Saul’s New LP Shows This Band’s Star Is On The “Rise”

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You can do anything that you put your mind to.  Everybody knows that old adage, and independent hard rock band Saul is proof that the noted words of wisdom are in fact true.  While the band got its start during the high school years of its founding members, brothers Blake and Zach Bedsaul, the band wasted little time chasing its dream, eventually hitting the road and releasing its debut studio recording Aeons last March.  Now less than two years after its release, the band released its debut album, Rise as Equals.  The 14-song record is a positive second studio offering and equally strong full-length debut for the band.  That is proven in part early on in the song ‘Brother.’  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Rise as Equals,’ the album’s title track is another example of what the album has to offer audiences.  It will be addressed a little later.  ‘Sticks and Stones’ is yet another example of what makes Saul’s new album stand out.  It will be addressed later, too.  All three songs noted here do their own part to make this record worth hearing.  When they are considered along with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole becomes a work that is the beginning of Saul’s rise to equal fame with the band’s more well-known counterparts.

Saul’s debut full-length studio recording Rise as Equals is the beginning of this band’s rise to fame equal to that of its contemporaries.  That is proven in part early on in the album’s run in the form of the song ‘Brother.’  The band’s members waste no time launching into the nearly four-and-a-half-minute song’s musical arrangement, taking off right from the song’s outset.  The crunching guitars, bass and drums couple with front man Blake Bedsaul’s vocal delivery to instantly conjure thoughts of Hellyeah, Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin.  It doesn’t let up until late in the song’s run, either.  That moment when the song’s energy pulls back is well-placed, too.  That is because it helps to heighten the emotion in the song’s lyrical theme right at that moment.

Speaking of the song’s lyrical content, Bedsaul explained in an interview about the song’s topic.  “Lyrically, this song defines what I should have said to my brother in his last moments,” Bedsaul said in the interview.  “This song cuts deep for me, and it’s a constant reminder that life is fleeting.  Tell the people in your life that you love them.”  This message is delivered clearly as Bedsaul sings in the lead verse, “I write this letter/It’s a letter I’ll never send/Words I’d never say/Would you read it anyway/Tell me brother, what’s my fate/Did you see the sunrise/Did you see the rain/We’ve come so far/Penniless in pain/This is my fate/The world awaits/Hold my hands and tell me that it’s alright/Are you proud of everything I’ve done in my life.”  From here, Bedsaul goes on to sing in the song’s chorus asking pleadingly to his brother “Are you still proud of me after everything that I’ve done?”  Bedsaul continues in similar fashion in the song’s second verse.  Ultimately what this comes across as (at least to this critic) is a person who is dealing with a lot of personal guilty and heavy feelings in general.  Those thoughts and feelings are translated very well.  When it is considered alongside the companion that is the song’s musical arrangement, the song in whole becomes a work that easily holds its own against its more well-known noted counterparts, and proves easily that it could just as easily be played on any mainstream/active rock station along with songs from those bands.  It is just one of the songs featured in this EP that makes the record appealing for its noted audiences. ‘Rise as Equals,’ the album’s title track is another example of its strength.

Much as with ‘Brother,’ the musical arrangement featured in ‘Rise as Equals’ is a very industrial/melodic metal style composition.  What audiences will appreciate that despite having a very similar stylistic approach to that of ‘Brother’ and the album’s other works, it still boasts its own unique, heavy sound that also boasts its own share of melody, too.  The heaviness and the sincerity in the melody serves well to help deliver the message of unity featured in the song’s lyrical content.

