D3adc0de Premieres Debut Single, Video

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Independent techno-rock band d3adc0de unveiled its debut single and video this week.

The band premiered its debut single, ‘Fight or Flight‘ Wednesday, along with the song’s companion video. The musical arrangement featured in the duo’s new single immediately lends itself to comparison to works from Orgy. At the same time, the choruses conjure thoughts of works from the likes of Linkin Park and Evanescence. Having influence from such diverse acts would seemingly not work but in the case of this song, they work very well together.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the news release announcing the premiere of the new single and video. The lyrics provided with the song’s video leave themselves wide open to interpretation, too, without some background on that content.

The video tells the story of a cybernetic cyborg woman who is seemingly tasked with saving a spaceship and its crew from being destroyed by a black hole.

More information on d3adc0de’s new single and video is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://d3adc0de.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/d3adc0de

Twitter: https://twitter.com/d3adc0de_

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Louder Than Life Festival Lineup Announced

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The Louder Than Life Festival will return to Louisville, KY this year with an expansive lineup of acts.

The festival, scheduled to take place Sept. 22-25 at the Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center in Louisville, KY, will be headlined by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Slipknot, and KISS. The four-day festival will also feature performances from bands, such as Bloodywood, Anti-Flag, and Superbloom. The KY Expo Center is located at 937 Phillips Ln. in Louisville, KY.

The festival’s full lineup is noted below. Tickets are available here. Weekend general admission passes start at $249.50 plus fees. Weekend VIP passes start at $629.50 plus fees. A limited number of Weekend Top Shelf VIP passes is still available for $1,329.50 plus fees.

General admission single day passes start at $99.50 plus fees. Single day VIP passes start at $295.50 plus fees. Layaway options are available through March 31 for $10, with payments made through July.

A trailer for the forthcoming annual festival is streaming.

The current Louder Than Life lineup is as follows (subject to change):

Thursday, September 22: Nine Inch Nails, Bring Me The Horizon, Evanescence, Halestorm, Tenacious D, Yungblud, Highly Suspect, Ministry, Nothing More, Baroness, Spiritbox, Apocalyptica, Dorothy, Don Broco, New Years Day, Plush, Lilith Czar, Maggie Lindemann, Taipei Houston, The Dead Deads, Mothica, Superbloom, Eva Under Fire, Oxymorrons

Friday, September 23: Slipknot, Shinedown, Lamb Of God, Mastodon, In This Moment, Meshuggah, Clutch, Jinjer, GWAR, In Flames, Helmet, POORSTACY, Crown The Empire, DED, All Good Things, Amigo The Devil, Vended, Mike’s Dead, If I Die First, Orbit Culture, The Luka State, Ego Kill Talent, The Native Howl, Archetypes Collide

Saturday, September 24: KISS, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Chevelle, Ghostemane, Jerry Cantrell, Dance Gavin Dance, Theory of a Deadman, Body Count, Sevendust, Mammoth WVH, We Came As Romans, Airbourne, Cherry Bombs, Ill Niño, Tetrarch, Nita Strauss, Against The Current, Wargasm, Trash Boat, Shaman’s Harvest, Solence, Dropout Kings, Bloodywood

Sunday, September 25: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice In Chains, Incubus, Papa Roach, The Pretty Reckless, Architects, Bad Religion, Action Bronson, The Struts, Jelly Roll, Dirty Honey, Anti-Flag, The Joy Formidable, Bayside, The Warning, Royal & The Serpent, caroles daughter, Radkey, The Mysterines, Crown Lands, AEIR, The Alive, As You Were

The Louder Than Life Festival is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents. The festival debuted in 2014 and expanded to four days in 2021.

More information on the 2022 Louder Than Life Festival is available along with all of the festival’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.LouderThanLifeFestival.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ltlfest

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After Us Debuts ‘Get Out’ Video

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Independent rock band After Us premiered the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its single, ‘Get Out’ Monday. The video features a man thinking he is getting ready to meet his romantic interest. Instead of getting a romantic surprise from her, the man gets a completely different kind of surprise from the woman.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Get Out’ exhibits immediate mainstream appeal with its driving approach. The sound from the overall instrumentation and vocals immediately lends the song to comparison to works from the likes of Halestorm.

The song’s lyrical theme that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement centers on the all too familiar topic of a broken relationship. It makes the song’s video a clear pairing.

‘Get Out’ is the second single released from After Us’ new EP, Breaking The Dark. The band premiered the record’s lead single, ‘City Lights,’ Dec. 1. That song’s musical arrangement is starkly different from that of ‘Get Out.’ In the case of that song, it bears more similarity to works from Evanescence than Halestorm.

More information on After Us’ new video, single, and EP is available along with all of the band’s latest news at https://www.facebook.com/AfterUsRockBand.

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Ignescent Debuts New Single, ‘Remnant,’ Video

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Independent hard rock band Ignescent is taking audiences back to the 90s with its new single and video.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Remnant‘ and its companion video Friday. The single is featured in the band’s forthcoming EP, Ascension, which is scheduled for release March 4. The song immediately takes audiences back to the late 90s and lends itself to comparison to works from Korn in its verses. The more melodic choruses meanwhile lend themselves to comparison to works from the likes of Evanescence. The duality of the whole makes for an interesting contrast that will engage and entertain audience.

The band said in a prepared statement, that despite the song’s heavy musical arrangement, its lyrical theme delivers a positive message.

