Marc Rizzo Announces New Project, Solo Album, Live Dates; Group Debuts KISS Cover

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Marc Rizzo has joined with two well-known friends to form a new band.

The announcement was made Thursday through a press release. Rizzo, Tony Campos (Static-X, Soulfly), and Christian “Opus” Lawrence (Dead By Wednesday, Ellefson) have formed the new super group, Hail The Horns. The group premiered the lyric video for its cover of KISS’ song, ‘God Of Thunder’ Tuesday.

The video features the original song’s lyrics over imagers of skulls and occasional shots of the band. The band’s take on the original song is a presentation that audiences will find interesting. That is due to the stark contrast of the homage that the instrumentation pays to the original work against Campos’ heavy vocals. Campos’ vocals are far heavier and gritter than those of Gene Simmons, who provided vocals to the original song.

In related news, Hail The Horns has announced a brief tour in November. The brief Midwest tour is scheduled to run from Nov. 18 in Lombard, IL to Nov. 21 in Braidwood, IL, with performances in Fort Wayne, IN and Des Moines, IA in between. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

The group have announced Midwest tour dates for November 2021:
Nov 18 – Lombard, IL – Brauerhouse
Nov 19 – Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s
Nov 20 – Des Moines, IA – Venue TBA
Nov 21 – Braidwood, IL – Top Fuel Saloon
More dates to be announced!

In other news, Rizzo is scheduled to release his first ever hits compilation, Living Shred Vol. 1 Sept. 10 through Godsize Records. The 11-song record will pull songs from all four of Rizzo’s solo albums.

Rizzo’s tour dates with Hail the Horns are not his only live dates scheduled this year. He is also scheduled to tour with Whiskeydick this month. The band’s tour dates are noted below.

Catch Rizzo Solo on tour this August with WHISKEYDICK :
August 13 – Sioux Falls, SD – Big’s Bar w/ Enuff Z’Nuff
August 14 – New Market, MN – The Doublewide
August 15 – Green Bay, WI – Old School Bar
August 16 – Pekin, IL – Twisted Spoke Saloon
August 17 – Braidwood, IL – Top Fuel Saloon
August 18 – Lombard, IL – Brauerhouse
August 19 – Kansas City, MO – The Westport Saloon
August 20 – Durham, CT -Soft Tail Saloon
August 21 – Syracuse, NY – Outdoor Event
August 24 – Denver, CO – Lion’s Lair
August 25 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Triple Nickel
August 26 – Amarillo, TX – Zombiez
August 27 – Fort Worth, TX – The Rail Club

In other touring news, Rizzo was originally scheduled to tour with Soulfly. However an announcement from Nuclear Blast Records Thursday revealed that Fear Factory founding guitarist Dino Cazares has allegedly taken Rizzo’s place on the tour. The announcement offered no explanation as to whether Cazares was replacing Rizzo and whether Rizzo is still a member of Soulfly.

When he was asked about that matter, Rizzo offered the following brief statement:

“I’m super excited to move foward with my solo project, Hail the Horns, and Revenge Beast!!! These last few years have been too much of a stress on my life and being home this past year focusing on my projects has been super healthy for me. Much love to all the fans and I can’t wait to hang with you guys after my shows and talk more in person!!

More information on Rizzo’s new band is available along with all of its and his latest news at:

Website: https://www.hailthehorns.com

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

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Puya Returns With New Single, ‘Potencial,’ Companion Video; Announces Live Dates With Dead By Wednesday

Veteran rock band Puya is back in the news.

The band unveiled its latest single, ‘Potencial‘ Thursday along with its companion video. The song features the band’s entire original lineup along with percussionist Oscar Santiago (ex-Ill Nino).

The band’s familiar Afro-Latin-tinged sound is just as evident as ever here. It is accompanied by an interesting blend of thrash and guitar rock influence. No information was provided about the lyrical theme featured in the new song, though the song’s video might shed some hint at the song’s theme.

The song’s video features a young man dreaming of becoming a rock star. He is sitting in his room watching Puya on his TV while what are assumed to be his parents argue right outside his room on their home’s balcony. As they fight, the young man makes his way up a mountain to its top. He ends up “performing with” the band, when his parents see him on the same TV. Their differences are soon forgotten. This all hints at a message of working to achieve one’s own potential no matter what.

