‘In The Wasteland’ Proves To Be Another Enjoyable Outlaw Country Offering From Jason Charles Miller

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Seventeen years ago, southern rock artist Jason Charles Miller rose to fame as the front man of the goth outfit Godhead.  Signed to Marilyn Manson’s Posthuman Records. While Miller is most well-known for his time as the voice of Godhead, he has also released three solo albums between 2009 and 2012.  Early this month, Miller released his fourth full-length solo album In The Wasteland.  The 11-song album, released June 15 via Red Music/Century Media, is a work that is certain to appeal to any fans of the genre.  More specifically, it will appeal easily to fans of Shooter Jennings, Zac Brown Band, Blues Saraceno and other similar acts.  Keeping that in mind, it is an album that fans of said genre will agree is worth at least one listen.  This is proven early on in the album’s run in the form of ‘No Bridge Left Unburned.’  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘The Line,’ which comes later in the album’s run, is another example of what makes this record appealing to southern rock (and even country) music fans.  It will be discussed later.  ‘Running,’ is yet another example of what makes ITW work as well as it does.  It will be addressed later, too.  All three songs noted here are key in their own way in showing why this record will appeal to southern rock and country fans.  They are hardly the only songs that could be cited in supporting that statement, too.  The bluesy gospel style ‘Get Thee Behind Me,’ ‘Trunk Full of Bibles’ and ‘Riverbank’ all serve to support the noted statement, too.  The same could be said of the album’s opener/title track, ‘No More Reasons’ ‘Old Scarecrow’ and ‘Finding My Way in the Dark.’  That pretty much covers the whole of ITW.  Keeping that in mind, this album offers plenty for country and southern rock fans to appreciate from start to end, meaning it’s anything but a musical wasteland.

Jason Charles Miller’s new solo album In The Wasteland is a work that is anything but a wasteland.  Rather, it is a 41-minute musical experience that will appeal to any southern rock fan just as much as any country music fan.  From Shooter Jennings to Zac Brown Band and others, the album’s 11-song body will certainly appeal to a wide range of listeners.  This is proven early on in the form of ‘No Bridge Left Unburned.’  This driving southern rock/outlaw country-style work shows clearly the impact of Jennings on his work through its guitar-driven arrangement.  The certain twang in the guitar and the tone of the instruments sounds so much like something that Jennings would craft.  The song’s lyrical side is shows that outlaw country element just as much.  That is proven as Miller sings in the song’s lead verse, “You and me/We got our share of problems/We’ve been known/To go a round or two/I was down and out before you took the first swing/Then you left me there with nothing left to lose/When the time is right, I’ll throw you under the bus/Then you’ll know those tables have turned/You crossed over the line/Violated my trust/Now I’ll leave no bridge left unburned.”  That defiant stance continues in the song’s second verse as Miller sings about how the song’s subjects got to where they are, singing, “I remember when/We were on the same side/now I’m staring down the barrel of your gun/You’re just another victim of your own pride//And when you stabbed me in the back/I knew I had to run/When the time is right/I’ll throw you under the bus/Then you’ll know the tables have turned/You crossed over the line, violated my trust/Now I’ll leave no bridge left unburned.”  This is someone who means business.  The song’s third and final verse proves that just as much as it talks about the antagonist looking into the protagonist’s soul to see the impact that the antagonist has had.  It’s a strong statement, and one that solidifies even more, the song’s lyrical message of someone standing up for himself proudly.  Needless to say, when this collectively proud statement is coupled with the song’s equally driving musical arrangement, the whole becomes a work that stands as one of the album’s highest points.  It isn’t the only song that so sharply shows what makes In The Wasteland worth hearing.  ‘The Line,’ which comes later in the album’s run, is another strong addition to the album.