The noted message of unity is made clear right from the song’s lead verse, which states, “You are my equals/We bleed when we’re cut/We weep when we’re torn/We love and we lose/We scar and we bruise/From the day that we’re born/We fall and we fight/We’re all damaged inside/Under our skin/We all want to win/We see eye to eye/I will be there for you/You will be there for me.”  It is made just as clear, if not more so, in the song’s second verse, which states, “There is no above/There is no below/We’re willing to bleed for what we believe/We all reap what we sow/I will be there for you/You will be there for me/RISE.”  The song’s chorus adds even more impact, stating, “This is my tribe/These are my people/Sisters and brothers/You are my equals/Live till we die/Together we’re lethal/Sisters and brothers/You are my equals/I won’t let you go/You are my equals/I won’t let you go.”  Once again, audiences get a proud statement of unity even despite the world’s situation.  Together with the song’s noted equally powerful musical arrangement, the two elements jointly make this song its own impacting work and just one more notable addition to Rise as Equals.  ‘Sticks and Stones,’ which comes late in the record’s run, is another of the album’s strongest entries.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Sticks and Stones’ is another industrial style song that also adds in some very distinct hardcore influences a la Hatebreed, Terror, etc.  That is evidenced through the pairing of the heavy, crunching guitars and screaming vocal delivery style.  What makes the arrangement even more interesting is the pairing of the more melodic elements alongside that heavier side.  The contrast is noticeable in the two sounds, yet the band still manages to make the pairing work, and work well at that.  It pairs well with the song’s equally powerful lyrical theme, which focuses on a toxic personality who has caused an otherwise good, controlled person to lose their cool.

The noted theme is inferred right from the song’s outset, as it states, “Sticks and stones won’t break our bones/Close knit failing scene/Watch me live your broken dreams/I said I’d never get low I’d never get petty/You’ve broken the dam and opened the levee/Sticks and stones won’t break our bones/Crooked smiles I’m not your martyr/Want to be me you better try harder.” The song’s second verse hints even more at the noted theme, as it states, “Always doubted me/They stand in disbelief/I knew I’d be the king at the top of the pile/When you see me I’ll be nothing but smiles/Sticks and stones won’t break our bones/Can’t take what you never earned/Can’t fake what you never learned.”  The song goes on to outright call the person in question “Two-faced.”  That speaks volumes when considered alongside the rest of the song’s noted lyrical content.  Taking all of this into account, the heaviness and fire in the song’s musical arrangement becomes even more impacting, especially when coupled with this no nonsense message.  When the song in whole is considered along with the other songs noted here and the rest of the album’s works, the album, in its entirety, proves to be the point at which Saul really starts its rise to fame equal to that of its fellow metal and hard rock acts.

Saul’s debut album Rise as Equals is a record that proves it will not take long before this band is equal to its more well-known counterparts in the hard rock and metal community.  That is evidenced in the record’s musical and lyrical content, as pointed out here.  When the three songs examined here are considered along with the rest of the album’s works, the record in whole leaves no doubt, that Saul’s star is on the rise.

More information on Rise as Equals is available now along with all of Saul’s current live dates and more at:

Websitehttp://saulofficial.com

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Awaken Debuts ‘Stained Glass’ Video

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Independent hard rock band Awaken debuted the video for its latest single this month.

The band debuted the video for its latest single ‘Stained Glass‘ Oct. 8 through Sofa King Cool Magazine. The video’s debut comes five months after the band debuted its then latest single, ‘Behemoth.’ Both songs tentatively scheduled for inclusion in the band’s long-awaited new album Monsters & Machines which is expected or release in 2021 through INgrooves and The Label Group.

The ‘Stained Glass’ video features the band in what is meant to reflect a live setting, what with its lights and brick wall backdrop. That footage is coupled with imagery of people walking past a homeless person on the street who is holding a sign that states, “Please help.” The video presents a somewhat surprise ending, which will be left for audiences to see for themselves.

The imagery used in the video is meant to help illustrate the message delivered through the song’s lyrical content, which the band addressed in a prepared statement.

