Next To None Unveils ‘Phases” Latest Single, Video

Courtesy: EMP Label Group/InsideOut Music

Next To None is giving audiences a new preview of its new album.

The band unveiled the video for its new single ‘The Apple’ this week.  The song is the latest song from the band’s upcoming album Phases, which is currently scheduled to be released Friday, Friday, July 7.  It will be released domestically via EMP Label Group in North America and via InsideOut Music in Europe.

The record’s full track listing is noted below.

Phases Track Listing:
1. 31
2. Answer Me
3. The Apple
4. Beg
5. Alone
6. Kek
7. Clarity
8. Pause
9. Mr Mime
10. Isolation
11. Denial
12. The Wanderer

The band’s new video sets the band in an open-air environment as it performs the song, creating an interesting juxtaposition between the peaceful setting and the controlled chaos of the song’s arrangement.  Audiences can check out the video online now here.

Next to None will tour in support of Phases alongside Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress in Europe this summer.  The bands’ tour begins June 28 in London, UK and runs through July 6 in Tilburg, Holland.  The bands’ current tour schedule is noted below.

28th June – Koko, London, UK
1st July – Trianon, Paris, France
2nd July – Slagthuset, Malmo, Sweden
3rd July – Kulturfabrik, Esch Sur Alzette, Sweden
4th July – Teatro Della Luna, Milan, Italy
5th July – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
6th July – 013, Tilburg, Holland

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Next To None Announces Sophomore Album’s Release Date

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Next To None will release its sophomore album this summer.

Phases will be released July 7 via EMP Label Group in North America and InsideOut Music in Europe.  The announcement this week comes on the heels of the completion of the band’s European tour with Haken.

Work on the new record started last October and took approximately four months. Drummer Max Portnoy said the band in whole has been anticipating the album’s release.  He said that was because of the work put in by the band’s members in making the album become a reality.

“We’re so excited to finally be releasing our new album” Portnoy said.  “We feel it’s a huge step forward for the band and shows a much heavier and much more technical side.  This album is very special to us because it’s the first time we recorded and self-produced our entire album.  We were able to create music that is completely our own.  Every note, every sound, every word came from us, and we can’t wait for you all to hear it.  I suppose you could say what we’ve done here is do more of everything we did before but the greater experience we now have has helped us become better at what we want to do.”

Phases marks the debut for new guitarist Derrick Schneider with the band.  Schneider joined the band from a recommendation by former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Rob “Bumblefoot” Thal, who also made a guest appearance on the band’s debut album.  Ryland Holland left the band left the band last year to study at Berklee College of Music.

The band will hit the road alongside label mates Doll Skin this summer in celebration of the album’s release. The dates for that tour will be announced soon.  More information on those dates is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Doll Skin Debuts Sophomore LP’s Lead Single

Pop punk outfit Doll Skin is giving audiences the first taste of its new album.

The band debuted the video for its new song ‘Shut Up (You Miss Me)’ this week via the Vans Warped Tour website.  The song is the band’s first from its upcoming sophomore album Manic Pixie Dream Girl, the follow-up to the band’s 2016 EMP Label Group debut In Your Face (Again).  The record was produced by Cage9 front man Evan Rodaniche.

The song is pure pop punk in terms of its musical arrangement. Its lyrical content is a seeming story about someone who is a little bit too devoted to another person.  Audiences can check out the video online now here.

Courtesy: Vans Warped Tour/EMP Label Group

Doll Skin is currently touring in support of its upcoming record, whose release date has not yet been announced. The band wraps a short string of live dates across Wisconsin May 12 and 13 in St. Calvary and LaCrosse respectively before heading to Dubuque, IA to wrap the weekend. Dates in Nebraska and Okolahoma next week finish the band’s current headlining schedule.

