Shout! Factory’s 35th Anniversary Re-Issue Of ‘The Transformers: The Movie’ Will Appeal To A Very Targeted Audience

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It’s hard to believe but this year marks 35 years since the landmark presentation, The Transformers: The Movie debuted.  In celebration of the anniversary, Shout! Factory re-issued the movie again Aug. 3 on separate steelbook and Blu-ray/DVD presentations.  The re-issue, which in fact comes five years after the release of the company’s 30th anniversary re-issue of the movie, is sadly a disappointing presentation.  That is due in large part to its featured bonus content, which will be discussed a little later.  For all that said content does to detract from the presentation, it does have at least one positive to note in its restored look.  This will be discussed shortly.  The one other positive worth noting is the re-issue’s pricing.  It will be discussed later, too.  Each item plays its own important part to the whole of this re-issue.  All things considered, they still make the presentation sadly a disappointing new offering from Shout! Factory that does little to further the legacy of The Transformers.

Shout! Factory’s recently released 35th anniversary of The Transformers: The Movie is sadly, a disappointing offering from the company.  It is another example of how far the company has fallen from its former place as the leader in home entertainment.  It is not a complete failure, though.  The most notable of its very few positives is its look.  As noted on the presentation’s packaging, it is presented this time out in a new, restored look thanks to a 4K scan of the original film.  The restoration’s impact is clear right from the movie’s outset.  The rough, hand-drawn anime look from the original movie is still evident here.  At the same time, there is a certain definition to that look.  That is not to say that the charm of the original hand-drawn look is gone by any means.  Rather, it is just that evident that said look has been improved upon without losing the look of the original cut.  Yes, it is an aesthetic element, but it in itself makes the re-issue worth watching at least once.

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While the newly restored footage of Transformers: The Movie is a positive that viewers cannot ignore, it is one of very few positives to this set, next to its pricing.  That item will be addressed later.  The bonus content featured with this re-issue detracts considerably from the presentation.  According to information provided late this summer, this latest re-issue features a handful of so-called new bonus features.  In reality, there are three new bonuses: new feature-length storyboards, new deleted and alternate sequences, and a new interview with singer-songwriter John Bush, who provided much of the music for the movie’s soundtrack.  This all sounds great on paper, but in reality, it collectively does little if anything to enhance the viewing presentation.  The interview with Bush for instance finds him talking about how the song, ‘The Touch’ was created.  There is no real insight into its connection with the movie.  Along with the discussion, audiences also get an acoustic, in-studio performance of the song as well as a performance of ‘The Dare,’ another of the songs featured in the movie’s soundtrack.  The storyboards and deleted scenes are just that.  The deleted and alternate scenes are essentially one in the same.  Just as concerning (if not more so) is that there is no sound in the storyboards, which are their own presentation and the deleted/alternate scenes.  As a result, audiences have to essentially guess as which scenes are alternate and deleted.  If any one good thing can be noted here, it is that these same “bonuses” are featured in the movie’s 4K UHD and Blu-ray/DVD combo packs.  Even that is not enough to offset the negative of the content or lack thereof.  At least the more enjoyable bonus content from the movie’s 30th anniversary presentation is featured in this re-issue.  Keeping all of this in mind, the “new” bonus content featured in this 35th anniversary re-issue of The Transformers: The Movie is more burden to the presentation than boon.

For all of the concerns raised by the “new” bonus content in this presentation, there is at least one more positive for the most devoted fans of The Transformers.  That positive is the pricing.  Speaking more specifically, the pricing for the BD/DVD combo pack is that positive.  The average price point for that platform is $15.  That price was reached by averaging prices listed through Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Books-A-Million, and Shout! Factory’s store.  It was not listed through Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Target at the time of this review’s posting.  By comparison, the average price point for the 4K UHD set is $22.19.  That price was reached by averaging prices listed through Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Books-A-Million, and Shout! Factory’s store.  The movie’s steelbook presentation averages at $24.73.  This is all important to note because the only thing that separates the three platforms is their box art.  Yes, that’s it.  Each platform has the same content right down to the bonus content.  To that end the most devoted Transformers fans will do well to save themselves some money and just get the standard Blu-ray/DVD combo pack if they get this 25th anniversary presentation of The Transformers: The Movie if they buy it at all.  Noting again, the lackluster bonus content against the slightly better look of the film, there is little motivation for most audiences to buy this set if they already own the movie’s 30th anniversary re-issue.

