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:




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Sons Of Apollo Offers Audiences A Strong Live Debut In ‘Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony’

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The wait is finally over for Sons of Apollo’s new live recording.  The band officially released its new recording, Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony Friday.  The 24-song, two-and-a-half-hour concert was recorded at the famed Plovdiv Roman Theatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.  If that sounds familiar to some audiences, it should.  That is because that is the same venue where the Devin Townsend Project recorded its most recent live recording, Ocean Machine Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv.  That’s another concert, though.  This concert in question is a presentation that is certain to appeal to every Sons of Apollo fan.  That is due in part to the concert’s extensive set list, which will be addressed shortly.  The band’s performance of said set list is important to note in its own right and will be discussed a little later.  The concert’s production values round out its most important elements.  Each item noted is key in its own right to the whole of the recording.  All things considered, they make Live With The Plvdiv Psychotic Symphony a good first live outing for this prog-rock super group.

Sons of Apollo’s debut live recording Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony is a good first live offering from the prog-rock super group.  It succeeds all the way around, beginning with its extensive set list.  The 24-song, two-and-a-half-hour set list features the band’s debut album Psychotic Symphony in whole as well as covers of some of the band members’ own favorite songs from other acts and even some work from the band members’ own catalogs.  While Psychotic Symphony is presented in whole here, it is not in the same sequence as on the record, which is not necessarily bad.  It is instead scattered throughout the record with the other noted songs, including three classic Dream Theater songs ‘Just Let Me Breath,’  ‘Lines in The Sand’ and ‘Hell’s Kitchen.’  All three songs were lifted from Dream Theater’s 1997 album Falling Into Infinity, which was really the record that set Derek Sherinian’s identity as the band’s keyboardist at the time.  The covers featured in the set list are quite varied in their own right.  Rainbow gets a nod with ‘Gates of Babylon.’  The band also takes on Ozzy Osbourne with ‘Diary of a Madman.’  The band members even cover works from Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and the one and only Henry Mancini (yes, Henry Mancini) in this set list.  That’s quite a range of music.  From hard rock to prog rock to jazz and even the mainstream rock of Van Halen (the band also covers Van Halen’s ‘And The Cradle Will Rock,’ in this set), the band shows a wide range of influences and talent with the covers and the originals.  All things considered, the band’s set list ensures audiences’ maintained engagement and entertainment from the beginning to the end of the show.  That is heightened even more through the sequencing of the set list.  A close watch/listen shows a lot of thought went into the sequencing, as the show’s energy rises and falls at all of the right moments, ensuring even more, audiences’ engagement.

The engagement and entertainment ensured through this recording’s set list is but one part of what makes it so appealing for audiences.  The band’s performance of that set list ensures, even more that maintained engagement and entertainment.  Those who actively watch and/or listen to the recording will note that the band wastes little to no time moving from one song to the next over the course of the concert.  Case in point is the transition from ‘Alive to Henry Mancini’s timeless ‘Pink Panther Theme,’ and from that song into ‘Opus Maximus.’  The transition is seamless from one song to the next.  The band members hit all the right notes and cues to make each transition work.  It is just one of the prime examples of how the band makes the most of its time.  Earlier on in the set, the band transitions just as seamlessly from ‘Signs of the Time’ into ‘Divine Addiction.’  That fluidity makes for so much enjoyment for audiences.  Even in the rare moments in which the band does take a moment to interact with the audience, little time is wasted, such as when drummer Mike Portnoy introduces his longtime friend and band mate Billy Sheehan for Sheehan’s solo.  That solo, by the way, would make fans of Cliff Burton and Lemmy Kilmister proud.  Getting back on topic, Portnoy’s introduction is short and to the point, giving Sheehan more time to perform.  Even when front man Jeff Scott Soto gets his moment in the spotlight for his solo performances, he is gracious and humble in addressing the audience, and brief in the process.  Simply put, from the concert’s opening to its finale, the band’s presence and performance of the show’s set list displays the band as a fine tuned machine and as a group of true professional musicians that wants to give audiences the absolute biggest bang for its buck.  When that is considered alongside the set list itself, the whole of those two elements gives audiences more than enough to appreciate in this case.  Even with all of this in mind, the set list and the band’s performance thereof is still only a portion of what makes the concert so enjoyable for audiences.  The recording’s production values put the finishing touch to its presentation.

