The Offering’s Sophomore LP Is A Mostly Successful New Record

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Up-and-coming metal outfit The Offering released its latest album, Seeing The Elephant Friday through Century Media Records.  The band’s second album and third overall studio recording, this 10-song record is an intriguing new presentation from the Boston-based group.  That is due in large part to its featured musical arrangements, which will be discussed shortly.  The lyrical content that accompanies the album’s musical arrangements on the other hand is somewhat of a concern.  It will be discussed a little later.  The record’s production works with the overall content to make for at least some more interest.  When those two elements are considered together (and with the record’s lyrical content) the whole makes Seeing The Elephant a mostly successful new offering from The Offering that the metal masses will agree is worth hearing at least once.

Seeing The Elephant, the sophomore album from The Offering, is a mostly successful new effort from the up-and-coming metal outfit.  Its success comes in large part through its musical arrangements.  The record’s musical content is noteworthy because of its diversity.  The musical presentation featured here exhibits quite the growth from the band since the release of its debut self-titled EP back in 2019.  The same sort of Devin Townsend-esque riffs that made up so much of that record’s musical foundation is just as present here as in that record, but so are the screaming, extreme metal riffs that made that record so enjoyable.  At the same time, there are some more unique moments featured here, such as the tension in the anti-rap song, ‘Tipless.’  The short song, which comes across as being told from the standpoint of a rape victim, has an air of being diabolical in nature.  That tension, juxtaposed by the soft approach to the song really makes for such a clearly intended discomfort among listeners.  It really does well to illustrate what a victim of that heinous crime must feel.  On another note, there is the arrangement featured in ‘Ghost Mother,’ which presents something more of an industrial vibe a la Static-X.  The fire in this song works just as well with the clear social commentary about the impact of society on children when society doesn’t care.  The almost droning nature of the album’s title track changes things even more as it presents a sound and approach very similar to that used by A Perfect Circle in its song, ‘Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm of the War Drum.’  It doesn’t use the same industrial approach, but the general stylistic approach is definitely there.  It is a start contrast to so much of the album’s content and is just as certain to engage audiences.  When it is considered alongside the diversity examined here and with the diversity in the rest of the record’s songs, the whole makes the album’s musical content a solid foundation for its presentation.

While the musical arrangements featured throughout this album make for a solid foundation for its presentation, the lyrical content that accompanies the arrangements strengthens that foundation only a little bit.  That is because so much of the content featured in this record is dated.  The whole thing opens with a clear commentary on the actions of former President Donald Trump and his cult members in W.A.S.P. and just how evil those masses are.  ‘Ghost Mother,’ the record’s second track, is a commentary seemingly about the degradation of the American family, and is pretty clear in its delivery, as well as intense.  It is one of a handful of songs featured here whose lyrical themes is not dated along with ‘Tipless,’ the noted anti-rape song.  That song is powerful in its lyrical and musical presentation alike.  ‘Rose Fire,’ which comes almost halfway through the album, is another song that is dated.  It is a reference to the Rose City Antifa group’s protests in Portland, Oregon to police violence during the year, which saw a lot of violence from law enforcement.  It is another powerful statement, but is again very dated.  The album’s title track is another reference to the violence of 2021, including protests and police brutality, so again, here is more dated material.  As if that is not enough, ‘Flower Children,’ which comes later in the record’s second half, if more dated content as it takes the term “boomer” to address the generation gap that has created its own share of tension in America.  Yes, the matter of the whole ‘OK, Boomer’ issue is important to address, considering the rift that it has created in America today.  Regardless, it is still dated.  There is no getting around that.  In other words, while there is some hard hitting content here, lyrically speaking, the album is still very dated overall in said content.  To that end, the lyrical content somewhat builds on the foundation formed by the record’s musical content, but not by a whole lot.

What does help to build on the album’s foundation is the production that went into its overall presentation.  Considering the variety of styles and sounds that The Offering presents in each song, a lot of attention had to be paid to each song to make sure each composition had the strongest possible impact.  That work paid off, too.  Each song’s instrumentation is well-balanced from one to the next, and even the vocals are well-balanced with the instrumentations.  The result in each song is a presentation that will engage audiences just as much for its general effect as for its content.  When this is considered along with the album’s overall musical content and even its lyrical content, the whole makes the album in whole a mostly successful new offering from The Offering.

