficult situation.  This is inferred as front man Chris Jericho sings in the song’s lead verse, “My life trapped in between/A whisper and a scream/A suicide machine of my own making/You medicate my brain/Like needles in my veins/Consumed in your embrace/There’s no escaping/My fix I the misery/Won’t stop till the end of me/I can’t feel anything.”  This alone comes across as perhaps someone dealing with the impacts of drug abuse.  That is just this critic’s own take on this verse, though.  He goes on to sing in the song’s chorus, “Killing me one breath at a time/Caught in your web/I’m paralyzed/So go on and lay me down to rest/You make it painless, painless.”  What’s even more interesting is that later in the song’s third verse, Jericho switches things up even more, singing, “Do you know what it’s like/To be hollow inside my life, my grave/Do you love me enough to finish me off/Don’t leave me here this way?” before reprising the song’s chorus.  At this point, it’s as if Jericho is hinting at a relationship issue making things even more difficult.  Simply put, this song is just as deep lyrically as it is musically.  Keeping that in mind along with the song’s musical arrangement, the song in whole shows quite a bit of positive and welcome growth and change from the band.  That growth makes this song just one example of what makes Judas another strong effort from Fozzy.  It is of course just one of the songs that serves to show that welcome change.  ‘Elevator,’ which comes later in the record’s run, is another example of the change that makes Judas an interesting new offering from the band.

The growth exhibited in ‘Elevator’ comes instantly in its musical arrangement, as it opens with the driving guitar and keyboard lines that open the song.  That combination, which runs through the course of the song, gives the song a little bit of an industrial sound.  It’s a sound that Fozzy has used very rarely, if at all in its past records.  The expert balance of the elements along with the solid time keeping (and Jericho’s vocal delivery) makes for an overall musical arrangement that itself shows even more the change in the band’s musical direction this time out.  When that change is coupled with the song’s lyrical content, the two elements make the song in whole another notable addition to Judas.

Where ‘Painless’ presented someone in a very low place, ‘Elevator’ is the polar opposite so to speak.  Jericho sings here, “Step in/We’re gonna take a ride/To the promised land/Heaven is in our hands/We’ve all been down/There’s only one way out/’Cause when you’re feeling low/There’s only one way to go/I’m your elevator.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “We crawl through dirt/You know we’ve been hurt/Put your faith in me/’Cause I’ve got the golden key/So wave goodbye/I’m gonna get you high/High above the crowd/Nothing can stop us now/I’m your elevator.”  It goes without saying that unlike ‘Painless,’ this song is quite the uplifting piece.  Now whether the song was intentionally supposed to be religious in its wording or if that was purely metaphorical language is left for the band to explain.  That aside, the positive, uplifting message here, coupled with the song’s equally empowering musical arrangement shows even more the change in Fozzy in this record.  That exhibited change shows even more why the record in whole is some of the band’s best work to date.  It still is not the last of the songs to show that noted change and how that change is a positive for the album in whole.  ‘Wolves at Bay,’ the album’s closer, is one more strong example of that change and its positive impact on the album.

‘Wolves at Bay’ stands out – as with the previously discussed songs – in part because of its musical arrangement.  Its opening bars present a thrash metal style approach before switching over to the band’s more familiar melodic hard rock sound a la Sevendust, etc. in the verses.  That thrash metal approach, which again the band has rarely if ever, used returns in the chorus.  The driving energy in the song’s musical arrangement is echoed in its equally powerful and aggressive lyrics.  Jericho sings here, “You like to hunt/Your game is fear/I was the one, your souvenir/This is a fight/The one that you’ve been fighting for/You did incite the call for us to go to war.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s chorus, “Pushing and pushing/Giving me no choice/Humiliate/Intimidate/Until I hit the breaking point/Back to the wall/Keeping the wolves at bay/Fight my way out/’Cause it’s the only way.”  The song continues on lyrically in similar fashion from here.  Simply put, there’s a certain level of aggression and confidence here.  This is someone saying, “back off, you’ve caused me to be this way, and I won’t hesitate to attack if I have to,”  It’s a strong song and an interesting contrast to the album’s opener.  Those powerful lyrics and the song’s equally powerful musical arrangement shows again the change evident from the band in this album.  That welcome change also again shows what makes Judas such a strong new offering from Fozzy.  When it is considered along with the previously discussed songs and the rest of this record, the whole of the album proves to be not just a strong new album, but some of the band’s best work to date.