The production values in this recording are so important in that they add so much more to the general effect of the concert.  The camera angles, the transitions from camera to camera (including the speed of the transitions) help to expertly capture and translate the energy of the show for audiences who were not lucky enough to be in attendance at what was the band’s first-ever concert at the Roman Theatre.  At the same time, they also give home audiences the absolute best seat in the house, taking viewers right up close wit hthe band on stage and from high above at some points.  The sound editing and mixing is just as worthy of praise, as it keeps all of the music and vocals just as expertly balanced throughout.  Case in point is the balance of Soto’s vocal delivery against the instrumental elements in ‘Kashmir.’  Portnoy and company are clearly audible, but never once overpower the orchestral backing provided for the performance.  At the same time Soto’s vocals are never overpowered by his band mates and guest orchestral musicians as he takes on Robert Plant’s part from the original song.  When the expert production and mixing is considered alongside the band’s performance and the set list, the whole of the concert becomes an experience that definitely presents a very wide appeal.  Overall, the noted elements make this recording in whole one more of this year’s top new live Blu-ray/DVD recordings.

Sons of Apollo’s debut live recording Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony is a powerful first live offering from the prog-rock super group.  It is an offering whose appeal reaches easily beyond just fans of the band, but the bands with whom each of its musicians have performed and more.  That is proven in part through the recording’s extensive set list.  The set list not only presents the band’s debut album Psychotic Symphony in whole, but also lots of covers and originals that will appeal to lots of audiences.  The band’s performance of that set list does just as much to make the recording enjoyable.  The recording’s production and mixing put the last touch to its presentation, ensuring even more its positive impact.  Each item noted is important in its own right to the whole of the recording.  All things considered, they make Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony not just a strong live debut for Sons of Apollo, but also one more of this year’s top new live Blu-ray/DVD recordings.  More information on the recording is available online now along with all of Sons of Apollo’s latest news and more at:




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Lacuna Coil Debuts ‘Layers of Time’ Video

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Goth metal outfit Lacuna Coil debuted the video this week, for the lead single from its forthcoming album Black Anima.

The band debuted the video for the song ‘Layers of Time‘ Friday.  Directed by Robert Cinardi, the video finds the band perfoming its new single on a dimly lit sound stage designed to look like a room in a house.

The song’s musical arrangement is a heavy, guitar-driven composition that will appeal to fans of the aggro-rock sound of the late 1990s that was so popular at the time.  The song’s lyrical content hints at a message of perseverance.  This is inferred as vocalist Andrea Ferro sings, “Building this life/Still trapped inside/I think I’ve lost the storyline/Forever hurt and broken/I swear I’ll get out alive/Burning the bridges built behind/My life’s reloading every night” and as co-vocalist Christina Scabbie sings in the song’s chorus, “Victims of time/We take our chance again/Our road is paved with pain/The past we can’t rewind.”

The full track listing for Black Anima 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)

Pre-orders for Black Anima are open now.  Fans can order the album on Limited Edition 2CD Book Edition with bonus tarot cards, standard CD and black LP+CD combo pack (with bonus tracks).

Lacuna Coil will launch a tour in support of Black Anima Sept. 15 in New York, NY.  The tour’s first North American run is scheduled to run through Oct. 19 in Baltimore, MD and features performances in cities, such as Phoenix, AZ; Columbia, MO and Atlanta, GA.  The band will also take some time overseas between Aug. 8 and 17 for a series of festivals in Europe.

The tour’s European leg will launch Nov. 2 in Bari, Italy after the band rests up following the North American leg of the tour for a couple of weeks.  The European leg of the tour is scheduled to run through Dec. 21 in Hamburg, Germany and will feature performances in cities, such as London, UK; Vienna, Austria and Helsinki, Finland.

The full schedule for Lacuna Coil’s upcoming tour is noted below.

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
August 8 – Villena, Spain – Leyendas del Rock Festival*
August 10 – Leeuwarden, Netherlands – Into the Grave Festival*
August 16 – Moravsky Krumlov, Czech Republic – Rock Heart*
August 17 – Lviv, Ukraine – Zaxidfest*
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

More information on Lacuna Coil’s new single, video, album and tour is available online now at:


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Queensryche Debuts ‘Bent’ Video

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Queensryche debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Bent.’  The song is taken from the band’s most recent album The Verdict, which was released in March through Red Music and Century Media Records.

