‘Tangaroa’ Shows Promise For Alien Weaponry’s Future

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Up-and-coming metal outfit Alien Weaponry is scheduled to release its sophomore album, Tangaroa Friday.  Set for release through Napalm Records, the 12-song record will come Friday more than three years after the release of its debut album, Tu.  The band’s forthcoming album is, for the most part, everything that audiences have come to expect from the band following the release of Tu, as is evidenced in the album’s already released singles.  At the same time, the album does show some growth from the band in its latest outing.  One of those points of growth is exhibited late in the album’s approximately hour-long run time in the form of ‘Crooked Monsters.’  This song will be discussed shortly.  The brooding ‘Unforgiving’ is another example of the growth that the band presents in its latest album.  It will be discussed a little later.  ‘Down The Rabbit Hole,’ which closes out the album, is yet another example of how the band has changed things up in its latest album.  It will also be discussed later.  All three songs noted here are important in their own right, as they show that audiences are not going to get completely the same thing as in the band’s debut album.  When they are considered along with the album’s more familiar content, the whole makes Tangaroa a mostly positive sophomore outing for Alien Weaponry.

Tangaroa is a strong second offering from the up-and-coming hard rock/metal band, Alien Weaponry.  The album’s strength comes through its familiar content, and through some content that exhibits a certain growth and development from the band.  ‘Crooked Monsters,’ which comes late in the album’s run, is just one of the songs that serves to support the noted statements.  ‘Crooked Monsters’ presents a deep, rich musical arrangement that is not just more of the Soulfly-esque content that made the band so popular in Tu.  In the case of this song, it comes across as a two-movement opus of sorts.  The nearly four-and-a-half-minute composition starts off in very brooding fashion with just the instruments doing the talking.  The subtlety in the drums as the song builds through the song’s first two minutes or so works with the equally subdued, contemplative guitars to fully immerse audiences in the song.  By the time front man Lewis De Jong comes in and adds in his vocal talents, the impact at that point hits even harder.  The pairing of his vocal delivery style here along with the instrumentation lends itself to comparison more to works from Crowbar than from Soulfly or even Sepultura.  It makes for an interesting moment.  It is just one part of what makes this song notable.  The song’s lyrical theme adds its own layer of interest to the presentation.

Much of the song’s lyrical content is difficult to decipher without lyrics to reference.  However from what can be deciphered, there are mentions throughout of items, such as anger felt inside, the sky falling, and trying to fill the void, while the “mind keeps playing every single day” would seem to hint that the song is focused on the familiar topic of mental health.  If indeed that is what the band is attempting to convey here, it has done so in a way that will definitely connect with listeners.  What’s more, it will hopefully help listeners get through their own struggles, again, if that is indeed what is being addressed here.  The pairing of that seeming message along with the song’s equally heavy (literally and figuratively) musical arrangement makes the song in whole even more engaging and entertaining and just one example of what makes Tangaroa stand apart from Tu.  It is just one of the songs that helps the album succeed.  ‘Unforgiving’ is another example of what makes Alien Weaponry’s new album stand out.

‘Unforgiving’ stands out in part because of its musical arrangement just as much as ‘Crooked Monsters.’  Clocking in at seven minutes, 11 seconds, it is the album’s longest song.  The subtle guitar line alongside the sound of thunder and falling rain as the arrangement opens lends itself lightly to comparison to works from Tool.  As the song progresses, it gradually builds, eventually reaching its peak more than four-and-a-half minutes in.  That gradual building is a reflection of the growing emotion felt by the song’s subject who is himself dealing with some heavy thoughts and emotions, once again.

In the case of this song, the thoughts and emotions come across as those related to depression.  This is inferred as De Jong sings that “The world keeps crashing down around me/Time and time again…When I look around to find that everything…is temporary…We are mortal beings…”  There is, again, much that is difficult to decipher here without lyrics to reference.  On a related note that is in fact partially because of the almost Kurt Cobain style of vocal delivery that De Jong uses as he sings.  It is that nearly indecipherable, semi-mumbling approach with slurring along the way that made Cobain such a unique vocalist.  Getting back on the matter at hand, the song’s lyrical content, at this point, hints relatively clearly at someone who is in a dark place.  That is even with what little is decipherable without lyrics to reference.  The vulnerability that De Jong and company show here, much as in ‘Crooked Monsters’ will connect with listeners in its own way.  That coupled with the unique musical arrangement here adds to the song’s impact.  The end result is that the song proves even more, the growth and change presented in Tangaroa.  It is just one more of the album’s most notable songs.  ‘Down The Rabbit Hole,’ which closes out the album, is yet another way in which Tangaroa proves mostly successful.

‘Down The Rabbit Hole’ presents one of many Soulfly-esque arrangements that flesh out the album.  In the case of each song (including this one) the arrangement still boasts its own unique arrangement.  The richness and heaviness exhibited throughout the arrangement makes it stand out.  Listeners can hear just as much of an influence from Sepultura (from Max Cavalera’s days as its front man) as from his work with Soulfly.  The thing is that even with those similarities in sound and style, the song still boasts its own work.  In other words the similarity is there, but it is not just a rip-off of any of the noted bands’ works.  As a matter of fact, at one point in the five-minute-plus song, it pulls back some and puts forward the slightest touch of what sounds and feels like a classic rock vibe.  Yes, that was really noted.  It is brief, but really makes things interesting in its own right.  The semi-jam session that breaks out in the song’s closing bars is interesting in its own right, too, showing even more, the originality in the song’s presentation.  All things considered, the arrangement in whole shows in its own way, the band’s growth.  When that is considered along with the song’s lyrical theme, the interest increases.

