Chad Gray Joining A Killer’s Confession For New Single

Chad Gray (l) and Waylon Reavis (r) have partnered for A Killer’s Confession’s new single.
Photo credit: Wake Up! Music Rocks

Chad Gray is lending his talents to a new single from A Killer’s Confession.

Gray (Mudvayne, Hellyeah) has partnered with the band for its new single, ‘Tell Your Soul.’ The single is scheduled for release Aug. 6 through Wake Up! Music Rocks. It will feature in the band’s as yet untitled forthcoming third album, which is scheduled for release later this year.

Front man Waylon Reavis (ex-Mushroomhead) spoke positively of the new single and collaboration during a recent interview.

“This song was an amazing collaboration between Sahaj Ticotin (Ra), Chad Gray, and myself,” said Reavis. “It was an honor to work with such true professional artists on such a powerful song. I hope everyone can feel the raw emotion and are moved just like I am when they listen.”

Added Reavis, “This song is about forgiveness and acceptance of one’s own shortcomings. I want to thank Chad and Sahaj for being such great friends and recording this song with me. Wombat absolutely crushed this video. Amazing talent all the way around!”

Gray shared Reavis’ anticipation for the song and its video.

“Waylon has wanted to do a song with me for a very long time, and earlier this year, we tried, but the song just didn’t fit either one of us,” he said. “So we went back to the drawing board with Sahaj Ticotin. The song really spoke to me, so we went for it. Everything just seems to fall into place. I’m really excited about this release.”

Added Gray, “My boy Wombat absolutely killed the video. I’m stoked for this song to drop. It’s a nice prelude to some more solo stuff I have on the way. I can’t wait for you all to hear this. Enjoy.” 

Gray’s collaboration with AKC is just his latest. He worked with fellow rocker Hyro The Hero last year on his song, ‘Fight.’

In other news, A Killer’s Confession is on tour with Gemini Syndrome for that band’s headlining tour. AKC’s run with Gemini Syndrome is scheduled to run through Aug. 15 in Albuquerque, NM. Following that run, AKC will head out on its own headlining tour, which is scheduled to launch Aug. 18 in Houston, TX and to run through Sept. 10 in Mansfield, OH.

The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

AKC Tour Dates:

With Gemini Syndrome

Jul. 27 – Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz

Jul. 28 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Crafthouse Stage & Grill

Jul. 30 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater

Jul. 31 – Harrisburg, PA – HMAC

Aug. 1 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage

Aug. 3 – Fort Wayne, IN – Ft. Wayne Entertainment Center

Aug. 5 – Columbus, OH – The King Of Clubs

Aug. 6 – Akron, OH – Empire Concert Club SOLD OUT

Aug. 7 – Louisville, KY – Diamond Ballroom

Aug. 8 – Nashville, TN – Basement East

Aug. 10 – Tulsa, OK – The Shrine

Aug. 11 – OKC, OK – 89th St Collective

Aug. 12 – Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck

Aug. 14 – Denver, CO – Oriental Theater

Aug. 15 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad

Headline shows / Festivals:

Aug. 18 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar

Aug. 20 – Jacksonville, FL – Acchetype

Aug. 21 – Orlando, FL – Central Florida Metal Fest V

Aug. 24 – Memphis, TN – Growlers

Aug. 25 – Huntsville, AL – Sidetracks

Aug. 26 – Pipestem, WV – Metal In The Mountains

Sep. 10 – Mansfield, OH – Inkcarceration

A Killer’s Confession with Gemini Syndrome and its upcoming headlining shows are just its latest. The band most recently ran a headline tour from May 7-24 with support from Heartsick and The Failsafe.

A Killer’s Confession premiered its latest single, ‘Trapped Inside‘ and its companion video April 29. The premiere of the song and its video came less than a month after the premiere of AKC’s then latest single, ‘Light to Darkness‘ and its video.

A Killer’s Confession debuted another single, ‘Remember‘ and its video in January.

