Pop Evil Sits Among Rock’s Elite Again With Its Latest LP

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Courtesy: eOne

Last Friday, veteran rock band Pop Evil released its latest full-length studio recording Up. The album, the band’s fifth (and its third released via eOne), continues the band’s long-running tradition of producing top-notch mainstream rock albums. The album’s mix of hard rock arena anthems and equally radio-ready rock songs together make it an album that just as with its predecessors is one of this year’s best new rock records. That is evident right from the album’s outset. ‘Footsteps’ is one of those radio ready rock songs whose catchy hooks and choruses come together with its equally thoughtful verses to make for a solid opener for the album and an equally solid example of what makes Up yet another enjoyable new release from one of the biggest names today in mainstream rock. ‘Take It All’ is another solid example of what makes Up another success for Pop Evil. It is one of those aforementioned hard rock arena anthems that is sure to have fans singing along just as proudly by themselves as they would in an arena with thousands of their fellow fans. That is thanks both to its high-energy musical content and its equally inspiring lyrical content. Just as ‘Footsteps’ and ‘Take It All’ both show in their own way what makes Up such a solid slab of rock so does the ballad style song ‘If Only For Now’ show in its own way what makes this record so enjoyable, too. These are just a few examples of what makes Up yet another enjoyable recording from one of today’s leading names in mainstream rock. There are other songs included in this record such as the hard rock opuses ‘Vendetta’ and ‘Dead in the Water’ and the rather emotionally moving acoustic work ‘Seattle Rain.’ These three songs each do just as much by themselves and collectively why Up is yet another impressive album from Pop Evil. Whether for these songs, the prior trio noted or any of the others not more directly noted, fans and audiences in general will agree that this album in whole is one of the best of this year’s new rock records.

Counting August, there are only five more months left in 2015. Over the course of the past seven months, audiences have seen quite a few impressive new mainstream rock records released in stores and online. Artists and acts such as Joe Satriani, Finger Eleven, Everclear, Barenaked Ladies and others have already proven themselves worthy of being added to the list of the year’s best new rock albums with their new recordings. That’s a pretty wide swath of names. So it is safe to say that Pop Evil is in pretty comfortable company with its latest full-length studio recording Up. That’s right. This album is, just as with Pop Evil’s previous albums, one of this year’s best new mainstream rock records. That is proven through every one of the album’s thirteen total tracks (fifteen in the case of the album’s Deluxe Edition) including its opener and latest single ‘Footsteps.’ ‘Footsteps’ is a solid opener and just one clear example of what makes Up one of this year’s top new albums. Just as with songs included in previous Pop Evil albums ‘Footsteps’ is one of those songs that is a perfect fit for any mainstream rock radio station. It isn’t one of those standard, formulaic, copycat pieces that sounds like so many others. For that reason alone, it is well worth the listen. It also doesn’t just rehash any stylistically similar songs from Pop Evil’s previous LPs either. It is just a good, solid mainstream rock song that will entertain audiences from its musical content alone. Its lyrical content gives it even more punch. Front man Leigh Kakaty and Dave Bassett teamed up to write this song’s lyrical content. Their efforts led to some rather inspiring material. The pair wrote for this song, “Starting over once again/This is where it all begins/It’s right in front of me/Down is not where I belong/This aching heart won’t turn to stone/There’s a fire inside these bones/It was meant to be/I see a world still full of light/How could I’ve ever been so blind/I still haven’t lost my fight/That haunts ne in my sleep.” Examining these lines alone audiences see just how powerful and inspiring these lyrics are. They are just part of that proof, too. The song’s closing verse is just as inspiring with Kakaty and Bassett writing of staying optimistic despite the uncertainty of the future. That parallel of that positive message and the song’s upbeat musical content makes clear why this song was chosen to open Pop Evil’s new album and why it is just the latest representation for the band’s new album, too. Audiences can hear the song for themselves and see the song’s new video online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXvkTuMyZpM.

