Horisont Reveals ‘About Time’ Release Date, Track Listing

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Horisont has announced the release date and track listing for its next album.

The band announced this week it will release About Time Friday, February 3, 2017 via Century Media Records.  The album will be the band’s fifth full-length studio recording.  It runs a little more than 35 minutes across 10 tracks.  The record’s track listing is noted below.

“About Time” track-listing:
01. The Hive                 00:03:34
02. Electrical                00:03:30
03. Without Warning     00:03:24
04. Letare                     00:03:41
05. Night Line               00:03:28
06. Point of Return        00:03:52
07. Boston Gold            00:03:02
08. Hungry Love           00:03:41
09. Dark Sides              00:02:51
10. About Time             00:06:26

Along with its standard CD packaging, it will also be available in a special edition digipack exclusively in the EU and jewel case CD in the United States.  It will also be available worldwide on gatefold LP and digital platform.

The album’s gatefold vinyl presentation will be released in a variety of pressings, with each being available in very limited quantities.  Its vinyl pressings and quantities are listed below.

Black vinyl – unlimited
Lilac vinyl – limited to 200 copies/exclusively available at Bengans
Clear vinyl – limited to 100 copies/exclusively available at CMDistro
Silver vinyl – limited to 200 copies/exclusively available at Green Hell
Transparent Green vinyl – limited to 200 copies/exclusively available at Nuclear Blast
Yellow vinyl – limited to 300 copies / US only

The band recently unveiled the video for About Time’s lead single ‘Electrical.’  Audiences can view the video online now here.

 

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Courtesy: Century Media Records

 

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

 

 

 

Website: http://www.horisontmusic.com

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

 

 

 

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Horisont Debuts ‘Electrical’ Video

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Courtesy: Century Media Records

Horisont has released a new video for its fans.

The band debuted the video for its latest single ‘Electrical’ this week online.  The song is taken from the band’s upcoming album About Time, which will be released Feb. 3, 2017.

The video features footage of circuit boards and electronics coupled with footage of the band members performing their respective parts.  The video’s overall vintage look makes it look genuinely like something taken right from the 1960s, and the song’s arrangement adds even more to that feeling, too.  Audiences can see the video for ‘Electrical’ online now here.

Along with its new video, the band also announced recently that it will hit the road alongside Electric Citizen for a string of live dates beginning Oct. 31.  The band’s tour schedule runs through Nov. 22 and is listed below.

 

HORISONT live 2016 
10/31/2016 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
11/1/2016 New York, NY @ Studio at Webster Hall
11/2/2016 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
11/3/2016 FT Wayne, IN @ Brass Rail
11/5/2016 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
11/6/2016 Rock Island, IL @ Rock Island Brewing Company
11/7/2016 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater 
11/10/2016 Oakland, CA @ Starline
11/11/2016 Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
11/13/2016 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar 
11/14/2016 Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
11/16/2016 Dallas, TX @ Curtain Club
11/17/2016 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
11/18/2016 Austin, TX @ Beerland
11/20/2016 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
11/22/2016 Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage

More information on Horisont’s new video, its upcoming album and tour is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.horisontmusic.com

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

 

 

 

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Iced Earth Guitarist Announces Departure From Band

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Iced Earth is looking for a new guitarist. This after Troy Seele announced this week that he is leaving the band.

Seele released a statement explaining his departure. He said that he and his now former band mates parted ways on completely positive terms, saying that family responsibilities were the reason for his departure. His full statement is noted below.

After close to ten years as a guitarist in Iced Earth, the time has come for me to step away. Some of you know, but many do not, that I have a child with Autism.  In the past I had a great support system that has allowed me to pursue a career in music. That is no longer the case and it has forced me to make a difficult decision. I’ve always believed that family comes first, and now it is time for me to focus on that.

The demanding life style of being in a professional heavy metal band is no longer an option for me. Knowing the band is focused on a new album and touring cycle, and given my circumstances, this is the best time for me to step down.

