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

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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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TesseracT To Release First-Ever Live Recording This Sprig

Courtesy:  Century Media Records

Courtesy: Century Media Records

 

Fans of the UK-based prog metal band TesseracT will get to bring the band home for the first time ever this spring just ahead of the annual summer concert season.

Officials with Century Media Records announced today that TesseracT will release its first ever live recording on May 19th. The recording, dubbed Odyssey/Scala will be available on two separate combo packs–CD/DVD and LP/DVD. The availability of the recording in two separate combo packs is just part of what long-time fans will appreciate about this first-ever release from the band. Long-time fans especially will appreciate that it features the return of Daniel Tompkins, who handled vocal duties for the band on its 2011 debut record One. The recording’s audio portion was recorded live throughout the European and Russian leg of the band’s 2014 Altered State World Tour. The video portion of the package was recorded live at Scala, London, UK on November 6th, 2014. Audiences can check out a trailer for Odyssey/Scala online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrT0YXTvH1E&feature=youtu.be. The complete audio and video track listing for the recording is noted below:

TesseracT

Odyssey (audio)

Official Tracklisting

1. Singularity (recorded in Moscow, Russia)

2. Deception – Concealing Fate Part Two (recorded in Birmingham, UK)

3. The Impossible – Concealing Fate Part Three (recorded in Nottingham, UK)

4. Perfection/Epiphany – Concealing Fate Parts Four/Five (recorded in Rome, Italy)

5. Origin – Concealing Fate Part Six (recorded in Strasbourg, France)

6. Of Matter – Proxy (recorded in Koln, Germany)

7. Of Matter – Retrospect (recorded in Nijmegen, Netherlands)

8. Of Matter – Resist (recorded in Budapest, Hungary)

9. April (recorded in Paris, France)

10. Nocturne (recorded in Manchester, UK)

11. Acceptance – Concealing Fate Part One (recorded in Moscow, Russia)

TesseracT

Scala (video)

Official Track listing

1. Singularity

2. Deception – Concealing Fate Part Two

3. The Impossible – Concealing Fate Part Three

4. Perfection/Epiphany – Concealing Fate Parts Four/Five

5. Origin – Concealing Fate Part Six

6. Of Matter – Proxy

7. Of Matter – Retrospect

8. Of Matter – Resist

9. April

10. Nocturne

11. Acceptance – Concealing Fate Part One

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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Adrenaline Mob Celebrates New EP’s Release With New Slate Of Tour Dates

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Courtesy: Century Media/Century Media Records

Hard rock band Adrenaline Mob is hitting the road this Spring in support of its new EP Dearly Departed.

Adrenaline Mob will join Drowning Pool on the road from March 12th to April 3rd as part of Drowning Pool’s “Unlucky 13 Anniversary Tour,” which is in support of the recent re-issue of Drowning Pool’s 2001 debut album Sinner. The tour kicks off Thursday, March 12th in Daytona Beach, Florida and winds down Friday, April 3rd in Dallas, Texas. The complete tour schedule is listed below. While fans wait for the tour to come to their town, they can check out the videos for the EP’s title track and the video for the band’s cover of The Charlie Daniels Band’s hit song ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ online via YouTube. Both songs are included on Dearly Departed. They can be viewed via YouTube at:

Dearly Departed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe51dozTkOM

The Devil Went Down to Georgia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjbD0izEFBE

After checking out both videos, fans can also go online and order Dearly Departed via Century Media’s online store now at https://www.cmdistro.com/catalog/adrenaline+mob. Fans can also download Dearly Departed online via iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play at:

iTunes: https://smarturl.it/MobDDiTunes

Amazon: https://smarturl.it/mobDDamazon

Google Play: https://smarturl.it/AmobDDgglply

Adrenaline Mob tour dates with Drowning Pool:

