Ice-T Scheduled To Appear Tonight On NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show’

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Body Count front man Ice-T will appear tonight on The Tonight Show.

Ice-T’s appearance is part of an ongoing push to promote the band’s latest album Carnivore, which produced the single ‘Thee Critical Beatdown‘ last week.  The debut of the new song  and video’s comes more than two months after the band debuted its then latest single ‘Point The Finger.’

The Tonight Show airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT on NBC.

Carnivore is available now on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below.  It is also available to stream and download here.

 

  • Ltd. Deluxe 2CD Box Set (incl. bonus tracks, beanie, metallic logo pin, poster & instrumental CD)
  • Ltd. CD Digipak
  • Ltd. Gatefold LP+CD & LP-Booklet & Poster (incl. bonus track; various colored variants)

 

Carnivore‘s track listing is noted below.

 

Carnivore Tracklist:
  1. Carnivore
  2. Point The Finger (feat. Riley Gale)
  3. Bum – Rush
  4. Ace Of Spades
  5. Another Level (feat. Jamey Jasta)
  6. Colors – 2020
  7. No Remorse
  8. When I’m Gone (feat. Amy Lee)
  9. Thee Critical Beatdown
  10. The Hate Is Real
  11. 6 In Tha Morning – 2020 – Unreleased Demo*
  12. No Lives Matter – Live in Australia 2017**
  13. Black Hoodie – Live in Australia 2017**

(*) Bonus Track (available on Ltd. LP and Ltd. 2CD Box Set)
(**) Bonus Track (only available on 2CD Box Set)

In other news, Body Count also recently released a re-worked take of its song ‘No Lives Matter‘ from its 2017 album Bloodlust.  The band has also launched the sale of a limited edition t-shirt to benefit The Innocence Project and The RightWay Foundation.

The Innocence Project works to exonerate people who have been falsely incarcerated through DNA testing and criminal justice reform efforts.  It was founded in 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck at Cardozo School of Law. According to information on the agency’s official website, 367 people nationwide have been exonerated by The Innocence Project through its efforts, and 21 of those people were on death row.

The RightWay Foundation foster care agencies to help young people who are caught in the foster system have better lives.

More information on Ice-T’s appearance on The Tonight Show, Body Count’s new charity effort and its latest news is available along with all of the group’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.bodycountband.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/bodycountofficial

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/BodyCountBand

 

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Body Count Selling Limited Edition Shirt To Raise Money For Charity

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Body Count is doing its part to help those who have been wrongly imprisoned.

The band is selling limited edition “No Lives Matter” t-shirts.  Sales of the shirts will go to benefit The Innocence Project and The RightWay Foundation.

The Innocence Project works to exonerate people who have been falsely incarcerated through DNA testing and criminal justice reform efforts.  It was founded in 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck at Cardozo School of Law. According to information on the agency’s official website, 367 people nationwide have been exonerated by The Innocence Project through its efforts, and 21 of those people were on death row.

The RightWay Foundation foster care agencies to help young people who are caught in the foster system have better lives.

Body Count’s new fundraising effort comes more than a month after the band re-issued its 2017 song ‘No Lives Matter,’  The song was originally featured in the band’s 2017 album Bloodlust.

More information on Body Count’s re-release of ‘No Lives Matter,’ its new charity fundraiser and its latest news is available along with all of the group’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.bodycountband.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/bodycountofficial

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/BodyCountBand

 

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Body Count Debuts ‘Thee Critical Beatdown’ Video

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Body Count debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Thee Critical Beatdown‘ Thursday.  The song is featured on the band’s latest album Carnivore.  The debut of the new song  and video’s comes more than two months after the band debuted its then latest single ‘Point The Finger.’

The musical arrangement at the center of the band’s new single is everything that audiences have come to expect from Body Count.  Its lyrical theme actually breaks from the band’s familiar verbal and musical attack on law enforcement.  This time out, the band goes after internet trolls who talk the talk but can’t and won’t walk the walk.