Fozzy’s new album Judas is some of the band’s best work to date.  That’s because while it does present some familiarity to listeners, it also exhibits continued positive growth and change from the band.  That is exhibited in the song’s discussed here clearly.  When they are considered along with the songs not discussed here, that change becomes even more evident and appreciated.  When it is considered in whole, the result is a record that every Fozzy fan will enjoy.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on Judas, Fozzy’s new tour, its latest news and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Hyro The Hero’s Sophomore LP Is Certain To Be “Flagged” For All The Right Reasons

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Independent rapper Hyro The hero (nee Hyro da Hero) has made quite the name for himself since he released his debut album Birth, School, Work, Death back in 2011.  In the years since its release, the up-and-coming artist has made quite the name for himself, earning a nomination as Best International Newcomer by Kerrang! in 2011, performing with Wu-Tang Clan the same year, joining the lineups for the Soundwave Festival and Warped Tour in 2012, and more.  This Friday, June 29, Fenton will take the next step in building his name and reputation when he releases his sophomore album Flagged Channel.  The 12-song, 41-minute record is sure to accomplish those goals, too.  That is proven in part through the album’s musical arrangements, which will be discussed later.  Its lyrical content is certain to play into those goals being attained, too.  They will be discussed later.  The record’s overall sequencing works hand-in-hand with its songs and their lyrical themes to prove once more that the record is certain to achieve its goals.  Each element is important in its own way, and that will be proven here.  All things considered, the noted elements make Flagged Channel a record that is certain to be flagged by rock and metal fans, but only for the best reasons.

Hyro The Hero’s sophomore album Flagged Channel is a strong new effort from the up-and-coming rap/rock artist.  It is a work that is certain to build even more on the reputation and name that he has already built for himself since the release of his debut album Birth, School, Work, Death back in 2011.  That is proven in part through the album’s musical arrangements.  At times, more than living up to the old adage about imitation and flattery and at others, establishing his own musical identity, the album’s musical arrangements build a strong foundation for its presentation.  The adage about imitation and flattery comes into play a number of times throughout the album including early on in the blatantly Rage Against The Machine-esque song ‘We Ain’t Afraid.’  More specifically, it bears a very striking similarity to that band’s hit song ‘Bombtrack.’  That is obvious from the song’s beats to its guitar riffs and even Hero’s own vocal delivery style.  While Hero’s (a.k.a Hyron Fenton) arrangement here is not a mirror image of RATM’s song, the similarities are so close that the comparison can’t be denied.  It’s not the only song included in this album that can be likened to songs from RATM.  ‘Let The Snake Show,’ the album’s closer can easily be compared to another huge RATM him in the form of ‘Freedom,’  Again, the comparison is not precise, but it is close enough that one cannot deny the closeness of the songs’ arrangements.  Is this good or is it bad?  That’s left for listeners to determine, though it must be said the comparisons are so close that Hero definitely walks a fine legal line in these two arrangements.  ‘Sick Of It All’ could easily be compared, stylistically, to early works from the likes of Biohazard, more recent works from Body Count and other similar acts.  The comparisons are a little looser here, but still just enough to make the comparison obvious.  ‘Do Or Die,’ which comes late in the album’s run, can easily be compared to compositions from Flipsyde, Linkin Park and Fort Minor.  ‘Closed Casket’ is another of the album’s entries that can be compared to works from Rage Against The Machine while the agro-rock of ‘Killas Are Coming’ boasts influences of Hed Pe and Body Count as well as RATM.  Considering all of these comparisons, it can be said in short that Hyro The Hero’s influences in this record are varied.  That diversity of influences in itself shows why the album’s musical arrangements help to make this album a work that will help develop Fenton’s name and reputation.  They are, collectively, not the only element that serves that purpose.  Its lyrical themes also serve to show why this album is another positive effort from Fenton.