Once the band finishes its headlining dates, it will take some time to rest up before joining the Vans Warped Tour June 16.  That string of dates runs through June 25 in Denver, CO.  The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

Upcoming Must-Attend Events

Tour Dates:

DOLL SKIN Headlining:

SHUT UP 2017 TOUR:

5/11 Ft Atkinson, WI. @ Hijynx w/ Evil Engine
5/12 Mt Calvary, WI. @ Maximillians w/ Evil Engine
5/13 LaCrosse, WI. @ The Warehouse w/ In Solace
5/14 Dubuque, IA. @ The Venue
5/15 Omaha, NE. @ Lookout Lounge w Green Death
5/17 Scottsbluff, NE @Union Bar & Grill
5/19 Oklahoma City, OK @ Thunder Alley

VANS WARPED TOUR 2017 PRESENTED BY JOURNEYS:

June 16 — CenturyLink Field – Seattle, WA
June 17 — Oregon State Fairgrounds – Salem, OR
June 21 — Balloon Fiesta Park – Albuquerque, NM
June 22 — Fear Farm – Phoenix, AZ
June 23 — Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV
June 24 — Utah State Fair Park – Salt Lake City, UT
June 25 — Pepsi Center – Denver, CO

More information on Doll Skin’s new single, album, tour and more is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

 

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Kik Tracee Announces Compilation Release, Live Dates

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90s rock act Kik Tracee will release its new compilation record this summer.

Big Western Sky is currently scheduled to be released Friday, July 17 via THC Music/EMP Label Group/Amped.  The record will feature a collection of B-Sides, Demos and other rarities from the band’s classic No Rules/Field Trip era prior to its break-up in the early 90s.

In discussing the upcoming release of Big Western Sky, Shareaux said its release happened naturally.

“After all these years, why a Kik Tracee release now?  The timing just felt right,” Shareaux said.  We’ve been sitting on these songs for what, 25 years now?  Kinda pulled them out recently and listened to the stuff and thought..you know..let’s package this stuff and put it out there for the diehard fans to relive the glory days, if you will.  Or just get their Kik Tracee on, man.”

Shareaux added discussions with Thom Hazaert and representatives with THC Music led to the compilation’s creation and its upcoming release.

The announcement of the record’s impending release comes fresh on the heels of former front man Stephen Shareaux’s addition to this weekend’s grand opening of Ellefson Coffe Company’s first brick and mortar store in Jackson, MN.  That performance is just one of a handful of live acoustic dates that Shareaux will perform this spring.  His current live schedule is noted below.

Dates are as follows:

4/5 Live Wire – Chicago, IL
4/6 Rock N Roll Land – Green Bay, WI
4/7-4/9 Ellefson Coffee Co – Jackson, MN
4/10 Aster Cafe – Minneapolis, MN

Shareaux will be joined by his one-time band mate, guitarist Drew Fortier for the tour.  Fortier also performs with Shareaux as a member of Zen From Mars, which also features Shareaux on vocals, Chip Z’nuff of E’nuff ‘Z nuff and members of FLIPP and Fear Factory.

Shareaux released his debut solo record Golden independently in 2013.  He is currently in the final stages of recording Zen From Mars’ debut album.  More information on Kik Tracee and Zen From Mars is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Mark Slaughter Announces Solo Sophomore Album’s Release Date

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Mark Slaughter will release his new solo album next month.

The Slaughter founder’s sophomore solo album, Halfway There, will be released via EMP Label Group/Amped on Friday, May 26 in North America and EMP/SPV in Europe. It will be released May 10 via EMP Label Group/Universal in Japan.  Its release comes roughly two years after the release of Slaughter’s solo debut record, 2015’s Reflections in a Rearview Mirror.

Slaughter will support RATT next month in a Japanese tour in support of his new album.  The tour will include performances in Nagoya, Osaka and the Toyo Metal Summit on May 14 with RATT, Sebastian Bach E’Nuff Z’ nuff, and other veteran acts.

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Ellefson Coffee Company Grand Opening Celebration Grows Again

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Next weekend’s grand opening of Ellefson Coffee Company’s first brick and mortar store keeps growing.

The festivities for next weekend’s grand opening of Ellefson Coffee Company’s Jackson, MN store now include performances by two more acts.  Kik Tracee/Zen From Mars vocalist Stephen Shareaux and Bang Tango/Zen From Mars guitarist Drew Fortier will perform at the store throughout the weekend.  The duo will perform songs from Kik Tracee and Zen From Mars over the weekend.