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In other news, Puya is scheduled to perform live with Dead By Wednesday on a trio of dates in June. Those dates are noted below.

Invading Florida June of 2021 for 3 select shows…
– Thurs. 6/24 – @Pipers Pub, Pompano Beach, FL.
– Fri. 6/25 – @Brass Mug, Tampa, FL.
– Sat. 6/26 – @Shovelhead, Longwood, FL. (Orlando)

Dead By Wednesday drummer drummer Christian F. Lawrence (a.k.a. Opus) spoke highly of Puya as he talked about the bands sharing the stage this summer.

“I grew up listening to these guys since they were on Atlantic Records and playing Ozzfest so not only is it an honor to be opening up for them on their debut return in the states with my band DBW, but I’m happy to also say that I’ll be working with them on many different levels as well in the future,” he said. “Great bunch of guys and a very talented band!!!!!!!! We will be working on taking over the world once again with their unique style & original sound!” adds Opus, DBW & ELLEFSON drummer.

More information on Puya’s new single, video and live dates is available along with the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.puyaonline.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/puya_

More information on Dead By Wednesday’s upcoming live dates and latest news is available along with the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.dbwmusic.com

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Twitterhttps://twitter.com/deadbywednesday

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Dead By Wednesday Debuts New Single, ‘Mars In Exile,’ Companion Lyric Video

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Dead By Wednesday debuted the video for its latest single over the weekend.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Mars in Exile‘ Sunday. The song’s debut comes more than three months after the debut of the band’s then latest single, ‘S.O.S.,’ which the band released Oct. 5.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Mars in Exile’ is an interesting presentation. The pairing of the screams and clean vocals, coupled with the guitars lends itself to comparisons at times, to works from Killswitch Engage. At other points in the song, the thrash style riffs take listeners back to the heyday of that genre.

The lyrical content that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement will generate its own interest. At times, it leads to the supposition that perhaps it focuses on the familiar topic of a broken relationship. At other points in the song, it comes across more as a person telling perhaps a detractor that he is defying that person’s expectations. No full explanation on the song’s lyrical theme was provided in information that was sent about the theme, so this is only this critic’s own interpretation.

‘Mars in Exile’ is available to stream and download here.

More information on Dead By Wednesday’s upcoming live dates, its new single and video, and latest news is available along with the band’s latest news at:

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Dead By Wednesday Debuts ‘S.O.S.’ Lyric Video; Announces New Live Dates

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Independent hard rock band Dead By Wednesday is taking on the current state of the nation.

The band debuted its new single ‘S.O.S.‘ and its lyric video Oct. 5. The video presents the band performing its new single in separate settings while the song’s lyrics appear on screen.

Speaking of the song’s lyrics, drummer Opus had the following to say about the song.

“We are legitimately pissed,” he said. “Frustrations are high for musicians, as well as most people around the world, and we use our music as an outlet. That’s why it really sounds angry – because we are! We’ve also come to realize who we are as a band during this unwanted time off, so we went deep and heavy! It’s fast, lean and mean – perfect for the times.”

“’S.O.S.’ also shows brotherhood among different races,” added Opus. “It has a strong message. I believe this tune will not only attract a whole new audience, but I also feel like this will please some of the old school DEAD BY WEDNESDAY fans as well.”

The song’s ferocious musical arrangement is a work that appeal to fans of bands, such as Killswitch Engage and As I Lay Dying, with its screaming vocals and chainsaw sharp guitar work.

‘S.O.S. is available to download and stream here.