The lyrical themes presented throughout the course of Flagged Channel are familiar territory not only for Fenton (and his fellow musicians) but also for rock and metal fans.  That is proven right from the album’s outset in its opener/lead single ‘Bullet.’  This song comes across lyrically as a statement about the rather tense relationship between law enforcement and the African-American community in recent years.  This is inferred as Fenton makes not of a judge’s decision contradicting what was “the truth” and that decision leading to protests.  It is inferred just as much in the song’s lead verse, in which he notes, “They keep f****** with the innocent/Treat us different even though we citizens/Fight back now/They trynna call us militant when we just voice our opinion/Time to set fire to the flame they ignited/Either we get justice or you get a riot/We tried to be peaceful but all you know is violence/Any way it goes, we won’t be silent.”  He goes on later to offer up a call to action saying, “Wake up my people/Against the forces of evil/The collapse of the eagle.”  The eagle, one must assume is representative of America.  As noted, this is not unfamiliar territory for Fenton or for most rock and metal fans.  The fact that he doesn’t beat around the bush, but rather just outs it right out there is nice, too.  It leaves little to no room for misinterpretation.  This social commentary is not the only commentary included in this album.  He also addresses the obsession with social media by today’s generation in his new, latest single, ‘Live Your F****** Life.’  He addresses here, the problem that exists through this generation’s obsession with social media, and the consequences therein.  He writes in the song’s lead verse, “The whole generation needin’ instant gratification/Dopamine fiends addicted to the sensation/Short attention span/Needin’ addies for concentration/Overly dramatic and f*****’ impatient/Wastin’ our time postin’ highlights of our lives/Imperfections we constantly put on disguise/We lie to ourselves/This s*** ain’t good for our health/Chasin’ half the world to show everyone else we want and then bought it for ourselves/Live your f*****’ life!”  He goes on to write in the song’s second verse, “Addicted/Head down, stuck in that position/Alternate reality/They livin’ through a screen/Reckless/Zombie-like/No sense of direction/Duck and hide/Run for protection/They comin’ by the millions/Some are even children/That have been turned into dopamine fiends/Lookin’ for the next victim/They dangerous/Sound the alarm for the invasion of the zombie generation/Live your f*****’ Life!”  Again, there’s no doubt as to the commentary here.  He then encourages those who haven’t been turned into the proverbial “zombie” to “RUN” – in other words, don’t let yourself become one of them.  It’s a powerful and much-needed statement especially in this day and age.  To that end, Fenton deserves his fair share of applause here.  It is an issue that needed to be addressed and needs to continue to be addressed with the current generation of tech addiction, self-centered people.  While Fenton address very powerfully plenty of hot button issues throughout this record – as has been evidenced in the noted songs – he also offers listeners some personal motivation through the powerhouse single ‘Never Back Down.’  Rather than going after the establishment or addressing social issues, he instead uses this song to tell listeners to stay the path so to speak and be proud of themselves.  He writes here, “Confessions of a loose canon/Feel the flame from this giant a** dragon/Got a couple screws lose that’s danglin’/I’m just tryin’ to keep my head from hangin’/’Cause I gotta keep my head up…I will never ever let up…Never compromise/Can’t give up, give up.”  He adds in the chorus, “Never back down/Never back down/’Cause one thing, I’ve never been afraid.”  He goes on to write in the song’s second verse, “Okay/I’m reloaded/I want the whole world to take notice/I want everyone to stay focused/And hear the words that’s spoken/I’ve never been the one to be afraid to stir it up/Took my enemies and put ‘em in the dust/Tickin’ time bomb, and I’ve been ready to erupt/And I’m lookin’ for a reason to show ‘em what I’m made of.”  That equally strong statement is complimented again by a reprise of the song’s chorus, stressing again, “Never back down…I’ve never been afraid.”  On the surface, this song seems like it’s more about Fenton than anything else, but in reality, it’s a song that uses his own feelings to show listeners that they can be just as strong, emotionally and psychologically.  With that in mind, it becomes another welcome addition to this album and yet more proof of the importance of the album’s lyrical content to its overall presentation.  It most definitely is not the last example of that importance, either.  ‘We Ain’t Afraid’ takes a familiar lyrical path as it addresses all of the problems caused by the powers that be, telling those groups that the masses “ain’t afraid” when “they come together with their fists raised.”  Those same corrupt leaders are addressed in ‘Killas Are Coming’ as Fenton says of them, “Better beware ‘cause the killers are coming…blood on they hands from the greed and corruption/Your life is worthless to them/It means nothing.”  ‘Get The F*** Up’ ‘Do Or Die’ is another powerful entry, serving as a vessel for Fenton to express some deep personal thoughts and feelings about himself and how he feels about the world’s situation.  It is really one of the album’s most surprisingly moving moments that shows once again the importance of the album’s lyrical content.  When all of this is considered alongside the album’s musical content, both elements go a long way toward making the album well worth hearing.  They are still not its only key elements.  The album’s overall sequencing rounds out its most important elements.