Carnivore is available now on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below.  It is also available to stream and download here.

 

  • Ltd. Deluxe 2CD Box Set (incl. bonus tracks, beanie, metallic logo pin, poster & instrumental CD)
  • Ltd. CD Digipak
  • Ltd. Gatefold LP+CD & LP-Booklet & Poster (incl. bonus track; various colored variants)

 

Carnivore‘s track listing is noted below.

 

Carnivore Tracklist:
  1. Carnivore
  2. Point The Finger (feat. Riley Gale)
  3. Bum – Rush
  4. Ace Of Spades
  5. Another Level (feat. Jamey Jasta)
  6. Colors – 2020
  7. No Remorse
  8. When I’m Gone (feat. Amy Lee)
  9. Thee Critical Beatdown
  10. The Hate Is Real
  11. 6 In Tha Morning – 2020 – Unreleased Demo*
  12. No Lives Matter – Live in Australia 2017**
  13. Black Hoodie – Live in Australia 2017**

(*) Bonus Track (available on Ltd. LP and Ltd. 2CD Box Set)
(**) Bonus Track (only available on 2CD Box Set)

 

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

 

Websitehttp://www.bodycountband.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/bodycountofficial

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/BodyCountBand

 

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Sick Of It All Debuts ‘Bull’s Anthem’ Video

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Veteran punk band Sick of it All debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Bull’s Anthem‘ Thursday.  The song is the latest single from the band’s 2018 album Wake The Sleeping Dragon.  The song’s musical arrangement is everything that audiences have come to expect from the band, giving listeners an ample, upbeat composition that despite its length leaves listeners fulfilled.

The song’s lyrical theme will put just as much of a smile on audiences’ faces, with its proudly defiant statement.  The band sings at one point in the song, “Enter with your pride and sin/Exit in humility/We will cheer the bull’s success/Nothing more, nothing less.”  At another point, the song finds the band singing, “If you want blood/Come get your fill/The matatdor’s is sure to spill/As long as we are still breathing.”  This metaphorical language is used to deliver a message of perseverance and never giving up no matter the circumstances. It is a message from which everyone can benefit in hearing.

The video features the band’s fans, friends and family singing along to the song by themselves in a nonstop collage of videos. The band talked about the video in a collective statement.

“Getting all our fans and friends involved in the making of this video for ‘Bull’s Anthem’ was an absolute blast,” the statement reads.  “We had so much fun going through all the submissions, piecing it together, and being able to bring some much needed laughter into all of our lives during these crazy times. It’s amazing to see so many people united via our music, from all over the world, and joining us in spreading a good responsible message. We want to thank Tim from Rise Against, Chuck from Hot Water Music and the hundreds of participants, for making this happen, and we want to thank you for watching and sharing this video. It’s US vs Them and the time for revolution has come! Support, love and take care of each other.”

‘Bull’s Anthem’ is just one of the singles that Wake The Sleeping Dragon has spawned.  It also generated the singles: ‘Wake The Sleeping Dragon, ‘That Crazy  White Boy S***,’ ‘Inner Vision,’ ‘The Snake,’ and ‘Self Important S***head.’  Wake the Sleeping Dragon is available to stream and download here.

More information on Sick of it All’s new single and video is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://sickofitall.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/SOIANYC

 

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Body Count Reminds Audiences That Racism Is Real, But ‘No Lives Matter’ With Single’s Re-Issue

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In the wake of recent police-involved deaths across America, Body Count has renewed its call for action by reminding audiences of a key topic.

The band released the radio edit of its 2017 song ‘No Lives Matter‘ Wednesday.  The song reminds audiences that the matter of police violence is not about skin color, but more about money.  Front man Ice-T even notes in the song’s opening verse, “Honestly it ain’t just black/It’s yellow, it’s brown, it’s red/It’s anyone who ain’t got cash/Poor whites/That they call trash/They can’t f*** with us/Once you realize/We’re all on the same side/They can’t/Split us up/And let ’em prosper off the divide.”