‘”Stained Glass” is a song for the overlooked,” the statement reads. “It’s a song that speaks for those who have been prejudged, counted out, or taken for granted without their situations being understood. It’s about how people can look at another through a stained glass lens and never really see who they are. This was actually one of the first songs written for the record, musically and lyrically. It’s always been one that stood out to us throughout the recording process.”‘

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Stained Glass’ is a heavy melodic metal composition. Its instrumentation and vocal delivery style join to make the song an appealing work for fans of bands, such as Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin.

‘Stained Glass’ is available to stream and download here.

More information on Awaken’s latest single and video is available along with all of the band’s latest news at http://www.facebook.com/awakenofficial.

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Mick Blankenship Debuts New Single, ‘Rule The World,’ Companion Video

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Independent singer-songwriter Mick Blankenship debuted the video for his latest single this week.

Blankenship debuted he video for his song ‘Rule The World‘ Monday.  The video places Blankenship and his fellow musicians in the backdrop of a vacant warehouse as they perform the song.

There are specific scenes in which Blankenship stands in front of a hole-filled wall through which beams of light shine as he sings.  While it might not be the same set, that scene is very similar to scenes from the video for Korn’s classic song ‘Freak on a Leash.’

The musical arrangement featured in Blankenship’s new single is a heavy, guitar-driven work that will appeal to fans of Disturbed.  Its lyrical content takes on the familiar topics of media and social media influence on the world, according to Blankenship.

“’Rule the World’ is a cold, hard, unapologetic perspective that many people (especially our youth) are being manipulated and controlled by the media,” he said. “We now live in a time where we blindly sacrifice our dignity and who we are for social media views. Sadly, many people find their “self worth” in the amount of post likes that they get. We have become so addicted to social media that we are willing to do almost anything to become what they call [famous].”

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Website: http://www.mickblankenship.com

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Saul Announces Release Date, Specs For Debut Album; Debuts LP’s Lead Single

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Hard rock band Saul will release its debut album next month.

The band is scheduled to release Rise as Equals Oct. 23 through Spinefarm Records.  The album’s release will come more than a year after the band debuted its EP Aeons.  The band signed with Spinefarm Records in April.

The track listing for Rise as Equals is noted below.

RISE AS EQUALS TRACK LISTING:
“Trial By Fire”
“Looking to Fight”
“Brother”
“King of Misery”
“Get It Right”
“Rise As Equals”
“Inside”
“Don’t Close Your Eyes”
“Levee”
“Here and Now”
“The Toll”
“Things Change”
“Sticks and Stones”
“Welcome to the Machine”

Front man Blake Bedsaul talked in a recent interview, about the lyrical themes presented throughout the album’s presentation.

Rise As Equals is the full embodiment of all the trials and tribulations we face as a band, fathers, sons, brothers, and humans,” he said. “We write about everything from our biggest fears in songs like ‘Looking to Fight’ and ‘Don’t Close Your Eyes,’ while the title track is an ode to the wonderful men and women that make up our amazing fan base known as ‘The Equals.'”

In anticipation of the album’s release, the band debuted its lead single ‘King of Misery‘ over the weekend.  The song, which was co-written by Disturbed front man David Draiman, presents a musical arrangement will appeal to fans of Disturbed, as well as bands, such as Breaking Benjamin and The Veer Union.  That is evident in the combination of the stylistic approach and sound in the guitars and vocals, just as much as in the production of the drums and bass.

The lyrical theme featured in Saul’s new single is that of introspection and facing life’s problems, according to front man Blake.

“‘King of Misery’ is a track that we hope all people can relate to at some point in their lives,” he said. “It’s about being aware that your life is spiraling out of control and warning everyone around you that if they stay, you’ll only drag them down with you. We are the rulers of our own domain but there are certain life lessons that you can only learn in the struggle. At that point, we all become the ‘King of Misery.'”

Guitarist Zach Bedsaul added to his brother’s comments as he talked about creating the song with Draiman.

