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:

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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

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/popevil

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/popevil

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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

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Twitterhttp://twitter.com/popevil

 

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Crowbar Front Man’s Debut Solo LP Is A Surprisingly Engaging Presentation

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Kirk Winstein has spent the better part of his professional career at the helm of the famed sludge metal band Crowbar.  That band has released eleven albums over the course of its more than 25 year life.  After having spent so many years focusing on writing, performing and touring with his band mates in Crowbar, Windstein has broken out on his own for the first time this year with his debut solo album Dream in Motion.  The 10-song record is an interesting offering from Windstein, who is known mainly for his gravelly vocal delivery, which is just as present here as ever, but he also takes a slightly lighter tone at times, which when coupled with the album’s overall instrumentation, leads to comparisons to works from the likes of Type O Negative.  At others, Crowbar’s sound can be heard just as much here as can other influences.  The record’s lyrical themes, coupled with the noted musical arrangements, add more interest to the album.  From themes of perseverance (as in the album’s opener, which will be discussed shortly) to the issue of dealing with people who are anything but good for a person in ‘Toxic,’ (which will be discussed a little later) to taking on societal issues, such as in the album’s closer – a cover of Jethro Tull’s ‘Aqualung’ – the album proves itself an interesting first solo outing for Windstein that is worth at least an occasional listen.  That is just as much the case when the record’s other songs not noted here are taken into consideration along with the songs directly addressed in this review.

Kirk Windstein’s debut solo record Dream in Motion is an intriguing presentation from the longtime Crowbar front man that is deserving of at least an occasional listen.  That is proven in part through its musical arrangements and its lyrical themes.  The record’s opener/title track.  ‘Dream in Motion’ is anchored by an arrangement that take some elements of Crowbar’s music and crosses that with a bit of an old school metal influence for a whole that is in itself a unique presentation.  It is a work that makes for a good start, musically, to the record.  It also serves well in translating the emotion exuded through the song’s lyrical theme.  That theme is one of perseverance.

The theme of perseverance is noted right from the song’s outset as Windstein sings in the song’s lead verse, “A song of hope/A burning mind/Unleashing strength from deep inside/The will to fight/To carry on/Within my heart/It’s never ever gone.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “I’ve seen so much through all these years/I’ve seen the light through burning tears/I’ve done my best to turn away/And kill the darkness every single day.”  Windstein adds in the song’s third and final verse, “My light will never ever fade/I stand alone/My mind will rise above it all/I’ve learned the pain will slowly die/I’ve touched the sky.”  Additionally, he states in the song’s chorus, “This is a dream in motion/It will never end/It’s an eternal hunger/Growing life again.”  Once again, this comes across as a determined statement of perseverance.  This message gains even more traction when it is considered along with the song’s powerful musical arrangement, which works to really express so much frustration yet positive emotion and thought.  The coupling of the elements makes the song in whole a good start for the album, and an equally strong example of what makes the album a notable presentation.  It is just one of the album’s most notable songs, too.  ‘Toxic,’ which comes later in the album’s run, does just as much as ‘Dream in Motion’ to exhibit what makes the album so unique.

‘Toxic’ takes Windstein in a somewhat new direction again in its musical arrangement.  The guitar riff, drums and bass here come together to create a sound that at some points, is comparable to works from some 90s hard rock bands.  One could argue that there is a hint of a Pantera influence here, as a matter of fact.  At the same time, there is still an element of Crowbar in the song’s arrangement.  In bringing those influences together, the song in whole presents itself as a standout addition to the album.  It also does well to help translate the frustration of the song’s subject with that person whose influence is not so positive on the subject.

Windstein opens the song, singing from the subject’s standpoint, “You twist up my words/My voice speaks the truth/Slashed into my thoughts/you’re pulling up roots/the seeds that you bury deep into the earth/Grew vines that are rotting/they stole my self worth.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “I listen to you and hear only lies/My ears have been burning with infinite cries/Your presence is toxic, so please go away/uprooting the evil/It’s your turn to pay.”  This is relatively straight forward.  It paints the picture of someone dealing with an individual who is narcissistic, to say the very least.  The song’s chorus adds to that impact even more, with Windstein singing, “Your misery in frozen time/I’m feeling pain that isn’t mine/The hold you had on me is gone/The growing need burns on and on.”  Once more, this is someone standing up to another individual whose impact has been anything but positive.  It is another song to which so many listeners can relate and connect.  Keeping that in mind, it is one more way in which Dream in Motion proves its value.  That is especially, again, considering the use of that content with the song’s musical arrangement.  It is just one more example of what makes Dream in Motion a positive solo debut for Windstein.  The cover of Jethro Tull’s ‘Aqualung’ is one more way in which the record proves its strength.