Seeing The Elephant, the sophomore album from The Offering, is an interesting addition to this year’s field of new hard rock and metal albums that is worth hearing at least once.  That is due in large part to its featured musical arrangements.  The arrangements are varied from one to the next in their sounds and styles.  The lyrical themes that are presented throughout the album present a lot of dated material alongside a handful of more standard works that are themselves still very hard hitting in their commentary.  They neither add to nor take away from the album’s presentation, sadly.  The record’s production puts the finishing touch to its presentation.  That is because of the general effect that it creates within the album’s presentation.  Each item examined here is important in its own way to the whole of Seeing The Elephant.  All things considered they make the album an intriguing new effort from The Offering.

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Queensryche Scores Another Success With ‘Digital Noise Alliance’

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Early this month, veteran prog-metal band Queensryche released its latest album, Digital Noise Alliance to audiences. The band’s 15th album of original content (the band released its covers collection, Take Cover in 2007), it was released more than three and a half years after the release of the band’s then latest album, The Verdict and is the band’s fourth album released through Century Media Records.  The 11-song album is everything that the band’s established audiences have come to expect from the group, both musically and lyrically, with arrangements that throw back to the band’s early days and lyrical themes that are certain to leave people thinking throughout.  That is proven right from the record’s outset in the form of ‘In Extremis.’  The song will be discussed shortly.  ‘Nocturnal Light,’ which comes later in the album’s 55-minute run, is another example of how the album’s musical and lyrical content come together to make it an interesting presentation.  ‘Forest,’ which comes even later in the album’s run, is yet another example of what makes Queensryche’s new album so intriguing.  It will also be examined later.  When it and the other songs noted here are considered along with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole of that content makes the album overall another enjoyable addition to Queensryche’s catalog.

Digital Noise Alliance, the 15th new album from veteran prog-metal outfit Queensryche, is another presentation that audiences will agree is a strong new offering from the band.  Its appeal comes through its musical and lyrical content alike, as is evidenced right from the album’s outset in its opener, ‘In Extremis.’  The nearly five-minute composition boasts a musical arrangement that throws way back to the band’s early days, what with the cutting guitar riff and tight time keeping.  Front man Todd La Torre’s vocals are just as strong as ever here, too, continuing to sound so much like former front man Geoff Tate.  While the arrangement harkens back to days gone by from Queensryche, it still boasts its own identity that keeps it just as engaging and entertaining as the works from those days.

The heaviness and energy in the arrangement becomes especially interesting taking into consideration the theme at the center of the song’s lyrical content.  According to comments made by the band upon the single’s release, the song’s lyrics center on someone going through his/her last moments alive.  The band said here, “This song is about being on your deathbed surrounded by your loved ones. Clinging to the last sense available, letting them know you will still be hearing them after correspondence or perceived consciousness is visible.  Other conceptual metaphors flash in and out, taking note of a world that will not bend to accommodate such suffering, a universe of mockery and a universe void of such abilities.”  Considering this expansive explanation, the fire and energy exhibited in the song just does not seem to match, such a theme would typically be accompanied by an arrangement that is more schmaltzy and contemplative in its nature.  So to have that juxtaposition there makes for quite the interesting presentation.  It makes the song just one example of what makes Digital Noise Alliance so engaging and entertaining.  ‘Nocturnal Light’ is another example of the album’s overall strength.

‘Nocturnal Light’ presents its own unique arrangement at its foundation.  La Torre’s vocals once again take audiences back in time with their power.  At the same time, the overall instrumentation gives the song an even more intriguing identity.  That is because the verses can actually be somewhat compared to works from Tool, of all bands.  That might not be such a stretch, considering that so many audiences and critics alike consider Tool to be “dark prog.”  The chorus sections meanwhile are more along the lines of classic Queensryche with their melodic rock approach.  That overall approach and sound makes this song’s musical arrangement quite interesting in its own right in the bigger picture of this record.

The lyrical content that accompanies the song’s unique musical arrangement adds even more to the song’s overall presentation.  In the case of this song, it comes across (at least to this critic) as a commentary about someone who is his/her own worst enemy.  This is inferred early on in the song’s lead verse and chorus, in which La Torre sings, “What’s become of you/What’s become of me/And all we breathe/Cold soul/No visitors (in the chambers tonight)/Your soul to take in plain sight/No spoken word but always there/Don’t need no trigger to waste you away/Your words will fall/Casting memories of shade/These empty crowds and falling stars/And time and time again/Lost in emptiness/A victim of circumstance/You leave no stone.”  The seeming commentary continues in the song’s second verse, which states, “Play the role/This masquerade/You speak your mind/Do as you’re told/No time to waste/In plain sight/Stand all alone/No breath of air/A broken sinner with a halo of gold/An open mind as the secrets unfold/The pendulum will swing tonight.”  That note of a broken sinner with a halo of gold especially points to the seeming theme.  It comes across as saying the person is imperfect, good and bad in one, but more good than bad.  The remaining content seems to contemplate overall that person’s overall persona.  Again, this is all just this critic’s own interpretation and hopefully is somewhere in the proverbial ballpark.  The seeming overall contemplative nature of the song’s lyrical theme is a good fit with its companion musical content, and the two halves together make this song yet another example of how the album’s musical and lyrical content come together to make it overall, another strong new entry from the band.