From the album’s start to its finale the sequencing does just as much as the music and lyrics to keep listeners engaged and entertained.  That is evident in the fiery energy exhibited throughout the record both in its music and lyrics.  Even with their quick brooding entrances, the album’s first four entries waste little time getting in motion.  That energy is carried right through to the album’s midpoint right to that more moving entry that is ‘Do Or Die.’  What’s really interesting here is that while ‘Do Or Die’ may not be the full-throttle work that its counterparts are, it still boasts its own power through Fenton’s lyrics about his personal battle with himself.  That power is accented through an arrangement that certainly will move listeners in its own surprising fashion.  Of course, the reservation brought through ‘Do Or Die’ doesn’t last long, as the album’s energy comes right back in ‘Closed Casket,’ which seems to address the problem of gun violence in America.  That energy carries on right to the album’s RATM-esque finale that is ‘Let The Snake Show,’ which again addresses all of the social and political problems plaguing America.  When it’s all said and done, the record’s sequencing shows that it indeed keeps the album’s 41-minute run time move by with ease.  That constant energy and movement joins with the record’s musical and lyrical content to make the album in whole a record that listeners will agree has plenty to offer audiences.  In turn, it gives plenty of reason to be “flagged” for all the right reasons in this year’s crop of new rock and metal albums.

Hyro The Hero’s sophomore album Flagged Channel is a record that, when compared to all of its counterparts out there this year, is certain to be “flagged” for all of the right reasons.  From musical arrangements and lyrical content that is certain to keep listeners engaged and entertained to sequencing that does just as much to maintain that engagement, it offers plenty of positives.  To that end, it is a successful second effort from  a rap/rock artist who definitely deserves to be heard.  It will be available this Friday, June 29 via Century Media.  More information on Flagged Channel is available online now along with all of Hyro The Hero’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Megadeth Partners With Century Media For ‘Killing Is My Business…’ Re-Issue

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Megadeth is going back in time…sort of.

The band announced Friday that it will re-issue its 1985 debut album Killing is My Business…and Business Is Good! this summer.  The album is scheduled to be released June 8 via Century Media.

Killing Is My Business…and Business Is GoodThe Final Kill is just the latest re-issue for the album.  It was most recently re-issued in 2015 via Sony/Legacy.  This new re-issue Remixed by veteran mixer Mark Lewis (Trivium, Death Angel, Devildriver, Whiechapel) and remastered by Ted Jensen (Alice in Chains, Hatebreed, Machine Head), includes previously unheard bits and pieces throughout (E.g. a previously unheard drum drum performance found during the mixing sessions).  It also features the original album in its entirety coupled with seven live performances transferred to CD from VHS tapes found in Megadeth frontman and founder Dave Mustaine’s attic.

The extra live tracks are not this re-issue’s only bonuses.  It also includes the band’s 1984 3-track demo as part of its body alongside a previously removed cover of Lee Hazelwood’s ‘These Boots’ and new cover art for the album.  The re-issue’s full track listing is noted below.

“Killing Is My Business…and Business Is Good – The Final Kill”
1. Last Rites / Loved to Deth (Remastered)
2. Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good! (Remastered)
3. The Skull Beneath the Skin (Remastered)
4. Rattlehead (Remastered)
5. Chosen Ones (Remastered)
6. Looking Down the Cross (Remastered)
7. Mechanix (Remastered)
8. These Boots (Remastered)
9. Last Rites / Loved to Deth (live) (1987 London, UK)
10. Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good! (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
11. The Skull Beneath the Skin (live) (1990 London, UK)
12. Rattlehead (live) (1987 Bochum, Germany)
13. Chosen Ones (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
14. Looking Down the Cross (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
15. Mechanix (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
16. Last Rites / Loved to Deth (demo) (Remastered)
17. The Skull Beneath the Skin (demo) (Remastered)
18. Mechanix (demo) (Remastered)

In looking at all that this re-issue offers, Mustaine was excited.

“I am just as much amazed at the music we made as I am at the pure fact that we survived at all!,” Mustaine said.

Killing is My Business…and Business Is Good!The Final Kill are open now.  It will be available in stores and online in North American on CD and in four different vinyl pressings.  Details on those releases are noted below.

North America:
CD Digipak (In stores & Online)
Gatefold Red 2LP – Limited to 1500 copies (In stores & Online)
Gatefold Black 2LP (In stores & Online)
Gatefold White 2LP –  Limited to 500 copies (FYE Exclusive)
Gatefold Silver 2LP – Limited to 500 copies (Band Exclusive available on www.megadeth.com)

It will be available on CD and two separate vinyl pressings in Europe.  Information on those releases is noted below.

Europe:
CD Digipak
Gatefold Clear 2LP – Limited to 400 copies
Gatefold Black 2LP

It will be released June 6 in Japan via Sony Japan on BluSpecCD.

Copies can be reserved now at the links noted below.

Reserve your copy today!
Band Exclusive Silver 2LP & More Megadeth Merchandise available at:
Red or Black 2LP & CD Digipak available at Century Media’s US Store:
Clear 2LP & CD digipak:
Digital Pre-orders & Streaming:
Signed Limited Copies Red or Black 2LP & CD Digipak available at Pledge Music:
http://megadeth.pmstores.co

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