“It was a very unique experience being able to write a song with someone as influential as David Draiman,” said Zach. “His humble and down-to-earth nature made it such a comfortable experience. It wasn’t ideal having writing sessions over ZOOM. But we definitely made it work. We knew we wanted to write a song that once you heard it, it would give you an emotional concussion.”

“‘King of Misery’ is a blast into reality that most people don’t want to face and spend years running from,” added Zach.”

Draiman offered his own comments about the song and working with the members of Saul on the composition.

“These guys were a pleasure to work with, as they are talented, dedicated, diligent, and already armed with an arsenal of hooks,” he said. “I was honored to be able to contribute.”

More information on Rise as Equals is available now along with all of Saul’s current live dates and more at:

 

Websitehttp://saulofficial.com

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Twitterhttp://twitter.com/saulband

 

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Silvertung Debuts ‘You’re Fine’ Video

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Hard rock band Silvertung debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its single ‘You’re Fine‘ Friday.  The song is the third single from the band’s album But, At What Cost, and follows the debut of the record’s second single ‘World Gone Mad,’ which debuted more than two months ago and its lead single ‘Done My Best,’ which premiered Jan. 24, 2019.

The video presents the band performing its single in a wooded backdrop and combines that with footage of people dealing with their own emotional difficulties.  The song’s musical arrangement is a heavy, guitar-driven work whose bass and percussion flesh out its sound even more.  The whole of that alongside the vocal delivery makes the song a work that will appeal to fans of Disturbed.

The song’s lyrical content is meant to address the heavy emotions and thoughts that people are dealing with as they navigate the flooded waters of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a statement from the band.

“We wrote this song for you because we see the effects that mental illness has in life,” the statement reads. “But more importantly the strengths you have, you may not even know.”

In related news, a re-worked version of ‘You’re Fine’ is available to stream and download now here.

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

 

Website: http://www.silvertung.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/silvertung1

 

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Madame Mayhem Debuts ‘Breaking Down’ Lyric Video

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Independent rock artist Madame Mayhem debuted the video for her latest single this week.

Madame Mayhem (a.k.a. Natalie Ann Cohen) debuted the lyric video for her new single ‘Breaking Down‘ Friday.  The song features a melodic hard rock arrangement that will appeal to fans of bands, such as Breaking Benjamin, The Veer Union and other similar acts.

The song’s lyrical content comes across as a message about someone who has gone through much difficulty in life, but ultimately refuses to give up despite experiencing those trials.  This is inferred late in the song as she sings, “I am not breaking down this time.”  The energy in her vocal delivery emphasizes that resolve, adding to its impact.

According to information provided about the new song, Cohen co-wrote the song with Brian Vodihn (10 Years) and enlisted Grammy-nominated producer Johnny K (Finger Eleven, Disturbed, Megadeth) to produce the song.  He is just one more of the big names who played a part in the song’s creation.

The information provided about the new single states Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big), Jason “J Bomb” Harrison and keith Wallen (Breaking Benjamin) also took part in the song’s creation.

‘Breaking Down’ is available to stream and download through Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

More information on Madame Mayhem’s new single and video is available along with all of her latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.madamemayhem.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MayhemOfficial

 

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Ascending From Ashes To Re-Issue Debut Album ‘Glory’ Next Month

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Hard rock band Ascending From Ashes will re-issues its new album Glory this Christmas.

The album, originally released Feb. 9, 2019 through Darkscale Media, featured 13 songs, including the singles ‘Revolt,’ ‘Enemy,’ ‘Afraid‘ and ‘The Prince.’ The concept album follows the rise of a young prince to his throne as he faces many perils along the way.

Glory‘s re-issue will feature four additional songs ‘Pentadextrous,’ ‘Black Forest,’ ‘Dream On’ and ‘Florence.’  The addition of the songs changes the original sequencing, giving the album a new ordering.

The full track listing for the re-issue is noted below.