‘The Line’ is the polar opposite of ‘No Bridge Left Unburned’ both musically and lyrically.  In regards to its musical arrangement, this song is quite reserved in comparison to so much more of ITW.  It is a gentle, flowing and emotional piece that will appeal to fans of Zac Brown Band and other similar acts.  That emotional impact is strengthened even more as Miller seems to be addressing through the song’s lyrical side, about people not wanting to take responsibility for things in life and not wanting to get involved so that they won’t have to take any responsibility.  The is inferred as Miller sings in the song’s lead verse, “Mind your own/He said, mind your own/There’s some things you don’t want to know/Just move along/Keep your head down/We keep our eyes closed in this town/Lock the door/And turn away/So you can’t hear a word they say/Shut yourself in/Turn your head off/It’s not your job to count the cost/Hold the line/Cause I can’t see/Wear the cross/Or who you think I should be/Wave your signs/Shout your hate/I’ll just push you all away.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “Darker days/Have turned to black…don’t hold back/Just help yourself…take everything and be my guest/Just hold the line/Cause I can’t see/Wear the cross/Who you think I should be/Wave your signs/Shout your hate/I’ll just push you all away/And you float just like the wind/’Cause that’s all you do/When the moment pleases you/You just choose your time/Change your mind…”  It seems like he’s saying here that someone does things on a whim when one wants, again seeming to point at that theme of someone not wanting to get involved and take responsibility regardless of the situation.  Keeping that in mind, it makes that emotional musical arrangement that accompanies these words even more impacting.  It almost becomes mournful to a point, like the song’s subject is sad that the person/people in question refuses/refuse to take a stand.  If indeed that is the case, then this is definitely a different angle to take for any artist.  That’s because usually when one thinks of a statement urging people to take a stand on something, such songs are more fiery.  This one is more like a disappointed parent.  To that end, such an apparent approach makes this song stand out even more in examining the album in whole.  Even as important as it proves to be in the bigger picture of the album, it is still not the last of the album’s most notable entries.  ‘Running’ is one more song included in the album that shows the record’s strengths

‘Running’ is another good, driving composition that stands out in part because of its musical arrangement.  This work clearly will appeal to fans of Blues Saraceno.  The driving guitar line at the song’s center couples with the subtle fiddle to make the song sort of a throw back to the old country western pieces of days gone by while also offering its own modern sound at the same time.  It makes for a great sound overall that is instantly infectious.  That driving, throwback vibe works well with a song that seems, lyrically, to focus on someone who is torn on whether to change his ways and go back in life or to keep making the choices that he’s been making. That seeming message comes as Miller sings, “I’ve been running from the sun/Chasing diamonds for way too long/Hiding in the shadows/Holding on to night/I’ve been running/All my life/You can say what you will about my decisions/But I stuck to my guns/And stayed true to my words/Lately, I’ve been feeling the weight of my actions/Wondering if all this right’s/Been wrong.”  Even with those doubts, the song’s subject sings about “moving on through the dark” and asks “is it too late to be forgiven/Is it too late to turn back time/Not a day goes by/That I don’t question/If the road I’m on will take me home.”  These thoughts, coupled with the urgency in the song’s musical arrangement, makes the song in whole stand out as another of the album’s high points, showing even more why In The Wasteland is a strong new solo effort from Jason Charles Miller.  Of course, it is hardly the last of the songs included in this record that exemplifies the album’s strength.  There are eight other songs featured throughout the album that, in their own way, show just as much what makes ITW such a strong effort.  Keeping that in mind, this latest effort from Jason Charles Miller, while it may be titled In The Wasteland proves to be anything but a wasteland.  Rather, it proves to be a record that southern rock and outlaw country fans alike will appreciate.

Veteran singer-songwriter Jason Charles Miller’s latest full-length solo album In The Wasteland is a record that will appeal easily to country and southern rock fans alike.  This is proven true from the start to finish of the 11-song, 41-minute record.  From showing comparisons to the likes of Shooter Jennings, Blues Saraceno, Zac Brown Band and others in its arrangements to presenting lyrical themes that will both entertain and engage listeners, it offers plenty for listeners to appreciate.  That has been pointed out here through just a few of the album’s entries.  Those songs not discussed at length here do just as much to show the album’s strengths.  When those songs are considered along with the songs discussed here, they make the album in whole a work that is anything but a wasteland.  It is available now.  More information on In The Wasteland is available online now along with all of Jason Charles Miller’s latest news at:

 

 

Websitehttp://www.jasoncharlesmiller.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/jasoncmiller

 

 

 

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

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Megadeth is going back in time…sort of.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Copies can be reserved now at the links noted below.

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

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Century Media Announces Release Date, Specs For Nevermore Box Set, Re-Issues

 

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This Friday, March 9, is going to be a big day for fans of Nevermore.

Century Media Records on Friday will release a new Nevermore retrospective box set NevermoreThe Complete Collection.  The 12-disc box set will include all of the band’s full-length studio recordings, its Year of the Voyager live recording and a disc of rarities.