‘Footsteps’ is in itself a solid example of why Up is one of 2015’s top new rock records. The mix of its upbeat musical content and optimistic lyrical content makes this clear. It is just one example of what makes Up such a solid collection of songs, too. ‘Take It All’ is another clear example of what makes Up so enjoyable. This high-energy song is an instant fan favorite that is just as certain to be a favorite at the band’s live shows as on disc. That is thanks to its own mix of musical and lyrical content. Musically speaking, ‘Take It All’ is the polar opposite of ‘Footsteps.’ It shows another side of the band with its much heavier riffs, low-end from bassist Matt DiRito, and concrete strong drumming from Chaci Riot. It shows musically that once again, the band refuses to rest easy on its laurels, opting instead to show the breadth of its abilities. While this song proves to be the polar opposite of ‘Footsteps’ stylistically, its lyrical approach is very much the same, which is in this case not a bad thing. Kakaty and Bassett co-wrote this song’s lyrical content, too. Kakaty sings here, “You got that fire burning your eyes/LIghting up the sky I see you coming/You got desire running through your brain/Ice in your veins I see you coming/So what do you say.” Kakaty and Bassett leave little room for doubt in examining this verse. It is someone addressing a rather strong-willed individual, motivating said person. It’s one of those pieces that is perfect for a workout session or game prep session especially with football season now under way at every level. If there is in fact any doubt left in any listener’s mind from that verse, the song’s second verse makes even clearer the message being presented by Kakaty and Bassett. That is the case as Kakaty sings in said verse, “Got that drive way deep inside/Keeping you alive it’s all or nothing/There ain’t no shame just playing the game/No pain and no game just rise about it/So what do you say.” The energy in those lyrics coupled with the energy in the song’s driving musical content is sure to get any listener’s blood and body moving. The same can be said of the partnering of the song’s lead verse and its musical content. All things considered here, ‘Take It All’ proves to be one of the best examples of what makes Up so enjoyable if not the single best example. Even as great of an example as it is, it still is not the last example of why Up is one of this year’s best new rock albums. The more reserved ‘If Only For Now’ is one more example of what makes it a solid record.

‘Footsteps’ and ‘Take It All’ each serve in their own way to show just how much Up has to offer audiences. It is not the first time that the band has ever included a ballad-style song in any of its albums. And while not being the first time that the band has ever included a ballad on any of its albums, listeners that are familiar with the band’s body of work will be happy that the band avoided repeating its previous ballads all the way around in the case of this song. That is made clear first and foremost through the song’s lyrical approach. The song, co-written by Kakaty, Bassett, Joshua Marunde, and bassist Matt DiRito, the song surprises by tackling the subject of a person hoping for love. As Kakaty sings, “Streets crowded with voices/Thousands of faces but you’re all I wanna see/Lights reflections of yesterday/Days thrown away cause you’re all I wanna keep.” These are the words of someone not longing for a lost love but of someone singing to another of his or her yearning for another. That person goes on in the song’s second verse to say to that person, “Here the world’s at our fingers/So live in the moment I’m not gonna say goodbye/So why don’t we for now forget tomorrow/Let me be the only thing you need/If only for now.” The song’s subject is saying, “Let me make this moment about us if only for now.” Sure, it’s mushy. But it could have been even more so. Thankfully Kakaty and company didn’t let that happen in the case of this song. because they didn’t it makes the song all the more enjoyable. Being that the subject of a person hoping for love is tackled far less than the subject of love lost, it becomes that much more enjoyable. The attention paid to the song’s musical content adds another level of enjoyment to the song. The band builds the song in each verse right up to the song’s chorus to make for the fullest possible emotional impact. It succeeds in this goal, too. The attention to the tone of the song’s musical content gives the song even more of a positive impact. It serves to even better illustrate the song’s upbeat, optimistic outlook. And in doing so it rounds out the ways in which this song shows itself to be another solid example of what makes Up so impressive in whole.