One more song that stands out in this record comes even later in the album’s run in the form of the nearly five-minute opus, ‘Forest.’  The song presents a musical arrangement whose subtle approach is just as unique as anything else in this record.  On the one hand, audiences can hear subtle influences of Pink Floyd in the light, semi-acoustic guitar line and equally gentle choral effects and drums.  On another hand, audiences familiar with the works of fellow prog-rock outfit Spock’s Beard can just as much make comparison to that band’s works, too.  To yet another extent, audiences familiar with Queensryche’s work can also make a subtle comparison to the band’s timeless hit single, ‘Silent Lucidity.’  The overall musical presentation is such a unique presentation that it becomes a work that cannot be ignored.

The musical content featured in this song is just one part of what makes it stand out.  Its lyrical content adds its own interest here, seemingly taking on the all-too familiar topic of someone who has lost someone close to him/her.  This is inferred right from the song’s opening verse and chorus, which state, “Leaves blow away/There they go/Please, won’t you stay?/Don’t you know?/I couldn’t miss you more/I can feel you all around/One more sign tonight/Make a sound or dim the lights/Help me find a way/Yesterday’s a memory/But it’s all I have today.”   The seeming theme continues in the song’s second verse, which states, “Seasons they change/Nice and slow/Don’t you know/Tides rolling in/Ebb and flow/Can swallow you/Then let you go.”  From there, La Torre reprises the song’s chorus, again finding the song’s subject yearning for that apparently dearly departed person.  The verse meanwhile seems to find the subject seems to be thinking about the time that has passed since that person “went away.”  This overall topic, together with the song’s musical arrangement, makes for its own engaging presentation that will touch so many listeners.  When it is considered along with the other songs examined here and with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole makes even clearer what makes Digital Noise Alliance such an enjoyable new offering from Queensryche.

Digital Noise Alliance, the latest studio offering from veteran prog-metal/rock band Queensryche, is another presentation that the band’s established audiences will enjoy.  More casual audiences will find it just as enjoyable.  That is due to its combination of musical and lyrical content, as is evidenced through the songs examined here.  When these songs are considered along with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole makes Digital Noise Alliance a record that any Queensryche fan will agree is well worth hearing.

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Queensryche Announces New Album Details; Debuts Video For Album’s Lead Single; Announces Live Dates With Judas Priest

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Things are picking up for Queensryche.

The band recently announced it will release its latest album, Digital Noise Alliance Oct. 7 through Century Media. In anticipation of the album’s release, the band premiered the video for the album’s lead single, ‘In Extremis’ Thursday.

The video is a familiar style presentation. It features the band performing its new single on a soundstage. The presentation is meant to give audiences a taste of what they can expect from the band live on stage. The song plays over the visualization.

The song’s musical arrangement is everything that audiences have come to expect from Queensryche throughout the band’s life. The trademark soaring vocals and semi-power metal riffs that take audiences back to the band’s early days are just as present as ever here.

The band talked about the song’s lyrical theme in a prepared statement.

“This song is about being on your deathbed surrounded by your loved ones,” the statement reads. “Clinging to the last sense available, letting them know you will still be hearing them after correspondence or perceived consciousness is visible. Other conceptual metaphors flash in and out, taking note of a world that will not bend to accommodate such suffering, a universe of mockery, and a universe void of such abilities.”

Queensryche is set to join Judas Priest on the road this fall in support of Digital Noise Alliance. Judas Priest’s upcoming tour is a new North American leg of its 50 Heavy Metal Years. The tour’s schedule is noted below.