3/12 – Daytona Beach, FL @ Main Street Station – Daytona Bike Week

3/14 – Jacksonville, FL @ Beach Blvd Concert Hall

3/17 – Clarksville, TN @ The Warehouse Bar & Grill

3/19 – Baltimore, MD @ Fish Head Cantina

3/20 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance

3/21 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

3/22 – Beckley, WV @ Muncheez

3/24 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar

3/26 – Fredericksburg, VA @ Hard Times

3/27 – Lancaster, OH @ Mickey’s Bar

3/28 – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop

4/1 – Laporte, IN @ Johnny’s Roadhouse

4/2 – St. Louis, MO @ The Mad Magician

4/3 – Dallas, TX @ Trees

Also tapped as a support act for the tour is Full Devil Jacket. The Jackson, Tennessee-based four-piece is the latest addition to eOne’s artist roster. It is set to release its new album Valley of Bones this spring.

More information on Adrenaline Mob, including all of the band’s latest tour dates and news is available online at:

Website: https://adrenalinemob.com

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

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Adrenaline Mob’s Fans Will Hold The Band’s New Compilation Dear

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Courtesy: Century Media/Century Media Records

Hard rock band Adrenaline Mob will release its latest record Dearly Departed next month.  The record is the second compilation and its fourth overall release following Omerta (2012), Coverta (2013) and Men of Honor (2014).  It comes almost a year to the day since the band released Men of Honor, too.  And while it is mainly a way to tide over fans until the band releases its next new full-length, it proves in the end to be a rare worthwhile release for the band’s fans.  The record, which is essentially an EP, proves to be a worthwhile compilation thanks to its musical mix.  Not only does it boast the band’s own compositions, but it also presents quite an interesting array of music from the band’s own influences.  Among the influences whose music is included on this record are Black Sabbath, Queen, and of all things The Charlie Daniels Band.  Yes, The Charlie Daniels Band.  Adrenaline Mob offers up its own take on The Charlie Daniels Band’s hit song ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia’ as part of its upcoming record.  And it goes without saying that this song is the best of the covers featured on this record.  In terms of the band’s own songs, the acoustic take of ‘Crystal Clear’ stands out most of all.  The song’s stripped down sound in its acoustic take gives the song a whole new depth.  The previously unreleased ‘Whatever Gets You Through The Night’ is just as much of a bonus.  The song is one of likely many more recorded during the sessions for Men of Honor that ended up on the cutting room floor when the album’s final track listing was arranged.  Now fans get to hear this song for themselves.  And as with the record’s other works, it’s just as welcome an addition to the record.  These three tracks are just a fraction of what makes Dearly Departed an enjoyable new compilation from Adrenaline Mob.  The album’s remaining six songs each add their own element to the finished product.  And together with the songs noted here, all nine tracks prove Dearly Departed a record that will be anything but dearly departed in any AMob fan’s music collection.

Adrenaline Mob’s upcoming compilation record Dearly Departed is not the first of the band’s compilations.  And that only two years have passed since the release of Coverta some might be left scratching their heads as to why the band would put the two records so close to one another.  The reason for that is anyone’s guess.  That aside, it still proves in the end to be a good record considering its mix of covers and alternate takes on its own music.  One of the best of the covers included on this record is the band’s cover of The Charlie Daniels Band’s timeless classic ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia.’  The song was originally included on TCDB’s 1979 album Million Mile Reflections.  In the three decades plus since its debut, any number of bands, artists, and groups have covered this song.  There have been some good takes on the song and some not so good takes.  Adrenaline Mob’s take on the classic is one of those that fits into the relatively good category.  Drummer AJ Pero keeps a solid beat while Mike Orlando drives the song forward with his work on the song’s guitar line. Audiences will especially appreciate the old school shredding style exhibited by Orlando in his performance. Even more impressive is that even with that old school shredding, he still keeps the original song’s guitar line intact. He more than deserves his due credit for holding such balance in the song.  And front man Russell Allen gives the song even more punch with the power in his vocals.  Bassist Erik Leonhardt adds just enough low end to round out the song and show that while it may be a country song at its roots, ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia’ is just as enjoyable as a hard rock song, too.  In proving this, it makes this cover one of the best compositions included in Dearly Departed’s body.