Once again, much of the song’s lyrical content is difficult to decipher sans lyrics to reference.  At the same time, just enough is understandable that listeners can infer that this song is a commentary about a relationship that has changed over time.  That mention of “you made me what I am” alongside so much else seems to push the song’s lyrical interpretation in that direction.  Additionally, the commentary that “You say you’ve changed/You say you’re sorry/But I can’t help but wonder/Looking back…Apologies/Only go so far/And yet I prosper” adds even more to that inference.  It would help make the song’s title make more sense.  Going down the rabbit hole here is going down the rabbit hole of what has happened in the relationship so to speak.  Again, this is just this critic’s own interpretation and should not be taken as the only interpretation.  Considering this inference and the song’s unique musical arrangement, the whole once again shows real change and willingness to try something different while also making sure the band doesn’t alienate its established audiences here.  When the song is considered along with the other songs examined here and the rest of the album’s entries, the whole of that content makes clear, the album is worth hearing and a mostly successful new offering from Alien Weapony.

Alien Weaponry’s sophomore album, Tangaroa, is an interesting new offering from the up-and-coming hard rock band.  That is proven through its musical and lyrical content alike.  The album offers its established audiences plenty of familiar content in both avenues as well as some new content that shows the band’s willingness to take some risks.  The two sides together make the album well worth hearing and a sign of the bands potential future.  Tangaroa is scheduled for release Friday through Napalm Records.

More information on Tangaroa is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Sepultura Debuts Quarantine Performance Of ‘Slave New World’

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Sepultura’s new “live” recording, SepulQuarta is now available.

The band released the collection of quarantined performances Friday through Nuclear Blast Records. The semi-live recording culls performances that the band recorded during its “SepulQuarta” video podcast throughout the pandemic. The performances were by famous figures, such as Phil Campbell, Devin Townsend, and Alex Skolnick.

Guitarist and founding member Andreas Kisser spoke highly of the collection of performances in discussing its release.

“The SepulQuarta album is probably the one I am most proud of!,” said Kisser. “2020 was the most difficult time for a band to survive, without the stage and the direct contact with the fans, but we managed to keep going strong and the album is a consequence of the unity plus the positive attitude from the band. The album sounds great, alive, and very real! All the guests did an amazing job and we feel more than ever that we have a huge Sepultura family out there. Thank you so much for everyone’s support and hope to see you all soon. This album is for you! Enjoy the music!”

In correlation with the recording’s release, the band premiered the video for its quarantine performance of its song, ‘Slave New World’ Friday with Trivium front man Matt Heafy. The video is the third from the recording. The band has also released videos for its quarantine performances of its songs, ‘Mask‘ and ‘Apes of God.’ Devin Townsend guested on ‘Mask’ while Death Angel’s Rob Cavestany appeared on ‘Apes of God.’

The full track listing for SepulQuarta is noted below.

This is the full tracklist featuring all international guest musicians:

01. Territory (feat. David Ellefson)
02. Cut-Throat (feat. Scott Ian)
03. Sepulnation (feat. Danko Jones)
04. Inner Self (feat. Phil Rind)
05. Hatred Aside (feat. Angélica Burns, Mayara Puertas & Fernanda Lira)
06. Mask (feat. Devin Townsend)
07. Fear, Pain, Chaos, Suffering (feat. Emmily Barreto)
08. Vandals Nest (feat. Alex Skolnick)
09. Slave New World (feat. Matthew K. Heafy)
10. Ratamahatta (feat. Joao Barone & Charles Gavin)
11. Apes Of God (feat. Rob Cavestany)
12. Phantom Self (feat. Mark Holcomb)
13. Slaves Of Pain (feat. Fred Leclercq & Marcello Pompeu)
14. Kaiowas (feat. Rafael Bittencourt)
15. Orgasmatron (feat. Phil Campbell)

The limited edition, marbled pressing of the recording is already sold out, but black vinyl pressings are still available along with CD pressings. Additionally, the album is available digitally.

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

In other news, the band announced last month, it hopes to finally launch its “Quadra Tour” next spring. The band has scheduled the tour’s launch for March 4 in Sacramento, CA.

The tour was originally scheduled to take place in spring 2020, and was initially postponed until this year as a result of the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 tour was then postponed because of the ongoing impacts of the pandemic.

The month-long tour, which is in support of the band’s most recent album, Quadra, is scheduled to run through March 9 in Berkeley, CA. It features performances in cities nationwide, such as Atlanta, GA; Minneapolis, MN and Greensboro, NC. Sacred Reich will serve as support for the tour, along with Crowbar and Art of Shock.

Front man Derrick Greene was optimistic about the tour finally getting off the ground as he talked about it during a recent interview.

“We are extremely excited to reconnect with everyone in North America for this upcoming tour,” he said. “We look forward to seeing all the people who have been anxious to see shows for the past two years. We will celebrate this re-connection of life and music together. See you soon!!”

Kisser echoed Green’s sentiments with his own comments.

“We can’t wait to go back on stage. We are very happy to announce our North American tour for 2022. We will see you all on the road, jamming old stuff new stuff and having the greatest time of our lives. See you all soon stay safe!”