More information on A Killer’s Confession’s new tour dates, single, and video is available along with all of the band ‘s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.akillersconfession.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/akillersconfession

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/WaylonAKC

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Nonpoint Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

Nonpoint will head back out on the road later this summer for a full-length tour

The band made the announcement Friday. It will launch what it has dubbed the “I’m About to Explode Part I” Tour Sept. 11 in Easton, PA. The tour is scheduled to run through Oct. 10 in Tempe, AZ and features performances in cities nationwide, such as Jacksonville, NC; Green Bay WI and Destin, FL.

Front man Elias Soriano was upbeat as he talked during a recent interview, about getting back on the road.

“We’re coming out of the pandemic swinging!,” he said. “The bands and the shows will leave fans talking for weeks.. Production is new, show is BRAND NEW, deep cuts from our catalog and our most Ruthless Setlist ever. ITS ABOUT TO EXPLODE, Part 1 is the swing of the bat and first contact”

The band had previously announced a handful of live dates for this month and September, as well as the schedule for its 2022 appearance on the ShipRocked Cruise. It makes this announcement the band’s first big tour announcement of the year.

Dropout Kings, Saul, and Any Given Sunday will serve as support throughout much of the tour. Joining the band for other dates are the likes of Tetrach, Seether, Atreyu, and Plush.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here. The announcement of the new tour comes more than two months after it premiered its latest single, ‘Ruthless.’ The band premiered the song’s video last month.

I’m About To Explode Tour Pt. 1 with special guests: Saul, Dropout Kings, & Any Given Sin

09.11.21 – One Centre Square – Easton, PA

09.12.21 – House of Independents – Asbury Park, NJ

09.14.21 – Wallys – Hampton Beach, NH

09.15.21 – Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY

09.16.21 – Beachland Ballroom- Cleveland, OH

09.17.21 – Music Factory – Battle Creek, MI

09.19.21 – Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN

09.21.21 – Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, IN

09.22.21 – Rock City Bake Company – Charleston, WV

09.23.21 – Shagnastys Grubbery And Pour House – Huntsville, AL

09.24.21 – Amos – Charlotte, NC

09.28.21 – Capones – Johnson City, TN

09.29.21 – Hooligans – Jacksonville, NC

10.02.21 – Club LA – Destin, FL

Dates with Atreyu, Tetrarch & Another Day Dawns:

09.03.21 – Epic Event Center – Green Bay, WI

09.04.21 – Ovation – Newport, KY

09.05.21 – The Sylvee – Madison, WI

09.07.21 – Temple Live – Wichita, KS

09.08.21 – Temple Live – Fort Smith, AR

Dates with Seether & Plush:

09.30.21 – House of Blues – Mrytle Beach, SC

10.01.21 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA

10.10.21 – Marquee – Tempe, AZ

Nonpoint will be appearing at the following festivals:

09.10.21 – Blue Ridge Rock Fest – Danville, VA

09.18.21 – Fall Fling – Peoria, IL

09.25.21 – Rebel Rock – Orlando, FL

January 22-27, 2022 ShipRocked

More information on the band’s tour, the band’s new EP and more is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.nonpoint.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/nonpointworld

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/nonpoint

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Dirty Honey Joins The Black Crowes On Tour

Courtesy: Herfitz PR

Up-and-coming rock outfit Dirty Honey has joined The Black Crowes for the latter’s new tour.

The Black Crowes launched its “Shake Your Money Maker 2021Tour” Tuesday in Nashville, TN. The tour is scheduled to run through Oct. 2 in Tampa, FL and features performances in cities, such as Raleigh, NC; Houston, TX and San Diego, CA. Dirty Honey’s shows are in support of its recently released self-titled debut album.

The bands’ current tour is noted below.

