Lions At The Gate Premieres New Single, Video

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Hard rock super group Lions at the Gate debuted its latest single and video this week.

The band The band, which is composed of former members of Ill Nino, Machine Head, Westfield Massacre and Silence The Messenger, premiered its new single, ‘Find My Way‘ and its video Tuesday. The song features a guest appearance by Jinjer vocalist Tatiana Shmayluk.

The premiere of ‘Find My Way’ and its video comes more than a month after the band premiered its then latest single, ‘Bed Of Nails.’ The band premiered that single March 2.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Find My Way’ opens with a piano line that listeners who are well versed in classical music will recognize before launching into a full on Slipknot-esque aural assault. The intensity of that moment and the rest of the song’s verses is in direct contrast to the gentility of the song’s choruses, making for plenty of engagement and entertainment. The noted classical piano line bookends the arrangement, closing it out, too, making the song complete.

Front man Christian Machado talked about the song’s musical arrangement in a prepared statement, which also included a discussion on Schmayluk’s inclusion in the track.

“With ‘Find My Way’, we tried to break all the formulaic rules on this one,” the statement reads. Pushed the boundaries, took it to extremes. In the end, we realized how rewarding it was fitting intensely contrasting musical elements into one track. And it is a killer heavy track that also offers a beautifully haunting melody. From the onset it seemed perfect for Tatiana’s voice, the fact that she wound up on the track is mind-blowing. Her voice is absolutely stunning and it is a huge honor having her on.”

Machado said the song’s lyrical theme is a reference to his own mental health concerns.

“Lyrically the song walks the line between fear, surrender, and the will to overcome,” he said. “At the time of writing the album, I felt pinned by so many things gone wrong in my life. I remember I just held on to hope and faith long enough till I found a place of safe surrender. A place where I could slowly lift the weight off, finally be untethered.”

The video for ‘Find My Way’ is a familiar style presentation. It features the band performing its new single in a specially designed sound stage, complete with pyro. Shmayluk joins the band in the presentation.

Lions at the Gate released two other singles last year in the form of ‘Scapegoat‘ and its video, and ‘Not Even Human‘ and its companion video.

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

Websitehttps://latgofficial.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/lionsatthegate

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/lionsatthegate

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Amon Amarth Takes Audiences To The High Seas With New Single, Video

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Amon Amarth continued its tales of Viking lore this week with a new single and video.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Put Your Back Into The Oar‘ Thursday, along with its companion video. The song and its video are the band’s first since the re-issue of its single, ‘Masters of War’ last May.

The video for Amon Amarth’s new single features a young archaeologist who discovers a skull as she investigates an ancient site. When she takes the skull into her tent and lays down for a nap, she has a dream that takes her back to the days of the Vikings. The woman enjoys a meal with the Vikings (who are played by the band members) and rows along with them as they take to the sea. She is even on hand for a battle between the Vikings and another group of men. According to the video’s credits, its story was based on a story by Lachlan Marks and Ryan Mackfall.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Put Your Back Into The Oar’ is everything that audiences have come to expect from the band. From the death metal style growls of front man Johan Hegg to the heavy, rich instrumentation, the song fully immerses listeners in its presentation.

The song’s lyrical theme is just as familiar as it tells the story of of Vikings at battle and on the sea.

In related news, Amon Amarth has released a limited edition 12-inch picture disc and merchandise bundles through Victorious Merchandise and EMP.

More information on Amon Amarth’s new single, video, and merchandise is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.amonamarth.com

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Twitterhttps://twitter.com/amonamarthband

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Animals As Leaders Announces “Parrhesia Tour” Schedule

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Animals As Leaders Will Tour in support of its new album this spring.

The band is scheduled to launch its “Parrhesia Tour” March 30 in Denver, CO. The tour, which runs less than a month, is in support of the band’s forthcoming album, Parrhesia, which is scheduled for release March 25 through Sumerian Records. The album has produced the singles, ‘The Problem of Other Minds‘ and ‘Monomyth.’ The album’s track listing is noted below.