‘Footsteps,’ ‘Take It All,’ and ‘If Only For Now’ are all prime examples of what makes Up yet another impressive release from Pop Evil. All three songs show a different side of the band both musically and lyrically. They are only a small handful of examples of that diversity, too. ‘Vendetta,’ ‘Dead in The Water,’ and the emotionally moving ‘Seattle Rain’ could just as easily be used to exemplify how much this record has to offer fans. The same could be said of any of the album’s other songs not directly noted here. Regardless of which songs one choose, listeners and long-time fans alike will agree that all things considered, Up proves to be not just another enjoyable record from Pop Evil but another one of this year’s best new rock records overall. Up is available now in stores and online. And the band is currently touring in support of Up. Its next slated date is Tuesday, September 8th at the Rose Music Hall (formerly Mojo’s) in Colombia, Missouri. The band is also scheduled to perform live at The Fillmore in Charlotte, North Carolina alongside Three Days Grace on Wednesday, September 16th. Tickets for that and all of the band’s other shows are available now. All of the band’s latest tour dates are available online now along with all of the latest news from the band at:

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TeseracT Announces Details For Upcoming North American Tour

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Courtesy: eOne/kscope

UK prog-metal band TesseracT will make its way across North America this fall and winter.

Courtesy:  eOne/Kscope

Courtesy: eOne/Kscope

The band announced this week that it will embark on a twenty-eight date tour in support of its upcoming full-length studio recording Polaris beginning Monday, November 2nd in Philadelphia, PA. It will follow a short string of live dates in Australia that runs from October 14th – 18th. The album, the band’s third full-length studio effort, will be released in stores and online on Friday, September 18th via eOne in the U.S. an via kscope Records in the UK. It can be pre-ordered online now via TesseracT’s official website at http://www.teseractband.co.uk.

TesseracT’s tour kicks off Monday, November 2nd in Philadelphia, PA and winds down on Monday, December 7th in New York, New York. It also includes a stop in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Saturday, December 5th. TesseracT will be joined by ERRA, Skyharbor, and label mates The Contortionist as support acts. Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday, August 21st at 10am local time. TesseracT’s complete, current tour schedule is listed below.

TesseracT North American Fall/Winter 2015 Tour

11/2/15 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
11/3/15 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
11/4/15 – Montreal, QC – Café Campus
11/6/15 – Toronto, ON – The Phoenix Theater
11/7/15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
11/8/15 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
11/9/15 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
11/11/15 – Winnipeg, MB – WECC
11/12/15 – Saskatoon, SK – O’Briens
11/13/15 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
11/14/15 – Calgary, AB – Dickens
11/16/15 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
11/17/15 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne
11/18/15 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
11/20/15 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
11/21/15 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
11/23/15 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
11/24/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
11/25/15 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
11/27/15 – Salt Lake City, UT – Complex Live
11/28/15 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
11/29/15 – Albq, NM – Sunshine Theatre
12/1/15 – Austin, TX – Empire Control Room
12/2/15 – Dallas, TX – Trees
12/4/15 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
12/5/15 – Winston-Salem, NC – Ziggy’s
12/6/15 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
12/7/15 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza

It just so happens that not only will The Contortionist serve as support for TesseracT on the band’s upcoming tour but The Contortionist front man Martin Grech also lent his vocal talents to Polaris, making a guest appearance on the song ‘Hexes.’ Audiences can get a glimpse of that song now online by clicking the link below.

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Courtesy: eOne/kscope

Fans can also check out the lyric video for the album’s lead single ‘Messenger’ online now by clicking the link below.

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Courtesy: eOne/kscope

More information on TesseracT’s upcoming tour and album is available online now along with all of the latest news from the band at:

Website: http://www.tesseractband.co.uk

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/tesseractband

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TesseracT Debuts Polaris’ Lead Single

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Courtesy: eOne/Kscope

Next month, British prog-metal standout TesseracT will release its third full-length studio effort. The album, titled Polaris, will be released in stores and online on Friday, September 18th. In anticipation of the album’s release, the band has premiered the video for the album’s lead single.