He goes on to note that “racism is real/But not it” and that “right now/It’s them against us.”

‘No Lives Matter’ is featured in Body Count’s 2017 album Bloodlust.

Century Media Records Director Philipp Schulte discussed during a recent interview, the decision to re-release the song amid ongoing tensions between people and the police.

“As a company we felt it was necessary to release this single as a way to actively participate in the change that is needed to combat police brutality and racism,” he said.  “It is a first step in doing our part to inspire unity and transformation.”

The re-release of ‘No Lives Matter’ comes less than a month after the band debuted the video for its latest single ‘Point The Finger‘ from its latest album Carnivore.

These songs are not the only times that Ice-T has taken on the law enforcement community.  He rose to fame with Body Count in 1992 with the song ‘Cop Killer,’ which was itself another song about police brutality, much as with this song.  The song brought to the fore, the issue of censorship in music while also bringing increased attention to the hot-button topic.

More information on Body Count’s re-release of ‘No Lives Matter’ is available along with all of the group’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.bodycountband.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/bodycountofficial

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/BodyCountBand

 

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Body Count Debuts ‘Point The Finger’ Video

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Body Count is taking on the issue of police shootings in its latest single and video.

The band debuted the video for its single ‘Point The Finger‘ Tuesday.  The song is featured on the band’s album Carnivore, which was released in March through Century Media Records.

The single’s video features the band’s members and special guest vocalist Riley Gale (Power Trip) recording their respective parts for the song from their homes as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The song’s arrangement is a heavy, hardcore style presentation for which Body Count has come to be known over the years. The song’s lyrical theme takes on the controversy of police shooting citizens, arguing along the way that the shootings are unjustified and are murderous.  Front man Ice-T goes so far as to call the law enforcement community a gang in itself, saying, “The f****** badge is the biggest gang.”

He adds in the song’s chorus, “They shoot first/And ask questions last/And then they point the finger at you,” making a clear statement about his feelings about police actions.  As the song nears its end, Ice-T additionally asks, “How may more innocent people and kids gotta get killed by these police, man?/And then it’s always the victim’s fault/Such f****** b******.”

This song is not the first time that Ice-T has taken on the law enforcement community.  He rose to fame with Body Count in 1992 with the song ‘Cop Killer,’ which was itself another song about police brutality, much as with this song.  The song brought to the fore, the issue of censorship in music while also bringing increased attention to the hot-button topic.

Carnivore is available now on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below.  It is also available to stream and download here.

 

  • Ltd. Deluxe 2CD Box Set (incl. bonus tracks, beanie, metallic logo pin, poster & instrumental CD)
  • Ltd. CD Digipak
  • Ltd. Gatefold LP+CD & LP-Booklet & Poster (incl. bonus track; various colored variants)

 

Carnivore‘s track listing is noted below.

 

Carnivore Tracklist:
  1. Carnivore
  2. Point The Finger (feat. Riley Gale)
  3. Bum – Rush
  4. Ace Of Spades
  5. Another Level (feat. Jamey Jasta)
  6. Colors – 2020
  7. No Remorse
  8. When I’m Gone (feat. Amy Lee)
  9. Thee Critical Beatdown
  10. The Hate Is Real
  11. 6 In Tha Morning – 2020 – Unreleased Demo*
  12. No Lives Matter – Live in Australia 2017**
  13. Black Hoodie – Live in Australia 2017**

(*) Bonus Track (available on Ltd. LP and Ltd. 2CD Box Set)
(**) Bonus Track (only available on 2CD Box Set)

 

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

 

Website: http://www.bodycountband.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BodyCountBand

 

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Horisont “Scores” Another Hit With Its Sixth Album, ‘Sudden Death’