THE BLACK CROWES’ 

“SHAKE YOUR MONEY MAKER 2021 TOUR”

with Special Guest DIRTY HONEY:

July

25  The XFINITY theatre, Hartford, CT 

28  S&T Bank Music Park, Pittsburgh, PA 

29  DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit, MI 

31  Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre., St. Louis, MO 

August 

 1  Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, Indianapolis, IN 

 3  Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH 

 7  Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL 

 8  American Family Insurance Amphitheatre, Milwaukee, WI 

10 Walmart Amp., Rogers, AR 

11 Dos Equis Pavilion, Dallas, TX 

14 Cynthia Mitchell Woods Pavilion, Houston, TX 

15 Germania Amphitheatre, Austin, TX 

18 North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA 

19 The Forum, Los Angeles, CA 

21 Concord Pavilion, Concord, CA 

22 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA 

25 Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre, Portland, OR 

26 White River Amphitheatre, Seattle, WA 

29 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver, CO 

30 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver, CO 

September 

 4  Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA 

 5  Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, Birmingham, AL 

 7  Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL 

 8  MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre., Tampa, FL 

10 PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC 

11 Coastal Credit Union Music Park @ Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC 

14 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY 

15 Xfinity Center, Boston, MA 

17 Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, NY 

18 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ 

22 Jiffy Lube Live, Washington, DC 

23 BB&T Pavilion, Philadelphia, PA 

DIRTY HONEY DATES:

September

25 WMMR MMR*B*Q, BB&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ

October 

 2 98Rockfest, Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL 

More information on Dirty Honey’s new record is available along with the group’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.dirtyhoney.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/DirtyHoneyMusic

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/dirtyhoneyband

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Ovtlier Debuts ‘Bulletproof’ Video

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Ovtlier debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band premiered the video for its single, ‘Bulletproof‘ Thursday through Decibel magazine. The video’s premiere comes less than a month after the band debuted the single by itself.

The video features the band performing its new single in what looks like the darkened corners of a warehouse and pairs that with footage of people taking their frustrations from their workplaces out against others in a fight club type setting. One of those people is a man who is being harassed by his boss despite doing his job the best he can. The other is a woman who has to endure being sexually harassed at her job.

According to information provided about the video, it features two fighters from Gladius Fights and Bomb Squad in the fight scenes. While the video features two people releasing their daily frustrations in such setting, the song’s lyrical theme is decidedly different, according to comments from front man Joey Arenas.

“We live in an age where everything has become politicized; from image to virus,” he said. “I have watched both bands and people label and segregate one another solely based on a difference of not character but opinion. We are force-fed so much false information by the media, although many are aware, we still have lost some humanity. I have grown impatient with the amount of ignorance and hypocrisy that spews from the puppets of this world. Anger would be an understatement. I look forward to the day people can look to grey area and realize there’s more to it all.”

Added Arenas, “‘Bulletproof’ is a call to my fellow man to remove the veils and look into the grey. These corrupt politicians are playing you. I don’t care what side you stand on or what bias feelings you hold to your “party”. I’m not left or right, up or down. I look at character and could care less about the empty promises and b******* they are selling to your emotions only to gain a vote. I refuse to be a pawn in their game.”

Arenas concluded, “We will never divide our audience based on age, sex, identity or politics, for our goal is to bring love and light together. Our “leaders” don’t want unity for that becomes a threat to agenda. I’m fed up. I want the old model to fall so we can build within its stead. It’s time for change and that starts with us.”

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Bulletproof’ immediately lends itself to comparison to works from Dry Kill Logic, Chimera, and Whitechapel. That is evidenced through the heavy, aggro-rock/metal style approach and sound to the song. The balance of the screams and clean vocals makes for comparisons to the likes of Tremonti and Sevendust.

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

In other news, Ovtlier is serving as support for Gemini Syndrome’s headlining tour this summer. The tour, which runs more than a month, launched July 9 in Salt Lake City, UT and is scheduled to run through Aug. 15 in Albuquerque, NM. It features performances in cities, such as Joliet, IL; Nashville, TN and Akron, OH.

The tour’s remaining schedule is noted below. A Killer’s Confession, and Pushing Veronica will also serve as support for the tour. Additionally, Fozzy will join the tour for one date in place of Pushing Veronica. Eva Under Fire will take Ovtlier’s place on at least two dates.