TesseracT debuted the lyric video for ‘Messenger’ online via Billboard.com this week. Front man Dan Tompkins notes of the song that it is meant to express the growing trend of people thinking for themselves rather than allowing the media and other outlets to tell them what to think. It “highlights an ever growing awakening from the onslaught of the social conditioning we’re exposed to everyday from the media,” he said. “The truth constantly obscured and the public subdued by ‘Casting fear into doubt.’” Audiences can check out the video online now at http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/6649588/tesseract-messenger-lyric-video-exclusive.

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Courtesy: Billboard.com/eOne

Polaris will be available in stores and online beginning Friday, September 18th. Pre-orders for the album are available now via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/polaris/id1015063408?app=itunes. Fans that digitally pre-order the album now will get ‘Messenger’ as an Instant Grat track. Pre-orders for the physical album are also available now online. They can be accessed at http://www.merchconnectioninc.com/collections/tesseract. Fans can check out a the teaser trailer for Polaris online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pnWkaZK1hA.

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Courtesy: eOne/Kscope

The album’s track listing is noted below.

Polaris Track Listing

1. Dystopia

2. Hexes

3. Survival

4. Tourniquet

5. Utopia

6. Phoenix

7. Messenger

8. Cages

9. Seven Names

More information on Polaris is available online along with all of the latest news from TesseracT at:

Website: http://www.tesseractband.co.uk

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/tesseractband

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TesseracT Reveals New Details For Its Third Album

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Courtesy: eOne/Kscope

British prog-metal standout TesseracT recently announced that it had signed a new deal with independent record labels eOne and Kscope that would see its next label released via the two labels. It announced that eOne would handle its new release domestically and Kscope would carry it overseas. Now the band has announced even more details on its new record.

TesseracT announced this week the title, release date and even track listing for its album and as well as a teaser trailer to promote the record. The band announced that its new album will be titled Polaris and that it will be released worldwide on Friday, September 18th under the music industry’s new worldwide release date scheduling. The band’s third full-length studio effort, Polaris comes two years after the release of its most recent album 2013’s Altered State. It will also be the first full-length studio release for the band in its new relationship with eOne and Kscope. Audiences and fans can check out the trailer for Polaris online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pnWkaZK1hA.

Courtesy:  eOne/Kscope

Courtesy: eOne/Kscope

The album’s track listing is noted below.

Polaris Track Listing

1. Dystopia

2. Hexes

3. Survival

4. Tourniquet

5. Utopia

6. Phoenix

7. Messenger

8. Cages

9. Seven Names

More information on Polaris is available online along with all of the latest news from TesseracT at:

Website: http://www.tesseractband.co.uk

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/tesseractband

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Broadchurch Outshines All Other Crime Dramas Again In Its Second Season

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Courtesy: eOne/itv

British crime drama Broadchurch is one of the greatest series within its genre on television today. That is in comparison to crime dramas both overseas and in the United States. It already proved that two years ago when it first debuted two years ago overseas on the British television network itv. It built one heck of a reputation over the course of its premiere season’s run both among UK and American audiences (not counting those that watched the American re-imagining that was Gracepoint). That meant that it had some major expectations to live up to when it was announced that Broadchurch had been re-upped for a second season. UK audiences already know that the hit crime drama more than lived up to its reputation when itv aired its second season this past March and April. American audiences that didn’t have access to itv weren’t so lucky. Speaking of luck, now that its second season has officially hit store shelves here in the U.S., American audiences will get to see for themselves what the series’ UK audiences already knew. Season Two lives up to expectations first and foremost because of its writing. The writing alone will keep viewers literally on the edge of their collective seats from Season Two’s premiere right to its surprising finale. The work of the series’ cast strengthens that argument even more. The material included as bonus material with this season rounds out the reasons that Broadchurch has more than lived up to expectations in its second season. By itself, the set’s bonus material proves entertaining enough. Together with the work of the series’ writers and cast, all three elements combine to make Broadchurch’s second season just as gripping and entertaining as its first season. What’s more, all three elements come together to prove that after only two seasons, Broadchurch has proven to be one of television’s greatest crime dramas if not the best.