Front man Todd LaTorre talked about the song’s musical arrangement and lyrical content in a recent interview.

“‘Bent’ is a lyrical conglomerate of social injustices and societal struggles infused with progressive musicality,” LaTorre said.  “Snippets of thought provoking subject matter take you on a journey of up tempo hard rock/metal riffs with melancholic melodies and atmospheres.”

Queensryche is on tour in Europe promoting its new single and The Verdict.  Mirrorplain and Firewind are serving as support for the first portion of the tour, which runs through August.

After completing the first leg of that tour, Queensryche will take some time to rest and recharge before heading back out across Europe in November. Firewind will serve as sole support on the second half of the tour.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

w/ Firewind, Mirrorplain
July 25 – Berlin, DE – SO36
July 26 – Rottenburt-Seebronn, DE – Rock of Ages *+
July 27 – Szekesfeherva, HU – Fezen Festival+
July 28 – Ljubljana, SL – Kino Siska
July 30 – Munchen, DE – Free & Easy Festival
July 31 – Aschaffenburg, DE – Colos-Saal
August 2 – Wacken, DE – Wacken Open-Air*+
August 3 – Eindhoven, NL – Effenaar
August 4 – Paris, FR – Petit Bain*
August 6 – Pinarella di Cervia, IT – Rock Planet
August 7 – Pratteln, CH – Konzertfabrik z7
August 9 – Kortrijk, BE – Alcatraz Festival+
August 10 – Leeuwarden, NL – Into The Grave Festival*+
August 11 – Walton-on-Trent, UK – Bloodstock Open Air Festival*+
August 13 – Norfolk, UK – Waterfront, Norwich*
August 14 – London, UK – o2 Islington Academy*
August 15 – Saarbrücken, DE – Garage*
August 16 – Dinkelsbuhl, DE – Summer Breeze Festival*+
August 17 – Essen, DE – Turock Festival*+
* FIREWIND do not appear
+ MIRRORPLAIN do not appear
w/ Firewind
November 15 – Thessaloniki, Greece – Fix Factory Of Sound
November 16 – Athens, Greece – Fuzz Club
November 19 – Krakow, Poland – Kwadrat
November 21 – Telfs, Austria – RathausSaal Telfs
November 23 – Stockholm, Sweden – Fryshuset Klubben
November 24 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Tradgarn
November 25 – Oslo, Norway – Tradgarn
November 26 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Pumpehuset
December 4 – Mannheim, Germany – MS Connexion
December 5 – Dornbirn, Austria – Conrad Sohm
December 6 – Geiselwind, Germany – Christmas Bash
December 7 – Oberhausen, Germany – Ruhrpott Metal Meeting
* FIREWIND do not appear

Queensryche’s video for ‘Bent‘ is just its latest video to debut from The Verdict.  The band most recently released the video for ‘Light Years‘ in March.  That video was preceded in January by the video for ‘Dark Reverie,’ and that video by the video for the album’s lead single ‘Man The Machine.’

More information on Queensryche’s new single, video, tour dates and more is available online at:


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Kataklysm Announces New Live Dates

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Kataklysm is heading back out on the road.

The veteran metal outfit made the announcement Friday through a news release.  The document states the band’s upcoming “Meditations Over North America 2019 Tour” is scheduled to launch Sept. 4 in Joliet, IL and run through Sept. 26 in Worchester, MA.

The 21-date tour also features performances in cities, such as Baltimore, MD; Oakland,CA and Kansas City,  MO. Exhorder, Krisiun and Hatchet will serve as support throughout the tour.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Confirmed dates for the Meditations Over North America 2019 tour with EXHORDER, KRISIUN & HATCHET are:
Sep. 04 Joliet, IL – The Forge
Sep. 05 Cave-in-Rock, IL – FULL TERROR ASSAULT
Sep. 06 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
Sep. 07 Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
Sep. 08 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
Sep. 10 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Sep. 11 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
Sep. 12 Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House
Sep. 13 Los Angeles, CA – Union
Sep. 14 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick
Sep. 15 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
Sep. 16 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill
Sep. 17 Austin, TX – Come and Take it Live!
Sep. 18 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live!
Sep. 20 Cincinnati, OH – Riverfront Live
Sep. 21 Atlanta, GA – TBC
Sep. 22 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
Sep. 23. Brooklyn, NY – Market Hotel
Sep. 26 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
Sep. 25 Reading, PA – Reverb
Sep. 26 Worcester, MA – The Palladium

Tickets for the tour are scheduled to go on sale Wednesday.