1.Conflict Cartography  

2. Monomyth

3. Red Miso

4. Gestaltzerfall

5. Asahi

6.The Problem of Other Minds

7.Thoughts and Prayers

8. Micro-Aggressions

9. Gordian Naught

Animals As Leaders’ upcoming tour is scheduled to run through April 22 in Los Angeles, CA and features scheduled performances in cities, such as Detroit, MI; Cincinnati, OH and Atlanta, GA.

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

ANIMALS AS LEADERS ‘PARRHESIA TOUR’

W/ Special Guests TBA

Mar 30 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall

Apr 1 – Kansas City, MO @ Truman Theater*

Apr 2 – Omaha, NE @philspicks Slowdown*

Apr 3 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater

Apr 4 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

Apr 5 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts

Apr 6 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall

Apr 8 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s*

Apr 9 – Lititz, PA @ Mickey’s Black Box*

Apr 10 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

Apr 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Brooklyn Bowl

Apr 12 – Boston, MA @ Big Night Live

Apr 13 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage

Apr 15 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre

Apr 16 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues

Apr 18 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues

Apr 19 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s

Apr 21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theater*

Apr 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Theater At The Ace Hotel

*Not a Live Nation Date

More information on Animals As Leaders’ new single, video, and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.animalsasleaders.org

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/animalsasleaders

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/AnimalsAsLeaders

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Clutch Announces New Live Dates

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Clutch announced a new, extensive tour schedule Friday.

The 38-date spring tour is scheduled to launch March, 16 in Birmingham, AL and to run through May 21 in Myrtle Beach, SC. The first leg of the tour, which runs through April 10 in Joliet, IL, will see EyeHateGod and Tiger Cub as support. The second leg, which starts April 27 in Burlington, VT, will see The Sword and Nate Bergman take on support roles.

Drummer JP Gastor said the band is ready to hit the road again.

“We’re looking forward to hitting the road and playing for you this spring!,” he said. “We’re bringing some great bands with us too so come out early and Rock and Roll with us. See ya out there!”

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Mar 16 – Apr 10: Clutch / EyeHateGod / TigerCub

Mar 16 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City

Mar 18 – New Orleans, LA – Fillmore

Mar 19 – Tyler, TX – Country River Club

Mar 20 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre

Mar 22 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre

Mar 24 – Santa Ana, CA – Observatory

Mar 25 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl

Mar 26 – Reno, NV – Virginia Street Brewhouse

Mar 28 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom

Mar 29 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre

Mar 31 – Edmonton, AB – Midway

Apr 1 – Calgary, AB – The Palace Theatre

Apr 2 – Missoula, MT – Wilma Theatre

Apr 3 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory

Apr 5 – Billings, MT – Pub Station

Apr 7 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave.

Apr 8 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre

Apr 9 – Green Bay, WI – Epic Events Center

Apr 10 – Joliet, IL – The Forge

Apr 27 – May 22: Clutch / The Sword / Nate Bergman

Apr 27 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground

Apr 29 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino

Apr 30 – Providence, RI – The Strand

May 1 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theatre

May 3 – Rochester, NY – Anthology

May 4 – London, ON – Music Hall

May 6 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room

May 7 – Grand Rapids, MI – GLC Live at 20 Monore

May 8 – Columbus, OH – KEMBA Live!

May 10 – Moline, IL – The Rust Belt

May 12 – Tulsa, OK – Cains Ballroom

May 13 – Wichita, KS – The Cotillion

May 14 – Sauget, IL – POP’s

May 15 – Little Rock, AR – The Hall

May 17 – Knoxville, TN – Mill & Mine

May 18 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore

May 19 – Daytona Beach, FL – Welcome to Rockville

May 21 – Myrtle Beach, SC – Bike Week

Clutch’s most recent live performance was a brief live run with Stoner and Native Howl Dec. 27-31. Prior to the run, the band held its fourth “Live From The Doom Saloon” live stream event Nov. 26. Clutch held its first “Live From The Doom Saloon” livestream last May. The second event took place last August and the third in December.