Opening for Judas Priest

Oct. 13 Wallingford, CT – Toyota Oakdale

Oct. 15 Albany, NY – MVP Arena

Oct. 16 Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall Fenway

Oct. 18 Uniondale, NY at Nassau Veterans

Oct. 19 Wilkes-Barre, PA – Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

Oct. 21 Kalamazoo, MI at Wings Event Center

Oct. 22 Detroit, MI at Masonic Temple Theatre

Oct. 24 Cincinnati, OH – The Andrew J Brady Music Center

Oct. 25 Waukegan, IL – Genesee Theatre

Oct. 27 Green Bay, WI – Resch Center Theater

Oct. 29 Moline, IL – TaxSlayer Center Moline

Oct. 30 Mankato, MN – Mayo Clinic Event Center

Nov. 01 Sioux City, IA – Tyson Events Center

Nov. 02 Rapid City, SD – The Monument

Nov. 07 Ontario, CA – Toyota Center

Nov. 08 Tucson, AZ – TCC Arena

Nov. 10 Loveland, CO – Budweiser Events Center

Nov. 12 Park City (Wichita),KS -Hartman Arena

Nov. 13 St. Charles, MO – The Family Arena

Nov. 15 Corbin, KY – The Corbin Arena

Nov. 17 Southaven, MS – Landers Center

Nov. 18 Baton Rouge, LA – Raising Canes River Center

Nov. 20 Oklahoma City, OK – Paycom Center

Nov. 22 San Antonio, TX – Tech Port Center & Arena

Nov. 23 San Antonio, TX – Tech Port Center & Arena

Nov. 25 Dallas, TX – The Factory – Deep Ellum

Nov. 26 Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street

Nov. 28 Edinburg, TX – Burt Ogden Arena

Nov. 29 Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall

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Another Day Dawns Signs With Century Media Records

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Another Day Dawns has signed a new record deal with Century Media Records.

The label made the announcement Tuesday. The signing puts the band alongside the likes of Gemini Syndrome, At The Gates, and Dark Tranquility on the label’s roster.

Philipp Schulte, Century Media Records Director, talked about praised the band as he talked about the group’s addition to the label.

“We’re pleased to announce our cooperation with Another Day Dawns,” he said. “Their combination of young energy, songwriting chops and passionate delivery – in addition with the work they’ve put in on the road and the success they’ve already had at radio, points towards an exciting and bright future together.”

Sean Dakota, Another Day Dawns front man shared Schulte’s enthusiasm.

“We’ve been working towards this goal ever since we were kids practicing covers in the basement,” Dakota said. “The fact that Century Media believes in us enough to sign us and stand behind us, is such an amazing feeling. To have their full support as well as all of our fan’s support, who have been with us since day one, is inspiring and is part of what keeps us going.”

Another Day Dawns most recently released its single, ‘Look At You‘ in August 2021. The song was at the time, the band’s first new music since the release of its single, ‘Never Okay.’ The song was featured on the band’s then latest record, its EP, Stranger. The EP also produced the singles, ‘Forget Me Not,’ ‘Beautiful Suicide,’ and ‘Taste of Heaven.’

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Arch Enemy Gets Nihilistic In New Single, Video; Summer Festival Shows, European Tour Planned

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Veteran extreme metal outfit Arch Enemy opened the weekend with another single from its new album, along with the song’s video.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Sunset Over The Empire‘ and its video Thursday. The song is the fourth single from the band’s forthcoming album, Deceivers, which is scheduled for release July 29 through Century Media Records. The album has also produced the singles, ‘Handshake With Hell,’ Deceiver, Deceiver,’ and ‘House of Mirrors.’

Guitarist and principal songwriter Michael Amott talked about the song’s musical arrangement in a prepared statement.

“This is a faster song with some manic riffs and a relentless beat that I can envision becoming a ‘hit in the pit’!,” he said.

Amott’s description is correct. The machine gun fast beats within the solid time keeping work with the equally sharp work on the bass and guitars to form a powerful foundation for the arrangement. Vocalist Allysa Gluz’s screams are just as powerful as ever here, too.

The song’s lyrical theme is a cynical, nihilistic statement, according to Amott.

“Lyrically, it’s sadly one of those that seems to ring more true with each and every passing day nowadays,” he said. “Words turned to war, brother fighting brother, another false truce, as the people die.”

The song’s video features a young girl making her way through a post apocalyptic setting. At one point she is pursued by a drone. She escapes the drone, finding safety in an empty shed, where she pulls out a tablet and watches the band’s video within the very story. That alone makes for an interesting visual. At other points in the video, the girl sees a fallen Statute of Liberty, and even a furry friend who joins her.

Arch Enemy’s new album will release through a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below along with the album’s track listing.