Broadchurch is only two seasons into its run with a third season allegedly in the works beginning this summer. Even as young as it is, it has proven in only two seasons to be one of the best of its kind. The main way that it proves this is through its writing. The most noticeable way that the writing has proven so important again is that it continues in exactly the same fashion as the series’ first season. Rather than use the season’s eight episodes this time to make eight different cases (which is what American crime dramas would have done), Broadchurch’s writers have used all eight episodes of Season Two to tell the story of the fallout from Season One. And boy is there ever fallout? D.I. Miller’s husband Joe is finally in court, facing potential punishment for the murder of the Latimers’ son in Season One. Mark and Beth’s marriage is put to the ultimate test after Mark is asked to take the stand. Ellie’s friendship with Beth Latimer is put to the test, too after revelations are made about Ellie’s confrontation with her husband at the end of Season One. Making things even more interesting is that Ellie is pulled in to a second case being investigated by Alec. It is a case that has haunted Alec for years, as he notes at one point. With so much going on, one would think it easy for the writers to let Season Two get bogged down in itself. But the writers didn’t let that happen. It is obvious over the course of Season Two’s eight episodes that the writers went to painstaking efforts to keep that from happening. Their efforts paid off in spades. At no one point do any of these story lines overpower the others. Rather the writers have surprisingly managed to balance it all with the utmost expertise. The end result is a collection of story lines that will keep viewers literally on the edge of their seats from the season premiere to the season finale.

The manner in which Broadchurch’s writers handled Season Two’s multiple story lines is just one way that this season’s writing makes its episodes so engaging. There are just enough twists, turns, and red herrings to keep viewers guessing right up to the very end. At one point, the writers leave viewers thinking that in fact maybe Mark actually could have been the killer thanks to his meetings with Ellie’s son Tom (Adam Wilson). It does seem a bit creepy to say the least. The writers also keep viewers guessing whether Lee (James D’Arcy) was responsible for the deaths of Pippa Gillespie (Hollie Burgess) and her sister, if it was Lee’s wife Claire (Eve Myles) or if it was perhaps even both of them. The ultimate reveal will leave audiences astonished. As if that isn’t enough, viewers will find themselves just as shocked when Joe Miller’s final fate is revealed. The writers went to great lengths to mislead audiences as to what would happen to Joe. And those efforts paid off greatly. To that extent, that revelation will leave viewers breathless, chomping at the bit for the series’ third season. Yet again it shows just how important the writing is to the series throughout Season Two.

The painstaking efforts of Broadchurch’s writers in the series’ second season have resulted in eight episodes that will have viewers just as rapt as the episodes that made up the series’ first season. That is because the series’ writers have so expertly balanced each of the season’s various story elements from beginning to end. In a similar vein, the work of the cast this season is just as much worth the note. Olivia Colman (D.I. Ellie Colman) is most notable of the cast members this season. That is because of the impact of the story on her character. Viewers see her really grow and change over the course of this season’s episodes. Ellie is forced to face a lot of challenges this season. She sees her friendship with Beth Latimer put to the test after she is forced to take the stand in her husband’s case. She also has the emotional strain of the case on herself. Having to balance all of that emotional stress with helping D.I. Alec Hardy (David Tennant) only makes things more difficult, especially after the surprising verdict handed down to her husband by the jury. All of the psychological and emotional stress put on Ellie breaks her down. And Colman is to be applauded for the manner in which she interpreted Ellie’s reaction to it all. She shows the impact of these stresses to the fullest without going over the top even once. Her furious reaction toward her son after he lied to protect his dad is a prime example of how expertly Colman interpreted Ellie’s emotional strain as is her reaction to the verdict as Alec talks to her about his own case. That moment is actually a moment when Tennant shines, too. His reaction to her anger actually makes for a certain amount of humor if only for that one moment. Getting back on track though, Colman’s portrayal of Ellie is just one example of how the cast’s acting has added to the enjoyment of Broadchurch’s second season. Newcomer Marianne Jean-Baptiste adds even more enjoyment as the despicable yet sympathetic defense attorney Sharon Bishop.