‘Aqualung’ stands out because when one thinks of Jethro Tull, one’s mind does not necessarily go to thoughts of Crowbar or even to thoughts of its front man.  The fact of the matter however, is that the cover featured here actually is surprisingly entertaining.  It stays largely true to its source material.  Windstein, in his vocal delivery, even does well taking on Jethro Tull front man Ian Anderson’s own vocal delivery.  Considering that the song and album were considered such a stark stylistic departure for Jethro Tull from its own past works, that makes it even more of a fitting finale for Windstein’s record.  That is because it is such a stark contrast to everything else featured throughout Dream in Motion.  Yet it does so well in itself.  Everyone involved in the song’s presentation here did an admirable job of generating that classic rock vibe here while also giving the song a slightly amped up update.  When the arrangement is considered along with the song’s lyrical theme, which takes on the societal issue of how we treat those in situations less positive than our own, it makes the song in whole a statement that is just as strong as the album’s opener.  That is especially considering that in the song, it is noted that Aqualung, the song’s title character, does actually see some hope despite everything.  It echoes the theme in the album’s opener, and reminds us that hope is there.  When this is considered along with the other songs noted here — and the rest of the album’s works — the album in whole shows once more why it is a surprisingly entertaining listen.  It proves itself a record that for a debut, is a good start for Windstein and is worth at least an occasional listen.

Crowbar front man Kirk Windstein’s debut solo record Dream in Motion is a surprisingly engaging offering.  That is due to its musical arrangements and its lyrical themes, which will connect to its listeners from start to end, as evidenced by the analysis presented here.  Between the songs noted here and the rest of the album’s entries, the album in whole proves itself worth hearing at least occasionally.  More information on Dream in Motion is available along with all of Kirk Windstein’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Alvarez’s Latest Zardonic LP Is Sure To “Become” A Favorite Among EDM Metal Fans Alike

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World-renowned producer Federico Agreda Alvarez, aka Zardonic, released his latest full-length studio recording Become late last month via eOne.  The album, his ninth full-length studio recording, comes three years after the release of his most recent recording, 2015’s Antihero.  The record’s musical arrangements, which boast a solid mix of dubstep and industrial metal creates a sound that will appeal to fans of Ministry, Gravity Kills, The Prodigy and other similar acts.  Its lyrical content adds just as much interest to the record as its musical content, with its engaging themes.  Keeping in mind the lyrical and musical content presented throughout, ‘Children of Tomorrow’ proves to be one of the album’s most powerful entries.  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Takeover’ is another notable addition to the album, and will be discussed a little bit later.  ‘Follow The Light’ is yet another of Become’s most notable entries.  Between these songs and the eight others that round out the rest of the album, the 11-song album in whole proves to be a surprisingly enjoyable effort for those unfamiliar with Alvarez’s work and just as enjoyable for his more seasoned audiences.

Zardonic’s new studio album Become is a powerful new offering from the Venezuelan producer/DJ/keyboardist that will appeal just as much to his seasoned audiences as his new fans.  That is due to the combination of the record’s powerhouse musical arrangements and its equally engaging lyrical themes.  ‘Children of Tomorrow’ is one of the most notable examples of how that joining of elements makes Become a strong new offering from Zardonic, aka Federico Agreda Alvarez.  This is proven in part through the song’s musical arrangement, which is a heavy, driving composition.  The brooding, contemplative vibe makes it even more impacting.  In the same breath, that engaging vibe is a good accent for the song’s equally brooding, contemplative lyrical theme, which focuses on those people who have and do stand against oppression.  As Alvarez pointed out in an interview, “ ‘Children of Tomorrow’ is an anthem for the resistance; for the people who have raised their voice as the system continues to oppress us.Many sadly took this fight to the streets and violence, leading eventually to riots and their death. This is our homage to them.”  As the song’s lead verse states, “Got a heart full of sorrow for the children of tomorrow/Fire in the sky/Beg, steal, kill or borrow/Their purpose is worthless/their days numbered/Can’t take the heat/Watch it rise to the surface/Death or dishonor/Grab the dog by its collar/Dog eat dog, let us fight over dollars/They don’t know/They will never ever show what we go through/Red lights on/Won’t stop until you do.”