Also added to the weekend’s festivities is Bryn Arens, front man of beloved local Minneapolis-based band FLIPP.  Arens, Shareaux and Fortier are just the latest additions to next weekend’s grand opening celebration. Local Jackson, MN-based stock car racer Luke Sathoff’s Ellefson Coffee Company-sponsored car will be on display at the store throughout the weekend, too.

The newly noted additions to next weekend’s festivities join already announced celebrities That Metal Show co-host Don Jamieson and paranormal author and investigator Adrian Lee.

Jamieson will be at the store April 8 while Lee will lead Ellefson and others on an exploration of Loon Lake Cemetery, the local Jackson, MN cemetery that inspired Megadeth’s hit song ‘Mary Jane.’

The permanently displayed “Museum of Deth,” which features artifacts and memorabilia from Ellefson’s personal collection. The items that will be on display include Ellefson’s own high school marching band uniform and memorabilia from other acts including Korn, Machine Head, Max Cavalera and Coal Chamber.

Ellefson said in a recent interview he was looking forward to next weekend’s events.

“As the grand opening draws nearer, it’s amazing to see the excitement build and be able to announce some more killer things we have planned for the grand opening and beyond!,” Ellefson said.  “We have people traveling from all over the country to join us in this celebration of all things coffee and metal and we’re going to show them all a great time.”

Ellefson Coffee Company Marking Director Thom Hazaert agreed.

“The Ellefson Coffee Company store has turned out to be an amazing way for David to have a permanent face in his hometown, while being able to tie in EMP, Jackson, Dean, SIT and everything else in our universe,” Hazaert said.  “With the huge sense of Megadeth history in Jackson, we are excited to be able to create a really unique an amazing fan (and coffee) experience that, as predicted, is turning out to not only be a highlight for the people of Jackson, but a destination for Megadeth fans from around the world.”

Ellefson Coffee Company’s new brick and mortar store sells more than just coffee.  It also serves as an outlet for anyone looking to purchase products from Ellefson’s EMP Label Group, Jackson Guitars, SIT Strings, Puck Hcky, Dean Guitars and other companies connected with Ellefson and EMP Label Group.

Ellefson Coffee Company’s grand opening will take place Friday, April 7 – Sunday, April 9 at 404 2nd Street, Jackson, MN.  The store can be contacted by phone at 507-847-4065.  More information on Ellefson Coffee Company is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Your Chance To Die To Release Its Next Album Via EMP Label Group

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Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson’s EMP Label Group is set has added yet another new name to its roster, and that name will release its next album via Ellefson’s label this spring.

Death metal outfit Your Chance To Die will release its latest full-length studio recording Ex Nihilo on Friday, April 21.  The record, the band’s third full-length studio recording, will be released via EMP Label Group’s extreme metal imprint EMP Underground.

Talks between the band, Ellefson, and his EMP Label Group partner Thom Hazaert in late 2016.  The dual vocalist team of Missi Avila and Som Plumijers were upbeat as they discussed the fruits of those talks and about the band’s future.

“Your Chance To Die is honored to be a part of the EMP Label Group Family,” the vocalists said. “We are very excited about our future with EMP, the new record that we have written, and are very thankful for this amazing team we now have behind us.  We have worked very hard on our new songs…to become a new band…with different, new music…and now a great label.  We are very excited to finally have a team that believes in us to release the new album.”

Hazaert shared the pair’s excitement about the things to come for the band and the label through the groups’ new partnership.

“We are beyond thrilled to welcome YCTD into the EMP Label family,” Hazaert said.  “they truly are bringing something new and interesting to the extreme metal, and we’re very excited that we’re able to partner with them to bring it to the world.  Obviously, many in the extreme metal world are familiar with Som’s amazing work in Cerebral Bore, and I am confident soon YCTD will be a household name in that regard as well.”

Your Chance To Die’s previously released albums include Suscitacio Somnus (2011) and The American Dream (2013).  Both records were released via Red Cord Records, so Ex Nihilo will be the band’s first release for EMP Label Group.

More information on Ex Nihilo is available online now along with all of the latest news and more from Your Chance To Die is available online now at:

 

 

 

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