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Audiences waiting to get their hands on Horisont’s latest album are going to have to wait a little bit longer.  The band announced Thursday through its official Facebook page, that delivery of the 13-song album – its sixth album – has been delayed as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.  While audiences wait to receive the album in its physical form, it will still be available to download starting Friday through all digital retail outlets.  The hour-long record is a strong new offering from the band that audiences will agree was worth the more than three year wait to receive.  That is proven through the album’s musical arrangements and lyrical content.  Hearing the album’s musical content is like unearthing a time capsule that is loaded with rock records right out of the 1970s while the lyrical content offers its own appeal, too.  Each item will be addressed here.  They are just two of the items that make the album stand out.  The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements.  Each item noted here plays its own key role in the overall presentation of Sudden Death.  All things considered, they make Sudden Death another win for Horisont.

Horisont’s sixth full-length studio recording Sudden Death is astrong new offering from the veteran neo-classic rock quintet.  It is a work that classic rock fans and neo-classic rock fans will appreciate just as much as Horisont’s established fan base.  That is due in part to the musical arrangements that make up the record’s body.  As noted, putting this album in and listening to it is like unearthing a time capsule from days gone by and pulling out a group of classic vinyls untouched for so many decades.  The guitar-driven arrangements show clear influences from bands, such as Blue Oyster Cult, Kansas and even Rush to a lesser degree.  That sound is driven not just through the instrumentation, but also the actual production process for the record.  Audiences will note in listening to this record that the general effect in listening is like listening to something that would have been right from that bygone era.  It has all of that fuzz sound, instead of a spit-shined clean sound in every performance.  The drums themselves sound like they had heads that were right from that age, too.  It is a very distinct sound in comparison to the sound that drums put out today.  What’s really interesting is that the album’s opener, ‘Revolution’ actually lends itself to comparisons to works from John Lennon and Abba of all acts, with its piano line, choral vocal work and guitars.  Considering this, the other elements noted and the other musical influences and elements presented throughout this album, it becomes clear that the musical arrangements form a strong foundation for this work.  That foundation is in itself, more than enough reason to applaud the album, and is just one of the reasons that the LP works as well as it does.  The album’s lyrical content adds even more interest to its presentation.

The lyrical themes featured throughout the album are just as diverse as the record’s musical content.  ‘Standing Here’ comes across as one of those familiar songs about perhaps a broken relationship.  The song’s subject asks the other person at one point in the song, “What did I do to hurt you?”  Considering that earlier in the song, there was mention of the two people basically running off together, but then it would seem that something went awry along the way.  The relationship went sour it would seem.  Not having a lyrics sheet to reference makes the task of deciphering the album’s lyrics somewhat difficult, but just enough is decipherable that it can be guessed that a song, such as ‘Breaking The Chain,’ which comes late in the album’s run, is a coming-of-age sort of story in its lyrical content.  There is the mention of “when is it a good time to break the chain.”  There are also the mentions by the song’s subject early on, telling someone else not to worry about him.  Later in the song, there is a mention by the song’s subject that the subject’s father will not be a certain way to him anymore.  To that end, this would seem to support the inference that the song is focused on the matter of someone growing up and becoming his own person.  Again, that is just this critic’s interpretation.  ‘Free Riding’ is another example of the diversity in the record’s lyrical themes.  Thankfully, lyrics were found for this work.  The lyrics, found at genius.com, seem to hint at a theme of not giving up in life.  That is inferred through all three of the song’s verses.  Considering this, the rest of the seeming themes addressed here and the rest of the record’s lyrical themes, it is shown that the album’s lyrical content does in fact provide its own share of interest for audiences as the album’s musical content.  The two sides together make for plenty of reason for audiences to give this record at least one listen.  They are not its only notable items.  Its sequencing rounds out its most important elements.