Tracklisting:
1. Glory, Part One
2. The Prince
3. Afraid
4. Florence
5. Pentadextrous
6. Bad Judge of Character
7. Glory, Part Two
8. Enemy
9. Caesar
10. Command & Conquer
11. Home
12. Revolt
13. Fall of Lucifer
14. Glory, Part Three
15. Greater Good
16. Black Forest
17. Dream On

Ascending From Ashes released its debut record, The Phoenix in 2011.  It was followed up with another EP, Phoenix Rising, which featured the single ‘Thundergun’ and the band’s cover of the Power Rangers theme song.  The release of Phoenix Rising led to attention from Disturbed member John Moyer who worked with the band on its debut album and its re-issue.

More information on Ascending From Ashes’ upcoming Glory re-issue is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.AFAmusic.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/afanj

 

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Saul’s ‘Aeons’ More Proof That Independent Acts Are Just As Viable As The Mainstream

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Independent music acts deserve far more credit than they get from the mainstream.  This critic can attest to this statement as time and again, so many unsigned and indie acts that this critic has listened to have proven with their records, to be able to hold their own against their more well-known counterparts in the mainstream.  Independent hard rock band Saul is just one more act that proves that argument true.  Its new EP Aeons holds its own against records from the likes of Disturbed, Korn and Breaking Benjamin. This is proven in part through the EP’s lead single ‘Brother.’  The EP’s opener, ‘The Toll’ supports the noted statement just as much as its lead single.  It will be addressed a little later.  ‘I Am HIM,’ the EP’s penultimate song, is one more example of what makes Aeons a work that will appeal to the noted audiences.  When they are considered alongside the EP’s other two songs – ‘Bolide’ and ‘Aeons’ – the whole of the record proves to be a good effort from the Iowa-based band.

Aeons, the new five-song EP from Sioux City, IA-based band Saul is a good effort from the independent hard rock quartet.  It is a work that is certain to take listeners back to the late 90s and early 2000s with its musical arrangements and lyrical themes.  That is proven in part through the EP’s lead single ‘Brother.’  The band’s members waste no time launching into the nearly four-and-a-half-minute song’s musical arrangement, taking off right from the song’s outset.  The crunching guitars, bass and drums couple with front man Blake Bedsaul’s vocal delivery to instantly conjure thoughts of Hellyeah, Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin.  It doesn’t let up until late in the song’s run, either.  That moment when the song’s energy pulls back is well-placed, too.  That is because it helps to heighten the emotion in the song’s lyrical theme right at that moment.

Speaking of the song’s lyrical content, Bedsaul explained in an interview about the song’s topic.  “Lyrically, this song defines what I should have said to my brother in his last moments,” Bedsaul said in the interview.  “This song cuts deep for me, and it’s a constant reminder that life is fleeting.  Tell the people in your life that you love them.”  This message is delivered clearly as Bedsaul sings in the lead verse, “I write this letter/It’s a letter I’ll never send/Words I’d never say/Would you read it anyway/Tell me brother, what’s my fate/Did you see the sunrise/Did you see the rain/We’ve come so far/Penniless in pain/This is my fate/The world awaits/Hold my hands and tell me that it’s alright/Are you proud of everything I’ve done in my life.”  From here, Bedsaul goes on to sing in the song’s chorus asking pleadingly to his brother “Are you still proud of me after everything that I’ve done?”  Bedsaul continues in similar fashion in the song’s second verse.  Ultimately what this comes across as (at least to this critic) is a person who is dealing with a lot of personal guilty and heavy feelings in general.  Those thoughts and feelings are translated very well.  When it is considered alongside the companion that is the song’s musical arrangement, the song in whole becomes a work that easily holds its own against its more well-known noted counterparts, and proves easily that it could just as easily be played on any mainstream/active rock station along with songs from those bands.  It is just one of the songs featured in this EP that makes the record appealing for its noted audiences.  ‘The Toll,’ which opens the record, is another example of what makes Aeons a noteworthy record.

