Quensryche Debuts More New Music From ‘The Verdict’; Announces New Live Dates

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Queensryche debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single for ‘Inner Unrest‘ Thursday.  The song is featured in the band’s 2019 album The Verdict.  The song’s musical arrangement is classic Queensryche throughout.  Its lyrical content tackles a very heavy topic, as front man Todd LaTorre explained in a recent interview.

“‘Inner Unrest’ is an abstract characterization loosely based on the struggles dealing with PTSD; the inner and external battles one must fight daily,” he said.

‘Inner Unrest’ is the seventh single spawned from The Verdict.  The album has also produced the singles ‘Blood of the Levant,’ ‘Light Years,’ ‘Man The Machine,’ ‘Dark Reverie,’ ‘Bent‘ and ‘Propaganda Fashion.’

 

Queensryche will launch the next leg of its ongoing tour in support of The Verdict Jan. 17 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  The tour is scheduled to run through Feb. 27 in Orlando, FL and to feature performances in cities nationwide, such as Charlotte, NC; Austin, TX and Anaheim, CA.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

QUEENSRYCHE “THE VERDICT TOUR” 2020 with John 5:
January 17 – Ft Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
January 18 – St Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
January 19 – Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre
January 22 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
January 23 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
January 24 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
January 25 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
January 28 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
January 29 – San Diego, CA – Music Box
January 30 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
January 31 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
February 1 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
February 4 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
February 5 – Seattle, WA – Neptune
February 7 – Denver, CO – Ogden
February 8 – Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads*
February 9 – St Louis, MO – Delmar*
February 12 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe
February 13 – Detroit, MI – St Andrew’s Hall*
February 14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theatre
February 15 – Sayerville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
February 16 – Boston, MA – Big Night
February 19 – Glensdale, PA Keswick Theatre
February 20 – Baltimore, MD Baltimore Sound Stage*
February 21 – North Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
February 22 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground*
February 25 – Huntsville, AL – Mars Music Hall
February 26 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theater*
February 27 – Orlando. FL – Plaza Live
*without John 5

John 5 and Eve To Adam will serve as support for the band’s upcoming dates.

More information on Queensryche’s upcoming tour, new single, album and more is available online at:

 

Website: http://www.queensrycheofficial.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/queensryche

 

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Modern Mimes Debuts ‘Mind Lies’ Video; Announces New Live Dates

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Modern Mimes debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new song ‘Mind Lies‘ Wednesday.  The neo-goth act’s video presents its members — Adi Elcida Hernandez and Ernesto Paez — performing their single in a dimly lit backdrop.  Hernandez is, for some reason, eventually covered in a variety of paint as the song and video  near their finale.

The debut of ‘Mind Lies’ comes more than six months after the band debuted the video for its cover of Type O Negative’s hit song ‘I Don’t Wanna Be Me‘ and approximately nine months after the band debuted its lead single ‘Stare.’ ‘I Don’t Wanna  Be Me’ was even fully endorsed by the surviving members of the band and has received almost 28,000 views since its debut Nov. 10.

‘Mind Lies’ and ‘Stare’ are both taken from Modern Mimes’ album The Gray.  The album is available now.

Modern Mimes is scheduled to tour in support of The Gray this spring alongside Wayland and Eve To Adam starting May 22.  The bands’ tour is scheduled to run through June 1 and feature performances in cities, such as Madison, WI; Merriam, KS and Boyd, WI.

The full track listing for The Gray is noted below.

The Gray Album:

1. Stunt Double
2. The Gray
3. Black Swan
4. Stare *
5. My Own Summer (Shove It)
6. Mind Lies
7. Final Days
8. Crosses
9. Goodbye Hello

More information on The Gray is available online now along with all of Modern Mimes’ latest news and more at:

 

Websitehttp://www.modernmimes.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/modernmimesmusic

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/ModernMimes

 

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Project 86 “Among” Rock and Metal’s Best On Phil’s Picks 2017 Top New Hard Rock & Metal Albums

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For those about to rock, we salute you!

Yes, everyone knows that phrase from AC/DC’s classic song by the same name.  As popular as it is, it is more than just a song lyric and title.  It is a statement of honor for the acts and audiences who span the rock community.  This year, as with every year prior, there are so many bands to honor as the year nears its end, including hard rock and metal bands.  In case it hasn’t become clear by now, this article focuses on this critic’s choices for the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.  As with every list before, compiling it was not an easy task.  New releases from Project 86, Arch Enemy, Iced Earth, and so many others made this year’s field of new hard rock and metal albums very crowded.  That is putting it lightly.  Between well-known mainstream acts and their lesser-known independent counterparts, the two sides collectively offered so many impressive new albums.