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In other news, Dead By Wednesday is scheduled to perform a series of live dates this fall beginning Oct. 30 in San Antonio, TX. The tour is scheduled to run through Dec. 6 in Joliet, IL. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

“End of Days 2020” Dates:

Friday, October 30 – San Antonio, TX @ Sunset Station

Saturday, October 31 – Slidell, LA @ Brown’s Village Plaza

Sunday, November 1 – Seabrook, TX @ Barge 295

Dead By Wednesday with Meridian Dawn:

Thursday, December 3 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Emerson Theater

Friday, December 4 – Pekin, IL @ Twisted Spoke Saloon

Saturday, December 5 – Chicago, IL @ WC Social Club

Sunday, December 6 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge

More information on Dead By Wednesday’s upcoming live dates, its new single and video, and latest news is available along with the band’s latest news at:

Website: http://www.dbwmusic.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/deadbywednesday

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Opus’ New Covers Collection Will Appeal To A Wide Range Of Rock Fans

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Rock drummer Christian F. Lawrence released a new collection of cover songs titled The Corona Covers Friday through his official Bandcamp page.  Lawrence — who goes by the stage name Opus — works with independent hard rock/metal band Dead By Wednesday and with Megadeth bassist David Ellefson on his solo work.  The eight-song recording features songs that are a far cry from the work for which he has come to be known.  That is due to the songs that make up the body of the new compilation.  They will be discussed shortly.  Lawrence’s performance of said songs plays its own role in the overall presentation of this record.  They will be discussed a little later.  The price point for this covers collection is also important to discuss.  Together with the noted elements of the songs and their performances, all three elements make The Corona Covers a positive display of Lawrence’s talents and potential as a solo artist.

The Corona Covers is a positive new offering for drummer Christian F. Lawrence.  That is because it is a work that puts on display, Lawence’s talents as a singer, guitarist and solo artist.  It does this in part through the songs that make up its body.  The songs are not metal songs.  Rather, they are works that come from a relatively wide range of musical genres.  The collection opens with a cover of Alice in Chains’ hit song ‘Rooster.’  The band, as most audiences know, was part of the Seattle grunge sound back in the early and mid 1990s.  From there, Lawrence takes audiences back in time with his own performance of Pink Floyd’s timeless song ‘Mother.’  ‘Mother’ and ‘Rooster’ could not be any farther apart as two songs can be in terms of genres.  He continues to branch out even more in the collection’s third song, ‘Blackbird.’  ‘Where Do The Children Play?,’ which was the product of Cat Stevens, follows that work.  From there, Lawrence moves to the southern rock realm with a cover of the Marshall Tucker Band’s song ‘Can’t You See.’  He doesn’t stick to that sound for long as the collection continues progressing, offering next, a cover of Phil Collins’ timeless hit ‘In The Air Tonight.’  KISS’ song ‘Beth’ follows that work, again keeping things interesting for listeners.  ‘Itsy Bitsy,’ by Mike and Peggy Seeger, closes out the collection.  Yet again, here is another change of style and pace for listeners.  What’s more, it’s another example of the diversity in Lawrence’s own musical influences.  That far-reaching range of influences in itself will establish respect for Lawrence by listeners while also keeping audiences engaged and entertained.  Keeping that in mind, this collection’s featured songs clearly are important in their own right to the whole of the compilation’s presentation.  As important as they are to the collection’s presentation, Lawrence’s presentation thereof is just as important to address.

Each performance by Lawrence in this collection stays true to its source material as best it can.  That is obvious throughout the compilation. That in itself is noteworthy.  What’s more, Lawrence’s actual performance of each song does its own part to honor each song’s roots.  The most notable of his performances come in his takes on ‘Rooster’ and ‘Mother.’  From the “rubbery” effect of the guitar to the control and balance in the layering of the vocals, this performance is right up there with the best acoustic performances that Alice in Chains held at its MTV Unplugged performance so many years ago.  Lawrence’s performance of ‘Mother’ is just as powerful, as that crafted by Pink Floyd.  That same melancholy is there in the instrumentation and Lawrence’s vocal delivery.  It has that same ethereal vibe of its source material, leading it to tug so strongly at listeners’ emotions.  Lawrence is to be commended for this performance which mirrors almost exactly its source material.  Much the same can be said of his performance of The Marshall Tucker Band’s song ‘Can’t You See’ and The Beatles’ ‘Blackbird.’  Lawrence strives to stay as true as possible to the source material in those performances, as well as those of the other noted songs and those not directly addressed here.  All things considered, Lawence’s performance of the compilation’s featured songs adds even more engagement and entertainment to the set as the songs themselves.  Together with the songs, the two elements give fans plenty of encouragement to purchase the record.