Jul 25 | Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
Jul 27 | Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz #
Jul 28 | Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse #
Jul 30 | Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theatre
Jul 31 | Harrisburg, PA – Stage On Herr
Aug 01 | Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
Aug 03 | Ft Wayne, IN – Ft. Wayne Entertainment Center
Aug 05 | Columbus, OH – King Of Clubs
Aug 06 | Akron, OH – Empire Concert Club
Aug 07 | Louisville, KY – Diamond Ballroom
Aug 08 | Nashville, TN – Basement East
Aug 10 | Tusla, OK – The Shrine
Aug 11 | Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street Collective
Aug 12 | Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck
Aug 14 | Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
Aug 15 | Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad

w/ Fozzy (No Pushing Veronica) †
Rock Fest + Upheaval Feativals (No Supporting Bands) ‡
w/ Eva Under Fire *direct support (No Ovtlier) #

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

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Twitterhttps://twitter.com/OvtlierBand

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Tremonti Premiere’s Video For New LP’s Lead Single

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Tremonti premiered the video for the lead single from its forthcoming album this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single, ‘If Not For You’ Thursday. The single is featured in the band’s forthcoming album, Marching in Time, which is scheduled for release Sept. 24 through Napalm Records. Album pre-orders are open, and audiences who pre-order the album now will get the track as an instant grat download.

The album will release on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below.

Marching In Time will be available in the following formats:
-CD Digipak      
-Digital Album  
-2LP Gatefold Black      
-2LP Gatefold Pink Transparent (Napalm Mailorder Only – limited to 500)
-Die-Hard Edition: 2LP Marble Transparent Black + Guitar Pick + Print (Napalm Mailorder Only – limited to 500)  
-Deluxe Box: Flag, Wristband & More! (Napalm Mailorder Only – limited to 500)

‘If Not For You’ is one of the heaviest songs that Tremonti — the brainchild of Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti — has released to date. It is a heavy, melodic hard rock opus that builds on everything that Tremonti himself has composed over the years as a member of Alter Bridge. This is especially evidenced in the song’s bridge, which finds Tremonti offering up a riff that can be argued to present some thrash influence. The contrast of that against the melodic hard rock approach of the rest of the song makes for an interesting overall presentation.

No information was provided as to the song’s lyrical theme in the press release distributed about the video’s premiere. A close listen is certain to generate its own share of discussion and interest. That is especially the case considering the chorus, in which Tremonti sings, “If not for you/Then I might be dead/So run while you can/I will follow from now/Until the end.” Additionally, the mention of leaving “here without a trace” and to “take me far from this place” pairs with the earlier note of someone else trying to “erase me once more” adds to some interest here. It is almost as if the song’s subject is one of those figures that is just completely reliant on someone other, almost to the point of desperation. This is all just the interpretation of this critic and should not be taken as the only interpretation.

The video for ‘If Not For You’ is more simple than the song’s lyrical theme. It features Tremonti and his band mates in a studio setting composed of video walls that play various, random images as the group performs its new single.

Courtesy: Napalm Records
Courtesy: Napalm Records

In other news, Tremonti has an extensive live schedule planned for the remainder of the year. The band is scheduled to tour with Sevendust and Lydia Can’t Breathe from September 3-26. Following that run, the band will take some time off to rest and recharge Daughtry, Sevendust, and Travis Bracht from Nov. 3 – Dec. 17.

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

Website: https://marktremonti.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/marktremonti

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The Keystones Debuts Thoughtful New Single, ‘Time Will Tell,’ Companion Video

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Independent rock band The Keystones opened the weekend with a new single and video.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Time Will Tell‘ and its companion video Friday. The song features a catchy pop-rock arrangement that also incorporates the slightest hint of pop punk from the 90s for a whole that is infectious throughout its nearly three-minute run time.

The upbeat musical arrangement featured in this song is accompanied by an equally positive lyrical theme that the band explained in a prepared statement.

“These lyrics are synonymous to our band as a whole, as our paths have ebbed and flowed, the statement reads. “We’ve been through many changes, hardships, and amazing times – but only ‘Time Will Tell’ what’s next.”

The video that accompanies the band’s new song does well to help translate the message in the song’s lyrical theme. It features the band performing its new single in a studio setting in a variety of outfits meant to match what specific labels are perhaps looking for as representatives from those labels reject them one by one. The band does not shy away from taking aim at just some of the labels that have perhaps rejected it over time. Among the labels spoofed in the video are Atlantic and Fearless. It is that visual reminder that again, time will tell what happens and to just accept what happens and move on.