Playing in Iced Earth has been a great experience. It’s taken me around the world many times and given me the chance to meet many of my heroes, as well as play in front of crowds larger than I ever dreamed of.

I personally want to thank Jon and the guys for the music and the amazing times through the years.  Thank you to the fans for understanding and for your support.”
Troy Seele

 

Iced Earth front man Stu Block shared his thoughts on Seele’s depature, noting his sadness at the announcement but that he fully supports Seele in his decision.

“It’s very sad that Troy is leaving.  He will be missed and will always be considered family to us.  I wish him the best of luck in everything he does,” Block said.

Iced Earth founding member Jon Schaffer was also supportive of Seele in his decision.

“Troy was a good friend before he became a part of the team and always will be,” Schaffer said.”  I understand and respect his decision.  We shared some of the most amazing times of our lives together.  We laughed hard, and we laughed often.  Be well brother.  We all wish you the very best.”

The band is currently accepting audition submissions for Seele’s replacement. Audition videos can be sent online here.

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Website: http://www.icedearth.com

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Queensryche Announces New Fall 2016 Dates

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Courtesy: Century Media

Queensryche is heading back out on the road this fall.

The veteran progressive metal band announced this week that it will embark on a month-long headlining tour beginning in its hometown of Seattle, Washington on Tuesday, November 15th.  The tour runs through Thursday, December 15th and wraps in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  The band won’t be alone on its tour.  Armored Saint will be along for the ride as direct support alongside Midnight Eternal.  The tour is in support of Queensryche’s latest full-length studio recording Condition Human (2015).  The band’s upcoming fall tour schedule is noted below.

 

QUEENSRYCHE – US Fall Tour w/Armored Saint & Midnight Eternal

Tuesday, November 15th – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
Wednesday, November 16th – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Friday, November 18th – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Tuesday, November 22nd – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
Wednesday, November 23rd – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
Friday, November 25th – Tyler, TX @ Clicks
Saturday, November 26th – Dallas, TX @ Trees
Tuesday, November 29th – Jacksonville, FL @ Mavericks at The Landing
Wednesday, November 30th – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Thursday, December 1st – Tampa, FL @ The Cuban Club
Friday, December 2nd – Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
Saturday, December 3rd – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Sunday, December 4th – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
Tuesday, December 6th – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Wednesday, December 7th – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
Thursday, December 8th – Chesterfield, MI @ Diesel Lounge
Saturday, December 10th – Sioux City, IA @ Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Sunday, December 11th – Peoria, IL @ Limelight
Tuesday, December 13th – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
Wednesday, December 14th – Overland Park, KS @ Kanza Hall
Thursday, December 15th – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep

 

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

 

 

Website: http://www.queensrycheofficial.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/queensryche

 

 

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Sick Of It All To Celebrate 30th Anniversary With Spring/Summer Tour

Veteran hardcore punk act Sick Of It All is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary this year.  And in celebration of the anniversary the band has announced that it is hitting the road.

The band announced this week that it will embark on its thirtieth anniversary tour this spring.  The multi-city tour will be split into two separate legs—a spring tour that will take the band across the West Coast and a summer tour that will bring the band to the East Cast.  The band currently has one date schedule in Canada on May 28th.  The west coast leg of the tour begins April 1st in San Diego, California.  The East Coast leg of the tour begins July 6th in Boston, MA.  The current tour schedule is noted below.