Speaking of buying, the price of Lawrence’s new covers collection is $8.  Considering the breadth of content and the Lawrence’s also already noted performances, that price is actually relatively affordable.  So many records with the same amount of content can range from that price and go up from there, so paying only that price is not bad.  Add in the fact that Lawrence will add new songs to the collection each week without raising the price, and audiences get even more motivation to purchase this compilation.  When this is considered along with the impact of the set’s songs and performances thereof, the set in whole proves to be a work that Lawrence’s fans will appreciate just as much as Dead By Wednesday fans and those of David Ellefson.

Christian F. Lawrence’s new covers collection The Corona Covers is hardly the first covers collection to ever be released by any musical act.  It is however, one that rock fans in general will find entertaining.  That is proven in part through the songs that make up the body of the record.  They show Lawrence’s wide range of musical tastes while also providing a wide range of listeners something to enjoy.  Lawence’s performance of the noted songs adds even more to appreciate here, as does the collection’s law price.  Each item noted here is important in its own right to the whole of The Corona Covers.  All things considered, they make The Corona Covers a presentation that will appeal to any rock fan.

More information on The Corona Covers is available online along with all of Lawrence’s latest news and more at:

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Opus Releases New Covers Collection, ‘The Corona Covers’

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Famed rock drummer Opus released a new covers collection Friday.

Opus (a.k.a. Christian F. Lawrence) released his new record The Corona Covers Friday through his official Bandcamp page.  The seven-song collection features Lawrence on guitar and vocals instead of drums, performing covers of songs from acts, such as Pink Floyd, KISS and the Marshall Tucker Band.

Lawrence talked about the compilation’s creation in a recent interview.

“I’ve been so fixed on practicing and playing drums that I moved away from playing acoustic guitar, which I used to do and love so much,” he said.  “In the past I would go through periods where I don’t touch it. This quarantine forced me to find things to do. As soon as I picked it up, it was like clock work…I was writing songs in minutes and learning covers by ear like I usually do. Who doesn’t like cool cover songs done well or differently? It allows you to keep putting out content and stay relevant when none of us can play out live at the moment”

The track listing for The Corona Covers is noted below.  According to Lawrence, he is planning to add more songs to hear and download weekly, so audiences can check back in at his official Bandcamp page weekly to check out those songs.

 

Tracklisting:

Rooster – A.I.C.

Mother – Pink Floyd

Where Do the Children Play? – Cat Stevens

Can’t you see – Marshall Tucker Band

In the Air Tonight – Phil Collins

Jess (Beth) – Kiss

Itsy Bitsy – Mike & Peggy Seeger

Lawrence debuted the video for his performance of ‘Mother‘ April 22 through his official YouTube channel.

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Dead By Wednesday Announced As Support For Flotsam And Jetsam On Upcoming Tour

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Dead By Wednesday has announced a new tour schedule.

The tour, scheduled to start May 10 in Denver, CO, is in support of the band’s new self-titled album.  The album was released April 19 through Combat Records/EMP Label Group.  Its release was followed up with the debut of the video for the album’s lead single, ‘You & Die.’

The video for ‘You & Die’ features two people in a relationship that is seemingly struggling.  It does not have a happy ending.  The visualization illustrates the song’s message about a broken relationship.

Dead By Wednesday is available online now via iTunes, Amazon and Combat Records.  The band’s upcoming tour will see the band serving as support for Flotsam and Jetsam.

More information on Dead By Wednesday’s upcoming live dates, album and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.dbwmusic.com

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

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Apollo Under Fire’s Self-Titled Debut Is One Of 2016’s Top New Independent Albums

Courtesy: EMP Label Group

Courtesy: EMP Label Group

Dave Ellefson’s upstart record label EMP Label Group has been quite busy ever since its birth late in 2015.  The label has already assembled a roster rich with heavy acts ready to reach the metal masses.  Those acts include the likes of Cage9, Doll Skin, Green Death, Dead By Wednesday, and a handful of others.  While the label has its fair share of heavy acts as part of its stable it also has some acts that are just as anxious to make it to the mainstream.  They are Another Lost Year and Apollo Under Fire.  Both bands have already released their latest respective records this summer.  The latter released its new album Alien Architect just last month and the prior released its self-titled debut this past June.  That record is perhaps the most standout of any of the records released by EMP Label Group so far this year.  That is because it is by far the label’s most radio ready record hands down.  Between its solid musical arrangements and its equally uplifting lyrical content this ten-song record proves to be one that will move listeners deeply from beginning to end.  Being that it is so powerful, it ultimately proves to be one of 2016’s top new independent albums and one of EMP Label Group’s best offerings yet.