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Shout! Factory and eOne’s recently released 35th Anniversary re-issue of The Transformers: The Movie is a surprisingly disappointing new presentation of the classic animated feature.  It is not a total failure, though.  Its restored 4K scan is a noticeable improvement on the look from the movie’s 30th anniversary edition without losing the warmth of the movie’s look from that re-issue.  The major shortfall for this movie comes in the form of its “new” bonus content.  Said content is anything but a real bonus.  That is because of how little it does to enhance the viewing experience in comparison to the bonus content carried over from the 30th anniversary re-issue.  It will appeal primarily to the most devoted fans of The Transformers overall.  Considering that the overall content is featured in each of the re-issue’s three separate platforms (yes, three), it makes the pricing for the movie’s Blu-ray/DVD combo pack positive in its own right.  That is in comparison to the pricing for the movie’s separate 4K UHD/BD set and steelbook set.  Keeping all of this in mind, this latest re-issue of The Transformers: The Movie proves itself a presentation that will appeal to a very targeted audience. 

The Transformers: The Movie’s 35th anniversary re-issue is available now. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available along with the company’s latest news at:

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Pop Evil Announces Top 10 Honor For Another Of Its Singles; Band Launches New Mobile Game; Tour Continues

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Pop Evil and its fans have a lot to celebrate this week.

The band’s single, ‘Survivor‘ has officially reached #9 on Billboard’s Rock & Alternative Airplay Chart. The achievement makes the single the band’s 18th overall single to reach a Top 10 position on any of Billboard’s charts.

The song is featured in the band’s latest album, Versatile and is just one of the record’s songs to reach a Top 10 charting position. ‘Breathe Again‘ peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Airplay Chart in May. ‘Work,’ yet another of the album’s singles, also reached the top spot on one of Billboard’s charts.

In other news, the band has launched a mobile Rubik’s Cube game that it has dubbed “The Cube.” Audiences can download the game here.

Front man Leigh Kakaty said the recent downtime that he spent as the result of a positive COVID test gave him lots of time to play the game himself.

“Over the last few weeks, I played the hell out of this game during my Covid isolation,” said Kakaty. “Just warning everyone, it’s not an easy game to nail down. Good luck beating Hayley’s score, she currently has the highest score on the bus…”

In more news still, the band continues its tour in support of Versatile tonight in Savannah, GA. The performance is one of a handful of dates that was re-scheduled due to Kakaty’s temporary sidelining. The band’s current tour schedule is noted below with the recently rescheduled dates noted in red.

POP EVIL “VERSATILE” TOUR DATES

(*dates in red mark rescheduled shows)

August 31 – Savannah, GA @ Victory North #

September 1 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel #

September 2 – Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl (w/ Zero 9:36 only)

September 4 – Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma

September 8 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall #

September 9 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop #

September 10 – Harrisburg, PA @ XL Live #

September 11 – Mansfield, OH @ Inkcarceration Fest

September 12 – Danville, VA @ Blue Ridge Rockfest

September 15 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live #

September 16 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom #

September 17 – Portland, ME @ Aura *

September 18 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s *

September 21 – Huntsville, Al @ Mars Music Hall – Von Braun Center*

September 22 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theater *

September 23 – Destin, FL @ Club LA *

September 24 – Orlando, FL @ Central FL Fairgrounds – Rebel Rock Fest

September 29 – Fargo, ND @ Sanctuary Events Center #

October 1 – Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater #

October 3 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge #

October 5 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s #

October 8 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival

# with ZERO 9:36 & BRKN LOVE

* with BRKN LOVE & LIKE MACHINES

Pop Evil’s “Versatile Tour” is in support of the band’s latest album, Versatile. The album has produced the singles, ‘Survivor,’ ‘Breathe Again,’ ‘Set Me Free,’ ‘Work,’ and ‘Let The Chaos Begin.’ Versatile is available to stream and download here.