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

Confirmed dates for SEPULTURA‘s “North American Quadra” 2022 tour with SACRED REICHCROWBAR, and ART OF SHOCK are:
3/04/2022  Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA 
3/05/2022  The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT*
3/06/2022 Oriental Theater – Denver, CO*
3/08/2022 Wildwood – Iowa City, IA
3/09/2022 Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN
3/10/2022 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
3/11/2022   Harpo’s – Detroit, MI 
3/12/2022  The Forge – Joliet, IL*
3/13/2022  Thunderbird Music Hall – Pittsburgh, PA*
3/15/2022  Irving Plaza – New York, NY
3/16/2022  Opera House – Toronto, ON CANADA
3/17/2022  Corona Theater – Montreal, QC CANADA
3/18/2022  Big Night Live – Boston, MA 
3/19/2022  Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
3/20/2022  Soundstage – Baltimore, MD 
3/21/2022  House of Blues – Cleveland, OH 
3/23/2022  Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC*
3/24/2022  Masquerade – Atlanta, GA 
3/25/2022  Culture Room – Ft Lauderdale, FL 
3/26/2022  The Orpheum – Tampa, FL* 
3/28/2022  Southport Music Hall – New Orleans, LA*
3/29/2022  Come and Take It Live – Austin, TX*
3/31/2022  Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
4/01/2022  Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
4/02/2022  GMBG – Dallas, TX*
4/03/2022  Rockhouse – El Paso, TX 
4/05/2022  The Nile Theater – Phoenix, AZ* 
4/06/2022  House of Blues – San Diego, CA 
4/08/2022  Belasco Theater – Los Angeles, CA 
4/09/2022  The UC Theatre – Berkeley, CA
* New shows and not rescheduled

More information on SepulQuarta and Sepultura’s planned live dates is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more now at:

Websitehttps://www.sepultura.com/br

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/sepultura

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Sepultura Announces Rescheduled Tour Dates

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Sepultura’s long wait to return tor the road will finally tentatively end next spring.

The band announced Thursday, it hopes to launch its “Quadra 2022 Tour” March 4 in Sacramento, CA. The month-long tour, which is in support of the band’s most recent album, Quadra, is scheduled to run through March 9 in Berkeley, CA. It features performances in cities nationwide, such as Atlanta, GA; Minneapolis, MN and Greensboro, NC. Sacred Reich will serve as support for the tour, along with Crowbar and Art of Shock.

The tour was originally scheduled to take place in spring 2020, and was initially postponed until this year as a result of the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 tour was then postponed because of the ongoing impacts of the pandemic.

Front man Derrick Greene was optimistic about the tour finally getting off the ground as he talked about it during a recent interview.

“We are extremely excited to reconnect with everyone in North America for this upcoming tour,” he said. “We look forward to seeing all the people who have been anxious to see shows for the past two years. We will celebrate this re-connection of life and music together. See you soon!!”

Guitarist Andreas Kisser echoed Green’s sentiments with his own comments.

“We can’t wait to go back on stage. We are very happy to announce our North American tour for 2022. We will see you all on the road, jamming old stuff new stuff and having the greatest time of our lives. See you all soon stay safe!”

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

Confirmed dates for SEPULTURA‘s “North American Quadra” 2022 tour with SACRED REICH, CROWBAR, and ART OF SHOCK are:
3/04/2022  Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA 
3/05/2022  The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT*
3/06/2022 Oriental Theater – Denver, CO*
3/08/2022 Wildwood – Iowa City, IA
3/09/2022 Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN
3/10/2022 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
3/11/2022   Harpo’s – Detroit, MI 
3/12/2022  The Forge – Joliet, IL*
3/13/2022  Thunderbird Music Hall – Pittsburgh, PA*
3/15/2022  Irving Plaza – New York, NY
3/16/2022  Opera House – Toronto, ON CANADA
3/17/2022  Corona Theater – Montreal, QC CANADA
3/18/2022  Big Night Live – Boston, MA 
3/19/2022  Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
3/20/2022  Soundstage – Baltimore, MD 
3/21/2022  House of Blues – Cleveland, OH 
3/23/2022  Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC*
3/24/2022  Masquerade – Atlanta, GA 
3/25/2022  Culture Room – Ft Lauderdale, FL 
3/26/2022  The Orpheum – Tampa, FL* 
3/28/2022  Southport Music Hall – New Orleans, LA*
3/29/2022  Come and Take It Live – Austin, TX*
3/31/2022  Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
4/01/2022  Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
4/02/2022  GMBG – Dallas, TX*
4/03/2022  Rockhouse – El Paso, TX 
4/05/2022  The Nile Theater – Phoenix, AZ* 
4/06/2022  House of Blues – San Diego, CA 
4/08/2022  Belasco Theater – Los Angeles, CA 
4/09/2022  The UC Theatre – Berkeley, CA
* New shows and not rescheduled/

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

In other news, Sepultura is scheduled to release its pandemic recorded recording, Sepulquarta Aug. 13 through Nuclear Blast Records. The record features performance of 15 of Sepultura’s hits that were recorded during the band’s SepulQuarta video podcast throughout the pandemic. The performances were by famous figures, such as Phil Campbell, Devin Townsend, and Alex Skolnick. The record’s track listing is noted below.