‘The Toll,’ is a strong first statement from Saul on this record.  The down-tuned crunching guitars couple with Bedsaul’s vocal delivery this time to just as easily conjure thoughts of Breaking Benjamin.  The same can be said of the subtle introduction of the keyboards in the song’s chorus.  The song’s ability to grab its targeted audience with its musical arrangement ensures that those listeners will pay just as much attention to the song’s lyrical content.

Bedsaul sings in this song, seemingly about facing the trials and tribulations and not letting those obstacles get in the way.  He sings, “I know I’m not giving in” and of “the toll it takes/the price we pay.”  Bedsaul never fully makes clear what is taking a toll, only hinting that maybe he is referencing facing life in general, as he sings in the lead verse, “Consider this/Like nothing left.”  Not having a lyrics sheet to reference, it is difficult to fully decipher Bedsaul’s words.  That aside, enough is understood that it is clear this is a song that lyrically sends a message about pushing through life’s adversity, which is always a welcome message.  The fire in the song’s musical arrangement couples with the strength of Bedsaul’s words to make the song in whole another standout addition to Aeons.  It is just one more of the songs that proves the record’s appeal.  ‘I Am HIM’ is one more way in which Aeons proves its appeal.

‘I Am Him’ once again conjures thoughts of Breaking Benjamin with its musical arrangement.  At the same time, though one could also argue that there are hints of In Flames and other similar acts.  It is by far one of the EP’s heaviest tracks, if not its heaviest arrangement.  In reference to its lyrical content, it is difficult, again, to decipher Bedsauls screams and growls when coupled with his band mates’ work sans lyrics sheet.  However, it can be inferred from what is decipherable, that perhaps this song is addressing matters of the past.  He notes late in the song, “say what you say/You cannot walk away/You know not what you’ve done.”  He is rather cryptic here and throughout the song, especially considering the addition of some religious imagery.  Simply put, this song is certain to generate plenty of discussion among listeners.  That is not a bad thing.  In fact, the fact that it will generate so much discussion makes it stand out that much more.  Considering that, it is clear why this song is so important.  It will get people thinking and talking.  The song’s heavy musical arrangement is just an added bonus.  When the two elements are joined with the music and lyrics in the previously discussed songs (and those not directly noted here), the end result is a record that makes Saul’s new EP just as viable for any mainstream/active rock radio station as the band’s more well-known counterparts and contemporaries.

Independent hard rock band Saul’s new EP Aeons is a good effort from the Midwestern outfit.  It holds its own well against records from the likes of Disturbed, Korn and Breaking Benjamin.  All three of the songs discussed here serve to prove that statement.  The EP’s other two songs that were not directly discussed do just as much to support that statement as the noted works.  Each song is critical in its own way to the EP’s whole.  All things considered, the EP proves to be a record on which any mainstream/active rock radio programmer should take a chance.  It is available now.  More information on Aeons is available now along with all of Saul’s current live dates and more at:

 

Website: http://saulofficial.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/saulband

 

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Art Of Anarchy Announces New Live Dates

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Art of Anarchy has announced new live dates in support of its new album The Madness.

The band announced this week it will embark on a short string of live dates next month beginning April 3 in Amityville, N.Y. The nearly month-long schedule takes the band to the Midwest and into the Southwest and also into Canada, eventually winding down April 29 in Henderson, NV.  The band’s current live schedule is noted below.

