Body Count Involving Fans For Next Video

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Body Count wants its fans to help create its next music video.

The band made the announcement Friday. The announcement states that the band wants its fans to create the video for its next single ‘The Hate Is Real.’ The statement adds, the fan whose video is chosen will become the official video for the single.

According to information that audiences can read here, the contest winner will also get a Body Count backstage pass, Zoom call with front man Ice-T, and $5,000 to cover expenses, such as travel, hotel, and food at the group’s next live show.

‘The Hate Is Real’ is featured in the band’s 2020 album Carnivore. The album produced the singles ‘Thee Critical Beatdown,’ and ‘Point The Finger.’

Carnivore has garnered Body Count a Grammy nomination in this year’s ceremony for its song ‘Bum Rush.’ The nomination is in the “Best Metal Performance” category. The nomination is the band’s second, with its first coming in 2017 for the song ‘Black Hoodie’ in the same category.

More information on Body Count’s new video contest and its latest news is available along with all of the group’s latest news at:

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TesseracT Announces Details For Upcoming Live Event

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TesseracT will hold a unique live performance later this month.

The band made the announcement Tuesday through a press release. The event, titled “PORTALS,” is scheduled to stream live at 2 p.m. ET Dec. 12. The pre-show is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET and will feature extra, such as interviews with the band, behind-the-scenes footage, crew rehearsals.

Tickets for the upcoming concert experience are available here. Early bird tickets are $17 while standard tickets are $20. Ticket bundles featuring t-shirts, laminates, and posters are also available.

A trailer for the extensive presentation is streaming here. According to the trailer, the concert will be spread across five separate acts and will have a “new set list.” Audiences can stream the concert for three days after its premiere.

Bassist Amos Williams produced “Portals” and discussed the upcoming presentation in a prepared statement.

“P O R T A L S is a celebration of our love of performing,” he said. “Each act is a still from an ever-evolving musical personality. Each song is the conversation you have with old friends when you meet up for the first time in ages and you pick up exactly where you left off.”

“This year has presented us all with an unusual set of barriers to surmount,” added Williams. The limitations of not being able to tour and the absence of shows has focused us towards the concept of creating the ultimate tour production, within the ultimate TesseracT show; Where we explore every facet of our music, and every story we have told, and in doing so create new stories and in some cases commit evolved versions to a medium that will outlast the moment.”

Mike Malyan handed drums for the upcoming concert in place of the band’s drummer Jay Postones. Postones was unable to travel from his hometown in Texas to the United Kingdom due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Early this year, TesseracT re-issued its 2013 sophomore album Altered State through Century Media Records. The record was released on a 4LP/2CD box set. The collection features the isolated instrumental tracks that were recorded during the Altered State sessions.

Tesseract’s vinyl/CD re-issue of Altered State is available now.

More information on TesseracT’s Altered State re-issue and upcoming concert is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

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Sick Of It All Debuts Final Quarantine Series Performance

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Sick of It All continued its quarantine session performances this week.

The band released its quarantine performance of its song ‘Deep State‘ Tuesday. ‘Deep State’ is taken from Sick of It All’s latest album, Wake The Sleeping Dragon.

The new video is the band’s sixth in this series. It comes two weeks after the band debuted the series’ fifth video, its performance of its song ‘Never Back Down.’

Also featured in the band’s quarantine performances series are presentations of the band’s songs: ‘Hardcore Horseshoe,’ ‘Paper Tiger,’ ‘The Bland Within‘ and ‘Alone.’

According to a prepared statement from Sick of It All, its performance of ‘Deep State’ is the closer in its quarantine session.

“Here it is the last Quarantine Jam we have recorded,” the statement reads. “We went ‘Deep’ off the latest album ‘Wake The Sleeping Dragon!’ for this one. The heavy pounder that got that SOIA groove, ‘Deep State’ we saved this for last because we love how it came out, the performance, the visuals, the sound! Also the lyrics to remind everyone that no matters who’s in charge they don’t care about you and want to keep us at each other’s throats! Thank you for all the love you have shown these videos and we hope you love this one as well. We don’t know if this is the final one yet. But to produce these ain’t free and we ain’t touring! So we will see what’s next”

In other news, the band also has a book available titled The Blood and the Sweat: The Story of Sick of It All’s Koller Brothers.  The book, published through Post Hill Press, is available through Barnes & Noble BooksellersBooks-A-Million, and Amazon.