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

Website: https://www.thekeystones.net

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/_thekeystones

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Blacktop Mojo Debuts ‘Wicked Woman’ Video; Announces New Live Dates

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Blacktop Mojo is continuing to build anticipation for its next album.

The band premiered the video for its latest single, ‘Wicked Woman’ Wednesday. The song is the second single from the band’s forthcoming self-titled album, which is scheduled for release Aug. 13. Pre-orders are open.

The 12-song record is the band’s fourth record and will come approximately two years after the release of the band’s third album, Under The Sun. Additionally, it will come more than a year after the release of the band’s EP, Static.

The premiere of ‘Wicked Woman’ was preceded by that of the album’s lead single, ‘Tail Light‘ and its video.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Wicked Woman’ is the polar opposite of that featured in ‘Tail Light.’ Where ‘Tail Light’ is a gentle, contemplative composition, ‘Wicked Woman’ is a heavy, bluesy work that even incorporates a little bit of metal influence in the song’s bridge.

No information about the song’s lyrical theme was presented in the press release distributed about the video’s premiere. However, the song’s title, lyrical content and video makes clear that the song is about a man trying to get away from a very bad woman.

In the case of the video, one of the band members is trying to get away from a couple of the men who have been put under the evil woman’s spell. It should be stressed here that due to some visual content and language this video is borderline NSFW.

In related news, Blacktop Mojo announced this week, the dates for the next leg of its tour in support of its new album. The second leg of the band’s tour is scheduled to launch Sept. 24 in Ft. Worth, TX and to run through Nov. 6 in Texarkana, AR. The second leg features performances in cities, such as Jacksonville, NC; Marietta, OH and Syracuse, NY.

The band is in the midst of the tour’s first leg of its tour. The band’s upcoming dates, including those for the second leg of the tour, are noted below.

BLACK TOP MOJO ON TOUR:
7/24 — Atlanta, GA — Masquerade (Purgatory)
7/25 — Huntsville, AL — Sidetracks Music Hall 
7/27 — Jackson, MS — Hal & Mal’s Red Room
7/28 — Leesville, LA — Shooters Bar & Billiards
7/30 — Chickasha, OK — Legends Pub House
7/31 — Kansas City, MO — Headlights Bar & Grill
8/1 — Des Moines, IA — Leftys 
8/3 — Minot, ND — The ‘O’ Riginal Bar & Nightclub
8/4 — Minneapolis, MN — Cabooze 
8/6 — Sheboygan, WI — Kiwanis Park
8/7 — Fort Madison, IA — RiverfestFM
8/8 — Madison, WI — The Annex   
8/10 — Cleveland, OH — The Winchester
8/11 — Columbus, OH — Woodlands Tavern   
8/13 — Port Byron, IL — Port Byron Great River Tug Fest
8/14 — Bristol, IN — Abate SummerFest
8/15 — Joliet, IL — The Forge 
8/17 — Nashville, TN — The End
8/18 — Memphis, TN — Growlers
8/20 — St. Louis, MO — Red Flag
8/21 — Hutchinson, KS — The Red Shed
8/22 — Lubbock, TX — Jakes
9/24 — Fort Worth, TX — Rail Club
9/25 — Enid, OK — Fling At The Springs
9/26 — Fort Smith, AR — Temple Live
9/30 — Biloxi, MS — The Cannery Bar & Grill
10/2 — Destin, FL — Club LA w/ Nonpoint
10/3 — Lake City, FL — Halpatter Brewing Company
10/5 — Orlando, FL — Soundbar
10/7 — Charlotte, NC — Amos
10/8 — Greensboro, NC — Blind Tiger
10/9 — Jacksonville, NC — Hooligans Music Hall
10/10 — Virginia Beach, VA — Elevation 27
10/12 — Brooklyn, NY — Kingsland
10/13 — Syracuse, NY — Lost Horizon
10/15 — Marietta, OH — Adelphia Music Hall
10/16 — Harrisburg, PA — HMAC
10/21 — Providence, RI — Alchemy
10/22 — Hampton Beach, NH — Wallys
10/23 — Hartford, CT — Webster Underground
10/24 — Albany, NY — Empire Underground
10/26 — Buffalo, NY — Mohawk Place
10/28 — Flint, MI — Machine Shop
10/29 — Indianapolis, IN — Emerson Theater
10/30 — Battle Creek, MI — Music Factory
10/31 — Ft Wayne, IN — Pieres
11/3 — West Dundee, IL — Rockhaus
11/4 — Peoria, IL — Crusens
11/5 — Wichita, KS — Temple Live
11/6 — Texarkana, AR — Crossties