Digital Album

Ltd. Deluxe 2LP+CD Artbook

hand-numbered limited edition with noble hot foil stamping

LP1: multi-colored vinyl (each design is unique)

LP2: picture vinyl with two bonus tracks & zoetrope effect

CD: album + two bonus tracks

12″ Artbook with 36-pages booklet incl. liner-notes and art print

 —Ltd. Deluxe CD Box Set

DVD-sized clamshell box with noble hot foil stamping

CD in eco-friendly packaging with two bonus tracks

32-page DIN A5 booklet incl. liner-notes

Tote Bag

Metal Pin

Ltd. Black & colored 180g LP

incl. 8-page booklet + Obi-Strip

 —Special Edition CD

eco-friendly packaging incl. 16-page booklet

Deceivers track-listing

1. Handshake With Hell

2. Deceiver, Deceiver

3. In The Eye Of The Storm

4. The Watcher

5. Poisoned Arrow

6. Sunset Over The Empire

7. House Of Mirrors

8. Spreading Black Wings

9. Mourning Star

10. One Last Time

11. Exiled From Earth

In other news, Arch Enemy has an extensive live schedule this summer and fall in support of Deceivers. The band’s tour schedule, which includes a handful of summer festival shows in August, is noted below.

Arch Enemy 2022 festival dates

Aug. 6, 2022 – Wacken, DE @ Wacken Open Air

Aug. 17-20, 2022 – Dinkelsbuehl, DE @ Summer Breeze Festival

Aug. 18-20, 2022 – Sulingen, DE @ Reload Festival

“The European Siege 2022” tour dates

w/ Arch Enemy & Behemoth

+ special guests Carcass, Unto Others

Sept. 27, 2022 – Dublin, IE @ Olympia Theatre

Sept. 29, 2022 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy Glasgow

Sept. 30, 2022 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo

Oct. 1, 2022 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy Birmingham

Oct. 2, 2022 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton

Oct. 4, 2022 – Paris, FR @ Le Zénith

Oct. 5, 2022 – Toulouse, FR @ Le Bikini

Oct. 7, 2022 – Lisbon, PT @ Coliseu de Lisboa

Oct. 8, 2022 – Madrid, ES @ Palacio Vistalegre

Oct. 9, 2022 – Barcelona, ES @ Palau Sant Jordi

Oct. 11, 2022 – Lyon, FR @ Le Radiant

Oct. 12, 2022 – Milano, IT @ Alcatraz

Oct. 14, 2022 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle

Oct. 15, 2022 – Prague, CZ @ Tipsport Arena

Oct. 16, 2022 – Budapest, HU @ Barba Negra

Oct. 18, 2022 – Vienna, AT @ Gasometer

Oct. 19, 2022 – Katowice, PL @ Spodek

Oct. 21, 2022 – Ludwigsburg, DE @ MHP Arena

Oct. 22, 2022 – Den Bosch, NL @ Mainstage Brabanthallen

Oct. 23, 2022 – Brussels, BE @ Forest National

Oct. 25, 2022 – Zurich, CH @ Samsung Hall

Oct. 26, 2022 – Frankfurt, DE @ Jahrhunderthalle

Oct. 28, 2022 – Munich, DE @ Zenith

Oct. 29, 2022 – Düsseldorf, DE @ Mitsubishi Electric Halle

Oct. 30, 2022 – Hamburg, DE @ Arena

Oct. 31, 2022 – Gothenburg, SE @ Partille Arena

Nov. 2, 2022 – Helsinki, FI @ Ice Hall

Nov. 4, 2022 – Stockholm, SE @ Annexet

Nov. 5, 2022 – Copenhagen, DK @ Forum

Nov. 6, 2022 – Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene

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Fozzy Announces New Album Details, Tour Schedule

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Fozzy will tentatively release its new album next spring.

The band is scheduled to release its new album, Boombox April 15 through Century Media. The announcement was made through a news release distributed Friday. The band’s eighth album, it will come more than four years after the band’s then latest album, Judas.

Front man and AEW Wrestling superstar Chris Jericho said he is excited about the album’s release.

I firmly believe this is the third best album of our entire career!! (Of course I think it’s our best…but I always wanted to hear a band say that),” said Jericho. “So crank the volume and hold the BOOMBOX up to your earholes!! It’s gonna be a wild ride….,” 

Boombox has so far produced the singles, ‘Sane‘ and ‘Nowhere To Run.’

In other news, Fozzy recently announced the details for its upcoming “Save The World Tour,” which is in support of Boombox. The tour is scheduled to launch March 31 in Detroit, MI and to run through May 16 in Sauget, IL. GFM, KrashKarma, and The Nocturnal Affair are scheduled as support.