Only 2,000 copies of the box set will be available.  Each box set will come complete with numbered collector’s plate, 80-page booklet with lyrics, liner notes, and pictures as well as poster flag featuring the band’s lineup from its 2005 album This Godless Endeavor.  Nevermore guitarist and drummer Jeff Loomis and Van Williams started working on this new project in 2017.  Williams created the box set’s art.

The box set’s full track listing is noted below.

NEVERMORE “The Complete Collection” Track Listing 
Disc 1Nevermore (1995)
1. What Tomorrow Knows
2. C.B.F.
3. The Sanity Assassin
4. Garden Of Gray
5. Sea Of Possibilities
6. The Hurting Words
7. Timothy Leary
8. Godmoney
– Bonus tracks –
9. The System’s Failing
10. The Dreaming Mind (Demo 1992)
11. World Unborn (Demo 1992)
12. Chances Three (Demo 1992)
13. Utopia (Demo 1992)

Disc 2In Memory (1996)
1. Optimist Or Pessimist
2. Matricide
3. In Memory
4. Silent Hedges/Double Dare (Bauhaus cover)
5. The Sorrowed Man
– Bonus tracks –
6. The Tiananmen Man (Demo 1996)
7. The Seven Tongues of God (Demo 1996)
8. Passenger (Demo 1996)
9. This Sacrament (Demo 1996)
10. 42147 (Instrumental Demo 1996)

Disc 3The Politics Of Ecstasy (1996)
1. The Seven Tongues Of God
2. This Sacrament
3. Next In Line
4. Passenger
5. The Politics Of Ecstasy
6. Lost
7. The Tiananmen Man
8. Precognition
9. 42147
10. The Learning

Disc 4Dreaming Neon Black (1999)
1. Ophidian
2. Beyond Within
3. The Death of Passion
4. I Am the Dog
5. Dreaming Neon Black
6. Deconstruction
7. The Fault of the Flesh
8. The Lotus Eaters
9. Poison Godmachine
10. All Play Dead
11. Cenotaph
12. No More Will
13. Forever

Disc 5Dead Heart In A Dead World (2000)
1. Narcosynthesis
2. We Disintegrate
3. Inside Four Walls
4. Evolution 169
5. The River Dragon Has Come
6. The Heart Collector
7. Engines Of Hate
8. The Sound Of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel cover)
9. Insignificant
10. Believe In Nothing
11. Dead Heart In A Dead World

Disc 6Enemies Of Reality – Original Mix (2003)
1. Enemies Of Reality
2. Ambivalent
3. Never Purify
4. Tomorrow Turned Into Yesterday
5. I, Voyager
6. Create The Infinite
7. Who Decides
8. Noumenon
9. Seed Awakening

Disc 7Enemies Of Reality – Remix & Remastered (2005)
1. Enemies Of Reality
2. Ambivalent
3. Never Purify
4. Tomorrow Turned Into Yesterday
5. I, Voyager
6. Create The Infinite
7. Who Decides
8. Noumenon
9. Seed Awakening

Disc 8This Godless Endeavor (2005)
1. Born
2. Final Product
3. My Acid Words
4. Bittersweet Feast
5. Sentient 6
6. Medicated Nation
7. The Holocaust Of Thought
8. Sell My Heart For Stones
9. The Psalm Of Lydia
10. A Future Uncertain
11. This Godless Endeavor

Disc 9The Year Of The Voyager (2008) live album – CD1
1. Final Product
2. My Acid Words
3. What Tomorrow Knows/Garden Of Gray
4. Next In Line
5. Enemies Of Reality
6. I, Voyager
7. The Politics Of Ecstasy
8. The River Dragon Has Come
9. I Am The Dog
10. Dreaming Neon Black

Disc 10The Year Of The Voyager (2008) live album – CD2
1. Matricide
2. Dead Heart In A Dead World
3. Inside Four Walls
4. The Learning
5. Sentient 6
6. Narcosynthesis
7. The Heart Collector
8. Born
9. This Godless Endeavor

Disc 11The Obsidian Conspiracy (2010)
1. The Termination Proclamation
2. Your Poison Throne
3. Moonrise (Through Mirrors of Death)
4. And The Maiden Spoke
5. Emptiness Unobstructed
6. The Blue Marble and the New Soul
7. Without Morals
8. The Day You Built the Wall
9. She Comes in Colors
10. The Obsidian Conspiracy