This is the full tracklist featuring all international guest musicians:

01. Territory (feat. David Ellefson)
02. Cut-Throat (feat. Scott Ian)
03. Sepulnation (feat. Danko Jones)
04. Inner Self (feat. Phil Rind)
05. Hatred Aside (feat. Angélica Burns, Mayara Puertas & Fernanda Lira)
06. Mask (feat. Devin Townsend)
07. Fear, Pain, Chaos, Suffering (feat. Emmily Barreto)
08. Vandals Nest (feat. Alex Skolnick)
09. Slave New World (feat. Matthew K. Heafy)
10. Ratamahatta (feat. Joao Barone & Charles Gavin)
11. Apes Of God (feat. Rob Cavestany)
12. Phantom Self (feat. Mark Holcomb)
13. Slaves Of Pain (feat. Fred Leclercq & Marcello Pompeu)
14. Kaiowas (feat. Rafael Bittencourt)
15. Orgasmatron (feat. Phil Campbell)

More information on Quadra is available along with all of Sepultura’s latest news and more now at:

Websitehttps://www.sepultura.com/br

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/sepultura

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/sepulturacombr

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Vokonis’ Latest LP Offers Listeners An Enjoyable Musical Odyssey

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Prog-metal outfit Vokonis has quietly made quite the name for itself in the past few years or so with its existing trio of records.  That name will grow in notoriety Friday when it releases its fourth album, Odyssey.  The six song record is a work that definitely holds its own against its metal and prog-metal counterparts, both more well-known and lesser.  That is due in part to its featured musical arrangements, which will be discussed shortly.  The lyrical themes that accompany the record’s musical arrangements adds to the record’s success.  It will be discussed a little later.  The record’s production puts the finishing touch to its presentation.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the recording.  All things considered, they make the 40-minute album a must hear for any metal purist.

Vokonis’ forthcoming fourth album Odyssey is a unique addition to this year’s crop of new independent and hard rock/metal albums.  It is a record that provided the proper support, is certain to continue building the band’s name within the noted genres.  That is proven in part through the album’s featured musical arrangements.  Throughout the course of the album’s 40-minute run time, it incorporates a variety of influences in each arrangement to make its whole.  ‘Rebellion,’ the album’s opener for instance, opens with a guitar riff that would fit easily into any active rock radio programmer’s playlist.  As the vocals come into play, the guttural screams from front man Simon Ohlsson lend themselves to comparison to those of Crowbar front man Kirk Windstein.  The more melodic, clean vocals from Ohlsson’s band mates – Jonte Johansson (bass, vocals), Peter Ottosson (drums, percussion), and Per Wiberg (keyboards) – make for more of a Tool-esque sound.  The two stylistic approaches are vastly different, but used against one another, somehow manage to work.  The full-on wall of sound approach that the band uses here is also comparable to that of Crowbar.  It all sounds very raucous, but at the same time controlled in its chaotic approach.  It is just one example of how the album’s musical content plays into its appeal.

On a completely different note, the musical arrangement that is presented in the late entry ‘Hollow Waters’ lends itself to comparison to works from the likes of Leprous, as well as to those of Crowbar.  The Leprous comparison comes in the choruses with their full yet somewhat ethereal sound.  It makes for a welcome change of pace to ensure listeners’ maintained engagement and entertainment.  As with ‘Rebellion,’ this song’s arrangement is just one more example of what make the album’s musical content so noteworthy.  ‘Blackened Wings,’ the album’s lead single, is yet another example of how the power and variety in the album’s musical content makes it successful.

‘Blackened Wings’ is just as busy and loud as any of the album’s other arrangements.  Yet even in that controlled chaos, there is something so engaging.  The guttural death/black metal style screams set alongside the song’s death metal guitars lend themselves to comparisons to works from Between the Buried and Me.  The contrast of that sound to the cleaner, heavy, sludge metal style approach to the rest of the song makes for even more interest here.  The expert balance of those distinctly differing styles speaks highly of the production that went into the album.  This aspect will be discussed later.  Staying on the topic at hand, this song’s arrangement does just as much as those already examined and the rest of the album’s works, to show why the diverse influences and power in the arrangements make them so important to the album.  The whole of the album’s musical arrangements, including the clear Dream Theater influence exhibited in ‘Azure,’ creates a solid foundation for Odyssey.  Building on that foundation is the lyrical content that accompanies the album’s intense musical content.

The lyrical themes that are presented throughout Odyssey will make for just as much engagement as the musical arrangements that they join.  Case in point is the lyrical content featured in ‘Hollow Waters.’  The song’s lyrical content seems rather nihilistic on the surface, what with the mentions of the “Circle of sorrow/Closing in on you” and everything bad going on in the world.”  However, the song’s lyrical theme ultimately is one of hope.  This is pointed out in the song’s second verse, which states, “Cities will fall/Empires crumble/Hope can prevail/We will follow/Forests will burn/Under the scourge/Lead us again through these faraway lands.”  The message of hope is raised again in the song’s third verse, which finds Ohlsson singing, “Wrath of the scorned/Born of fire/Tainted fury leads to nothing/Let it all pass/Open yourself/Lead us away  through  these faraway lands.”  That positive message is delivered once more in the song’s final verse, stating, “The everlasting light/Is the flame of eternity.”  These notes and the rest of the song’s lyrical content join to form a unique approach to a welcome theme.  When that theme joins with the song’s already noted equally unique musical arrangement, it shows in whole why the album in whole is so powerful.