The upcoming tour includes an album release show planned for April 11 in New York, New York. Tickets are available here. VIP packages for the show are available here.

Tickets for the tour are available here. The tour’s schedule is noted below.


w/ special guests GFM, KrashKarma and The Nocturnal Affair

3/31 – Detroit, MI – St Andrew’s Hall

4/1 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s

4/2 – Aurora, IL – The Piazza

4/3 – Ashwaubenon, WI – Epic Event Center

4/4 – Kansasville, WI – 1175

4/7 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place

4/8 – Portland, ME – Aura

4/9 – Hampton Beach, NH – Wally’s

4/10 – Providence, RI – Fete Ballroom

4/11 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza

4/14 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony

4/15 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater

4/16 – Wilmington, DE – The Queen

4/17 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance

4/18 – Leesburg, VA – Tally Ho Theater

4/28 – Monroe, LA – The Hub

4/29 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live

4/30 – San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box

5/1 – Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live

5/2 – Dallas, TX – Amplified Live

5/5 – Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky A Go Go

5/6 – Garden Grove, CA – Garden Grove Amphitheater

5/7 – Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading Post

5/8 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall

5/9 – Reno, NV – Virginia Street Brewhouse

5/12 – Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios

5/13 – Denver, CO – Oriental Theater

5/14 – Wichita, KS – Temple Live

5/15 – Ft Smith, AR – Temple Live

5/16 – Sauget, IL – Pop’s

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Queensryche Tapped To Join Judas Priest Tour

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Queensryche will join Judas Priest next spring when it continues its “50 Heavy Metal Years Tour.”

The next leg of the tour, which previously saw Sabaton join Judas Priest as support, is scheduled to launch March 4 in Peoria, IL and to run through April 13 in Hamilton, Ontario, CA. Tickets are available here.

Queensryche talked about joining the tour in a prepared statement.

“We are very excited to be supporting the mighty Judas Priest in celebration of their 50th Anniversary Tour!,” the statement reads. “This is a wonderful pairing, and we look forward to bringing you all a truly eventful experience.”

Queensryche’s upcoming dates with Judas Priest are in support of its latest album, The Verdict (2019).

The bands’ upcoming tour schedule is noted below.


March 4 – Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center

March 6 – Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom

March 7 – West Valley City, UT – Maverik Center

March 9 – Everett, WA – Angel OF The Winds Arena 

March 10 – Portland, OR – Moda Center

March 12 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater – Oakland

March 13 – Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood

March 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Shrine Auditorium

March 16 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre

March 18 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

March 20 – Cedar Park, TX – HEB Center Cedar Park

March 21 – San Antonio, TX – Freeman Colikseum

March 23 – Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium 

March 25 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheater

March 27 – Charleston, WV – Charleston Civic Center Coliseum

March 29 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met

March 30 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center

April 2 – Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Resort Casino – Grand Theater

April 4 – Lowell, MA – Tsongas Center At UMass Lowell

April 7 – Halifax, NS – Scotiabank Centre

April 10 – Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron

April 11 – Laval, QC – Place Bell

April 13 – Hamilton, ONT – FirstOntario Centre

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Gemini Syndrome Front Man Aaron Nordstrom Discusses The Band’s New Album, Upcoming Tour, More In New Interview

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Gemini Syndrome has been in the news a lot lately.

The band has released a handful of singles in recent months, from its forthcoming album, 3rd DegreeThe Raising. The guys are also prepping to head back out on the road in support of the album, which is scheduled for release Oct. 15 through Century Media Records. Before all that happens though, front man Aaron Nordstrom took some time to talk with Phil’s Picks about the group’s new record, its upcoming tour, and one of Nordstrom’s side projects in a new interview.

Sometimes Nordstrom is clearly serious and contemplative, and at others he gets a bit lighthearted with his comments. The interview is available to read in whole below.

PP: Congratulations on the upcoming release of your new album, 3rd Degree – The Raising.  If I recall correctly, you’ve mentioned that this album is the culmination of a trilogy of records from Gemini Syndrome.  So, talk to me if you will about how this new album connects, musically and lyrically, to its predecessors.

AN: The trilogy covers the aspects of birth, maturity, and death, through the realization of the self, the realization of death, and the realization of rebirth and awakening; A cycle that can be seen in all things in existence.  

PP: Staying on that note, did you all as a band have the intent to create a trilogy of albums right from the release of your debut album, Lux back or did things just sort of evolve from there?