The second verse illustrates that message just as much, stating, “We’re not safe/devastate when they legislate/Designate hate/Take the food off your plate/And the clothes off your back/We’re under attack/We’re under attack/Gear up/Rise up/Put on your gas mask/Take that Molotov/Blast counter attack/This is streetside manpower fighting back.”  The song’s chorus is just as direct in its message, following the wording in the verses closely.  What listeners get overall is a song that is not just another protest song or even just another industrial or Electronic Dance Music (EDM) work.  It is a work that sets a solid hybrid EDM/Industrial metal arrangement alongside a tribute to those who have fought against corrupt powers in Venezuela for a work that could just as easily inspire those fighting against corruption around the world.  Simply put, it is entertaining and inspiring all in one, and in turn, clearly one of Become’s most powerful entries.  Of course it is just one of the album’s most notable additions.  ‘Takeover’ is another of the album’s most notable compositions.

‘Takeover’ is its own important work because it bears its own identity separate from the rest of the songs included in Become.  This song, composed along with the work of the Qemists, does boast that noted familiar feel in its arrangement.  What is truly interesting here though, is that along with the clear influences from Nine Inch Nails and Ministry, Celldweller’s influence can be heard, too.  The joining of those influences makes this arrangement another powerhouse presentation that will definitely appeal to a wide range of listeners.  That hard-driving arrangement is only one part of what makes the song so worth noting.  Its lyrical content plays into its importance, too.  Alvarez pointed out in his interview about the album that the song, musically and lyrically is a tribute to Zardonic’s forefathers.  He said, “Takeover’ is a reminder to the world that before EDM and rock/metal became the trend it is today, we were pursuing this sound since 2004, and there were also many before us all the way back to the 60s…We pay homage to the great artists before us, those who made it big, those unsung – Pendulum, The Prodigy, Celldweller, Ministry, Linkin Park, and all other great artists that contributed to bring electronic-fused rock to the mainstream, and as the scene takes shape, you better be ready to brace for ‘Takeover!”

That tribute is clear in the song’s lyrics.  The song’s lead verse reads, “Oh, we’ve been doing this since the dark ages/With fast paces/Takin’ rock and metal/Throwin’ drum and bass in/And this one goes out to the cell dwellers/Who stood alone/metronome full force to the trendsetters/Rock the people/Rush the stage/keepin’ bodies movin’, yeah/But melting the face/Crushin’ the metal/Punchin’ the bass/Rockin’ the place as you brace for takeover.”  The tribute continues in the song’s chorus, reminding listeners to “be ready for takeover.”  It’s a message that the biggest and best is yet to come, and is sent defiantly and proudly, too.  That pride and positivity in the song’s message couples with the equally upbeat and infectious nature of the song’s arrangement to make it another standout addition to ‘Takeover.’  The end result is a song that clearly proves why it is another of Become’s most notable works.  It is not the last of the album’s most notable compositions, either.  ‘Follow The Light’ is one more of the record’s most notable works.