Marianne Jean-Baptiste’s portrayal of defense attorney Sharon Bishop is another example of the role that the cast’s work plays in this season’s success. It is such a fine example of the importance of the cast’s work this season because of how easily Jean-Baptise makes it to hate her character yet feel a certain amount of sympathy for her at the same time. Audiences will love to hate Sharon because of her dogged determination to discount all of the prosecution’s witnesses including Mark Latimer, D.I. Miller, and D.I. Hardy. Bishop is like an attack dog when she faces each of the prosecution’s witnesses. Once she sinks in her proverbial teeth, she does not let go. As much as this makes her easy to hate, the revelation of what has caused her to be the way she is makes her something of a sympathetic character, too. In seeing what Bishop is personally going through, audiences won’t be able to help but feel sorry for her to a point and maybe even understand why she is the way that she is in the courtroom. Such ability to make audiences feel so many mixed emotions about one character is a tribute to Jean-Baptiste’s talents. And it shows yet again why the work of the cast is just as important to the success and enjoyment of Broadchurch’s second season as the work of the series’ writers.

The work of both Broadchurch’s writers and its cast pay off greatly over the course of the episodes that make up its second season. Thanks to the work of all involved, both those that might be new to the series and those that are more familiar with it will find themselves literally on the edge of their seats from the season’s premiere to its finale. Having made their way through all eight episodes of Season Two, audiences will also take note of the material included with the set as bonuses. The standard “making of” featurette is there as is a full complement of deleted and extended scenes as well as a group of interviews with the cast. The interviews in question see the cast discussing not just the events of Season Two but also those of Season One and how they relate to Season Two. While being mostly short vignettes, the interviews still each offer their own insight and entertainment. Viewers will laugh as James D’Arcy playfully compares his character to the classic villain thanks to the way that the writers developed his character. David Tennant’s joke about sitting on the bach in his “undercrackers” will have viewers laughing just as much as his co-star. In comparison to those short segments, the deleted and extended scenes played continuously run approximately half an hour. That is a lot of material that hit the cutting room floor (or in the digital age, the recycle bin). It’s obvious why some of the material in question got the axe. Other later scenes from Episodes six, seven, and eight make for more debate, though. Some of the scenes in question could actually have been kept. Others were more of a 50/50 call. It just goes to show the impact–yet again–that bonus material can have in the enjoyment of a presentation whether it be a TV show such as Broadchurch or any random movie. It is yet another way in which Broadchurch proves to be just as gripping and entertaining in its second season as in its first if not more so. Combined with the work of the series’ writers and its cast, all three elements together show why this season of Broadchurch is another hit not just for itv and eOne, but for viewers, too. It also shows once and for all why the second season of Broadchurch is without a doubt one of this year’s best new box sets for grown-up audiences.

As one can see by now, there is a lot to say to the positive in regards to the second season of Broadchurch. The series’ writers have crafted eight more episodes that display great depth and that expertly balance every story element. The cast’s equally impressive interpretation of Season Two’s scripts will pull viewers even deeper and leave them not wanting to turn it off. The bonus material included in Season Two’s home release rounds out the presentation, adding even more depth to the season as well as some laughs. All three elements together make Season Two one of this year’s best new box sets for grown-up audiences. Broadchurch: The Complete Second Season is available now in stores and online. More information on this and other titles from Entertainment One is available online now at:

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BTBAM Offers Audiences First Glimpse Behind The Scenes Of Coma Ecliptic

Courtesy:  Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Fans of Between The Buried and Me got their first glimpse into the making of the band’s new album Coma Ecliptic this week.