More information on Pop Evil’s tour and album is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.PopEvil.com

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Pop Evil Announces Rescheduled Live Dates

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Pop Evil has officially rescheduled dates on its tour that were postponed due to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis in the band.

The band announced Tuesday, that it had postponed seven dates on its “Versatile Tour” from Aug. 17-25. The postponements were the result of front man Leigh Kakaty receiving a positive COVID-19 diagnosis following the band’s Aug. 15 show in Denver, CO.

The band’s Aug. 17-20 dates in Des Moines, IA; Fargo, ND and Joliet, IL have been rescheduled to the end of September and early October. The band’s performances originally planned for Aug. 21, 23-24 in Nashville, TN; Savannah, GA and Asheville, NC have been rescheduled for dates in Aug. 31-Sept. 2.

According to information provided about the updates dates, the band’s originally planned performance scheduled for Aug. 25 in Jacksonville, NC was also one of the postponed dates. It is not listed among the rescheduled dates on the band’s new schedule. However, a new show in Denver, CO is scheduled to take place Oct. 1.

No reason was given in the press release announcing the rescheduled dates why the Aug. 25 show was not listed in the updated schedule or if it is still postponed. Information posted to Hooligans’ official Facebook page states that a rescheduled date is TBD.

Pop Evil’s currently updated tour schedule is noted below. Tickets that were purchased for the postponed shows will be valid for the new dates, which are available for purchase here.

POP EVILVERSATILETOUR DATES

(*dates in red mark rescheduled shows)

August 27 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Elevation 27 #

August 28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls

August 29 – Inwood, WV @ Shiley Acres (w/ Black Stone Cherry)

August 31 – Savannah, GA @ Victory North #

September 1 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel #

September 2 – Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl (w/ Zero 9:36 only)

September 4 – Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma

September 8 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall #

September 9 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop #

September 10 – Harrisburg, PA @ XL Live #

September 11 – Mansfield, OH @ Inkcarceration Fest

September 12 – Danville, VA @ Blue Ridge Rockfest

September 15 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live #

September 16 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom #

September 17 – Portland, ME @ Aura *

September 18 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s *

September 21 – Huntsville, Al @ Mars Music Hall – Von Braun Center*

September 22 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theater *

September 23 – Destin, FL @ Club LA *

September 24 – Orlando, FL @ Central FL Fairgrounds – Rebel Rock Fest

September 29 – Fargo, ND @ Sanctuary Events Center #

October 1 – Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater #

October 3 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge #

October 5 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s #

October 8 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival

# with ZERO 9:36 & BRKN LOVE

* with BRKN LOVE & LIKE MACHINES

Pop Evil’s “Versatile Tour” is in support of the band’s latest album, Versatile. The album has produced the singles, ‘Survivor,’ ‘Breathe Again,’ ‘Set Me Free,’ ‘Work,’ and ‘Let The Chaos Begin.’ Versatile is available to stream and download here.

More information on Pop Evil’s tour and album is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.PopEvil.com

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Positive COVID-19 Diagnosis Temporarily Sidelines Pop Evil Tour

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Pop Evil’s “Versatile Tour” has been temporarily suspended.

The announcement was made Tuesday through a news release. It comes after front man Leigh Kakaty tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend. The positive test came following the band’s Aug. 15 concert in Denver, CO.

The band’s tour is scheduled to resume Aug. 27 in Virginia Beach, VA. The band is working to reschedule its postponed dates, which are listed below.

The currently postponed dates are as follows:

August 17 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s

August 18 – Fargo, ND @ Sanctuary Events Center

August 20 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge

August 21 – Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl

August 23 – Savannah, GA @ Victory North

August 24 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel

August 25 – Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans

The band released the following statement regarding Kakaty’s diagnosis and the band’s tour plans as a result of the finding.

“To our Evilz, we always want to be fully transparent with our fans and the status of our shows,” the statement reads. “All of our band members and crew have been vaccinated prior to us starting tour. Yesterday, and again this morning, Leigh Kakaty tested positive for COVID-19. Leigh wanted to make sure his test wasn’t a false positive before postponing any more shows. With his second positive test this afternoon, out of an abundance of caution, we will be postponing our shows and be back for our show in Virginia Beach on August 27.”