‘Follow The Light’ stands out in part because unlike the arrangements presented in the previously discussed songs, this song comes across as the most EDM-centered arrangement.  Yes, the industrial metal influences are there once again, but this time, they seem present more in a supporting sense, while the EDM elements take more of a center stage.  What really make the arrangement stand out is its sense of urgency, which makes the little lyrical content in the song more relatable.  The one real line of lyrics states simply, “We reunite as the worlds collide/Fear is an illusion/We are your salvation/By eventide our journey begins/So heed the call and follow the light.”  As Alvarez noted of that content, “The worlds collide is a perfect analogy to our manipulated society.  It pains me to see this, because I see the results of it in every aspect of our lives.  How through fear, people are led to create enemies out of fellow humans, and are capable of the worst atrocities against them.”  He goes on to note that because of the negativity and hate filling the world, he follows the light “that lets me see the with real eyes, what is going on once you look at the bigger picture.”  He is saying that people in general need to see that light and stop the evil and hate filling the world, thus that noted seeming urgency in the song’s arrangement.  That urgency and the urgency evoked through the song’s growing tension drives the message home even more.  When one takes all of this into consideration, the whole of the song proves even more important and notable.  When it is joined with the other songs discussed here and the rest of the album’s works, the end result is an album that is not just another EDM/Industrial presentation, but a work that combines those elements in a unique fashion while also presenting some equally engaging lyrical themes.  The combination of that engagement and entertainment makes the album in whole a presentation that is sure to impress Zardonic’s fans new and old alike.

Multi-talented producer/keyboardist/DJ Zardonic, aka Federico Agreda Alvarez’s latest full-length studio recording Become is a powerful new offering from the veteran composer, producer and performer.  It is a work that is certain to have a wide-ranging appeal.  That is proven in part through arrangements that solidly balance Alvarez’s EDM influences with his more rock and metal influences from one song to the next.  That in itself guarantees listeners’ sustained engagement and entertainment.  The record’s wide range of lyrical themes is sure to keep listeners engaged.  This is just as clear from start to end.  When all of this is considered in examining the album in whole, the record proves to be a solid new offering from Zardonic, and easily one of the year’s best new industrial and EDM offerings.  It is available now via eOne.  More information on Become is available online now along with all of Alvarez’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.zardonic.net

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/zardonic

 

 

 

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Ace Frehley To Perform Live On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Monday Night

Courtesy: eOne

Ace Frehley will release his new album next month, and in anticipation of its release, will make an appearance Monday night on ABC.

Frehley, one of the original members of KISS, will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! asa special guest member of Kimmel’s house band, Cleto and the Cletones as part of the promotion for his new album Spaceman.  The album is currently scheduled for release Oct. 19 via eOne.

 Spaceman is Frehley’s first album of original material since the release of his 2014 album Space Invaders. It features a cover of Eddie Money’s ‘I Wanna Go Back’ the singles ‘Bronx Boy‘ and ‘Rockin’ With The Boys‘ and six other songs sure to be their own fan favorites.

The album’s full track listing is noted below. Pre-orders are open now.

 

Courtesy: eOne

1. Without You I’m Nothing
2. Rockin’ With the Boys
3. Your Wish Is My Command
4. Bronx Boy
5. Pursuit Of Rock and Roll
6. I Wanna Go Back
7. Mission To Mars
8. Off My Back
9. Quantum Flux

 

 

 

Frehley is scheduled to perform on the KISS Kruise VIII from Oct. 31 to Nov. 5.  The cruise leaves from Miami, Florida before heading to Key West and Nassau before returning to Miami on Nov. 5.

Three more dates in Florida are scheduled following the cruise, from Nov. 9 to 11.  All of Frehley’s current live dates ate noted below.

Oct 31, 2018 – Nov. 5, 2018 – Miami to Key West and Nassau, KISS Kruise VIII
November 9, 2018 – Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
November 10, 2018 – Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
November 11, 2018 – Miramar, FL, Miramar Amphitheatre

More information on Ace Frehley’s new album, live dates and more is available online no along with all of his latest news and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.acefrehley.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Ace_Frehley

 

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Zakk Wylde Adds More Dates To His “Book Of Shadows II” Tour

Courtesy: eOne

Courtesy: eOne

Zakk Wylde has added more dates to his current live schedule.

The veteran guitarist and Black Label Society front man announced recently a brand new schedule of live dates.  The new schedule, which is in support of his new album Book of Shadows II, launches this Friday, July 8th in Dallas, Texas and runs through September 3rd in Los Angeles, California.  The roughly eight-week tour will take Wylde across North America and Canada and even includes a stop in North Carolina along the way on Friday, July 22nd.  There also performances scheduled in Texas, New York, Ohio, Utah, and many other cities.  Jared James Nichols will serve as direct support throughout the tour at various dates along with Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown.  Tickets and VIP packages are available now for all dates.  They can be purchased online now here.  The full schedule for the upcoming tour is noted below.  .