Topping this critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums is Project 86’s latest album Sheep Among Wolves.  The band’s 10th full-length studio recording in 20 years, this record takes all of the best elements of the band’s past — both musically and lyrically — and uses them to craft a work that is just as memorable and engaging as its predecessors.  Also on this year’s list from Phil’s Picks are new albums from — as already noted — Iced Earth and Arch Enemy — as well as new offerings from Overkill, Act of Defiance, Prong, Adrenaline Mob, Blacktop Mojo and others. As with every list, this list presents this critic’s Top 10 titles plus five additional titles for a total of 15 records.  That being noted, here for you is Phil’s Picks’ 2017 Top 10 New Hard Rock & Metal Albums.

PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW HARD ROCK & METAL ALBUMS

  1. Project 86 — Sheep Among Wolves
  2. Prong — Zero Days
  3. Act of Defiance — Old Scars, New Wounds
  4. Overkill — The Grinding Wheel
  5. Iced Earth — Incorruptable
  6. Blacktop Mojo — Burn The Ships
  7. Adrenaline Mob — We The People
  8. Marty Friedman — Wall of Sound
  9. Corroded — Defcon Zero
  10. Dragonforce — Reaching Into Infinity
  11. The Haunted — Strength In Numbers
  12. Doyle — As We Die
  13. Demon Hunter — Outlive
  14. 36 Crazyfists — Lanterns
  15. Arch Enemy — Will To Power

That’s all for this list.  Again, it was not an easy list to compile.  Acts the likes of Eve To Eve to Adam, Marty Friedman, Sepultura, Annihilator, Mastodon and so many others all deserve their own share of credit.  With that in mind, it becomes easy to see why no disrespect was meant to any one act or another here.  Every noted act released its own impressive album.  Only so many spaces were available, sadly.

2018 is already shaping up to be an interesting year in its own right, with new material from Ministry on the way alongside new albums from Judas Priest, Saxon, Machine Head, Corrosion of Conformity, Tool, Clutch and lots more.  Stay tuned for all of that in the new year.  To keep up with all of 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.

Young Fox Takes The “Gold” On Phil’s Picks’ 2017 Top 10 New Independent Albums List

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Independent recordings are the backbone of the music industry.  Regardless of whether the band is a major name releasing an album on its own, through an independent record label or a lesser-known band doing one or the other, those albums tend to have just as much substance as their more well-known counterparts, if not more.  Keeping that in mind, independent albums (whether released independently or through indie labels) are just as important to the industry as major releases.  That being the case, they deserve their own year-ender list annually just as much as their more commercially-known releases, so Phil’s Picks is giving those recordings their due credit and coverage.  Presented here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks’ 2017 Top 10 New Independent Albums.  The list features the year’s 10 best new independent recordings plus five honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles, as in years past.

Topping this year’s list of best new independent albums is the new release from underground rock band Young Fox.  The band’s new album Sky Beats Gold proved this year to stand out brightly with its equally deep lyrical content and musical arrangements.  The pairing of those two elements made this album from start to finish a surprisingly powerful effort from the Pittsburgh, PA-based band.  Also included in this year’s list are new albums from the likes of Blacktop Mojo, Hell or Highwater, KXM and others.  Again, many of these bands and albums are such that they are not as well-known as perhaps other bands.  But their albums prove to be just as worthwhile as anything released by their more well-known counterparts.  Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 New Independent Albums.

PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW INDEPENDENT ALBUMS

  1. Young Fox — Sky Beats Gold
  2. Mike Mangioni & The Kin — But I’ve Seen The Stars
  3. Blacktop Mojo — Burn The Ships
  4. Pimps of Joytime — Third Wall Chronicles
  5. Corroded — Defcon Zero
  6. KXM — Scatterbrain
  7. At The Wayside — The Breakdown & The Fall
  8. Hank, Pattie & the Current — Hold Your Head Up High
  9. Mipso — Coming Down The Mountain
  10. All out Street Jam — Living Free
  11. Hell or Highwater — Vistas
  12. Spiral Crush — Electric Life
  13. Eve To Adam — Odyssey
  14. Galactic Empire — Galactic Empire
  15. Satan Takes A Holiday — Aliens

That’s it for this year’s list of top new independent albums.  It should be re-iterated that this was not an easy list to establish as there were so many quality independent albums this year.  Lyrical content and musical arrangements alike had to be considered.  There was no bad lyrical or musical content from any noted album.  Every act on this list should be proud of its album as there is so much to appreciate in each.  Next up from Phil’s Picks as the days tick to the year’s end is Phil’s Picks’ 2017 Top 10 New Country/Bluegrass/Folk/Americana albums.  Since each genre shares so much similarity with the others, it is easiest to combine them into one category rather than try to spread them out.  Stay tuned, and congratulations again to this year’s Top New Independent Albums winners.

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Eve To Adam’s New LP Takes Listeners On An Enjoyable Musical Journey

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Hard rock outfit Eve To Adam has been on quite the voyage since originally forming in 2001 in New York.  From lineup and label changes to struggles getting albums released to playing with some of rock’s biggest names past and present, this band has seen the highest of highs and the lowest of lows throughout its life.  So it makes sense that with its latest album—its fifth full length album—the band opted for the title Odyssey.  The 10-song, 37-minute album was released late last month via Rocktagon Worldwide Music, and shows both musically and lyrically how far this band has come in the now 16 years that it has been in existence. Its heavy emphasis on electronics and keyboards presents a sound that will appeal to fans of Orgy, Powerman 5000 and other similar acts.  Its lyrical content is just as varied.  It ranges from a commentary about the life in ‘The Price’ to a statement of self-confidence in the fist-pumping opener ‘Altitude’ to the anthemic closer ‘Day Drinkin’ and more.  Between the varied lyrical themes presented throughout the record and its musical arrangements, the whole of those elements makes Odyssey a musical journey that is well worth taking.

Eve To Adam’s latest full-length studio recording Odyssey is a musical journey that proves well worth taking.  That is exhibited through the record’s musical arrangements and its widely varying lyrical themes.  ‘The Price’ is just one of the songs included in this record that serves to support these statements. The song’s up-tempo, guitar-driven arrangement will instantly have listeners pumping their fists as their blood flows so fast with the music.  The intensity in that arrangement serves well to illustrate the emotion expressed in the song’s lyrical content, which seems to be a commentary of sorts of life.  That is inferred as front man Taki Sassaris sings in the song’s lead verse, “The price is high/You know you were told/Oh darling let me go/Before my body’s cold/And my weary heart grows old/The memory/Now comes to me/So far removed/From a life I used to know/Suddenly you realize it/The time remaining has been bought and sold.”  It is as is Sassaris is saying here, “let me make the most of my life.”  That is inferred even more as he sings in the song’s chorus, “Money all day all day/You gotta get paid/Running around insane/No time to hesitate/Some days, some days/You never get ahead/Well I’m not your slave, no slave/The price will be paid.”  Who precisely Sassaris is addressing as he sings, “I’m not your slave” would be interesting to learn.  That aside, it seems even more through this and the song’s lead verse that he is singing about not letting life get the better of one’s self.  The contrast of that chorus to the song’s second verse seems to hint at that message even more. Sassaris sings in that second verse, “The style instills/It makes this work/Consuming all my thoughts/Inside these fears stand tall/One by one the brave now fall.”  The song’s chorus responds to that message with its message of making the most once again.  When that seeming message of overcoming life’s difficult moments presented in the song’s lyrical content is set against the driving energy in the song’s musical arrangement, the two elements together make this song stand out against the record’s other offerings.  It also serves to help show why this record in whole is a musical journey worth taking, and is just one example of what makes that trip worthwhile.  ‘Altitude,’ the album’s opener, is another example of what makes journey taken through this record so worthwhile.