The lyrical content featured in the album’s title track is another example of what makes it such a strong new offering from Vokonis.  This song’s lyrical content seems (at least in the ears and mind of this critic) to deliver a message of living life and facing life’s challenges.  Again, this is only this critic’s interpretation.  The inference is made as Ohlsson sings about overcoming “the final step” and the “Beacon of tranquility” shining “upon us all/Light of serenity/Essence of the divine.”  It’s one more unique lyrical presentation from Vokonis on its latest outing that is certain to keep any listener engaged.  When this original presentation is considered along with the other content examined here and the rest of the album’s lyrical content, that whole leaves no doubt as to the importance of said content.  When the album’s collective lyrical content pairs with the record’s equally powerful musical arrangements, that body makes for even more engagement and entertainment.  Even with that in mind, it is only a portion of what make the album such a surprisingly engaging and entertaining work.  The album’s production rounds out its most important elements.

As was noted earlier, the songs featured throughout Odyssey each utilize a powerful wall of sound style approach, as well as other elements and influences.  Considering how much goes on throughout the album, those behind the glass had to pay exceptional attention to every minute detail.  Luckily, that painstaking attention to detail paid off from beginning to end.  The result is a record that even being so active and full, completely engages and entertains.  Keeping all of this in mind, the album proves to be a surprisingly impressive addition to this year’s field of new hard rock and metal albums.

Vokonis’ forthcoming album Odyssey is a strong new presentation from the already established prog-metal outfit from Sweden.  It is a work that serves as a strong starting point for those audiences who are less familiar with the band and its catalog and an equally new offering for the band’s established fan base.  That is proven in part through the album’s musical arrangements.  The arrangements exhibit a wide range of influences, not just prog-metal.  That applies within each song and from one to the next.  The lyrical content featured throughout the album adds to its interest.  It is presented in truly unique fashion even as it touches on what seem to be some familiar topics.  The album’s production rounds out its most important elements.  It ensures that even as busy as each song is, the record’s arrangements do not become muddied and worn down in   themselves.  The result of the work put in through the album’s production is an album that will appeal aesthetically just as much as for its content.  It all makes the album a musical odyssey that any metal purist will be glad he or she took.  More information on Odyssey is available along with all of Vokonis’ latest news at:

Website: https://vokonis.bandcamp.com  

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

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Clutch Announces Second “Live From The Doom Saloon” Streaming Show; Band Wants Fans To Form Show’s Setlist

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Clutch wants fans to help decide the set list for its next streaming show.

The band is scheduled to perform its streaming show live at 5 p.m., Aug. 7.  The band has dubbed the performance “Live From The Doom Saloon — Volume II.”  Tickets for the online show are available here.

The set list for the band’s forthcoming concert will consist of 14 songs.  Fans can cast their votes for their favorite songs here.

The band talked about letting fans decide the set list for their show in a prepared statement.

“The thing that makes this stream unique is that Clutch fans will have the opportunity to create their dream setlist from our entire catalog,” the statement reads. “This means fans can pick from every release starting from our 1991 Pitchfork 7” all the way thru Book of Bad Decisions and the songs from our Vault Series.”

The band will choose one fan’s set list for the show.  The winner will receive a prize pack that features a TremLord 30 combo amplifier from Orange Amps, A stompbox from Creepy Fingers, Jim Dunlop Way Crybaby pedal, a case of Liquid Death mountain water, and Clutch merchandise.  The winner of the prize pack will be announced during the streaming show.

Fans who miss the band’s live streaming show on Aug. 7 can still stream it on-demand up until 11:59 p.m. EST on Aug 9.

Clutch’s “Live From The Doom Saloon — Volume 1” performance took place in May, and also featured performances from Blacktop Mojo, Saul, and Crowbar.  Proceeds from ticket sales for the event benefited Angel Flight West.  Angel Flight West is a network of volunteer pilots that free air transportation for people in need of medical treatment far from their homes, but who cannot afford the flights.

More information on Clutch’s upcoming concert is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.pro-rock.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/clutchband

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/clutchofficial

 

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Sepultura Announces Rescheduled North American Tour Dates For ‘Quadra’ Tour

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Veteran metal band Sepultura will return to North America next year.

The band announced the dates for its rescheduled Quadra North American tour Thursday.  The tour, which will also feature performances from Sacred Reich, Crowbar and Art of Shock, is scheduled to launch March 6 in Sacramento, CA and to run through April 10 in Berkeley, CA.  It also features performances in cities, such as Cleveland, OH; New Orleans, LA and Phoenix, AZ.

Guitarist Andreas Kisser talked about the rescheduled dates in a recent interview.

So happy to announce the rescheduled North American tour with our friends from Sacred Reich, Crowbar and Art of Shock. I can’t wait to go back to the stage to perform the new material from our album Quadra and to jam our history to you all! Stay safe and SEE YOU ALL SOON!!”

The band’s tour was scheduled to take place this year, but was delayed due to the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The new tour’s schedule is noted below.  Tickets and VIP packages are available here.