The statement continues, “We are doing our best to move the following shows: Denver, CO (8/15), Des Moines, IA (8/17), Fargo, ND (8/18), Joliet, IL (8/20), Nashville, TN (8/21), Savannah, GA (8/23), Asheville, NC (8/24) and Jacksonville, NC (8/25) to the end of the tour. Leigh is already feeling much better and will be back on his feet in no time. We want to thank everyone for their continued support! See you soon.”

Pop Evil initially announced its North American tour schedule — in support of its latest album, Versatile — in May. The album has produced the singles, ‘Survivor,’ ‘Breathe Again,’ ‘Set Me Free,’ ‘Work,’ and ‘Let The Chaos Begin.’ Versatile is available to stream and download here.

The remaining dates on the current leg of Pop Evil’s tour are noted below.

POP EVIL are currently scheduled to appear on the upcoming dates.

August 27 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Elevation 27 #

August 28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls #

August 29 – Inwood, WV @ Shiley Acres Concert Stage #

September 4 – Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma

September 8 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall #

September 9 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop #

September 10 – Harrisburg, PA @ XL Live #

September 11 – Mansfield, OH @ Inkcarceration Fest

September 12 – Danville, VA @ Blue Ridge Rockfest

September 15 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live #

September 16 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom #

September 17 – Portland, ME @ Aura *

September 18 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s *

September 21 – Huntsville, Al @ Mars Music Hall – Von Braun Center*

September 22 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theater *

September 23 – Destin, FL @ Club LA *

September 24 – Orlando, FL @ Central FL Fairgrounds – Rebel Rock Fest

October 8 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival

# with ZERO 9:36 & BRKN LOVE

* with BRKN LOVE & LIKE MACHINES

More information on Pop Evil’s tour and album is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.PopEvil.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/popevil

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/popevil

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Armored Saint Announces Winter Dates With Black Label Society

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Armored Saint is joining Black Label Society’s headlining tour.

The band made the announcement Tuesday through a news release distributed to the media. The band will join Prong as support for the newly announced dates, which are scheduled to run from Dec. 27 in Reno, NV to Dec. 31 Tempe, AZ.

Armored Saint’s upcoming live dates with Prong and Black Label Society are in support of the band’s latest album, Punching The Sky (2020).

Front man John Bush was upbeat as he talked about joining the tour.

“We’re super excited to finally be doing some dates in support of Punching the Sky!!,” he said.  “Albeit a year and two months after it came out. What makes it even more exciting is to support Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society!! Let’s do it!!!!”

Armored Saint’s upcoming dates with Black Label Society and Prong are noted below.

“Doom Trooping over North America” tour dates
w/ Black Label Society, Armored Saint, Prong

Dec. 27, 2021 – Reno, NV – Virginia Street Brewhouse
Dec. 28, 2021 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Grand
Dec. 29, 2021 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern
Dec. 30, 2021 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Dec. 31, 2021 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee

Black Label Society announced the initial dates for its upcoming tour last month. The band’s tour is scheduled to launch Oct. 1 in Sacramento, CA and to run through Nov. 28 in Albuquerque, NM. The nearly two-month run features performances in cities, such as Asheville, NC; Dothan, AL and Houston, TX.

Prong and Obituary will share time as support for the tour, dubbed the “Doom Trooping Over North America Tour.” Tickets are available now. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Oct. 01 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Oct. 02 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater 
Oct. 04 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
Oct. 05 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory 
Oct. 07 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo 
Oct. 08 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Oct. 12 – West Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
Oct. 13 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
Oct. 15 – Bowler, WI – Mohican North Star Gaming & Resort
Oct. 16 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Club Stage
Oct. 17 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
Oct. 18 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore
Oct. 19 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater 
Oct. 21 – Biloxi, MS – Hard Rock Live Hotel & Casino
Oct. 22 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theater 
Oct. 23 – Dothan, AL – The Plant
Oct. 24 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues
Oct. 26 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
Oct. 28 – Huntsville, AL – Mars Music Hall
Oct. 29 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel 
Oct. 30 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Oct. 31 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
Nov. 02 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall 
Nov. 04 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Nov. 05 – Albany, NY – Empire Live
Nov. 06 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
Nov. 07 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Nov. 09 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
Nov. 10 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater
Nov. 11 – Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory
Nov. 13 – Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Kewadin Casino
Nov. 14 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
Nov. 15 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues 
Nov. 16 – Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s Entertainment Center
Nov. 18 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom 
Nov. 19 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre
Nov. 20 – Grand Prairie, TX – Texas Trust CU Theatre
Nov. 21 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Nov. 23 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater 
Nov. 24 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
Nov. 26 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex 
Nov. 27 – Denver, CO – Summit Theater 
Nov. 28 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater 