Apollo Under Fire’s self-title debut album is one of 2016’s top new independent albums hands down.  It is also one of EMP Label Group’s best offerings yet.  That is thanks to the combination of the album’s solid musical arrangements and its equally uplifting lyrical content.  From one song to the next, the combination of those elements makes this record one that will put a smile on any listener’s face.  That is something that the rock (and music) community needs now more than ever.  The album’s opener and lead single ‘Gotta Believe’ is a prime example of how that combination gives this record such strength.  The song’s musical arrangement instantly conjures thoughts of Creed with its modern power ballad approach.  Love Creed or hate it, audiences on either side of the discussion should understand this comparison is meant only in an observational fashion.  Guitarists Peter Klett (Candlebox, Lotus) and Jimmy Kwong have crafted a sound in this song that almost directly mirrors that crafted by Mark Tremonti in his days with Creed.  To be more specific, its sound is akin to that of Creed’s ‘hit ballad ‘Higher.’  It isn’t a direct lifting.  But the influence (intended or not) is there.  And it does its own part in making the song so enjoyable.  The song’s lyrical content does its own share to make the song enjoyable, too.  That is because of the positive outlook on life offered up in that content.  It is exhibited as front man Donald Carpenter (Eye Empire/Submersed) sings here, “Even though I live in daydreams/I don’t feel like holding on/But I gotta believe my days aren’t over/Gotta believe this sun will shine sometime/Gotta believe this rain will cleanse my pain/An stand before a brand new life.”  This is just part of the hopeful vibe presented by Carpenter in the song’s lyrical content.  He goes on to sing, “We must face this fear of failing/With the will to overcome/Many candles shining brightly/Though they all were lit from one/We’re mirrors in faceless crowds/Bound by the sound/Of our lives as they pass us by.”  From here he and his band mates return to the song’s chorus, driving home that sense of determination and positive mindset once again.  Some might call it sappy.  But there are just as many people out there that need that positive reminder in their lives.  Even this critic has needed such a reminder more than once in life.  To that end, that positive lyrical message and the song’s equally moving musical arrangement make the song in whole a clear example of what makes Apollo Under Fire such a solid debut for the band.  It is just one of the songs presented in this record that serves to exhibit that, too.  ‘One Track Mind’ is another key example of what makes this record such a strong debut for AUF.

‘Gotta Believe’ is a key example of what makes Apollo Under Fire’s self-titled debut album such a strong effort from the band.  The song’s sweeping, Creed-esque musical arrangement couples with its equally uplifting lyrical content to make the song in whole a work that will put a smile on so many listeners’ faces.  The positive vibes exhibited through that combination of music and lyrics makes this song one of the record’s best moments.  It is only one of those great moments, too.  ‘One Track Mind’ is another song that shows the strength of this new effort from the band.  It stands out in part due to its musical arrangement.  Much as with ‘Gotta Believe’ (and most of the songs presented in this record) this song’s musical arrangement also boasts a certain influence from Creed.  That is obvious in the fact that its arrangement is also centered on that familiar modern day power ballad style presentation.  On the good side it isn’t just a repeat of ‘Gotta Believe’ in that arena.  It is, however just as big and epic as the arrangement presented in said song.  What’s different is those big, epic moments are saved here for the song’s chorus.  They are juxtaposed by a softer, more introspective sound presented in the song’s verses.  Speaking of the verses they offer their own value to the song, too.  Carpenter comes across here as singing from the vantage point of a figure who has changed quite a bit over time; someone that has gone from having that one-track mind to being more open to different viewpoints in life.  This critic in particular interprets the song’s lyrical content as centering on someone who is looking back on who he once was versus who he is now.  That is, again, just this critic’s own take on the song.  Hopefully it isn’t completely off the mark.  Regardless, it is clear through that interpretation and the song’s musical arrangement why this song is another important part of Apollo Under Fire’s self-titled debut. The deep thought presented in the song’s lyrical content couple with its equally powerful musical arrangement to make it really stand out as yet another of the album’s best moments.  It is definitely not the last of those key moments either.  ‘Weightless’ is one more example of what makes the album such a strong first effort from the band.