Kataklysm’s upcoming tour is in support of its most recently released album Meditations(2018), which was released through Nuclear Blast Records.  The video for the album’s single ‘…And Then I Saw Blood’ is streaming here.

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The Offering Debuts ‘Failure (S.O.S.)’ Lyric Video

The Offering debuted the lyric video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its song ‘Failure (S.O.S.)‘ Friday.  The song is taken from the band’s forthcoming album Home, which is scheduled for release Aug. 2 through Century Media.  The song’s musical arrangement is a composition that will appeal to metal purists across the board while its contemplative lyrical content will reach an even wider audience.

Courtesy: Century Media

The Offering front man Alexander Richichi talked at length about the song’s lyrical theme — and those presented throughout the record — in a recent interview.

HOME‘s about feeling small, inconsequential, forgotten, wasted, and questioning how you fit in,” Richichi said.  “My attempt is to see if anyone feels the same anymore.  Or am I the only one?  And if not, where did everyone go?  Lyrically, in this band, no word has one meaning — including HOME.  ‘Home’ the word is meant to be a haven, but it’s often the root of our traumas.  We try not to think about what we’re born into, and how it’s tied to our fate, and how we are ultimately a reflection of our home, our upbringing.  It shows us our limitations, how we interpret ‘safety.’  I would like this album to be a ‘home’ that houses people of the same mind, those who can find it as a type of refuge, especially in 2019, where so many of these emotions aren’t accessible to be openly talked about with loved ones.  Home is meant to show that you’re not alone.”

The Offering guitarist Nishad George expanded on Richichi’s comments as he talked about Homemusical content.

“I wanted everyone to spread their wings and be the musicians they always wanted to be and to help each other see that through with complimenting parts,” George said.  “I wanted the band to feel like one giant instrument, where we changed lanes a hundred miles an hour with no crashes.”

Pre-orders for Home are open now.  Home will come almost two years since the band released its self-titled EP through Century Media.

More information on Home is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:


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Jason Charles Miller Debuts ‘Running’ Video

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Jason Charles Miller debuted the video for his latest single this week.

Miller debuted the video for the song ‘Running‘ on Friday.  The song is taken from Miller’s latest album Into The Wasteland (2018).  Directed by outlaw country musician Bob Wayne, the video stars Alexander Ward (WestworldAmerican Horror Story ApocalypseSleepy Hollow) and professional Cosplayer Vivid Vivka as a pair of vampires in what proves to be a rather funny story.

Miller talked about the song’s creation and its tie to the video in a recent interview.

“When I wrote the song with Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria) and Blue Foley, we came up with the concept of a fallen angel who chose the devil’s side, but then changed his mind,” Miller said.  “He realizes it’s too late to go back, but still tries anyway.  A real heavy subject matter over a riff that’s almost surf rock in nature.  There’s really no other song on the album like this, but the album would feel incomplete without it.”

In talking about the song’s video, Miller said a lot of thought went into the video’s creation.

“Bob and I were brainstorming one day about making a music video,” Miller said.  “I played him ‘Running’ and we knew this was the one he should direct.  I love Bob’s creativity and fearlessness when he makes videos.  Rather than re-tell the story of the song, we thought putting vampires in a haunted house would make the whole thing a lot more interesting to watch.  I mean, vampires!  Lore behind vampires says some of them are fallen angels anyway, so it still worked with the concept.  Getting Vivka and Alexander to play our vampires was the best part.  They did such an amazing job.”

He added, “Finding the right house was key, and luckily I found out about the Historic Harris House through my friend Robert Coshland (who happens to own it), and it turned out to be the perfect place!  We didn’t have to do a thing.  It looks like that all the time!  I consider the house one of the stars of the video as well.  I couldn’t be happier with how it came out and I can’t wait to share it.”

‘Running’ is just the latest single from ‘Into The Wasteland’ to get the video treatment.  The video for ‘Hundred Pound Hammer‘ debuted in November. The video for the album’s title track debuted in June.

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