 

7/8: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
7/9: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
7/10: Austin, TX @ Emo’s
7/12: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
7/13: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
7/15: Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
7/16: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/18: Millvale, PA @ Mr.Smalls Theatre
7/19: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
7/20: Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
7/22: Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend
7/23: Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
7/24: Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
7/26: Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
7/28: Detroit, MI @ The Majestic Theatre
7/29: Cleveland, OH @ The Agora Theatre
7/30: Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts
7/31: Boston, MA @ Royale
8/2: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
8/4: Uncasville, CT @ Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Casino *no support
8/7: Montreal, QC @ HEAVY MTL
8/8: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
8/10: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
8/11: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
8/13: Sturgis, SD @ Full Throttle Saloon *no support
8/15: Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
8/16: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
8/18: Missoula, MT @The Wilma
8/19: Calgary, AB @Flames Central
8/20: Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brian’s Event Centre
8/21: Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Centre
8/23: Edmonton, AB @ The Ranch Roadhouse
8/25: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
8/26: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
8/27: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
8/28: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
8/30: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
9/1: Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
9/2: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
9/3: Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre

 

More information on the latest dates on Zakk Wylde’s “Book Of Shadows II Tour” is available online now along with all of Zakk Wylde’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.zakkwylde.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ZakkWyldeBLS

 

 

 

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Former Faith No More Front Man Releasing New Album

Courtesy: O'Donnell Media Group

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

Former Faith No More front man Chuck Mosley will release his new solo album this summer.

Demos For Sale, the new album from Chuck Mosley (And The VUA) will be released on CD on Friday, July 8th and on limited edition vinyl LP formats on Friday, July 22nd.  The album will be released by EMP Label Group/eOne in North America and via EMP/SPV in Europe.  Its release comes through a partnership between the labels and THC : Music.  It can be pre-ordered online now here.

Demos For Sale is a compilation of demos and early mixes from the band’s 2009 album Will Rap Over Hard Rock For Food.  Mosley discussed the albums’ comparison in a recent interview.  He shared his thoughts that the final product apparently was not what he had originally hoped for, thus leading to the upcoming release of Demos For Sale.  “While it was a great record for what it was, and a lot of people love it, Will Rap Over Hard Rock turned into a monster that I let get completely out of control with overdubs, over-production, my live tracks getting redone by God knows who..,” he said.  “Demos for Sale, is a choice version of the LP, before it mutated into Will Rap Over Hard Rock for Food, a little closer to how we wanted it to be – live, dirty and punk rock.. warts and all.”

Mosley will tour in support of his new record beginning next Thursday, May 19th in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  The tour currently runs through July 22nd in Northampton, MA.  Rob Roy–of Dead By Wednesday–and Opus will serve as support acts for the tour.  Mosley’s current tour schedule is noted below.

 

CHUCK MOSLEY – REINTRODUCE YOURSELF TOUR Dates:
5/19/2016 Eau Claire, WI – The Plus
5/20/2016 Madison, WI – The Red Zone

5/21/2016 West Chicago, IL – Cairo Ale House
6/10/2016 Dubuque, IA – The Venue
6/11/2016 Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios
6/12/2016 Denver, CO SoCo Nightlife – CITY HALL
6/15/2016 Spokane, WA – The Pin
6/16/2016 Everett, WA – Tony Vs Garage
6/18/2016 Portland, OR – Hawthorn Lounge

6/19/2016 Seattle, WA – Fun House

6/24/2016 South Bend, IN – Smiths Downtown
7/12/2016 Kutztown, PA – YOUNG ONES RECORDS
7/13/2016 Philadelphia, PA – Hard Rock Café
7/14/2016 Harrisburg, PA – Federal Taphouse
7/15/2016 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
7/16/2016 Long Branch, NJ – Brighton Bar
7/21/2016 Manchester NH – Shaskeen Pub
7/22/2016 Northampton MA – Bishops Lounge*

*= with special guests Opus and Rob Roy of Dead By Wednesday

 

More information on Demos For Sale is available online now along with all of Mosley’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.mosleyvua.com

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

 

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