 

SICK OF IT ALL – 30th Anniversary U.S. Tour

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Courtesy: Century Media Records

West Coast:

4/01 San Diego, CA @ The Soda Bar (*)

4/02 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction (*)

4/03 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy (*)

4/04 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Atrium (**)

4/06 Fresno, CA @ Strummers (*)

4/08 Orangevale, CA @ Boardwalk (**)

4/09 Reno, NV @ Jub Jubs (**)

4/10 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge (**)

With: (*) With Bl’ast & (**) With Old Firm Casuals

Canada:
5/28 Toronto, CA @ The Opera House (44 Fest)

Courtesy:  Century Media Records

Courtesy: Century Media Records

East Coast:

7/06 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

7/07 Philly, PA @ Union Transfer

7/08 Washington DC @ Black Cat (#)

7/09 New York, NY @ Webster Hall (^)

With: Street Dogs, King Ly Chee &Manipulate

(#) Without Manipulate

(^) Also with Murphy’s Law

Bl’ast and Old Firm Casuals will serve as support acts on the West Coast leg of the tour.  Street Dogs, King Ly Chee, and Manipulate will serve as support acts on the East Coast leg of the tour.  More information on Sick Of It All’s upcoming 30th Anniversary Tour is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: http://www.sickofitall.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/SOIANYC

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Condition Human Shows Why Queensryche Remains Today One Of Rock’s Elite Acts

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The story of veteran rock band Queensryche is one of the most amazing stories in the music community today.  Having originally formed in 1982, the band has seen the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in the three decades plus since its formation.  Those highs include: releasing fourteen albums (or fifteen depending on whether or not one counts Frequency Unknown (which was recorded by Geoff Tate’s Queensryche after his split from his former band mates in 2013) as part of the official Queensryche canon or as its own recording separate from the official Queensryche canon, selling more than twenty million albums worldwide, and earning just as many fans, if not more, in every corner of the world.  It has done this largely without the support of mainstream rock radio or even that of MTV and other music networks.  The lows mainly are composed of the band’s lineup changes, including the now infamous split between now former front man Geoff Tate and his one-time band mates.  Through it all Queensryche has managed to soldier on and remain a relevant and creative force within the rock and music community.  Its latest album Condition Human is proof positive of that.  The twelve-song, fifty-three minute record contains what is in the eyes (and ears) of this critic to be some of the best material that the band has released in its more than three-decade life.  That is thanks both to its musical and lyrical content.  The album’s opener ‘Arrow of Time’ is a prime example of that.  ‘Just Us,’ which comes much later in the album’s run is another example of just how relevant and creative the band has remained.  ‘Guardian,’ with its mix of classic Queensryche sound and socio-political lyrical commentary is one more example of just how relevant and creative Queensryche remains more than thirty years after its original formation.  While all three noted songs show in their own way just how important Queensryche remains within the rock and music community in whole, it would be wrong to note only those compositions.  The seven songs that remain unnoted here each play their own part in exhibiting the band’s continued relevance and creativity.  All things considered Condition Human is an album that shows just how much this veteran rock act still has in the tank.  They show in whole to be one more of the year’s best new rock albums.