The amped up take on TCDB’s ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia’ is a great addition to Dearly Departed.  It is one of those songs that while a cover, is already so infectious and popular that it’s a favorite among audiences of all ages.  That Adrenaline Mob would give it a whole new life in its amped up reworking will not only give the song a new identity and life, but it could even serve to bring older audiences who otherwise wouldn’t listen to Adrenaline Mob into the band’s audience base.  It is that impressive.  For that reason alone, ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ more than proves its value to this record.  As valuable as ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ proves to be to the whole of Dearly Departed, the band’s acoustic take of ‘Crystal Clear’ is equally valuable of an addition to the record. The full electric version of the song that is included in Men of Honor is a deeply moving song within itself. But the acoustic take of the song gives it so much more depth and emotion. It’s obvious the amount of work that was put in to bringing this rendition to life. And that work paid off, too. It doesn’t come across as being schmaltzy unlike so many songs of its ilk. If anything, there’s almost a sort of Alter Bridge sound to the song in this take with Allen even sounding like Alter Bridge front man Myles Kennedy at least to some extent. It truly proves by its last notes to be one more of this record’s highest of points.

Both the band’s acoustic take on ‘Crystal Clear’ and its cover of ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ prove to be great additions to Dearly Departed. They make for plenty of reason within themselves for the band’s fans to add this compilation to their music libraries. One more song included on the album that proves itself just as impressive is the previously unreleased song ‘Whatever Gets You Through The Night.’ The song was recorded during the band’s sessions for Men of Honor but ultimately ended up on the proverbial cutting room floor when the album’s final track listing was established. It’s a surprise that it did end up there, too. It is a full throttle rocker that impresses just as much as the other songs that make up the body of Men Of Honor. It is one of those musical middle fingers to those that live only to make the lives of others miserable to which any listener will relate. That’s obvious right from the start as Allen sings, “I heard you running off your big mouth/Wantin’ to lay it all out on the floor/You wanna play with the big dice/Better think twice before you throw/Oh, I hear you/I guess I’m just not fit to understand/Say what?/I can’t hear you/Who just can’t understand.” If the message isn’t clear enough in the song’s opening verse, the song’s second verse makes it—pardon the pun—crystal clear as he goes on to sing, “I hear you knockin’ at my back door/Wantin’ to give me one more time around/I’m hearing rumors that you’re spreading s&*( all over town/That’s what they’re sayin’/You know them crooked vultures never lie/You know they never lie.” He’s saying that even those people one couldn’t trust are trust worthy in this case. And that’s saying something, too. Who out there hasn’t been in the shoes of the subject of this song? It’s sad that there are people like that out there. But they are out there. And because they are, it makes songs such as this one all the more valuable. That because the ability of the song to reach audiences so clearly will help listeners deal with exactly those kind of people. So not only does the song prove to be musical therapy of sorts, it also is just a great, full-throttle, old school style rock and roll song. Being such a versatile song, it proves quite well why it is one more great addition to Dearly Departed. And together with the other songs noted here, it proves once more why Dearly Departed is an album that any Adrenaline Mob fan will *ahem* hold dear. Yes, that bad pun was fully intended, and with the highest of respect for the band, too.

‘Whatever Gets You Through The Night’ is a great song in and of itself. Together with the likes of the band’s acoustic take on ‘Crystal Clear’ and its cover of TCDB’s ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia,’ all three songs make for plenty of reason for fans of Adrenaline Mob to add this album to their libraries when it hits store shelves and digital outlets next month. Of course as impressive as these songs are, it would be wrong to ignore the record’s other songs. Adrenaline Mob also covers Queen, Pat Travers, and even Black Sabbath on this compilation along with presenting a couple of other acoustic takes on its own songs to round out the whole presentation. Audiences will each find their own favorite(s) among the record’s nine total tracks. And while everyone will have their own favorite(s), the one thing on which every listener will agree in regards to the record is that it is yet another impressive release from a compilation that will more than tide over fans until Adrenaline Mob releases its next full-length album. Dearly Departed will be available in stores and online Tuesday, February 10th. While fans wait for its release, they can keep up with all of the latest news and tour updates from the band online at:

 