Disc 12Rarities & Demos
1. Temptation (The Tea Party cover)
2. The Purist’s Drug
3. Crystal Ship (The Doors cover)
Recorded during the “The Obsidian Conspiracy” sessions
4. All The Cowards Hide
Recorded during the “Dreaming Neon Black” sessions
5. Chances Three
Recorded during the “Dead Heart In A Dead World” sessions
6. Love Bites (Judas Priest cover)
Recorded during the “The Politics Of Ecstasy” sessions
7. Termination Proclamation (Live in London 2010) – previously unreleased
8. Your Poison Throne (Live in London 2010) – previously unreleased
9. Emptiness Unobstructed (Live in London 2010) – previously unreleased
10. The Obsidian Conspiracy (Live in London 2010) – previously unreleased
Recorded on May 18th, 2010 at the O2 Academy in London, UK
11. Dead Heart In A Dead World (Demo 2000) – previously unreleased
12. We Disintegrate (Demo 2000) – previously unreleased
13. Insignificant (Demo 2000) – previously unreleased
14. Engines Of Hate (Instrumental Demo 2000) – previously unreleased
15. Acoustic Instrumental (Demo 2000) – previously unreleased

An unboxing video is streaming here now.  EU fans can order the box set online here.

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Along with the upcoming release of its new box set, Century Media is also planning to re-issue two of Nevermore’s classic albums — Enemies of Reality and This Godless Endeavor this spring and summer.  Enemies of Reality is scheduled to be re-issued for the first time ever May 11 on separate black and limited-edition colored gatefold 2LP+CD combo pack.  It will come with a poster.

 

 

This Godless Endeavor is scheduled to be re-issued June 15, and will also be available on separate black and limited-edition colored gatefold 2LP+CD combo pack complete with poster.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sanctuary Joins Kill Ritual For Iced Earth’s Latest Tour

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Veteran metal outfit Sanctuary hit the road this week for a new string of live dates with label mates Iced Earth, and with the tour’s launch, the band also announced another new addition to its lineup.

The band has brought Joey Concepcion (Armageddon, The Absence) to handle guitar duties for the tour.  Most recently, the band tapped vocalist Joseph Michael (Witherfall) to take the place of Warrel Dane (Nevermore, Sanctuary), who sadly died from a heart attack late last December in Sao Paulo, Brazil while recording his then most recent solo album.

Concepcion said in an interview ahead of the tour’s launch, that he was looking forward to joining Sanctuary for its new tour.

“I’m very stoked to be playing with Sanctuary on their upcoming tour,” Concepcion said.  “I’ve been a fan since I was in high school, listening to ‘Into The Mirror Black.’  I’m looking forward to playing these songs live and honoring the legacy of Warrel Dane.”

The current schedule for Sanctuary’s tour with Iced Earth is noted below.

A full list of dates can be found as follows:
2/25 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Ballroom #
2/26 Minneapolis, MN – Music Hall #
2/27 Omaha, NE – Sokol Underground #
2/28 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall #
3/2 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room #
3/3 Calgary, AB – Marquee Beer Market & Stage #
3/4 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater #
3/5 Seattle, WA – El Corazon #
3/7 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades #
3/8 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater #
3/9 San Diego, CA – House of Blues #
3/10 Anaheim, CA – Parish @ House of Blues #
3/11 Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom #
3/13 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre #
3/14 Dallas, TX – House of Blues #
3/15 Houston, TX – House of Blues #
3/16 New Orleans, LA – Parish @ House of Blues #
3/17 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade #
3/18 Charlotte, NC – Underground #
3/19 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage #
3/21 Wilmington, DE – The Queen #
3/22 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre #
3/23 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall #
3/24 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell #
3/25 Montreal, QC – Corona Theater #
3/26 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theater #
3/27 Cleveland, OH – Cambridge Room @ House of Blues #
3/28 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall #
3/29 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge #
# with Iced Earth & Kill Ritual

Tickets are available online here.

More information on Sanctuary’s new tour schedule is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.enterthesanctuary.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/sanctuarymetal

 

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Iced Earth Unveils ‘Black Flag’ Video

Iced Earth has hit the high seas…sort of…for its latest video.

The band unveiled this week, the video for its latest single, ‘Black Flag,’ which is taken from its latest full-length studio recording Incorruptible. The video places the band in the middle of a high seas battle between English forces and pirates complete with swords and guns. Viewer discretion is advised as some of the violence is explicit, including the video’s final scene, which ironically takes a page from the hit 1995 blockbuster movie Se7en.