Queensryche’s latest full-length studio recording Condition Human is one more of this year’s best new rock records.  Regardless of whether one considers it the band’s fourteenth or fifteenth (thanks to the release of Frequency Unknown by Geoff Tate’s Queensryche in 2013), this album still stands as a tribute to the band’s drive and commitment to making music that it and its fans wil enjoy.  They show in whole a band that remains both relevant within the rock and music community and just as creative as ever.  Of course it would be impossible to cover every one of the album’s songs in one sitting.  Keeping that in mind, this review will focus on just a few of what this critic considers to be prime examples of what makes this album stand out so well beginning with the album’s opener ‘Arrow of Time.’  ‘Arrow of Time’ was a good choice for an opener for this record.  That is thanks largely to the song’s classic Queensryche sound in its musical content and its thought-provoking lyrical content.  Looking at the song’s musical content, guitarists Michael Wilton and Parker Lundgren’s dual guitar attack creates the band’s trademark classic Queensryche sound.  At the same time,  there is also an obvious modern touch to the duo’s sound that could actually be considered somewhat hard rock-influenced.  It gives the song a nice touch that will take long-time fans back in time while also showing those same listeners just how far the band has come and how it has continued to adapt and change.  Front man Todd LaTorre, who took over vocal duties for the band in 2013, adds his own impressive element to the mix with his powerhouse vocal delivery.  Those that perhaps have not already had the pleasure of hearing LaTorre’s vocals will be blown away by just how similar LaTorre sounds to former front man Geoff Tate.  Audiences that are familiar with both vocalists’ styles could even argue that LaTorre is just as incredible as Tate in his abilities if not better.  These elements are just one part of what makes this song an example of what makes Condition Human another standout record from Queensryche.  The song’s lyrical content is just as important as its musical content in exhibiting this.  LaTorre sings in the song, which was co-written by himself, Michael Wilton, and bassist Eddie Jackson, “What will you do/When it’s right upon you/Like a ring of fire/Why ask why/No need to justify/Who really cares anyway/Ethical tragedy/Rabid humanity/Learn from the past they say.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s chorus, “Now is the time to make up your mind/And find out what is real/Fight or flight you can’t run/You can’t run from yourself.”  LaTorre and company come across as asking listeners, “what are you going to do with those tough situations in life that everyone faces?”  There seems to be a bit of sarcasm as he responds in the chorus, “Why ask why/No need to justify/Who really cares anyway/Ethical tragedy/Rabid humanity/Learn from the past they say.”  It’s as if the song’s subject is answering the question posed in the song’s lead verse by saying cynically, “Who cares what I do?  Look at everything going on.  No one has learned their lesson.”  This sentiment is echoed in the song’s second verse as LaTorre sings, “One reason to survive/With a thousand ways to die/When you’re living on the wire/Reaching the threshold near system overload/Caught on the red eye again.”  This verse sees LaTorre coming across as saying that with so much negativity out there there is so little reason to keep going when one is on the edge thanks to all of the negativity in the world.  The song closes with LaTorre singing once more, “You can’t run from yourself.”  In other words, we would do well to face ourselves even in those tough situations that seem overwhelming.  Trying to escape those problems only causes more problems.  This is just the interpretation of this critic.  By no means is it to mean that this is the only interpretation.  Right or wrong, the lyrical content contained within this song and the song’s musical content together make it a clear example of why Queensryche remains a fan favorite even in its latest new release.

‘Arrow of Time’ proves thanks to its musical and lyrical content to be a good choice for Condition Human’s opener.  In the same vein, it also is a prime example of why Queensryche remains just as relevant today as it was in its earliest years.  It also serves to show the band’s continued creativity even after so many years.  It is just one example of why Queensryche remains so relevant today and a fan favorite, too.  ‘Just Us’ is another one of the songs included in this record that shows the band’s continued relevance and creativity.  Unlike ‘Arrow of Time,’ this song is much softer but just as powerful through its musical content.  The same can be said of the song’s lyrical content.  It gives the song its own depth.  The song’s musical content harkens back to the days of ‘Silent Lucidity’ or perhaps something off of Promised Land with its dual acoustic/electric approach.  The song’s lyrical content set against that dual approach adds even more depth to the song with its seeming introspective feeling.  That feeling is interpreted as LaTorre sings, “Reflections of time/They’re still yours and mine/The things that used to be/Remains so fine/Is the face of a child/Your calm embrace/You’re my shining star of the darkest nights/A saving grace/Seeing the signs of the times/Forever is now/There’s no rewind.” It’s definitely a stark contrast to the much deeper, more contemplative ‘Arrow of Time.’ Yes it seems somewhat schmaltzy considering that verse and the song’s other emotionally introspective verses. But when those verses are set against the song’s musical content, the song becomes far less schmaltzy and much more emotionally hard-hitting. Keeping that in mind, it proves why ‘Just Us’ is another example of why Queensryche remains so relevant and creative to this very day. It is not the last example either. ‘Guardian,’ the album’s second song, is one more example of what has kept Queensryche relevant for so many years.