Website: http://adrenalinemob.com

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

 

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Adrenaline Mob To Release New Compilation Record Next Month

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Courtesy: Century Media/Century Media Records

Adrenaline Mob will release a new collection of covers and rarities next month.
Officials with Century Media Records along with the members of Adrenaline Mob announced today that the band will release a new collection of covers and rarities next month titled Dearly Departed. It is currently scheduled to be released Tuesday, February 10th via Century Media. Its track listing consists of four cover songs, a previously unreleased track from the sessions for the band’s 2014 album Men of Honor, three total acoustic takes from Omerta and Men of Honor and an edit of ‘Dearly Departed,’ which was included originally on Men of Honor. Audiences can get an instant gratification download of that re-edit via:

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/MobDDiTunes

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/mobDDamazon

Google Play: http://smarturl.it/AmobDDgglply

Dearly Departed was co-produced by Adrenaline Mob front man Russell Allen and guitarist Mike Orlando. Its complete track list is noted below.

1- Snortin’ Whiskey (Pat Travers)

2- Dearly Departed (Edited version of Men of Honor track)

3- The Devil Went Down to Georgia (Charlie Daniels Band)

4- Crystal Clear (Acoustic version of Men of Honor track)

5- Sabbath Medley (Black Sabbath)

6- Whatever Gets You Through The Night (Unreleased from Men of Honor sessions)

7- Angel Sky (Acoustic version of Omerta track)

8- All on the Line (Acoustic version of Omerta track)

9- Tie Your Mother Down (Queen)

More information on Adrenaline Mob, its upcoming compilation, and its latest tour updates is available online at:

Website: http://adrenalinemob.com

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

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Adrenaline Mob’s Sophomore LP Will Get Any Listener’s Adrenaline Running

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Courtesy: Century Media/Century Media Records

Adrenaline Mob’s second full-length studio release Men Of Honor is a solid work from start to finish. The eleven track, fifty-one minute record boasts a solid balance of full throttle, blue collar hard rock tunes and ballads that will entertain every listener. Whether it be for the songs’ lyrical side or their musical side, the songs that comprise Men of Honor prove it to be another record well worth the listen by any true-blooded rocker. The band proves this right off the top in its balls to the walls, working man’s anthem ‘Mob is Back.’ ‘Let It Go’ will impress listeners just as much with its indictment of those that refuse to let go of the past and let it eat them alive. And for those looking for something at least a little bit softer, there’s the introspective semi-ballad that is ‘Crystal Clear’ in which front man Russell Allen considers what might have been with a lost love. These songs are just a few examples of what makes Men of Honor an album that any true-blooded rocker will appreciate. The remaining eight tracks that make up the band’s sophomore record each offer their own enjoyment. Together with the songs noted here, the whole thing proves in the end to be a solid hard rock record that will impress any fan of Hellyeah, Kill Devil Hill, and others of that ilk.

Adrenaline Mob made quite the splash back in 2012 with its debut full-length album Omerta. Now with its sophomore LP the band has proven that the success of that album and its followup EP Coverta was no fluke. MOH’s opener ‘Mob Is Back’ is proof of that. This blue collar hard rock anthem will have listeners proudly putting their horns high and singing along proudly from open to end. Front man Russell Allen sings in this song, “I’m tired of getting s^&* on, pissed on/I’m feelin’ like a loaded gun, yeah/I’ve been smacked down, throw ’round/I’m feelin’ like a bastard son, yeah…I’m workin’ all day, s^&* pay/bustin’ it from nine to five, yeah/I’m gettin’ no sleep, six feet under/Feelin’ buried alive, yeah.” These are lyrics that will reach any average American. Who out there hasn’t felt the feelings described here? The musical energy and fire behind these lyrics makes them hit hard and serves to make them fully relatable for audiences. He and his band mates–Mike Orlando (guitar), AJ Pero (drums), Erik Leonhardt (bass)–make the song even more relatable and enjoyable as they show that “the mob is back” in full celebratory fashion with Allen singing, “So turn up the lights/We’re all here tonight/We came to throw down/Yeah, the mob’s back in town, oh yeah!” It’s a statement loud and clear that not only is Adrenaline Mob back in full force but that the band’s return is a shining light making the rigors of the work week worth dealing with. Keeping that in mind, it proves this song to be the perfect choice to open Men of Honor and an equally great addition to the album in whole.