More information on Punching The Sky is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

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Black Label Society Announces New Live Dates

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Black Label Society is heading out on the road.

The band made the announcement in a news release distributed Friday. The band’s forthcoming tour is scheduled to launch Oct. 1 in Sacramento, CA and to run through Nov. 28 in Albuquerque, NM. The nearly two-month run features performances in cities, such as Asheville, NC; Dothan, AL and Houston, TX.

Prong and Obituary will share time as support for the tour, dubbed the “Doom Trooping Over North America Tour.” Tickets are available now. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Oct. 01 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Oct. 02 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater 
Oct. 04 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
Oct. 05 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory 
Oct. 07 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo 
Oct. 08 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Oct. 12 – West Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
Oct. 13 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
Oct. 15 – Bowler, WI – Mohican North Star Gaming & Resort
Oct. 16 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Club Stage
Oct. 17 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
Oct. 18 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore
Oct. 19 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater 
Oct. 21 – Biloxi, MS – Hard Rock Live Hotel & Casino
Oct. 22 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theater 
Oct. 23 – Dothan, AL – The Plant
Oct. 24 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues
Oct. 26 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
Oct. 28 – Huntsville, AL – Mars Music Hall
Oct. 29 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel 
Oct. 30 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Oct. 31 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
Nov. 02 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall 
Nov. 04 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Nov. 05 – Albany, NY – Empire Live
Nov. 06 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
Nov. 07 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Nov. 09 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
Nov. 10 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater
Nov. 11 – Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory
Nov. 13 – Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Kewadin Casino
Nov. 14 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
Nov. 15 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues 
Nov. 16 – Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s Entertainment Center
Nov. 18 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom 
Nov. 19 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre
Nov. 20 – Grand Prairie, TX – Texas Trust CU Theatre
Nov. 21 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Nov. 23 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater 
Nov. 24 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
Nov. 26 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex 
Nov. 27 – Denver, CO – Summit Theater 
Nov. 28 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater 

Black Label Society’s latest release, the None More Black vinyl box set April 21 through eOne. The collection boasts all 12 of BLS’ albums on vinyl along with a 32-page hardcover book, None More Black bottle opener and back patch.

The full album and track listing for Black Label Society’s new vinyl box set is noted below.

Vinyl Selections in Boxset:
Grimmest Hits 2LP
Stronger Than Death 2LP
1919 Eternal 2LP
The Blessed Hellride LP
Hangover Music Vol. VI 2LP
Mafia 2LP
Shot To Hell LP
Order Of The Black 2LP
Catacombs Of The Black Vatican 2LP
Nuns And Roaches LP
Sonic Brew 2LP
Song Remains Not The Same II 3LP
  
Bonus Tracks:
Song Remains Not The Same Vol. II
1. My Dying Time 
2. Blind Man
3. Graveyard Disciples
4. The Nomad 
5. Scars
6. House of Doom
7. A Love Unreal
8. We Live No More 
9. Cry Me A River
10. The Chosen One
11. Empty Promises
12. Lead Me To Your Door

More information on Black Label Society’s new tour dates and box set is available along with all of the band’s latest news is available online now at:

Websitehttps://www.blacklabelsociety.com

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Shout! Factory, eOne Partner For 35th Anniversary Re-Issue of ‘Transformers: The Movie’

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Shout! Factory will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the original release of Transformers: The Movie this summer.

The home entertainment company, which last re-issued the movie on Blu-ray in 2016, is scheduled to re-issue it again Aug. 3 on a new 4K UHD/BD steelbook presentation. It marks the first time that the movie has seen release on that platform. Additionally, the movie will see release on a standard edition 4K UHD/BD package and separate 35th anniversary BD combo pack platform.