‘The Price’ is a clear example of what makes the journey taken through Odyssey worthwhile.  That is due to the partnering of the song’s driving musical arrangement and its thought provoking lyrical content.  It is just one of the songs that serves to make the trip taken through this record so worthwhile, too.  ‘Altitude,’ the record’s opener is another example of what makes that journey so worthwhile.  As with ‘The Price’ that is exhibited in part through the song’s musical arrangement.  This song’s musical arrangement is heavy on keyboards.  The combination of the keyboards with the guitars and vocal elements in the mid-tempo rocker makes the song a solid start to the record.  The song’s lyrical content is just as interesting to take in.  Sassaris sings in the song’s lead verse, “It’s now fast approaching/It’s my favorite time you see/The moment right before you reach/You feel this clarity/A painful total freedom/I have no anxiety/Anything that steals from this/Becomes an enemy/You’ll see.  This is a statement of confidence, plain and simple.  Considering the band’s *ahem* odyssey up to the point of this album’s release, it makes sense that it would be the record’s first lyrical statement. It is Sassaris saying, “I’m still here.  Nothing is going to get me down.”  That message is driven home even more as he and the rest of the band sing in the song’s chorus, “Free from me/I’m far above it all/Not a worry in my head/I’m free from me/I’m far above it all/For as long as I can be.”  The song’s second verse solidifies that message of confidence and optimism even more as Sassaris sings, “Don’t you take for granted/This zero gravity/It’s never very easy/To escape captivity/Now try to remember/Why you fought for this release/This elevation’s beautiful/But it’s difficult to breathe/You’ll see.”  He comes across as saying that getting that getting out on one’s own, so don’t’ lose sight of things on that personal journey.  It’s a strong statement, and again is only this critic’s interpretation.  Hopefully it is the correct interpretation, but should not be taking as gospel.  That aside, that seeming message of self-confidence and determination, when coupled with the song’s hard-hitting musical arrangement, makes this song a solid first impression from the band on this latest effort.  The combination of the two elements shows in its own way what makes the journey taken in this record is worthwhile.  It is not the last song that serves to support that statement, either.  The album’s closer, ‘Day Drinkin’’ supports that statement, too.

‘The Price’ and ‘Altitude’ are both songs that serve to show why the musical journey on which Eve To Adam takes listeners on its new album is so worthwhile.  They are only two examples of what makes that journey worthwhile.  The album’s closer, ‘Day Drinkin’ puts the proverbial exclamation mark on that statement.  As with the previously noted compositions, that is due in part to the song’s musical arrangement.  Unlike those songs, this song’s composition is more of a straight forward rock song.  It can be argued that it is the album’s most radio-ready song, too, with its anthemic arrangement.  The song’s lyrical content is just as infectious as Sassaris and company sing, “You know what we need right now/You feel it when we’re hanging out…So we’re day drinkin’/throw ‘em back till the morning light/Day drinkin’/Livin’ hard, but it feels so right/Numb the pain to fight the fire/Day drinkin’/There ain’t no shame in this way of life.”  Such content, coupled with the song’s bombastic arrangement instantly conjures thoughts of Motley Crue.  This should come as no surprise considering said band is one of the acts that ETA has emulated in its previous albums.  It’s just a fun song and an equally fun final statement from the band on this record.  It shows one last time why indeed the journey on which this record takes listeners is well worth taking.

Eve To Adam’s latest full-length album Odyssey sends listeners on quite the musical journey over the course of its 10 songs and 37 minutes.  From the high energy and confidence expressed in its opener to the more contemplative yet still powerful content of ‘The Price’ to the fun, infectious content of the album’s closer and all points in-between, this record offers listeners plenty to appreciate.  All things considered, they make the journey that listeners take this time fully worthwhile.  Odyssey is available now in stores and online.  More information on Odyssey is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.evetoadam.rocks

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/EVETOADAMMUSIC

 

 

 

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Rock Into Spring Festival Adds New Sponsors, Bands

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Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

More new sponsors have been added to this spring’s upcoming Rock Into Spring festival presented by music products company Gangster.

Heineken and Findlay Chevrolet have signed on as the latest new additions to the festival’s already long list of sponsors.  While Heineken will serve as a sponsor for the three-day pool party at the M Resort’s pool, Findlay Chevrolet will add even more interest to the festivities with a free car giveaway.

The Las Vegas-based dealership will give away a brand new car on April 30, the festival’s final day.  The car will be given away during the event.

Heineken and Findlay Chevrolet are just two of the companies to recently sign on as sponsors for the event.  Shakespeare Vodka, No Cover Magazine, Presidential Limousine, SB Craft Jerky and Fest Pop also signed on as sponsors of the weekend-long festival.

The festival’s list of sponsors isn’t the only list that recently grew in size.  Two more bands were also recently added to the festival’s already extensive list of performers in the form of Buckcherry and Adelitas Way.