 

Confirmed dates for the “Quadra Tour” with SACRED REICH, CROWBAR, and ART OF SHOCK are:
3/06/2021 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA United States
3/07/2021 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT United States
3/08/2021 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO United States NEW!
3/10/2021 Rave II – Milwaukee, WI United States
3/11/2021 Wildwood – Iowa City, IA United States
3/12/2021 Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN United States
3/13/2021 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI United States
3/14/2021 House of Blues – Chicago, IL United States
3/15/2021 Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA United States
3/17/2021 Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY United States
3/18/2021 Opera House – Toronto, ON Canada
3/19/2021 Corona Theater – Montreal, QC Canada
3/20/2021 Big Night Live – Boston, MA United States
3/21/2021 Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA United States
3/22/2021 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD United States
3/23/2021 House of Blues – Cleveland, OH United States
3/25/2021 Underground @ The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC United States
3/26/2021 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA United States
3/27/2021 Culture Room – Ft Lauderdale, FL United States
3/28/2021 The Ritz – Tampa, FL United States
3/30/2021 House of Blues – New Orleans, LA United States
3/31/2021 Parish – Austin, TX United States
4/01/2021 Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX United States
4/02/2021 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK United States
4/03/2021 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX United States
4/05/2021 Rockhouse – El Paso, TX United States NEW!
4/06/2021 Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ United States
4/07/2021 House of Blues – San Diego, CA United States
4/08/2021 Belasco Theater – Los Angeles, CA United States
4/09/2021 UC Theatre – Berkeley, CA United States
4/10/2021 Ventura Theatre – Ventura, CA United States

 

Sepultura’s upcoming tour is in support of its latest album, Quadra (2020).  It has produced the singles ‘Isolation,’ ‘Last Time‘ and ‘Means To An End.’

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Crowbar Front Man’s Debut Solo LP Is A Surprisingly Engaging Presentation

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Kirk Winstein has spent the better part of his professional career at the helm of the famed sludge metal band Crowbar.  That band has released eleven albums over the course of its more than 25 year life.  After having spent so many years focusing on writing, performing and touring with his band mates in Crowbar, Windstein has broken out on his own for the first time this year with his debut solo album Dream in Motion.  The 10-song record is an interesting offering from Windstein, who is known mainly for his gravelly vocal delivery, which is just as present here as ever, but he also takes a slightly lighter tone at times, which when coupled with the album’s overall instrumentation, leads to comparisons to works from the likes of Type O Negative.  At others, Crowbar’s sound can be heard just as much here as can other influences.  The record’s lyrical themes, coupled with the noted musical arrangements, add more interest to the album.  From themes of perseverance (as in the album’s opener, which will be discussed shortly) to the issue of dealing with people who are anything but good for a person in ‘Toxic,’ (which will be discussed a little later) to taking on societal issues, such as in the album’s closer – a cover of Jethro Tull’s ‘Aqualung’ – the album proves itself an interesting first solo outing for Windstein that is worth at least an occasional listen.  That is just as much the case when the record’s other songs not noted here are taken into consideration along with the songs directly addressed in this review.

Kirk Windstein’s debut solo record Dream in Motion is an intriguing presentation from the longtime Crowbar front man that is deserving of at least an occasional listen.  That is proven in part through its musical arrangements and its lyrical themes.  The record’s opener/title track.  ‘Dream in Motion’ is anchored by an arrangement that take some elements of Crowbar’s music and crosses that with a bit of an old school metal influence for a whole that is in itself a unique presentation.  It is a work that makes for a good start, musically, to the record.  It also serves well in translating the emotion exuded through the song’s lyrical theme.  That theme is one of perseverance.

The theme of perseverance is noted right from the song’s outset as Windstein sings in the song’s lead verse, “A song of hope/A burning mind/Unleashing strength from deep inside/The will to fight/To carry on/Within my heart/It’s never ever gone.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “I’ve seen so much through all these years/I’ve seen the light through burning tears/I’ve done my best to turn away/And kill the darkness every single day.”  Windstein adds in the song’s third and final verse, “My light will never ever fade/I stand alone/My mind will rise above it all/I’ve learned the pain will slowly die/I’ve touched the sky.”  Additionally, he states in the song’s chorus, “This is a dream in motion/It will never end/It’s an eternal hunger/Growing life again.”  Once again, this comes across as a determined statement of perseverance.  This message gains even more traction when it is considered along with the song’s powerful musical arrangement, which works to really express so much frustration yet positive emotion and thought.  The coupling of the elements makes the song in whole a good start for the album, and an equally strong example of what makes the album a notable presentation.  It is just one of the album’s most notable songs, too.  ‘Toxic,’ which comes later in the album’s run, does just as much as ‘Dream in Motion’ to exhibit what makes the album so unique.

‘Toxic’ takes Windstein in a somewhat new direction again in its musical arrangement.  The guitar riff, drums and bass here come together to create a sound that at some points, is comparable to works from some 90s hard rock bands.  One could argue that there is a hint of a Pantera influence here, as a matter of fact.  At the same time, there is still an element of Crowbar in the song’s arrangement.  In bringing those influences together, the song in whole presents itself as a standout addition to the album.  It also does well to help translate the frustration of the song’s subject with that person whose influence is not so positive on the subject.