More information on Sick of it All’s new quarantine sessions series and book is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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TesseracT’s ‘Altered State’ Re-Issue Will Find A Very Targeted Appeal

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Progressive metal band TesseracT is resurrecting its 2013 sophomore album Altered State.  The band is scheduled to re-issue the record Friday on an extended 4LP/2CD box set.  The set’s re-issue is centered around the addition of the previously unreleased isolated instrumentals recorded during the album’s sessions.  This aspect will be discussed shortly.  That the band featured the noted instrumentals not just on one, but both platforms is its own positive that deserves its own attention.  The box set’s average price point rounds out its most important elements.  That is especially considering the average prices for vinyls in this day and age.  It will be addressed later, too.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of TesseracT’s vinyl re-issue of Altered State.  All things considered, this presentation is one that will appeal mainly to the band’s most devoted audiences.

TesseracT’s forthcoming re-issue of its 2013 sophomore album Altered State is a presentation that will appeal largely to the band’s most devoted fan base.  That is thanks in part to the inclusion of the album’s previously unreleased isolated instrumental tracks.  For those who might not already know how the creation of songs works, instrumentals are recorded and mixed separate within themselves and even separate from vocal tracks.  The instrumentals that accompany songs’ lyrical content can either compliment that lyrical content or even give that content (and itself) a whole new identity and impact.  The thing is that when the two sides are coupled it is sometimes (actually often) difficult to focus just on one or the other.  By presenting the isolated instrumentals, audiences are able to focus just on the instrumentals.  This in turn allows the band members’ talents to really shine and get the appreciation that they deserve.  The djent nature of so much of the record’s musical arrangements is on full display here alongside the record’s darker, heavier, moments, which were clearly influenced by the likes of Fates Warning, Tool, and Dream Theater.  Simply put, having the instrumentals isolated and available for audiences to hear by themselves for the first time is plenty of incentive for TesseracT’s most devoted fans to own this re-issue of Altered State.  Adding in to that appeal is the fact that Century Media has made sure not to alienate any of the band’s fans in the process.

TesseracT’s forthcoming re-issue of Altered State is a box set that features the band’s landmark album and its isolated instrumentals on vinyl and CD.  In other words, whether a fan takes the side of vinyl or CD, audiences on both sides of that discussion will get to enjoy the full presentation.  The only catch is that regardless of which side audiences take, they will have to purchase the box set in whole in order to get the experience.  That can easily be construed as a negative, and yes to a point it is negative.  That is because owning the 4LP vinyl set is going to be more expensive than owning the 2CD set by itself.  Owning both together is even more expensive.  On the other hand, by owning the re-issue together in both formats, Century Media’s officials are making sure that all of their bases are covered.  Their logic is understandable.  By having the set together in one box  means that again, both sides of the discussion are covered.  It also means that those audiences who themselves take both sides can enjoy the album’s re-issue whether on vinyl at home (or a family or friend’s place) or in their cars.  In other words, again, all the bases are covered, so Century Media has actually done a favor for all of TesseracT’s fans here.  It is just one more way in which this record’s re-issue proves to be a boon for TesseracT’s most devoted fans, and not the last.

The average price point of Altered State’s re-issue rounds out its most important elements.  As has already been noted, the price of the re-issue together in one full 4LP/2CD set is not inexpensive.  The box set’s average price point – using price listings at Amazon, Best Buy, and Barnes & Noble Booksellers (it was not listed at Walmart, Target, or Books-A-Million) – comes to $67.32.  As expensive as that is, it is in line with other expanded vinyl box sets that are available from other acts in terms of pricing.  To that end, while the noted devotees will shell out quite a bit for the set, it is not above the price for other vinyl collections that are out there.  For instance, Motorhead’s newly released Ace of Spades box set – released Oct. 30 – is priced at approximately $165.  It features far more content, though.  Single disc vinyls will run audiences between $25-$30, depending on the retailer.  To that end, the price point for this collection is up there but not overly so.  Amazon’s price of $65.98 is the least expensive, though literally by just a penny from the listing at Barnes & Noble Booksellers ($65.99).  Best Buy lists the set at $69.99.  Simply put, regardless of the retailer, the single pricing at each noted retailer is below the noted average.  What’s more, it is below the $100 mark, making for even more encouragement for the band’s devotees to pick up this re-issue.  When this is considered along with the overall content and its availability, all three elements join to leave no doubt as to why TesseracT’s biggest fans will appreciate this set.