Art of Anarchy Tour Dates:

4/3/17 – Amityville, N.Y. – Revolution Bar & Music Hall
4/4/17 – Asbury Park, N.J. – The Stone Pony
4/6/17 – Toronto, Ontario – Velvet Underground
4/7/17 – Sarnia, Ontario – Station Music Hall
4/8/17 – Battle Creek, Mich. – The Music Factory
4/10/17 – Libertyville, Ill. – Austin’s Saloon
4/11/17 – Chesterfield, Mich. – Diesel Concert Lounge
4/13/17 – Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Rusty Spur
4/14/17 – Ringle, Wisc. – Q&Z Expo Center
4/29/17 – Henderson, Nev. – M Resort

Composed of Scott Stapp (ex-Creed) on vocals, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex Guns ‘N Roses) on guitar, John Moyer (ex-Disturbed) on bass and twin brothers Jon and Vince Votta on guitar and drums respectively, the band originally formed through an 18-year friendship between Thal and the Votta brothers.

Jon Votta first approached Thal with the idea to form the band years ago.  That discussion eventually led to the band’s creation, which originally saw the late Scott Weiland (ex-Stone Temple Pilots) handle vocal duties. The band’s debut self-titled album was released in June 2015.

Stapp said in a recent interview that he was optimistic about working with the members of Art of Anarchy.

“I’m excited to be a part of Art of Anarchy,” Stapp said.  “I appreciate collaborating with other talented artists and I can’t wait to share our new music with the fans very soon.”

Band manager John Gomez shared Stapp’s optimism.

“The other members of AOA and I are equally excited to have Stapp on board,” Gomez said.  “This is the first band that Scott has fronted outside of Creed and his heart’s really in it.  Scott’s vision, his gift for gut-wrenching storytelling and his powerful vocals lend a bold new energy to the group.”

Thal thought bringing Stapp on to take Weiland’s place has been a boon for the band, adding he thought Stapp’s addition to the band helped take the band in a new direction.

“Scott’s style and the personal lyrics he’s been writing are taking the sound in a new direction – one that brings out the best in all of us,” Thal said.  “It’s a new chapter for us all, and I’m looking forward to sharing the new music with the fans and seeing what the future holds.”

Vince Votta agreed.

“It’s been awesome having Stapp on board,” Votta said.  “Everyone is bringing their A-game and can’t wait to bring it live to the stage.”

Audiences that haven’t heard that new sound can hear The Madness’ latest single, its title track online now via the band’s official YouTube channel.  More information on The Madness is available online now along with all of Art of Anarchy’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Romantic Rebel Added To Smile Empty Soul’s “Shapeshifter Tour 2016” LIneup

Courtesy: O'Donnell Media Group

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

Romantic Rebel is headed back out on the road.

The band announced Monday that it will join Smile Empty Soul on the road this summer for the band’s “Shapeshifter Tour 2016.”  The tour launches this Friday, July 15th in St. Louis, MO.  It will share time on stage as support for Smile Empty Soul alongside The Everyday Losers, Shallow Side, and Beitthemeans on the tour.  Romantic Rebel’s upcoming live dates are in support of its upcoming EP Begin Again.  The band announced Monday that fans who come out to its live shows will be able to pick up Begin Again before its official release date, which has not yet been announced.

Singer KT Paige recently sat down to discuss the EP and what it means not just to her but to the band in whole.  She noted in her discussion the work put into the songs not only by herself but also by guitarist Alex Vincent, who co-wrote the record, and by producer Johnny K (Disturbed, Pop Evil, Finger Eleven, Sevendust, 3 Doors Down, Megadeth, Machine Head, Nonpoint, etc.), who helmed the EP and is also working with the band on its upcoming as yet untitled sophomore album.  “This EP is very special to us,” she said.  “Alex and I wrote these songs from the heart; about past experiences and struggles.  That said, we were very attached to them and didn’t want to see them change.  Johnny, being the multi-talented producer that he is, helped us take the songs we thought couldn’t get any better to a whole new level.  It’s amazing how a simple change in melody can make me feel even more emotional about a song than I had felt previously.”

While waiting for Romantic Rebel’s new EP to be released audiences can purchase the EP’s lead single ‘Too Far’ now online via iTunes.  The single’s companion video is currently streaming on the band’s official YouTube channel now.  More information on Romantic Rebel’s latest tour schedule is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

 

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