Sudden Death’s sequencing is notable in that it has just as much impact on the album’s impact as the record’s music and lyrics.  The first half of the record maintains a relatively stable mid-tempo feeling.  Things don’t change any until more than halfway through the record in ‘Graa Dagar.’  Roughly translated, that title means ‘Gray Days.’  It is a stark departure from the vibe in the record’s first half.  It makes for a good break from that higher energy that keeps things interesting for listeners.  The album’s second half is somewhat slower than its first half, but not as slow and reserved as ‘Gray Days.’  Compared to the record’s first half, though, the tempo and sound is distinctly different.  That variance between the record’s first and second halves, and that break in the “middle” does its own share to keep the record interesting in terms of the record’s aesthetics.  Keeping that in mind, it clearly is important in its own way to the album.  When it is considered along with the album’s musical and lyrical content, the end result is a work that the noted target audiences will agree is another victory for Horisont.

Horisont’s latest album Sudden Death is a positive new effort from the band that classic rock fans, those of the neo-classic rock movement and those of Horisont alike will appreciate.  That is due in part to the variety of musical arrangements that make up the record’s body.  The lyrical themes that accompany the songs add their own interest and will generate plenty of discussion among the noted audiences.  The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements, doing its own part to maintain the noted engagement and entertainment among audiences.  All three items are important in their own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, these items make Sudden Death a win for Horisont.  The album drops Friday.  More information on Sudden Death is available along with all of Horisont’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.horisontmusic.com

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

 

 

 

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Century Media, Heavy Metal Magazine Launch New Contest

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Century Media is teaming up with Heavy Metal magazine for a new contest.

The companies have partnered to launch what they have dubbed “The Ultimate Stay At Home Prize Pack” contest.  The contest launched Monday and ends Friday.  It gives audiences the chance to win a prize pack each day this week that contains the following: One (1) Heavy Metal t-shirt; one (1) Century Media Blue Horns t-shirt; one (1) 3TEETH face mask; five (5) issues of Heavy Metal magazine; five (5) Iron Maiden Legacy of the Beast comic books and 10 select Century Media CDs from artists, such as Sons of Apollo, Iced Earth and Unearth.

According to the giveaway’s rules, the prize pack drawings begin Tuesday and end Saturday.  The drawings will be for entries received for the previous day’s contest.  In other words, Tuesday’s drawing will be for Monday’s giveaway and so forth.  Winners have 24 hours to respond and confirm their entry once their names are announced.  Special rules apply for Canadian entrants.  Rules and entry forms are all available here.

More information on the giveaway is available online along with all of Century Media’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.centurymedia.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/centurymediaeu

 

More information on Heavy Metal magazine is available online at:

 

Website: http://www.heavymetal.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/HeavyMetalInK

 

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‘The Verdict’ Is A Reminder Of Why Queensryche Remains One Of Hard Rock’s Most Respected Bands Today

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Early this moth, veteran hard rock outfit Queensryche debuted the music video for its latest single, ‘Portrait.’  The finale from the band’s 2019 album The Verdict, the song takes listeners back to Queensryche’s early days through its musical and lyrical content.  While it is another strong representation of the band’s album, it is only one of the album’s most notable entries.  ‘Inner Unrest,’ which comes late in the album’s 44-minute run time is just as important to the album’s presentation as any of the record’s other entries.  ‘Light Years,’ which comes early in the album’s presentation, is another notable addition to the LP, and will be addressed a little later.  ‘Propaganda Fashion’ also is worth examining in looking at the bigger picture of The Verdict.  When it is considered along with the other noted works and the rest of the album’s compositions, the whole of the record proves to be another enjoyable offering from one of the rock realm’s most respect acts.

Queensryche’s most recent album The Verdict, the band’s 15th full-length studio recording – is another strong offering from the veteran band, which is in the midst of the latest leg of its tour in support of said album.  The album boasts a variety of strong points throughout the course of its nearly 45-minute run time, not the least of which is ‘Inner Unrest,’ which comes late in the album’s run.  The musical arrangement at the center of ‘Inner Unrest’ is a work that will take listeners back to the days of the band’s 1994 album Promised Land.  That is evident through the combination of front man Todd LaTorre’s vocal delivery and the talents displayed by his band mates – guitarists Michael Wilton and Parker Lundgren, drummer Scott Rockenfield and bassist Eddie Jackson.  The group’s combined work makes the song a composition in whole that that is everything Queensryche fans have come to expect from the band throughout its decades-long life.  The arrangement’s heavy, yet melancholy approach does an applause-worthy job of illustrating the song’s lyrical theme of someone dealing with PTSD.