The BD and 4K UHD/BD combo packs will feature the movie in separate HD fullscreen and widescreen presentation. Additionally, the 4K UHD/BD combo pack will feature new bonus content that was not featured in the movie’s previous 2016 BD re-issue as well as the bonus content featured in that release.

The full list of the movie’s bonus content is noted below.

   *New Feature-Length Storyboards, including deleted, alternate and extended sequences

·        *New Fathom Events 30th Anniversary Featurette, including Stan Bush’s acoustic performances of “The Touch” and “Dare”

·        ‘Til All Are One – A comprehensive documentary looking back at THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE with members of the cast and crew, including story consultant Flint Dille, cast members Gregg Berger, Neil Ross, Dan Gilvezan, singer/songwriter Stan Bush, composer Vince Dicola and others!

·        Audio Commentary with Director Nelson Shin, story consultant Flint Dille and star Susan Blu

·        Featurettes

·        Animated Storyboards

·        Trailers and TV Spots

*exclusive to the Limited Edition SteelBook and 4K UHD releases

Audiences in theUK will see the movie’s re-issue come in September. An exact release date is under consideration. Viewers who pre-order the movie now will receive a bonus 18″X24″ lithograph with new art by Matt Ferguson while supplies last.

More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available along with the company’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.shoutfactory.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShoutFactory

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Pop Evil’s Latest LP Lives Up To Its Title Through Its Musical, Lyrical Content Together

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When Pop Evil releases its new album, Versatile Friday, its release will end a wait of more than three years for the record.  The wait was well worth it, as its already existing singles – ‘Let The Chaos Reign,’ ‘Set Me Free,’ ‘Work,’ and ‘Breathe Again’ – show.  The singles paint a rich, melodic hard rock picture of the album that also boasts some engaging and accessible lyrical content.  They are just a portion of that overall picture, as they make up the first quarter of its 12-song body.  ‘Same Blood,’ the album’s penultimate entry, is another example of what makes Versatile successful.  It will be discussed shortly.  The infectious song of determination and self-confidence that is ‘Raise Your Flag’ is another example of what makes Versatile stand out among this year’s field of new hard rock and metal albums.  It will be discussed a little later.  Much the same can be said of ‘Survivor,’ another of the album’s late entries.  All three songs do their own, clear part to make Versatile successful.  When they are considered along with the album’s existing singles and the rest of its songs, the whole becomes one more of this year’s best new hard rock and metal offerings.

Pop Evil’s forthcoming album Versatile is a strong return for the established hard rock band.  It is a record that was worth the wait of more than three years.  All four of the singles that the album has already produced do their own part to support the noted statement.  They are only a portion of what makes the album stand out.  The whole album offers something for audiences to appreciate, including its penultimate offering, ‘Same Blood.’  The musical arrangement featured in ‘Same Blood’ is part of what makes this song stand out.  It is a very Sevendust-type composition.  That is evidenced in the juxtaposition of the heavy choruses and the softer, more contemplative verses.  That sort of point/counterpoint of the two approaches makes this arrangement just as much of a hit as the noted singles.  What’s more, it is just as viable of an option for the band in a live setting, as the choruses are sure to have audiences pumping their fists in the air as they sing along.  The power exuded by the arrangement (on both sides) works well with the song’s message of unity in its lyrical content to make the song even more memorable.

The noted theme of unity is presented relatively clearly throughout the song.  It is clear right from the song’s outset as front man Leigh Kakaty sings, “We’re all the same blood” before adding, “Some people grow up/Too afraid to change/Some people wake up/In a place they hate/Some people give up/When it’s hard to stay/Some people press on.When the world begins to shake/I’ve seen a million different faces/Now I’m starting to see/We’re all the same blood/Every child, every race/Every life, we can’t replace.”  That clear message is presented just as clearly in the song’s second verse, in which Kakaty asks, “Who are we/To judge and pray/Dividing lines/Machines of fate/Finding my footsteps/I’m breathing again/Out of the trenches/We get the lions again.”  These are some straight forward comments that are full of so much emotion.  That emotion is translated just as well through the song’s musical arrangement, again.  Considering the impact of that musical and lyrical content together, there is no doubt as to the power of ‘Same Blood’ to Versatile’s overall presentation.  The heavy, melodic musical arrangement and call for unity together makes this song just as viable a single as the album’s existing singles and the album’s other works.