Windstein opens the song, singing from the subject’s standpoint, “You twist up my words/My voice speaks the truth/Slashed into my thoughts/you’re pulling up roots/the seeds that you bury deep into the earth/Grew vines that are rotting/they stole my self worth.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “I listen to you and hear only lies/My ears have been burning with infinite cries/Your presence is toxic, so please go away/uprooting the evil/It’s your turn to pay.”  This is relatively straight forward.  It paints the picture of someone dealing with an individual who is narcissistic, to say the very least.  The song’s chorus adds to that impact even more, with Windstein singing, “Your misery in frozen time/I’m feeling pain that isn’t mine/The hold you had on me is gone/The growing need burns on and on.”  Once more, this is someone standing up to another individual whose impact has been anything but positive.  It is another song to which so many listeners can relate and connect.  Keeping that in mind, it is one more way in which Dream in Motion proves its value.  That is especially, again, considering the use of that content with the song’s musical arrangement.  It is just one more example of what makes Dream in Motion a positive solo debut for Windstein.  The cover of Jethro Tull’s ‘Aqualung’ is one more way in which the record proves its strength.

‘Aqualung’ stands out because when one thinks of Jethro Tull, one’s mind does not necessarily go to thoughts of Crowbar or even to thoughts of its front man.  The fact of the matter however, is that the cover featured here actually is surprisingly entertaining.  It stays largely true to its source material.  Windstein, in his vocal delivery, even does well taking on Jethro Tull front man Ian Anderson’s own vocal delivery.  Considering that the song and album were considered such a stark stylistic departure for Jethro Tull from its own past works, that makes it even more of a fitting finale for Windstein’s record.  That is because it is such a stark contrast to everything else featured throughout Dream in Motion.  Yet it does so well in itself.  Everyone involved in the song’s presentation here did an admirable job of generating that classic rock vibe here while also giving the song a slightly amped up update.  When the arrangement is considered along with the song’s lyrical theme, which takes on the societal issue of how we treat those in situations less positive than our own, it makes the song in whole a statement that is just as strong as the album’s opener.  That is especially considering that in the song, it is noted that Aqualung, the song’s title character, does actually see some hope despite everything.  It echoes the theme in the album’s opener, and reminds us that hope is there.  When this is considered along with the other songs noted here — and the rest of the album’s works — the album in whole shows once more why it is a surprisingly entertaining listen.  It proves itself a record that for a debut, is a good start for Windstein and is worth at least an occasional listen.

Crowbar front man Kirk Windstein’s debut solo record Dream in Motion is a surprisingly engaging offering.  That is due to its musical arrangements and its lyrical themes, which will connect to its listeners from start to end, as evidenced by the analysis presented here.  Between the songs noted here and the rest of the album’s entries, the album in whole proves itself worth hearing at least occasionally.  More information on Dream in Motion is available along with all of Kirk Windstein’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Clutch To Hold Fundraiser Concert Next Week

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Clutch will hold a special new streaming live event next week.

The band will perform a streamed concert May 27 titled “Live From The Doom Saloon Volume 1.  The concert, which will raise money for the nonprofit agencies MusiCares and Angel Flight, has been produced in conjunction with Sound Talent Group and LiveFrom Events.

Clutch’s concert, which is on the back of its new Weathermaker Series and its 2018 album Book of Bad Decsisions, will be available for On Demand viewing starting at 4 p.m. EST on May 28.  It will be available to watch until May 30.  Tickets are available for the May 27 show here.  The ticket price — $9 — will remain the same for the concert’s On Demand stream as for its live stream.

Crowbar, Blacktop Mojo and Saul will join Clutch as support for the concert.  Their performances will be held remotely.

Blacktop Mojo’s performance will be in support of its forthcoming EP Static, which is scheduled for release May 29.  Crowbar front man Kirk Windstein released his new solo album Dream in Motion Jan. 24 through eOne, while Crowbar’s most recent album The Serpent Only Lies was released Oct. 28 through eOne.  Saul’s performance is in support of its debut EP Aeons, which was released in March 2019.

MusiCares is a nonprofit that provides financial assistance to musicians for items, such as medical bills, rehabilitation resources and general financial aid.

Angel Flight is a network of volunteer pilots that free air transportation for people in need of medical treatment far from their homes, but who cannot afford the flights.

More information on Clutch’s upcoming concert is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.pro-rock.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/clutchofficial

 

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Sepultura Debuts ‘Last Time’ Lyric Video

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Sepultura is tackling the issue of addiction with its latest single.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Last Time‘ Friday.  The song is the second single from the band’s forthcoming album Quadra, which is scheduled for release Feb. 7 through Nuclear Blast Records.

Sepultura guitarist Adreas Kisser talked about the song’s lyrical theme in a recent interview.

“‘Last Time’ is a song that many can relate to or have encountered people that are trying to overcome an addiction,” he said.  “In the times that we live in, it’s a struggle that we all must face.”

Sepultura debuted Quadra‘s lead single ‘Isolation‘ Nov. 8.  The album’s full track listing is noted below.

The tracklist reads as follows:
1. Isolation
2. Means To An End
3. Last Time
4. Capital Enslavement
5. Ali
6. Raging Void
7. Guardians Of Earth
8. The Pentagram
9. Autem
10. Quadra
11. Agony Of Defeat
12. Fear; Pain; Suffering

 

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

The band will launch its first tour in support of Quadra March 18 in San Diego, CA.  The tour is scheduled to run through April 22 in Ventura, CA and to feature performances in cities, such as Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL and Cleveland, OH.

Along with its North American dates ,the band also has a series of European festivals scheduled.  The dates for those festivals and the band’s tour are noted below.  Crowbar, Sacred Reich and Art of Shock will join Sepultura throughout the band’s tour.