The song’s lyrical content puts forward a strong message about mental health; more specifically PTSD.  LaTorre sings in the song’s lead verse, “Hear the voices in your head/Do they speak of grand delusion/Moral truths to comprehend/The soul’s contusion/The scarred reunion/And you can dream/Can you feel me/Can you feel me.”  The song’s subject seems to be asking someone in this verse, if that person realizes what is going on in that person’s mind or is that person wrapped up in his/her own self.  LaTorre continues in the song’s second verse, “Colors change from black to red/I’ll never remember/Still you search for the meaning/Strange lies hypnotize me, you know/I’ll never surrenderAnd you still scream for madness/And you dream/Can you feel me/Can you feel me/Fantasy, dreaming/Can you feel me.”  He continues in the song’s third and final verse, “There are many truths behind these eyes that you see/On one side love and laughter/The other darkened disbelief/Searching for the sunset clause in my relief/Sincerely Mr. Post-traumatic looking for some peace.”  The song does a good job of illustrating what someone dealing with PTSD must go through daily, as is evidenced here. The song’s very lead verse paints a picture of a person fighting with so many thoughts both good and band.  The mention in the song’s second verse of that person searching “for the meaning” and the “strange lies” hypnotizing that person, goes a long way to imagine the person fighting that inner battle, racking his or her brain in the process, virtually pulling his or her hair out of his/her head.  That message, coupled with the powerfully engaging musical arrangement at the center of the song makes this work a unique presentation in itself and just one example of what makes The Verdict such a strong new offering from Queensryche.  It is just one of the album’s most notable entries.  ‘Light Years,’ which comes early in the album’s run, is another positive addition to the LP.

‘Light Years’ offers listeners a full-on prog-metal presentation in its musical arrangement that is grounded largely in the aforementioned dual guitar approach of Wilton and Lundgren.  The pair’s collective work is as good as any heavy prog-metal opus that Dream Theatere guitarist John Petrucci has ever crafted with his band mates.  Rockenfield’s work behind the kit here strengthens the song’s presentation even more with his solid time keeping.  Jackson’s work on the bass is the cherry on top of this musical sundae, giving it that last needed touch.  The combination of each musician’s line makes the whole of the song a work that is arguably one of this record’s strongest entries if not its absolute strongest.  Of course the song’s musical arrangement is only a portion of what makes the song stand out.  Its lyrical content adds even more to its impact.

LaTorre sings in the song’s lead verse, “Light-years and shadows/You’ll never see the end of day/Distant horizon/Far beyond the past you cannot save/Whispers/No silence/Echoing the sounds from far away/Sequenced pariahs/Following the footsteps to your grave/Pulling me down the undertow/It’s dragging me now/I’m paralyzed/Beyond the distance is out of reach/There’s no more I can take.’  This verse is repeated almost identically for a second time with only minimal change in the second verse.  What LaTorre and company are trying to convey through this content is anyone’s guess.  It comes across as perhaps the song’s subject addressing the issue of living in the present versus the past or even the future.  This is inferred as LaTorre makes note of light-years and shadows never seeing “the end of day” and the distant horizon being “far beyond the past that you cannot save.”  It is almost as if this is the song’s subject noting the past is gone and the future is too far ahead to be concerned about, so it is better to be in the present.  This is entirely this critic’s own interpretation and should not be taken as gospel.  As LaTorre sings in the song’s chorus, “Beyond the distance is out of reach/There’s no more I can take” seems to hint at this even more.  The added note from the song’s subject that “There’s no more I can take” adds even more to the thought of someone who is struggling to decide which way to look.  Once more, this is entirely this critic’s take on the song’s lyrical content.  Regardless of right or wrong, this song’s lyrical content is certain to generate plenty of discussion, as is its musical content.  Keeping all of that in mind, the song in whole proves itself to be another important addition to The Verdict.  It is not the last of the album’s most notable entries.  ‘Propaganda Fashion’ is worth examining just as much as the other songs noted here.