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While some of the video’s scenes were clearly shot on sound stages, the high seas battles were set against a CG backdrop. Audiences will soon get to hear ‘Black Flag’ and other songs from the band’s latest release live when the band launches the next leg of its tour in support of the album. That leg is currently set to launch Jan. 9 in Saarbrucken, Germany and run through March 29 in Chicago, Illinois.

The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

                                                       ICED EARTH Live:

1/9   Saarbrucken, DE – Garage &
1/10 Berlin, DE – Festsaal &
1/11 Hannover, DE – Capitol &
1/12 Geiselwind, DE – Musichall &
1/13 Leipzig, DE – Hause Auesee &
1/14 Osnabruck, DE – Hyde Park &
1/16 Hamburg, DE – Markthalle &
1/17 Wiesbaden, DE – Schlachthof &
1/18 Bochum, DE – Zeche &
1/19 Regendsburg, DE – Airport Obertraubling &
1/20 Memmingen, DE – Kaminwerk &
1/21 Pratteln, CH – Z 7 &
1/23 Thessaloniki, GR – Principal Club &
1/24  Athens, GR – Fuzz Club &

2/22 Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe  #

2/23 CIncinnati, OH – Bogarts #
2/24 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom #
2/25 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Ballroom #
2/26 Minneapolis, MN – Music Hall #
2/27 Omaha, NE – Sokol Underground #
2/28 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall #
3/2 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room #
3/3 Calgary, AB – Marquee Beer Market & Stage #
3/4 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater #
3/5 Seattle, WA – El Corazon #
3/7 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades #
3/8 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater #
3/9 San Diego, CA – House of Blues #
3/10 Anaheim, CA – Parish @ House of Blues #
3/11 Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom #
3/13 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre #
3/14 Dallas, TX – House of Blues #
3/15 Houston, TX – House of Blues #
3/16 New Orleans, LA – Parish @ House of Blues #
3/17 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade #
3/18 Charlotte, NC – Underground #
3/19 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage #
3/21 Wilmington, DE – The Queen #
3/22 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre #
3/23 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall #
3/24 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell #
3/25 Montreal, QC – Corona Theater #
3/26 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theater #
3/27 Cleveland, OH – Cambridge Room @ House of Blues #
3/28 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall #
3/29 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge #
& with Freedom Call & Metaprism
# with Sanctuary & Kill Ritual

More information on Iced Earth’s upcoming live dates, its latest album and more is available online now at:

Website: http://www.icedearth.com

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

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Otherwise Joining Red, 10 Years For Fall Tour

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Otherwise is hitting the road.

The Las Vegas, NV-based hard rock outfit will embark on a North American tour in support of its forthcoming third album Sleeping Lions, which is currently set to be released Sept. 22 in stores and online.  Audiences can hear the album’s title track and lead single online now ahead of the album’s release here.

Otherwise’s tour begins Oct. 14 in Winchester, VA.  The band will join Red and 10 Years for the month-long tour, which also includes stops in Greensboro, NC; Cincinnati, OH; Kansasville, WI among other cities.  Front man Adrian Patrick said in a recent interview that the band is anticipating its run with Red and 10 Years.

“We are overflowing with good vibrations to be heading out on a strong, unique run in the states with 10 Years and Red as we support our new album, Sleeping Lions!” Patrick exclaimed.  “Not only are both bands incredibly artistic and spiritual, but we’ve toured with both groups to resounding success in the not-so-distant past; we thoroughly enjoyed our time with the guys in Red, and our homies in 10 Years are practically family.  To share the stage with all of them this Fall is spectacular news for us dirty Vegas boys!”

Before Otherwise joins Red and 10 Years for that tour, it will perform a handful of headlining dates beginning this Saturday, Aug. 19 in Uncasville, CT.  The band’s headlining dates run through Friday, Sept. 15 in the band’s home town.  Those dates and the band’s schedule with Red and 10 Years are noted below.