More information on Clutch’s upcoming livestream concert and live dates is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttps://www.pro-rock.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/clutchband

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/clutchofficial

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Lions at the Gate Debuts New Single, ‘Scapegoat,’ Companion Video

Hard rock super group Lions at the Gate debuted its latest single and video this week.

The band, which is composed of former members of Ill Nino, Machine Head, Westfield Massacre and Silence The Messenger, premiered its new single, ‘Scapegoat‘ and its video Friday. The premieres come more than three months after the band premiered its then latest single,  ‘Not Even Human‘ and its companion video.

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The musical arrangement featured in the band’s new single is a heavy, intense, aggro-roc/nu-metal type composition that lends itself to comparison to works from Ill Nino, as well as other similar acts that rose to fame during the late 90s and early 2000s.

The lyrical theme focuses on damaged people who prefer to damage others in order to misguidedly fix themselves.

Front man Cristian Machado talked about this and about the song’s musical arrangement in a prepared statement.

“Scapegoat was a song brought in by Ahrue [Luster] (ex-Machine Head, ex-Ill Nino),” said Machado. “Everyone liked the song immediately, including our producer Kyle Odell. The instrumental had a chilling and beautiful metallic melody. I was quickly moved by the music and began to wonder about my own life. From there we began to sculpt a message. Dysfunctional people don’t want to apologize or make amends, they want to resolve what’s broken in them by damaging others. It’s their great misconception that the scapegoat will be weak and remain powerless when it takes great strength to carry a burden you bare no guilt in. 

Added Machado, “Kyle and I realized early on that I was going through a very challenging time in my life with no outlet other than the music, and that perhaps this was what I needed to begin healing. A lot of painful memories were dug up and dealt with whilst recording. I am grateful the guys had the patience to help me work through it, and that music is still in my life. Hopefully these songs can speak to other like minded people and offer a sense of healing.”

The video for ‘Scapdegoat’ is intense in its own right, even in its simplicity. It features the band performing its new single on a dressed up soundstage as the song plays over. The video’s energy comes through its dizzying camera work.

Machado additionally talked about the song’s video in the noted statement.

“Thevideo for scapegoat is a performance art video,” he said. “The band individually portrayed personal emotion as part of the art. Vicente Cordero’s approach allowed us to feel comfortable in an environment where the performance and the emotion is the focus.”

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

Websitehttps://latgofficial.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/lionsatthegate

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/lionsatthegate

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John 5 Announces New Album Details; Premieres Album’s Lead Single, Companion Video

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John 5 will release his latest album this fall.

The guitarist (a.k.a. John Lowery) is scheduled to release his new album, Sinner, Oct. 29. Pre-orders are open.

In anticipation of the album’s release, Lowery premiered the album’s lead single, ‘Que Pasa,’ and its companion video Friday. The song features a guest appearance by Megadeth front man Dave Mustaine. It features a musical arrangement that is easily comparable to works from fellow guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani.

The video for ‘Que Pasa’ features Lowery and his fellow musicians on stage in order to give audiences a look at what a live John 5 show looks like. Mustaine shows up on video singing the song’s only lyrics, “Que pasa, people/Que pasa.” Yes, it is that simple.

Lowery spoke highly of Mustaine during a recent interview.

“I have such an appreciation for Dave, and I love his voice, guitar playing and songwriting. And he kills it on ‘Que Pasa,'” he said. “It was such a joy to have him on this track.”

Lowery also discussed new album.

“When people hear this record, I want them to say, ‘Oh, that’s John 5,’” he said. “What you get with Sinner is the best of me. I just want to write memorable riffs that people will enjoy. When I sit on my couch and play my guitar, I play the same things you hear on the instrumental records. It’s honest. It’s real. It’s not a façade. This is how I play. This is what I love to do.”

The track listing for Sinner is noted below.