‘Same Blood’ is just one more of the songs featured in this record that makes it successful.  ‘Raise Your Flag’ also serves to exhibit the album’s strength.

‘Raise Your Flag’ is important because it is so different from ‘Same Blood’ and much of the rest of the album in terms of its musical arrangement.  This song is one of those works whose musical arrangement makes it heavy without being heavy.  The arrangement is more of a mainstream pop rock type composition a la Imagine Dragons.  This is a sign of evolution from Pop Evil because it has never really been known for going lighter and more poppy.  Where it is similar to the rest of the album’s musical content is that it is just as sure to be a hit on record and in live situations as the rest of the album’s works. 

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Raise Your Flag’ is just part of what makes it such a certain hit in its own right.  Its lyrical content, which delivers a message of self-confidence and determination, adds to its impact.  That message is delivered clearly in the song’s lead verse as Kakaty sings, “Nothing ever feels like it used to/No common ground we can break through/Time to change our ways/Or close the door/Same place/Same temptation/Life full of limitations/My pride/No more patience/Wave your flag/Stop running away/Face everything/Raise your flag/Don’t need to complain…Raise your flag/Stop running away/Lets raise our flag.”  The message is delivered just as clearly in the song’s second verse, which finds Kakty singing, “Howl at the moon/Go up in smoke/Just live your life/Some things to choke/This time/Turn around and close the door/Inside, the same frustration/Each day more motivation/My pride/No more patience/Raise your flag/Stop running away/Face everything.”  Again, here is a song that reminds listeners not to give up even in difficult times.  It is a familiar, message that is just as welcome here as is from any other act across the musical universe.  The addition of the song’s moving, infectious musical arrangement to the mix makes the song even more memorable.  Together with ‘Same Blood’ the songs show even more what makes Versatile such a strong new offering from Pop Evil.  It is hardly the last of the album’s most notable works, too.  ‘Survivor’ is one more example of what makes this record successful.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Survivor’ is the first thing that listeners will notice from the song.  The 90s rock type approach and sound immediately lends itself to comparison to works from Saliva and so many other bands.  Once again, this is a distinct change of pace and style from Pop Evil.  It is a change that many (if not most) audiences will welcome from the band, too.  That is because it shows the band is not afraid to take a chance.  What’s more the chance that the band took here paid off just as much as those taken with much of the rest of the album’s musical arrangements.  It is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  Its lyrical counterpart adds even more to its impact.

The song’s lead verse is difficult to decipher sans lyrics to reference, but the song’s lead chorus is clear enough that the message becomes obvious.  The message in question is that of learning from one’s life experiences and continuing on.  That is made clear as Kakty sings, “I’m a survivor/Come ride with me/Through hell and back/Don’t need your sympathy/Everything I want is right in front of me/I’m a survivor/Come ride with me.”  The message is made even clearer in the song’s second verse, which starts off just as difficult to decipher.  However, as the song continues, the message is easier to understand as Kakaty sings about the tide changing and getting those negative emotions, wanting the world to see.  The short and simple here is, again, that message of pushing on through life’s difficult times, having no remorse about it, moving on past those experiences.  It is, overall, a message that will resonate just as much with listeners as the messages in the album’s other songs.  To that end, it and its musical counterpart make it one more obvious example of how much Versatile has to offer audiences.  Between this message, the familiar theme of a broken relationship in ‘Worst of Me,’ the message of personal strength and determination in ‘Stronger (The Time is Now),’ and that of the same in ‘Fire Inside,’ the album’s lyrical content offers audiences plenty of motivation, engagement, and entertainment.  The addition of those songs’ musical arrangements to those noted here and those of the album’s existing singles makes for even more appeal.  All things considered, this record shows that it more than deserves a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.