TesseracT’s forthcoming re-issue of its 2013 sophomore album Altered State is a presentation that will appeal to a very targeted group of the band’s fans.  Those fans will be glad to know that there is plenty of motivation to own the new box set, too.  That is proven in part through the fact that the re-issue features the album’s instrumentals isolated alongside the full album in this presentation.  That the isolated tracks and albums are featured on the box set’s vinyl and CD platforms make for even more motivation for the noted audiences to own this collection.  The set’s average and separate price listings are their own motivation.  The average and separate listings are below the $100 mark.  What’s more, the separate listings are below the average price point, making for even more appeal.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the box set’s presentation.  All things considered, TesseracT’s most devoted fans can be assured that this box set is a positive investment and addition to their music libraries. 

More information on TesseracT’s forthcoming Altered State re-issue is available online now along with all of TesseracT’s latest news and more at:

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Iced Earth Announces Debut LP Re-Issue Date, Specs; Debuts Album’s Lead Single

Iced Earth is going back to where it all started.

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The band announced Friday that it will re-issue its self-titled 1990 debut album Dec. 18 on CD and digital platforms. Famed producer ZEUSS (Lamb of God, Hatebreed, Queensryche) handled the album’s re-mastering and re-mixing.

A vinyl release will follow the re-issue’s CD and digital re-issue on Jan. 8 alongside a limited edition digipack re-issue. The re-issue is meant to celebrate the album’s 30th anniversary. Pre-orders are open.

Guitarist Jon Schaffer said in a prepared statement, he was looking forward to the album’s re-issue.

“This 30 year old debut classic has been remixed and remastered from the original 2 inch tapes by Zeuss, and it sounds fantastic,” he said. “It has a modern touch and still retains the dynamics of the original release. This is a big step forward sonically and visually. We’re excited to have our exclusive artwork and blood red vinyl version at www.icedearthmerch.com.

In celebration of the album’s forthcoming re-issue, the band debuted the re-mastered take of the record’s lead single ‘Written on the Walls‘ Friday.

The album’s track listing is noted below.

Iced Earth (30th Anniversary Edition) Tracklisting:

1. Iced Earth (Remaster 2020)

2. Written On The Walls (Remaster 2020)

3. Colors (Remaster 2020)

4. Curse The Sky (Remaster 2020)

5. Life And Death (Remaster 2020)

6. Solitude (Remaster 2020)

7. Funeral (Remaster 2020)

8. When The Night Falls (Remaster 2020)

More information on Iced Earth’s forthcoming re-issue is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Sick Of It All Debuts ‘Hardcore Horseshoes’ Quarantine Performance

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Sick of it All debuted another video from its quarantine sessions this week.

The band debuted he video for its quarantine performance of the song ‘Hardcore Horseshoe‘ Tuesday. The video is the band’s fourth from the series, coming on the heels of the debut of the group’s performances of its songs ‘Paper Tiger,’ ‘The Bland Within‘ and ‘Alone.’

As pointed out in a statement from the band, the song is featured in the band’s latest album, Wake The Sleeping Dragon.

“This week’s track, ‘Hardcore Horseshoe,’ is from our latest album Wake The Sleeping Dragon!,” the statement reads. “The muscle bound riffs and tongue in cheek lyrics show the parities of growing older in the scene and male pattern baldness brought to you by Armand and definitely a band favorite on the album. Unfortunately we haven’t had the chance to play it live (yet) because as we were about to add it Covid hit. So here it is in all its quarantine glory.”

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In other news, the series’ launch late last month came less than a month after the band published its new book The Blood and the Sweat: The Story of Sick of It All’s Koller Brothers.  The book, published through Post Hill Press, is available through Barnes & Noble BooksellersBooks-A-Million, and Amazon.

More information on Sick of it All’s new quarantine sessions series and book is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Fozzy Announces Details For New Livestream Concert

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Fozzy fans have a new live performance to anticipate from the band.

The band announced information Friday, for a new livestream concert. The online performance, dubbed “Capturing Judas” is scheduled to take place at 9 p.m. ET on Nov. 14 at Veeps.com The live event will broadcast live from Madison Studios in Atlanta, GA.

A new documentary presentation, FOZZY Across America will precede the concert. the 30-minute presentation documents the release of Fozzy’s most recent studio recording Judas. A presentation of the final live “Judas” set will follow the documentary, and then the band’s first live performance since 2019.

Tickets, VIP bundles, and merchandise are available here.