‘Propaganda Fashion’ is another work that takes listeners back to Queensryche’s heyday through its musical arrangement.  From the dual-guitar attack to the solid time keeping to the low-end and vocals, every element of this song takes listeners back to the days of Hear in the Now Frontier with its driving, melodic rock arrangement.  It is perhaps the album’s most radio ready song at least in regards to its musical arrangement.  That catchy arrangement couples with the song’s sociopolitical commentary in its lyrical content to make the song in whole that much more engaging for listeners.

Jackson talked about the noted commentary in a recent interview, saying, “Lyrically it surrounds a political message used to persuade an audience, in order to make something appear more powerful, meaningful or real than it actually is.”  That statement is illustrated as LaTorre sings in the song’s lead verse, “Lightning (charging with a vengeance)/Strikes you (spreading like fire)/Takes you down, down, down/Sell me what’s real/Become desensitized/Pushing their own point of view/Lies/Shoving it down, down your throat/Lies.”  LaTorre continues in the song’s second verse, “System (no communication)/Broken (poisoned mother*******)/Spins you round, round, round/Media persuasion/Speeches and names/Paved by the ones with the crown.”  He adds in the song’s third and final verse, “Tonight your freedom dies/The scars to prove it/No reason or rhyme/The twisted web of lies/Just take your time and hurry up/You’re free to do what you’re told.”  These are some pretty straight forward statements made through these verses and considering what is going on now across the political spectrum, they are fully relatable for listeners.  Regardless of which side of the aisle one sits on, it applies on both sides.  Keeping that in mind, it makes the song stand out that much more.  When it is coupled with the song’s radio ready and accessible lyrical content, the song in whole stands out even more.  When the song is considered along with the other works noted here and the rest of the album’s works, the record in whole shows that much more why it is such a strong new offering from one of rock’s most respected names.

As already noted, Queensryche is in the midst of the latest leg of its world tour in support of The Verdict.  Audiences will get to hear all three of the songs noted here and others Sunday in Charlotte, NC and Wednesday in Huntsville, AL.  The remaining dates on the band’s current live run are noted below.

 

 

QUEENSRYCHE “THE VERDICT TOUR” 2020 with John 5:
February 22 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground*
February 25 – Huntsville, AL – Mars Music Hall
February 26 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theater*
February 27 – Orlando. FL – Plaza Live
*without John 5

 

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Lacuna Coil Debuts ‘Reckless’ Video; Band To Launch Tour Sunday

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Lacuna Coil debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Reckless‘ Friday.  The video continues the story that was started in the video for this video’s predecessor, ‘Layers of Time.’  That song was the lead single from the band’s forthcoming album Black Anima, which is scheduled for release Oct.11 through Century Media Records.

Lacuna Coil vocalist Cristina Scabbia talked about the band’s new video in a recent interview.

“‘Reckless’ is the second track taken from our new album Black Anima, she said.  ‘We wanted the concept of the video for this song to be somehow related to ‘Layers of Time,’  That’s why we filmed both of them in the same location picked by Roberto Saku Cinardi.  We had the band’s performance at the core of the ‘Layers of Time’ video, while in ‘Reckless,’ the ideas of freedom and being true to yourself come to life through disturbing horror images to cause a reaction in the audience and actually represent the obscure atmosphere of our new record.  In ‘Reckless,’ Lacuna Coil became part and parcel of the nightmare and fears experienced by the little redheaded girl.  As usual, working with Saku in such a stunning location and with great actors that completely committed to the roles, has been absolutely inspiring.  It was definitely worth it and I hope you will like this video as much as I do.”