AN: The plan evolved from the beginning. Yes  

PP: Gemini Syndrome released 3rd Degree – The Raising’s lead single, ‘Reintegration’ almost a year ago, well ahead of the album’s release. That’s a pretty big span of time.  Can you offer some insight into the decision to release the song so far from the album’s release?  Were you all just still working on the album at the time or was it something else?

AN: We decided to release music in the way we did mainly due to the pandemic. We had been ready to release in early 2020 but due to the worldwide shut downs we decided to wait. However releasing singles allowed us to get music out there while people were stuck at home without giving away the full album yet.  

PP: Staying on that matter of the album’s songs, you all have released five singles since the release of ‘Reintegration.’  That is almost half of the album.  Do you see the release of anymore singles as the album’s release date nears?

AN: We will definitely doing a couple more singles and videos from this album  

PP: The singles that the album has produced have been met with pretty good response nation wide from what I’ve seen and heard.  What does that support from radio and from audiences alike mean to you all?

AN: Support means everything  Support is the means by which we are allowed to carry on doing what we love  

PP: You all are resting up and prepping to head back out on the road again next month for the next leg of your tour in support of your new album, after already spending July and August on the road.  Is everyone ready to go for this next leg, or does it get easy to get kind of settled in and too relaxed, considering how taxing tours can be? 

AN: I can speak for myself that I am 100 percent ready to get out and keep touring.  We had a really long break anyway and this is what I was made to do  

PP: The upcoming leg of your tour is scheduled to launch Oct. 28 in Chippewa Falls, WI and to run through Nov. 27 in Reno, NV.  It even includes a stop in my home state on Nov.13 in Greensboro, NC.  When did planning for this latest leg start and how long did it take to finalize everything?  What factors played into the final schedule?

AN: Oh not long.  We just made sacrifices to the goat of Mendes and it all just kinda worked out  

PP: Staying on that matter, with all three of your albums being connected, what can audiences expect from the shows’ set lists?  Will there be a mix of music from all three records or will the attention be more on this latest release?

AN: Balance is key in all things.  

PP: Changing gears for a moment, Gemini Syndrome is not the only project that you have been involved in over the past year or so, Aaron.  You’ve also done some work as vocalist for Woyote.  What can you tell me and my readers about where things stand with that band right now?

AN: Woyote is a young project that Mikey Doling asked me to sing for about a year ago   Based in Belgium, We are almost done with a full length and have played a couple shows in Belgium in September. As the timing allows you will be seeing and hearing much more from us! 

PP: Getting back on the matter of your upcoming tour, you all are bringing Ovtlier and Pushing Veronica along for the ride again.  Ovtlier is a personal favorite of mine as well as Gemini Syndrome.  For those who maybe haven’t heard either band’s music, what is it about those two bands that impressed you all so much?

AN: We work closely with PV.  We love what they’re doing, their attitude, their drive, and their music!  They’re like family.  Ovtlier was great to have on the last run and they offer a great show and great music  They’re a really fun group of people to have on the road also  Making the family bigger  We’re also bringing out Them Damn Kings this run as well   

PP: Staying on the matter of touring, live music has had a bumpy road this year.  No pun intended.  Things started out hopeful as the year opened, but as the year has progressed, it seems like more and more tours have gotten postponed or canceled altogether because of concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.  So can you offer a first hand glimpse into what it’s been like being out on the road?  Are people wearing masks?  Have there been concerns among officials and audiences or even bands about the pandemic’s impact?  What do you personally see happening with live music as we wind down 2021 and head into 2022?

AN: Everywhere is different  I’ll say this, the thing I noticed the most is that people were and are grateful to be back out and experiencing live music and people again  It’s refreshing to see  

PP: Getting back to 3rd Degree – The Raising, it will be the band’s second album with Century Media, what with Another Century being essentially a division of Century Media.  What is it about Century Media that initially led you to sign with the label?

AN: A tarot reading I did in the Carlsbad caves  

PP: One last question before I close things out.  Thank you again for your time.  I appreciate you taking the time.  I know it’s probably way too soon to say at this point, but with the trilogy being completed with the pending release of 3rd Degree – The Raising, where does Gemini Syndrome go from there?  Are you already looking at your next album(s)?  Do you think this trio of albums will be the band’s only trilogy?

AN: We are already writing music for the future. I am collecting ideas from the astral plane to write about. I don’t know if we will do another trilogy. Maybe a double album to complete the 23 symbolism. Who knows?  

Thanks again for your time and best of luck to you all once you head out on the road. I for one am also looking forward to the album’s release.