“‘Remnant’ is about us being blessed beyond measure despite our failures and weaknesses and despite going through tragedy and hardships,” the statement reads. “It’s about perseverance and saying to the world even when we are brokenhearted and suffering we won’t give up and we will keep going,” vocalist Jennifer Benson says. “We will come up stronger despite adversity. It’s an encouragement to others to do the same and to not lose hope and to not give in to fear. I hope this song makes people feel inspired and to rock out!”

In other news, Ignescent has a brief series of live dates planned for this spring in support of its new album. The band’s upcoming live dates are noted below.

March 5 – Ignescent at Route 20 in Sturtevant, WI featuring Sameer Bhattacharya of Flyleaf on guitar
March 11 – Ignescent at The Back Bar with Trapt in Janesville, WI
May 7 – Ignescent at Suicide Awareness Show in Chicago – place tbd
May 13 – Ignescent at WC Social Club with Disciple in West Chicago, IL
July 15 – Ignescent at Rock Fest in Cadott, WI featuring Sameer Bhattacharya of Flyleaf on guitar

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

Website: https://ignescentmusic.com

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

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ESTK’s Latest LP Could Be The Band’s Breakout Record

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Arizona based metalcore band Eyes Set to Kill released its latest full length album back in September.  Masks is not the band’s first album.  But it is the first for the band on its new home, Century Media Records.  And it is more proof of why Century Media has gradually become the rightful leading label in the rock community.  The band’s new album is so impressive because it actually stands out among the far too overcrowded metalcore field.  One listen through Masks reveals Eyes Set To Kill to present a sound that fuses elements of Lacuna Coil, Kittie, and even Evanescence to a lesser degree in terms of its sound.  Lyrically, the songs collected for this album come across as having come from a very personal place.  That mix of personal lyrics and equally powerful music make the band’s latest effort one that every member of the Metal Nation worldwide should hear at least once.

Masks is not the first album from Eyes Set To Kill.  But for those that might be new to this Arizona based band’s music, it is an excellent introduction.  Singer Alexia Rodriguez noted of the title to the band’s new album that it was the result of essentially feeling fake.  She said of dealing with certain people through the band’s history, ”I felt like we were wearing a bunch of masks to impress people. At one point, I had a bit of a revelation. We have gone through so many changes over the years, but it wasn’t about anybody else. It was about us – we’ve really found the band’s face at this point. We aren’t wearing masks anymore.”  She couldn’t be more right.  Her response to those people is made clear on this album’s opener/title track.  The song clocks in at less than two minutes.  In that short time, she throws no punches, singing, “I love the ways they tell us/This is who you should be/We put our faces on/Just like a mask/While they’re trying to make a fool out of me.”  Sadly, this is the case with so many record labels out there even today.  They are controlled by people that are more concerned with the bottom line than actually helping bands and artists develop their talent.  Her response is exactly what so many other bands have felt as far as memory serves.  Making the song even better is the fact that she didn’t just go the classless route and put any one person or label on blast.  She just made a blanket statement that still expressed what she and her band mates felt.  The manner in which the song starts off, eventually building to its peak makes the combination of music and lyrics hit even harder.

As short as it is, the title track from Eyes Set To Kill’s new album is a proper way to open the album.  It’s just one of the songs that listeners will find enjoyable.  Audiences that might be new to the music of Eyes Set To Kill will find that singer Alexis Rodriguez shares vocal duties with fellow band mate Cisko Miranda throughout the band’s new record.  The side-by-side of the two vocalists’ talents is certain to draw comparisons to certain other bands.  Yet the pairing still manages to help make the band’s music stand out at the same time.  One example of how the duo’s vocal pairing stands out comes early on in the album’s third track, ‘Lost and Forgotten.’  Miranda handles the song’s verses while he and Rodriguez share vocal duties in the song’s chorus.  Miranda exhibits quite the power in his vocals as he screams, “We are the scum of the Earth/The voice in the crowd/Of a thousand mouths/The ones who fight on/Because we’ll always fight on/Oh, we’ll never back down.”  That opening verse leaves no room for interpretation.  The song itself is a no nonsense, fist-pumping anthem much along the lines of Slipknot’s ‘Pulse of the Maggots’ or certain songs from Disturbed and other hard rock acts.  That is to say it is similar to those pieces in terms of its defiant lyrics.  It serves to carry on the long-standing tradition of hard rock bands flipping the proverbial bird to those that would look down their noses at the metal minions around the world.  For that fact alone, and for its equally impressive musical side, this song becomes another highlight to ESTK’s new album.

‘Lost and Forgotten’ is easily one of the best of the best from ESTK’s new record.  It should be emphasized here that it’s just one of the album’s highpoints.  There are so many songs from which listeners will find to call their favorite(s).  This critic will provide just one more song as another of that mass of high points offered in this record.  That song is ‘Infected.’  This song lyrically seems to come from a personal place, as with many of the album’s works.  Rodriguez sings on this song, “How does it feel on the outside/Looking inside/Till you feel rejected/I watch you to see what it looks like/On the inside/You’re the one infected.”  She goes on to sing with just as much anger, “Now/Now I feel ambitious/I’m giving away/Giving away your secrets/Just to watch you burn!”  This is a very telling verse.  There were obviously some hurt feelings by someone when these lines were written.  And set against the driving guitars and drums of her band mates, it would be no exaggeration to say that given the proper support, it could easily help to spread Eyes Set To Kill to the mainstream masses.  Those wanting to hear those other songs can do so now.  Masks is available in stores and online now.  It can be ordered direct from the Century Media Records store at http://www.cmdistro.com/Item/Eyes_Set_To_Kill_-_Masks_-PRE-ORDER-/46364?Aff=cus.  After ordering or buying the album, fans can find out about the band’s latest tour dates and news online at http://www.facebook.com/eyessettokill.  And to keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.