Confirmed dates for the SEPULTURA “Quadra Tour” with SACRED REICH, CROWBAR and ART OF SHOCK are:

3/18/2020  San Diego, CA – House of Blues
3/19/2020  Los Angeles, CA – Mayan Theater
3/20/2020  Berkeley, CA – UC Theatre
3/21/2020  Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
3/23/2020  Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
3/24/2020  Iowa City, IA – Wildwood
3/26/2020  Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
3/27/2020  Milwaukee, WI – Rave II
3/28/2020  Chicago, IL – House of Blues
3/29/2020  Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
3/30/2020  Toronto, ON – Opera House
4/1/2020  Montreal, QC – Astral
4/02/2020  Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
4/03/2020  Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
4/04/2020  Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
4/06/2020  Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
4/07/2020  Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
4/08/2020  Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
4/09/2020  Charlotte, NC – Underground @ The Fillmore
4/10/2020  Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
4/11/2020  Ft Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
4/12/2020  Tampa, FL – The Ritz
4/14/2020  New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
4/16/2020  Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
4/17/2020  Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
4/18/2020  Dallas, TX Gas – Monkey Live
4/19/2020  Austin, TX – Emo’s
4/21/2020  Phoenix, AZ – Van Buren
4/22/2020  Ventura, CA – Ventura Theatre

Festivals 2020:
11.06.                   PL        Kraków – Mystic Festival
12./13.06.            SK        Prešov – Dobry Festival
13./14.06.            IRL       Dublin – Sunstroke
18. – 21.06.          B          Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting
20.06.                  F          Clisson – Hellfest *SOLD OUT*
26.06.                  N          Ekeberg – Tons of Rock
01. – 04.07.          D          Ballenstedt – Rockharz Open Air
03.07.                  E          Viveiro – Resurrection Fest *SOLD OUT*
09./10.07.            A          Leoben – Area 53 Festival
09. – 12.07.         CZ        Vizovice – Masters of Rock
11.07.                  I           Ritten – Rock im Ring
17.07.                  D          Bertingen – Rock unter den Eichen
18.07.                  NL        Eindhoven – Dynamo Metalfest

Pre-orders for Quadra are open now.  More information on Sepultura’s upcoming tour, album and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.sepultura.com/br

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/sepulturacombr

 

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The Forge Announces Expansive New Live Calendar

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Chicago has, for ages, been a hotbed for great musical talent and a place where some of the biggest acts have come on their tours, including the acts lined up to perform at The Forge, the city’s foremost concert venue.

The Forge released this week an extensive new list of acts scheduled to perform at the venue.  The schedule runs from Feb. 9 and runs through June June 29.  Dead Horse Trauma opens the new schedule alongside Oblivion Zero, Consume The Divide, A Silent Truth and torn By Tentacles.

Also scheduled to perform at The Forge on its latest schedule are: Sons of Apollo on Feb. 18 alongside Drifting; Act of Defiance on March 15, Hatebreed on March 20 alongside Crowbar, The Acacia Strain and twitching Tongues; Satyricon and Inquisition on May 20; Uli Jon Roth on June 29; Flaw, Bedlam, Static Signal and Undeclass on March 29 and many others.

The current schedule or The Forge is noted below.

The Forge – Event List

February 9- Dead Horse Trauma, Oblivion Zero, Consume the Divide, A Silent Truth, Torn by Tentacles
February 10 – Smells Like Nirvana, Facelift, Fake News
February 16- Dreezy/ Lil Bibby
February 18 – Sons Of Apollo, Drifting
February 23- Poison’d Crue & Done Dirt Cheap
February 24- Kashmir
February 27 – Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Havok (Sold Out)
March 2- We Came As Romans, The Plot in You, Oceans Ate Alaska, Currents, Tempting Fate
March 4- Local Showcase- Stone the Crow, Orinoco, Torn by Tentacles, Bury the Shadows, What Lies Ahead, Secrets of Skeletons, Bury Your Past, 3 Days From Dying, Bareknuckle Bullseye, Folls Brew, Vivorum, Chalk
March 6- Catastrophic Event Specialist Tour- Ces Cru, G-Mo Skee
March 7 – Udo Dirkschnider, Elm Street, Strikeforce, Endgame
March 10- Blackened, My Metal Heart
March 15- Act of Defiance
March 16- Janet Gardner, Reanimate the Fallen, Bullet to the Heart, Blacken the Day
March 17- Riff Raff
March 20- Hatebreed, Crowbar, The Acacia Strain, Twitching Tongues
March 21- Dying Fetus, Thy Art is Murder, Enterprise Earth, Rivers of Nihil, Sanction
March 23- Twiztid
March 24- Magic Mike Tour
March 28- Froggy Fresh
March 29- Flaw, Bedlem, Static Signal, Underclass
March 31- ICP, Attila
April 12- The Lacs
April 13 – Cradle Of Filth, Jinjer, Uncured
April 26- Carnifex, Oceano, Winds of Plague, Archspire, Spite, Buried Above Ground, Widowmaker
April 28- Damaged Justice, Super Unknown, Big Bang Baby
April 29- Bobaflex, Andrew W. Boss, Trip 6
May 6 – Nile, Soulfly, Hate Storm Annihilation, Orinoco, Beneath the Hollow
May 20- Satyricon, Inquisition
May 25- Insomnium
May 31- Devastation on the Nation- Aborted, Psycroptic, Ingested, Disentomb, Arkaik, Venom Prison, Vale of Pnath
June 4 – HammerFall, Flotsam and Jetsam, Wrath, Acracy
June 29 – Uli Jon Roth

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