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Horisont Channels Phil Everly, Warren Zevon In New Cover Song

Courtesy: Century Media

Horisont is turning back the clocks, so to speak, again.

The band premiered its take on the Phil Everly/Warren Zevon song, ‘Lion and the Lamb‘ Wednesday. The song is the second cover tune that the band has released this month. The band premiered its take of Larry Jon Wilson’s ‘Sheldon Churchyard’ July 9.

Both songs are exclusives from the band. Neither was featured in the band’s most recent album, Sudden Death. The album was released in May 2020 through Century Media.

Horisont works to stay as true as possible to the source material with its take on ‘Lion and the Lamb.’ However, the band gives the song its own unique, amped up take on the composition, right from the beginning with the guitar solo that builds into the song. By comparison, the Everly/Zevon original is much simpler and more straight forward. It is not a bad thing that Horisont changed things up a little here.

From that point on, Horisont stays true to the original song, just adding its own familiar classic rock influence to the mix. The richness in the sound is a tribute to the band’s work and to those responsible for the song’s production. It gives the original song a whole new life for an audience that might not have otherwise already known about this song. In turn, it will give a renewed attention and appreciation to the original song.

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Gemini Syndrome Announces New Album Release Date, Specs; Premieres Album’s Latest Single

Courtesy: Century Media/Century Media Records

Gemini Syndrome will release its latest album this fall.

The band made the announcement July 23. The album’s title is 3rd DegreeThe Raising through Century Media. Pre-orders are open now.

Front man Aaron Nordstrom talked about the new album during a recent interview.

“The album is about death and rebirth. Finding your true self and fostering its growth so as to help build the world better than we inherited it,” he said. “In the process of this record I made some major life choices. Mainly to stop killing myself slowly with alcohol. Two years without a drink, and a couple near death experiences later, I think I have ample experience to talk about a subject as elusive as death.” 

Added Nordstrom, “Our hope is that through sharing our experiences, lessons learned, and battles overcome, that we can help others to examine their own consciousness. Their role in the world in its almost infinite capacity, and to help remind each other that we are ALL in this together. We are a family, and when we are United in our commonality, we can achieve things worthy of the attention of the GODS. If you want to change the world, quietly go to work on yourself.” 

Drummer Brian Steele Medina expanded on Nordstrom’s comments.

“The twist to the 3rd and “final” degree, is that it’s not the end at all,” he said. “Rather, it’s a rebirth contingent upon our growth and lessons learned from the suffering of our past mistakes. A spiritual growth that can only be attained through baptism by fire. A metaphorical, yet very real resurrection — THE RAISING.”

In anticipation of the album’s release, the band has premiered a new song from the record in the form of ‘Abandoned‘ along with its companion video. The song is the album’s fourth single behind its latest single, ‘Die With Me,’ and its video, ‘IDK‘ and its video, and ‘Reintegration‘ and its video.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Abandoned’ is a heavy, aggro-rock style work that will appeal just as much to Gemini Syndrome’s fans as to those of bands, such as Korn, Breaking Benjamin, Tool, and even Machine Head.

No information was provided as to the lyrical theme featured in this song. However, lyrics provided with the video, which features Nordstrom in deep contemplation along with a fire burning (all of which is presented in black and white), hints at someone battling with a lot of past demons spawned from some very negative life experiences.

The full track listing for 3rd Degree The Raising is noted below.

3rd Degree – The Raising Track Listing:



3-Die With Me

4-Baptized In Fire

5-Children of the Sun


7-Broken Reflection

8-Sum Quod Eris

9-Best of Me


11-Hold the Line

12-Where We Started From

13-Fiat Lux

In other news, Gemini Syndrome is in the midst of a tour in support of its new album. The rest of its current schedule is noted below.

Jul 28 | Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse #
Jul 30 | Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theatre
Jul 31 | Harrisburg, PA – Stage On Herr
Aug 01 | Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
Aug 03 | Ft Wayne, IN – Ft. Wayne Entertainment Center
Aug 05 | Columbus, OH – King Of Clubs
Aug 06 | Akron, OH – Empire Concert Club
Aug 07 | Louisville, KY – Diamond Ballroom
Aug 08 | Nashville, TN – Basement East
Aug 10 | Tusla, OK – The Shrine
Aug 11 | Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street Collective
Aug 12 | Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck
Aug 14 | Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
Aug 15 | Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad

w/ Fozzy (No Pushing Veronica) †
Rock Fest + Upheaval Feativals (No Supporting Bands) ‡
w/ Eva Under Fire *direct support (No Ovtlier) #

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