OTHERWISE – Upcoming Live Shows
Saturday, August 19 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun (Wolf’s Den)
Sunday, August 20 – Carterville, IL @ Moonstock Festival
Saturday, September 2 – Madison, WI @ Taste of Madison
Friday, September 8 – Seal Beach, CA @ Affliction Studios
Friday, September 15 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Casino (Vinyl)
OTHERWISE – US Tour Dates w/Red & 10 Years

Saturday, October 14 – Winchester, VA @ Blue Fox Billiards *
Sunday, October 15 – Morgantown, WV @ Schmitt’s Saloon *
Tuesday, October 17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel Lounge
Wednesday, October 18 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theater
Thursday, October 19 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
Friday, October 20 – Lynchburg, VA @ Phase 2
Saturday, October 21 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
Monday, October 23 – Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger
Wednesday, October 25 – Darlington, SC @ Carolina Nightclub & Grill
Thursday, October 26 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Heaven)
Friday, October 27 – Destin, FL @ Club LA #
Saturday, October 28 – Cape Coral, FL @ Dixie Roadhouse **
Sunday, October 29 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues – Orlando
Tuesday, October 31 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theatre
Thursday, November 2 – Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall
Friday, November 3 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
Saturday, November 4 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
Sunday, November 5 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
Tuesday, November 7 – Kansasville, WI @ 1175 Sports Park
Wednesday, November 8 – Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrews Hall
Friday, November 10 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
Saturday, November 11 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue Theatre

* – 10 Years & Otherwise Only
** – w/Pop Evil & 10 Years (no Red)
# – w/Pop Evil, 10 Years & Red

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Adrenaline Mob’s New LP Will Unite The Metal Nation Worldwide

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Early last month, hard rock outfit Adrenaline Mob returned with its latest full-length album We the People.  The band’s third full-length studio recording, it was released June 2 via Century Media Records. Listening to this 13-song record, it can be said that the band is back with a purpose, providing listeners 63 minutes of pure hard rock compositions that will appeal to fans of Five Finger Death Punch, Sevendust, Drowning Pool and other similar acts.  The record’s lyrical content hits just as hard as its musical arrangements.  The whole of those elements makes We The People a record that definitely will unite members of the metal nation worldwide.  That is evident right from the album’s outset in the form of the record’s lead song and single, ‘King of the Ring.’  The album’s anti-drug anthem ‘Chasing The Dragon,’ which comes later in the record’s run supports that statement just as much as ‘King of the Ring.’  The same can be said of ‘Violent State of Mind,’ which comes even later in the record’s run.  Between the songs noted here and the other ten songs that make up the rest of the record, the whole of those songs proves the record to be a work that will not only unite the metal nation but also proves to be one of this year’s best new hard rock and metal albums.

Adrenaline Mob’s latest full-length studio recording We The People is one of this year’s top new hard rock and metal offerings.  It is a record that will unite members of the metal nation worldwide.  That is due both to its musical arrangements and its lyrical themes, as is evidenced early on in the record’s lead song and single ‘King of the Ring.’  In terms of its musical arrangement, it easily lends itself to comparisons to Saliva’s hit 2006 song ‘Ladies & Gentlemen’ with its heavy, guitar-driven sound.  Obviously the comparison is not identical.  But at least in this critic’s own view it is enough to be notable.  Others might disagree, and that is perfectly fine.  Either way, the fire that burns bright in this arrangement makes it a solid start for the band’s latest album.  It is only one part of what makes the song such an enjoyable first impression for this record.  The song’s lyrical content couples with that arrangement to show even more why the song in whole is a clear example of what makes the album in whole an equally strong return for the band.

The lyrical content presented in ‘King of the Ring’ is important to note because it boasts the same fire that is exhibited in the song’s musical arrangement.  Examining the song’s lyrical content, it comes across as a defiant, fist-pumping anthem that preaches standing tall and proud, and having confidence in one’s own self.  That is inferred as front man Russell Allen sings in the song’s lead verse, “Walking tall/toward the ring/Tell yourself to get ready/Clinch your fists/Take a breath/S***’s about to get heavy/Keep running your mouth/You don’t’ know what you just started/Keep running your mouth/You don’t know just what you’re in for.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “Here we go/Blow by blow/Get ‘em up and get ready/Feel the sting/Hit by hit/I will make you crawl.”  The defiance continues in the song’s third verse as Russell’s subject sings to the unseen antagonist that he is standing tall and better than any naysayers, haters and the like.  The boxing/wrestling metaphor that is used here is nothing new to the rock realm.  Again, Saliva’s ‘Ladies & Gentlemen’ used a similar approach as did songs from Sevendust and Nonpoint just to name a couple more. That aside, it still doesn’t get old in this scenario.  Rather, the fire in the song’s lyrical content present their own fire; a fire that when coupled with the fire in the song’s musical arrangement, strengthens the song even more, showing in whole why this song is so important in showing what makes We The People a strong return for Adrenaline Mob.  It is not the only song included in this record that serves to support that statement.  ‘Chasing Dragons’ supports that statement just as much as ‘King of the Ring.’