Pop Evil’s forthcoming album Versatile is a strong new offering from the veteran hard rock outfit.  That is proven through its musical and lyrical content alike.  The songs’ musical arrangements show some familiarity to listeners as well as some growth and change from the band.  That aside, it all comes together to make this part of the album enjoyable from start to end.  The album’s lyrical content adds its own share of appeal to the whole because of its overall accessibility.  From themes of determination and drive, to the equally familiar matter of a broken relationship, to that of dealing with the stresses of work, and even things going on in the world, the themes add their own touch to the album’s presentation.  The album’s singles and songs examined here all serve to support the noted statements about the album’s appeal.  When they are considered along with the rest of the record’s songs, the whole makes Versatile an easy candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s best new hard rock and metal albums.  Versatile is scheduled for release Friday through eOne.

In other news, Pop Evil has scheduled a series of tentative live dates in support of Versatile. The dates are noted below.

POP EVIL will perform live at the following shows:  

Fri. 8/6 – Mt. Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort & **SOLD OUT**

Wed. 8/11 – Camdenton, MO @ Ozarks Amphitheater

Fri. 9/24 – Orlando, FL @ Monster Energy Rebel Rock at Central Florida Fairgrounds

Thu. 10/7 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock at Discovery Park & w/Shinedown

More information on Pop Evil’s new music is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.PopEvil.com

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Black Label Society Premieres ‘Heart of Darkness’ Video; ‘None More Black’ Vinyl Box Set Available Now

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Black Label Society premiered another video from its new box set this week.

The band debuted the video for its single, ‘Heart of Darkness’ Wednesday. The single is featured in the band’s 2014 record, Catacombs of the Black Vatican, which is part of the band’s new, career-spanning vinyl box set, None More Black.

The band released the box set April 21 through eOne. It features remastered versions of each of the group’s 12 albums along with the band’s singles collections and some other bonus recordings. Additionally, the collection features a 32-page hardcover book, None More Black bottle opener, and back patch.

The new ‘Heart of Darkness’ video features footage of the band performing its new single paired with footage of animals in situations of survival. It is all preceded by a necessary warning that those prone to epileptic seizures could be negatively impacted by the video.

The video for ‘Heart of Darkness’ is the second from the box set. The band premiered the video for the single, ‘Blind Man’ April 21. That song is also featured in Catacombs of the Black Vatican.

The full album and track listing for Black Label Society’s new vinyl box set is noted below.

Vinyl Selections in Boxset:
Grimmest Hits 2LP
Stronger Than Death 2LP
1919 Eternal 2LP
The Blessed Hellride LP
Hangover Music Vol. VI 2LP
Mafia 2LP
Shot To Hell LP
Order Of The Black 2LP
Catacombs Of The Black Vatican 2LP
Nuns And Roaches LP
Sonic Brew 2LP
Song Remains Not The Same II 3LP
  
Bonus Tracks:
Song Remains Not The Same Vol. II
1. My Dying Time 
2. Blind Man
3. Graveyard Disciples
4. The Nomad 
5. Scars
6. House of Doom
7. A Love Unreal
8. We Live No More 
9. Cry Me A River
10. The Chosen One
11. Empty Promises
12. Lead Me To Your Door

More information on Black Label Society’s new video, box set and latest news is available online now at:

Websitehttps://www.blacklabelsociety.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/blacklabelsociety

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Pop Evil Debuts ‘Work’ Video

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Pop Evil debuted the video for one of its recently released singles this week.

The band debuted the video for its single ‘Work‘ Friday.  The video features people in a factory going day to day in the same rut over and over until one person breaks out of the rut, infiltrates the system so to speak and takes down the factory.

The video’s visuals are meant to illustrate the song’s lyrical theme.  Front man Leigh Kakaty discussed that theme early this year in an interview with Loudwire when the single debuted.  In talking about ‘Work,’ Kakaty said during his Loudwire interview, that the song’s lyrical theme centers  on the impact of work, technology and social media on our lives.  The interview is available to read in full here.

The steady, thumping drumbeat at the heart of the song’s arrangement and the force in the guitars serve to help illustrate that emotion.  the overall approach is another rap-rock approach that in this case, lends itself to comparisons to Imagine Dragons’ hit song ‘Radioactive.’

‘Work’ is available to stream and download here.

More information on Pop Evil’s new music is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.PopEvil.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/popevil

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/popevil

 

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