In other news, Blacktop Mojo’s album will feature in NASCAR’s annual Brickyard 400 race this year. The race is scheduled to broadcast live at 1 p.m. ET Aug 15 on NBC with pre-race coverage scheduled to start at 11:05 a.m. ET. The No. 78 Live Fast Motorsports car, driven by Kyle Tilley, will feature the cover art for the band’s new album.

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

Websitehttps://www.blacktopmojo.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/BlacktopMojo

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/blacktopmojo

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Maya Nichole Premieres New Single, ‘Miles Away’

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Independent pop singer Maya Nichole debuted her latest single last month.

Nichole premiered her new single, ‘Miles Away’ June 22. The song features a reserved musical arrangement. It is a presentation whose subtle piano line, finger snaps, and vocals will immediately appeal to R&B fans and more specifically to fans of works from the likes of SZA, Tate Mcrae, and Jorja Smith.

The reserved nature in the song’s musical arrangement is paired well with the song’s lyrical theme, which according to Nichole, focuses on the familiar topic of a broken relationship.

“The lyrics of ‘Miles Away’ are from deep within and I hope you can feel some slight truth in that,” she said. “We have all likely found ourselves in love’s tragedy at one point or another in the part of life-journey we call love,” says Maya, “In this time in my life, I felt “Miles Away” from this person, myself, and love. This song allowed me to express that. This song helped me heal, as music so effortlessly does.” 

More information on Maya Nichole’s new single is available online at https://www.instagram.com/realmayanichole.

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Oceanhoarse Premieres ‘The Damage’ Lyric Video

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Oceanhoarse debuted the lyric video for its latest single this month.

The band premiered the lyric video for its song, ‘The Damage’ July 16. The song is the third single from the band’s forthcoming debut album, Dead Reckoning, which is scheduled for release Aug. 20 through Noble Demon. Pre-orders are open.

The debut of the band’s new lyric video comes more than two months after the band debuted the lyric video for the album’s then latest single, ‘Reaching Skyward.’ That song’s premiere was preceded by the debut of the album’s lead single, ‘One With The Gun.’ The song and its video premiered Feb. 26.

The band offered an explanation on the blistering new single’s musical arrangement in a prepared statement.

“The Damage’ is a heavy metal anthem that begins with a moody guitar intro followed by haunting vocals,” the statement reads. “Then, the song takes a sudden U-turn and drags you in the middle of a metal mayhem filled with some lightning fast drumming! The Alice in Chains style wailing vocal harmonies and the song’s epic closure with harmonized guitars ultimately leads us to the punchline: ‘The damage is done.’

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the news release distributed to the media. However, in listening to the song and watching the video, listeners can infer that the song’s lyrical theme deals with someone who is dealing with a lot of personal inner demons.

Speaking of the song’s video, it places the song’s lyrics over various backgrounds, such as images of a sea monster destroying a ship and the band members performing.

In other news, Oceanhoarse has announced a new series of live dates in support of its new album. The brief series of shows features performances in July, August, October, and December. The band’s live dates are noted below.

Upcoming Oceanhoarse shows:
27.10.2021 Telakka, Helsinki (w/ Bloodred Hourglass, MyGrain, Mors Subita)
26.12.2021 Hoarsefest 2021, On the Rocks, Helsinki (w/ Shereign, Thy Row)

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

Websitehttps://ucm.one/en/oceanhoarse

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Armored Saint Announces Winter Dates With Black Label Society

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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