JOHN 5 | SINNER

Tracklisting

01. Welcome To The Island

02. For I Have Sinned

03. Euphoria (feat. Carla Harvey)

04. Que Pasa (feat. Dave Mustaine)

05. How High The Moon

06. Creepshow

07. Land Of The Misfit Toys

08. Crazy Little Thing Called Love

09. This Is How I Do It

10. Georgia On My Mind (feat. Peter Criss)

More information on John 5’s new album, single, and video is available along with all of his latest news at:

Website: https://www.john-5.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/John5official

Twitter: https://twitter.com/john5guitarist

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John 5 Announces Summer 2021 Tour Schedule

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John 5 will hit the road this summer.

The guitarist (a.k.a. John William Lowery) made the announcement in a press release distributed Wednesday. The tour is scheduled to launch Aug. 10 in Iowa City IA and to run through Sept. 3 in Pryor, OR. The nearly month-long tour will feature performances in cities, such as Nashville, TN; Birmingham, AL and Leesburg, VA.

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

Tue 10 Aug              Iowa City, IA            Wildwood

Wed 11 Aug            Des Moines, IA        Lefty’s

Thu 12 Aug              Sioux Falls, SD         Bigs Bar

Fri 13 Aug                Sioux City, IA           The Marquee

Sat 14 Aug               Lincoln, NE              Royal Grove

Sun 15 Aug              Lawrence, KS           The Bottleneck

Tue 17 Aug              St. Louis, MO           Red Flag

Wed 18 Aug            Ft. Wayne, IN          Piere’s Event Center

Thu 19 Aug              Hobart, IN               The Art Theater

Fri 20 Aug                Marietta, OH           Adelphia Music Hall

Sat 21 Aug               Leesburg, VA           Tally Ho Theater

Sun 22 Aug              Stroudsburg, PA      Sherman Theater

Tue 24 Aug              Nashville, TN           Basement East

Wed 25 Aug            Chattanooga, TN     Songbirds

Thu 26 Aug              Johnson City, TN     Capone’s

Fri 27 Aug                Pipestem, WV         Metal In The Mountains

Sat 28 Aug               Birmingham, AL      Saturn

Sun 29 Aug              Miramar Beach, FL  Village Door

Tue 31 Aug              Huntsville, AL          Sidetracks

Wed 01 Sep             Jackson, MS            Martin’s

Thu 02 Sep              Memphis, TN          Growlers

Fri 03 Sep                Pryor, OR               Rocklahoma

Jared James Nichols, Black Satellite, and Sarah Longfield will serve as support for the tour.

More information on John 5’s upcoming live dates is available online now along with all of the group’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttps://john-5.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/John5official

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/john5guitarist

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Ice Nine Kills Debuts Eerie Cover Of Elvis’ ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’

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Ice Nine Kills debuted has a special new git for audiences this Valentine’s Day.

The band debuted its cover of Elvis’ ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love‘ Tuesday along with its companion video. The band’s take on the timeless tune stays largely true to its source material, but adds its own unsettling touch to the song, much in the vein of the band’s existing catalog. In a similar fashion, one can also compare INK’s take on the song to Sting’s eerie stalker song ‘Every Breath You Take.’

Charnas discussed the decision to cover the song during a recent interview.

“I’ve always been a big Elvis fan so the idea of taking this classic and splattering it with some signature INK bloodshed struck me as a match made in hell!,” he said.

The video that accompanies the band’s take on ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ also follows the band’s trademark horror style presentation. It finds front man Spencer Charnas in a strait jacket in a padded room, singing the song, and on stage in a vintage outfit. In other points in the video, Charnas’ character sits on a couch, looking through a photo album that goes even as far back as the band’s video for its song ‘Stabbing in the Dark.’ Another visual from the photo album is Charnas’ character killing the woman that he “couldn’t help falling in love with.” Ultimately it leads up to a shocking finale that will be left for audiences to discover for themselves.

More information on Ice Nine Kills’ new single and video is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://iceninekills.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/IceNineKills

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/iceninekills

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