‘Arrow of Time’ and ‘Just Us’ are both good examples in Queensryche’s new album of what has kept the kept such a relevant part of the rock and music community for so many years. They are just a couple of the songs featured in this record that can be cited as said examples. ‘Guardian’ is one more example of exactly that. ‘Guardian’ comes early in the album’s run. It is in fact the album’s second song. Long-time drummer Scott Rockenfield’s driving tempo serves as the song’s foundation. Wilton and Lundgren build on that foundation, strengthening the song even more. LaTorre tops off the recording’s musical side with his powerhouse vocal delivery. What is really worth noting here is the modern rock vibe generated through Wilton and Lundgren’s work. It is fitting that this is the case with this song considering the song’s lyrical content. The song’s lyrical content is especially relevant in a time of so much unrest. That is clear as La Torre sings, “Insurrection/This time we’re playing for keeps/Arming police like the military/It’s obscene/And they’re stalking the streets.” He goes on to sing in the chorus, “It’s time to rise up/United we stand/Divided we fall/Evolution calling.” Such content comes across as LaTorre commenting on the current state of the nation. The mention of police being armed like the military hits home because there are in fact police departments that have in fact received military caliber weaponry and vehicles. It was even a major news item for some time recently. There’s even a mention in the song about the political elite and other topics. It all comes across as a warning of sorts as to the direction that the country has taken socially and politically. The urgent, up-tempo feel of the song’s musical content couples with that seeming lyrical warning to make this song one that will definitely have listeners taking note. Considering all of this, it becomes clear why ‘Guardian’ is another important and impressive addition to Queensryche’s new album. It works with the other songs noted here and those not directly noted to make Condition Human an album that shows in whole why Queensryche is still just as relevant and creative both musically and lyrically as it was in its infancy more than three decades ago. All things considered Condition Human proves to be an album that is one more of this year’s best new rock offerings.

Condition Human is one of the best new rock albums to be released this year. The twelve-song, fifty-three minute album shows where the band has been and where it is headed from beginning to end. This is at least the case in terms of the album’s musical content. The record’s lyrical content shows just as much the band’s continued ability to adapt to its musical surroundings. The combination of both elements in each song makes Condition Human in whole a record that fans will agree is some of the band’s best work to date. And that is saying a lot considering the band’s extensive body of work. It is an album that, again, is deserving of a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s best new rock albums. Queensryche is currently taking some time off from the road before it heads back out in the New Year in support of Condition Human. The band’s upcoming slate of tour dates kicks off January 7th in San Jose, California. It also includes a date at Amos’ Southend in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday, January 19th. Fans can see the band’s current tour schedule online now along with more information on Condition Human and the band’s latest news at:

Website: http://www.queensrycheofficial.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/queensryche

 

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Devil City Angels Debuts New Single

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Courtesy: Century Media Records

Rock and roll super group Devil City Angels will release its self-titled debut album this fall. In anticipation of its release, the collective of veteran talents—Rikki Rocket (Poison), Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake), and Brandon Gibbs (Cheap Thrill)—has debuted the latest single from its upcoming album.

Devil City Angels debuted its latest single ‘All I Need’ this week and is currently streaming the single online via Revolver Magazine. Audiences can hear the song now at Revolver’s website at http://www.revolvermag.com/news/devil-city-angels-premiere-new-song-all-i-need.html. Audiences that are fans of the rock sound of the late 80s and early 90s will enjoy this song with its lighthearted sound. Its debut follows the premiere of the video for the album’s lead single ‘Boneyard,’ which can be seen online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjrB0N6aBvY&feature=youtu.be. The video is a direct throwback to the classic rock videos of the 80s complete with footage of the band performing and of course the mandatory female dancer.

Devil City Angels will be available in stores and online on Friday, September 18th via Century Media Records in a variety of bundle packages as well as by itself. Pre-orders for the album begin tomorrow via iTunes and Century Media’s online store. Those choosing to pre-order the album via Century Media’s online store can do so online at http://www.indiemerch.com/cmrecords/brand/devil-city-angels. Those that pre-order the album via iTunes will get both ‘All I Need’ and ‘Boneyard’ as instant grat racks. It can also be pre-ordered via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Devil-City-Angels/dp/B01169B5NY.

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