‘Chasing Dragons’ shows what makes We The People a solid new effort from Adrenaline Mob because it doesn’t try to just rehash any of its predecessors in this album musically or lyrically.  Musically speaking, the song’s guitar-driven arrangement presents a certain urgency throughout that interestingly mirrors what drug addicts might feel after getting that first high.  It starts off slow and brooding, but picks up from there, only getting more urgent as it progresses.  In one sense, that potentially mirrors what an addict might feel.  On another level, it could also mirror the urgency of those around the addict in trying to get the addict off of his or her addiction.  It definitely is an interesting approach to say the very least, and is not the only part of the song that makes it stand out.  The song’s lyrical content presents just as much urgency as its musical arrangement.

The urgency in ‘Chasing Dragons’’ lyrical content is exhibited clearly as Allen sings, “Look at yourself/Face to face/Through the cracks/And you want to chase the dragon/Want to taste that drug/And feel that rush again/Wide awake/Staring at the ceiling/Another drink should get you through the night/And you’re praying for a savior/And I’m knocking/Knocking at your door/you look surprised as hell/To see this ugly face/Well, did you think I would greet you with a smile?/Now tell me friend/Did you think I wouldn’t find you/Oh, and by the way/I’ve been here all the while.”  This is a pretty straight forward, no-nonsense statement that leaves little to be guessed.  Allen is singing about what is going on in the addict’s mind as the high wears off and he or she starts feeling the need for that next high, and the stark reality check that addicts are forced to eventually make.  It is a powerful statement that when coupled with the song’s musical arrangement shows just as much as ‘King of the Ring,’ why it is such an important part of We The People’s whole.  It still is not the last example of what makes this record stand out in this year’s field of new hard rock and metal albums.  ‘Violent State of Mind,’ which comes later in the album’s run shows in its own unique way what makes the album stand out, too.

‘Violent State of Mind’ sounds like a foreboding title for a song, but in reality, the song should not be mistaken.  It is yet another defiant musical and lyrical statement that will benefit any listener who has ever dealt with someone difficult.  That could be a difficult family member, significant other or even a bully boss.  Who hasn’t dealt with any of these situations at one point or another?  In regards to its musical content, it is a full-on, adrenaline fueled, guitar-driven work that will instantly have listeners’ fists and horns pumping proudly in the air.  Lyrically speaking, it will help listeners release the concentrated anger and aggression that builds up from a difficult day in any of the noted settings because of the defiance exhibited throughout. That defiance is evident in the song’s verse in which Allen sings, “You tell me to walk, then you tell me to run/You tell me to swallow and follow everyone/You give me a choice but won’t let me choose/You won’t let me win, but you’ll never let me lose/And I am done trying to get through to you/I have turned to a violent state of mind/Come on and tell me/What more do you really want/What more do you want from me/Tell me what you really want/My head is spinning and you’re driving me crazy.”  Again, who out there has never been in such a frustrating position emotionally?  Anyone who hasn’t is either living under a rock or in some utopia that no one else knows about.  The frustration from the song’s subject continues in the song’s second verse as Allen’s subject continues to address the unseen person, saying, “You’re trying to teach/But you don’t understand.”  This is a statement that, along with the rest of the second verse – and the song – will resonate with so many people.  Keeping this in mind, the fire in these lyrics couples with the fire in the song’s musical arrangement to show in whole why this song is yet another important addition to We The People.  When this song is joined with the previously discussed works and the album’s other ten compositions, the whole proves to be a work that, once again, will unite members of the metal nation worldwide and that proves to be one of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.

We The People is a solid return for Adrenaline Mob.  Being that three years passed between this record and its predecessor, 2014’s Men of Honor, that is especially the case.  That statement is supported from start to finish in this record due to its combination of solid musical arrangements and equally powerful lyrical themes, as has been exemplified in the songs noted above.  When those songs are joined with the record’s remaining ten tracks, the end result is an album that will unite the members of the metal nation not just in America but around the world.  It also proves the record to be one of this year’s top new hard rock and metal offerings.  More information on We The People is available online now along with all of Adrenaline Mob’s latest tour dates, news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://adrenalinemob.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/adrenalinemob

 

 

 

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