Metal Blade Records released an interview with BTBAM front man Tommy Rogers on Tuesday in which Rogers discusses the concept behind the record both musically and lyrically. Rogers explains in the clip, which can be seen here, that the main subject of the album’s story has put himself intentionally into a coma because he is unhappy with the world in which he lives. While in his coma, he experiences the many past lives that he has lives. If this seems a bit dark, Rogers does admit in the clip that it is in fact a dark story to a point. He also cites The Twilight Zone and The Truman Show in explaining the concept. While coming in at a little more than two minutes, the new clip offers quite a bit of insight into the upcoming album, which will be released in stores and online Tuesday, July 7th.  Fans can check out the album’s lead single ‘Memory Palace’ now at http://www.metalblade.com/btbam/.

In celebration of Coma Ecliptic’s release, BTBAM will hit the road for a headlining tour that will take the band from the east coast to the west and in-between over the course of thirty-two dates. It all kicks off on the day of the album’s release in Athens, Georgia and winds down August 15th in Nashville, TN. The tour also includes a pair of performances in the band’s home state of North Carolina on August 9th and 14th. The band is also scheduled to appear next month at the annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN. The band’s complete current tour schedule is listed below.

Upcoming Tour Dates
06/11-14 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

Tour w/ Animals As Leaders, The Contortionist
07/07 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre
07/08 Tallahassee, FL Sidebar Theater
07/09 Orlando, FL Venue 578
07/10 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
07/11 Jacksonville, FL Freebird Live
07/13 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
07/14 Little Rock, AR Juanita’s
07/15 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
07/17 Grand Junction, CO Mesa Theater and Club
07/18 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl
07/19 Tucson, AZ Club X’s
07/21 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
07/22 San Diego, CA Observatory North Park
07/23 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
07/24 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spaces
07/25 Boise, ID Knitting Factory Concert House
07/27 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
07/29 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
07/30 Joliet, IL Mojoes
07/31 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
08/01 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
08/02 Bloomington, IL The Castle Theatre
08/04 London, ON London Music Hall
08/06 Buffalo, NY The Town Ballroom
08/07 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
08/08 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
08/09 Wilmington, NC Ziggys by the Sea
08/11 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
08/12 Providence, RI Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
08/13 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
08/14 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggys
08/15 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works

More information on BTBAM’s upcoming album and tour schedule is available online now along with the band’s latest updates at:

Website: http://www.betweentheburiedandme.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/btbamofficial

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High On Fire To Release Its Seventh Full Length Album This Summer

Courtesy:  eOne

Courtesy: eOne

High on Fire will release its new album Luminiferous this summer.

Metal trio High on Fire will release its latest record Luminiferous on Tuesday, June 23rd. The album, the band’s seventh, is the follow-up to the band’s 2012 album De Vermis Mysteriis. It was produced by Kurt Ballou at GodCity Studios in Salem, Massachusetts and will be released via eOne. Front man/guitarist Matt Pike explained the underlying themes presented through the course of the album’s nine tracks saying, “We’re doing our part to expose The Elite and the fingers they have in religion, media, governments and financial world downfall and their relationship to all of our extraterrestrial connections in the race to control this world. Wake up, it’s happening. All while we stare at a socially engineered lie we think of as normalcy. Unless we wake from the dream, there will come true doom.” The track listing for Luminiferous is noted below:

Track listing:

1 – The Black Plot

2 – Carcosa

3 – The Sunless Years

4 – Slave the Hive

5 – The Falconist

6 – Dark Side of the Compass

7 – The Cave

8 – Luminiferous

9 – The Lethal Chamber

More information on Luminiferous is available online now along with all of the latest news from High on Fire at:

Website: http://www.highonfire.net

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/highonfireband

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