‘Mob Is Back’ was the perfect choice to open Men of Honor. It is a no nonsense, balls to the walls blu collar rock anthem that celebrates not just the return of Adrenaline Mob in its sophomore album but the positives of hard rock as a break from the rigors of the work week. It didn’t come right out and say that. But it couldeasily be argued. It proves in the end to be not just a great opener for the band’s new album but an equally great addition to the album in whole. ‘Let It Go’ is another great addition to Men of Honor. The song comes across as a damning indictment of those that choose to live in the past, wallowing in their own anger and feelings of hurt, rather than moving on with life. As Allen sings in the song’s opening verse, “Why can’t you ever just let anything go/Don’t you know that the past is the past/You fight your feeling/You heat your blood up/You Heat your blood up/Don’t you know that you can’t go back?” As with ‘Mob Is Back,’ this song instantly proves to be one to which every listener can relate. Anyone that hasn’t come in contact with one of those people described here. Allen sings in response to those people in the song’s chorus, “So just take all your demons/Don’t give them a reason/Don’t let them control your mind/Cause they are the problem/So what will it take/What will it take for you/To just let it go?” The song’s forceful energy is a near direct contrast to its lyrics. It would have been so easy for Allen and company to take a much softer, more emotional route with this song, musically speaking. But they took a much moredirect approach instead. The result of that direct approach is a song with more punch and that is much more hard-hitting. And as with ‘Mob Is Back,’ that approach makes it one more great addition to Men of Honor as it really lives up to the album’s title just as much as the album’s other songs.

Both ‘Mob Is Back’ and ‘Let It Go’ are key examples of what makes Adrenaline Mob’s new album Men of Honor such a solid new recording. They are just a couple of the heavier moments that make this album work as well as it does. For all of the doses of heavy that are injected into the album, Adrenaline Mob also includes some slightly softer (slightly being the key word here) songs at points, too. One of those “softer” moments comes in the form of the semi-ballad style ‘Crystal Clear.’ The obviously introspective song is centered on the standard subject of a broken relationship. This is made clear as Allen sings, “Despite all of the reasons/Despite all of the pain/I know you were always there/Through all the changing seasons/Through all the good and bad/I knew you were always there/I just couldn’t see it/Now it’s crystal clear.” It’s pretty obvious what Allen is singing about. Here is a man who has lost some special to him. But it isn’t until that someone is gone that the subject of the song realizes it. It’s that classic “you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone” sort of message. The message is made even clearer as Allen sings, “So I lay awake hope and pray/The emptiness I feel inside would just go away/But it’s plain to see what’s killing me/I realized how much I needed you.” As pained as these lyrics are, the song’s musical side is almost a slight contradiction. It doesn’t have that full on oh-woe-is-me feeling. Yet it does a good job of illustrating the emotional pain felt by the song’s figure. That combination of music and lyrics together makes this song the best example of how the album’s “softer” side makes it work just as well as its heavier side. Those two sides together show with full clarity why Men of Honor deserves at least an honorable mention on any critic’s list of 2014’s best new hard rock and metal albums.

‘Mob Is Back,’ ‘Let It Go,’ and ‘Crystal Clear’ are all prime examples of what makes Men of Honor work as well as it does. They are collectively just part of what makes this album a good listen for fans of the likes of Hellyeah, Kill Devil Hill and others of that ilk. The eight other songs that make up the rest of this album each present their own reason for audiences to enjoy this record. Those songs together with the pieces discussed here make Men of Honor an album that deserves its own share of honor within the hard rock community. It is available now in stores and online. While the band currently has no tour dates scheduled, audiences can keep up with the latest chances to hear its music live when they “Like” the band on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/adrenalinemob. Fans can also keep up with all of the latest tour updates and news from the band via its official website at http://adrenalinemob.com.

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