Fozzy front man Chris Jericho talked about the upcoming livestream event in a recent interview.

“After having to postpone our “Save The World Tour” multiple times due to the continuing lockdown, we decided we wanted to do something special for all of our fans worldwide who rocked with us over the past three years on the Judas tour cycle!” said Jericho. “So, on November 14, we will be coming at you LIVE without a net, to play some kick ass rock n roll for you all! We’re also gonna tell you some fun road stories, have a few drinks and maybe even do some Riverdancing! So come join us and let’s all celebrate and commemorate the most successful album and tour of Fozzy’s career.”

More information on Fozzy’s new livestream event is available online now at:

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Sick Of It All Debuts ‘Paper Tiger’ Quarantine Performance Video

Veteran punk band Sick Of It All continued its live quarantine sessions series this week.

The band debuted its quarantine performance of its song ‘Paper Tiger‘ Tuesday. The performance is the third from the band, following the premiere of its performances of its songs ‘The Bland Within‘ and ‘Alone.’ ‘Paper Tiger’ was originally featured in the band’s 2003 album Life on the Ropes.

Sick Of It All drummer Armand Majidi talked about the album and song in a prepared statement.

“Going back to a much overlooked 2003 album which has a type of cult appeal to a lot of our fans, we resurrect “Paper Tiger” for the third release in our series of Quarantine Jams,” he said. “We’re convinced it’ll remind you that it’s a caustic punk anthem about all the phonies who only flirt with this music just for fashion. We’re not letting this go – we’re calling em out,”

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In other news, the series’ launch late last month came less than a month after the band published its new book The Blood and the Sweat: The Story of Sick of It All’s Koller Brothers.  The book, published through Post Hill Press, is available through Barnes & Noble BooksellersBooks-A-Million, and Amazon.

More information on Sick of it All’s new quarantine sessions series and book is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Sick Of It All Debuts ‘The Bland Within’ Quarantine Performance Video

Veteran punk band Sick Of It All continued its live quarantine sessions series this week.

The band debuted its quarantine performance of its song ‘The Bland Within‘ Tuesday.  The song was originally featured in the band’s 2000 album Yours Truly.  The performance’s premiere came less than a month after the band launched the series with a performance of its song ‘Alone,’ which was originally featured in the band’s 1989 debut album Blood, Sweat & No Tears.

Front man Lou Koller, one of the band’s founding members, had the following to say about the song in a prepared statement:

“This track would have the whole place jumping crack in the early 2000s it was hard not having room to groove when we recorded here! One of our favorites off that album,”

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In other news, the series’ launch comes less than a month after the band published its new book The Blood and the Sweat: The Story of Sick of It All’s Koller Brothers.  The book, published through Post Hill Press, is available through Barnes & Noble BooksellersBooks-A-Million, and Amazon.

More information on Sick of it All’s new quarantine sessions series and book is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://sickofitall.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/sickofitallny

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/SOIANYC

 

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TesseracT To Re-Issue ‘Altered State’ On Vinyl

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TesseracT will re-issue its 2013 album Altered State this fall.

The band is scheduled to re-issue the album Nov. 6 on a 4LP/2CD set through Century Media Records.  The set features the band’s original album along with the album’s instrumental tracks, which have never been released by themselves on vinyl.  Paul Waggoner (Between The Buried and Me) makes a guest appearance on the ‘Nocturne‘ instrumental.

The album takes up two of the four LPs while the instrumentals are featured on the other two LPs.  Four individual lyrics sheets and inserts accompany the LPs and CDs.  Pre-orders for the deluxe edition, which will release in exclusive silver & clear pressings, are open.

Pre-orders for the set in standard black, and white & transparent turquoise are also open.  Those pressings will release in Europe.

The band talked about the forthcoming re-issue in a prepared statement.

“For the band, we always felt like we hit a perfect balance with the presentation on Altered State,” the statement reads. “And that the concept was made even more striking in a gatefold vinyl package. There’s just something very tactile and real about that iteration. We’re all really looking forward to it being available in that format again.”

Altered State is the only of TesseracT’s albums to feature now former front man Ashe O’Hara.  The album was nominated for Best Album at the 2013 Progressive Music Awards, following the band’s win in the Best New Band category.

Most recently, TesseracT released the album Sonder in 2018 with original vocalist Daniel Tomkins.  The band performed a livestream concert May 14.  The concert is streaming here.

More information on TesseracT’s forthcoming Altered State re-issue is available online now along with all of TesseracT’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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