Pre-orders for Black Anima are open now.  The album will be available on CD, LP/CD combo pack, Ltf. Ed Book/2CD combo pack and digital.  The album’s track listing is noted below.

Black Anima Tracklisting
  1. Anima Nera (02:29)
  2. Sword Of Anger (03:54)
  3. Reckless (03:06)
  4. Layers Of Time           (04:07)
  5. Apocalypse (04:18)
  6. Now Or Never (04:42)
  7. Under The Surface (04:13)
  8. Veneficium (06:10)
  9. The End Is All I Can See        (04:17)
  10. Save Me (04:36)
  11. Black Anima (03:23)

Lacuna Coil launches its tour in support of Black Anima Sunday in New York, NY.  The tour is scheduled to run through Dec. 21 with a break between Oct. 19 and Nov. 2, when the band will launch the European leg of its tour.  The band’s current schedule is noted below.

LACUNA COIL TOUR DATES
Disease Of The Anima Tour w/All That Remains
September 15 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
September 17 – Greenville SC – The Firmament
September 18 – Knoxville, TN – Jackson Terminal
September 19 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
September 20 – Dothan, AL – The Plant
September 21 – Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen
September 23 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
September 24 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music
September 27 – Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom
September 28 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Live*
September 30 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues*
October 1 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater*
October 2 – Berkley, CA – The UC Theatre
October 3 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
October 5 – Spokane, WA – The Knitting Factory*
October 6 – Calgary, AB – Palace Theatre
October 7 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
October 9 – Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
October 10 – Minot, ND – The ‘O’ Riginal Bar
w/Bad Omens, Eximious, and Uncured
October 11 – Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
October 12 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note
October 13 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave II
October 15 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverfront Live
October 16 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues*
October 17 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
October 18 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
October 19 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live
*no Bad Omens
 
w/Eluveitie and Infected Rain
November 2 – Bari, Italy – Demodé Club
November 3 – Rome, Italy – Orion
November 5 – Bologna, Italy – Estragon
November 6 – Milan, Italy – Live Club
November 8 – Stuttgart, Germany – LKA Longhorn
November 9 – Oberhausen, Germany – Turbinenhalle II
November 10 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
November 12 – Manchester, United Kingdom – O2 Ritz
November 13 – Glasgow, United Kingdom – Garage
November 14 – Dublin, Ireland – Academy
November 15 – Bristol, United Kingdom – SWX
Novembe 16 – London, United Kingdom – O2 Forum Kentish Town
November 17 – Utrecht, Netherland – Tivoli Ronda
November 19 – Frankfurt, Germany – Batschkapp
November 20 – Hannover, Germany – Capitol
November 21 – Berlin, Germany – Huxleys
November 22 – Leipzig, Germany – Felsenkeller
November 23 – Munich, Germany – Tonhalle
November 24 – Dornbirn, Austria – Conrad Sohm
November 26 – Bordeaux, France – Le Rocher de Palmer
November 27 – Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
November 28 – Madrid, Spain – Mon Live
November 29 – Toulouse, France – Le Bikini
November 20 – Rennes, France – L’Etage
December 1 – Paris, France – Elysée-Montmartre
December 3 – Saarbrucken, Germany – Garage
December 4 – Nurnberg, Germany – Hirsch
December 5 – Ljubljana, Slovenia – Kino Siska
December 8 – Vienna, Austria – Arena
December 10 – Krakow, Poland – Kwadrat Students Club
December 11 – Warsaw, Poland – Progresja
December 12 – Riga, Latvia – Melna Piektdiena
December 13 – Helsinki, Finland – Tavastia
December 14 – Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone
December 15 – Tallinn, Estonia – Rock Café
December 17 – Stockholm, Sweden – Klubben Fryshuset
December 18 – Oslo, Norway – Vulkan Arena
December 19 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Tradgarn
December 20 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
December 21 – Hamburg, Germany – Docks
*festival dates

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