Already listed as performers on the festival’s bill are: Art of Anarchy, Sick Puppies, Trapt, DJ Lethal from Limp Bizkit, Alien Ant Farm, Eve To Adam, Bobaflex, 9Electric, Another Lost Year, Shallow Side, Blacklite District, VYCES, Behind The Fallen, Artifas, Lola Black, The Broken Thumbs, Quor, Silent Theory and many others.

Along with its extensive list of performers, Rock Into Spring will also feature 20 top tattoo artists to provide concert-goers with new ink. They include Ink Master’s Randy Vollink, James Francis, Cleen Rock One, King Rock, MTV’s Drama Diablo and others.

Rock Into Spring is presented by Gangster and hosted by Crank Up Live, Yourlisten.com, the Rocking Comedy Show and Radio Rock Vegas.  The festival is a 21 and over event.  Valid state or federal ID is required for entry.  Tickets can be purchased online now via Ticketfly.  VIP packages can be purchased online now here.

More information on the Rock Into Spring Festival is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://rockintospring.com

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

 

 

 

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Eve To Adam Unveils New Single, Announces Tour Schedule

Eve To Adam is giving audiences a taste of its next full-length studio recording.

The band unveiled the lead single from its upcoming album Odyssey this week.

‘Tongue Tied’ is an up-tempo composition driven largely by drummer Alex Sassaris’ time keeping. The dual guitar attack of Markus Wells and Mat Spaker adds even more depth to the song’s arrangement.

The song’s lyrical content is a commentary on standing up to one’s critics, said front man Taki Sassaris. He said the motivation for the song’s far-reaching lyrical content came from seeing acts stroking music industry insiders’ egos, churning out the same thing from one act to another.

“To quote Billy Squier, “Stroke Me, Stroke Me” says the music business to every band out there busting their a** to make it,” Sassaris said. “Eve To Adam is now done with that song and dance.  Too many bands doing the same thing really led us to the point of trying something different.  Eve To Adam’s sound is looking to the future, and Odyssey is our first big step in that direction.  In wanting to people’s attention to our evolution and survival, ‘Tongue Tied’ became the perfect choice for a first single; an anthem for shutting up your haters by succeeding where they thought you had failed.”

‘Tongue Tied’ is streaming online now here.

Courtesy: High Road Publicity

Courtesy: High Road Publicity

The release of ‘Tongue Tied’ is just one way the band is promoting Odyssey.  The band has also announced an upcoming tour dubbed “The Tongue Tied Tour” beginning February 11 in Orlando, Florida.  The tour also includes a performance Feb. 15 in Raleigh, NC.  Chris Warner will fill in as Eve To Adam’s drummer for the course of the tour in Alex Sassaris’ place.  Message From Sylvia will serve as support throughout the tour.  The schedule for “The Tongue Tied Tour” is noted below.  Meet and Greet and VIP packages can be purchased here.

Courtesy: High Road Publicity

Courtesy: High Road Publicity

02/11 @ The Haven – Orlando, FL
02/12 @ Local 662 – Jacksonville, FL
02/14@ Ground Zero – Charleston, SC
02/15h @ The Maywood – Raleigh, NC
02/16 @ Fish Head Cantina – Baltimore, MD
02/17 @ TBA – Poughkeepsie, NY
02/18 @ Backthorn 51 – New York, NY
02/19 @ Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ
02/21 @ Championship Bar – Harrisburg, PA
02/22 @ Whisky Warehouse – Mansfield, OH
02/23 @ Diesel – Chesterfield, MI
02/24 @ The Agora – Cleveland, OH
02/25 @ The Music Factory – Battle Creek, MI
02/26 @ The Back Bar – Janesville, Wisconsin
02/28 @ The Venue – Dubuque, IA
03/01 @ Top Fuel Saloon – Bradiwood, IL
03/02 @ Phat Headz Bar – Green Bay, WI
03/03 @ Every Buddy’s Bar – Chippewa Falls, WI
03/04 @ The Loaded Buffalo – Mundelein, IL
03/07 @ Vaudville Mews – Des Moines, IA
03/08 @ Fubar – St. Louis, MO
03/10 @ Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO
03/11 @ The Warehouse – Clarksville, TN
03/12 @ The Open Chord – Knoxville, TN

More information on Eve To Adam’s new single, upcoming album, tour and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.evetoadam.rocks

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/EVETOADAMMUSIC

 

 

 

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