‘Gotta Believe’ and ‘One Track Mind’ are both key examples of what makes Apollo Under Fire’s self-titled debut record such a strong effort from the up-an-coming quintet.  That is due to the songs’ mix of powerful musical arrangements and their equally deep and moving lyrical content.  One is a full-on uplifting piece that reminds people to try and maintain an optimistic outlook even as difficult as it might be to do.  The other is more of a figure offering an introspective look at his past and present.  It basically reminds people (at least in this critic’s interpretation) that if he can change, anyone can change.  Cue the Rocky theme song.  Yes, that really bad reference to Rocky IV was fully intended.  While both songs offer their own insight and power they are not the only songs that stand out on this debut effort from Apollo Under Fire.  ‘Weightless’ stands on its own merits, too.  In regards to the song’s musical arrangement, it stands out because yet again that Creed influence is just as evident as ever.  Yet in its defense it still maintains its own identity separate from those power ballads crafted by Creed.  Keeping this in mind, the song’s lyrical content stands out even more as its main anchor.  The song’s lyrical content serves as its main anchor because of just how much it boasts its own identity separate from the rest of the album’s offerings.  This time out Carpenter sings about the power of a person’s love.  Carpenter’s subject seems to be addressing a love interest here as he sings, “Can I stay/With this restless heart/Is it too damn cold living miles apart/Can I stay/These games I play/With my fragile heart/I always push away/From a caring thought/These games I play/These games I play/These walls I built come crashing down/I am free/Your love has embraced me now/I am free/It’s a love that can overwhelm…floating ten feet off the ground.”  This is a feeling to which so many people can relate.  Who hasn’t felt that overwhelming sense of happiness at finding that person whose love overpowers everything else?  Carpenter’s subject continues on much in the same manner in the song’s second verse singing, “Well I have faith/In my changing heart/I have found the strength missing from the start/I have faith/I now have faith/These walls I built/Come crashing down/I am free/Your love has embraced me now/I am free/It’s a love that can overwhelm.”  What is interesting, in hindsight is that Carpenter mentions as he returns to the song’s chorus something to the effect of being on his knees and finding happiness.  So it leaves one to wonder if he is referencing not so much romantic love but spiritual love.  It would definitely be interesting to learn if that is what was being referenced here.  Regardless of spiritual or romantic, the positive message of strength from love is there.  It makes the song stand out even more.  Considering this, it joins with ‘Gotta Believe’ and ‘One Track Mind’ to show once more just what makes Apollo Under Fire’s self-titled debut record such a strong outing for the band.  Any of the other songs not noted here that make up the rest of the album’s body could be cited just as easily when considering the album’s strengths.  All things considered, Apollo Under Fire proves in the end to ultimately be one of 2016’s top new independent albums.  It also proves to be (along with Alien Arnchitect, Another Lost Year’s new offering) yet another viable chance for EMP Label Group to gain some real mainstream notoriety.

Apollo Under Fire’s self-titled debut album is one of 2016’s top new independent albums.  It is also one of EMP Label Group’s best chances at attaining real mainstream notoriety.  Another Lost Year’s new album Alien Architect is the label’s other major chance at that notoriety.  As is evidenced in all three of the songs noted here, the album’s powerful musical arrangements join with their equally uplifting lyrical content to put a smile on any listener’s face.  The same can be said of any of the album’s other offerings, too.  All things considered, this record proves to be a strong start for Apollo Under Fire, and with any luck just the start for the band.  Apollo Under Fire is available now.  It can be ordered online direct via the band’s official website.  More information on the album is available now online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.apolounderfireband.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/apollounderfire

 

 

 

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