Starset Announces New Album Details; Premieres Video For Album’s Lead Single; Announces New Live Dates

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Things are picking up again in the Starset camp as 2021 winds down.

The band announced through a news release Thursday, it is scheduled to release its next album, Horizons Oct. 22 through Fearless Records. In anticipation of the album’s release, the band premiered the video, Thursday, for the album’s lead single, ‘The Breach.’

The video for the band’s new single works with the overarching “story” featured in Horizons. It presents a family trying to escape the clutches of the digital technology that has overtaken mankind. The family actually wants to experience reality, not be controlled by that synthetic method of escaping it all. The cinematic experience plays out like something right out of a science fiction movie, and will keep viewers engaged and entertained throughout.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘The Breach’ is everything that audiences have come to expect from Starset over the years. The heavy, melodic elements are just a s present here as are the more industrial elements alongside that content.

While the song’s video tells a familiar sci-fi story, the song’s lyrical theme seems slightly different from that story. Looking through the song’s lyrics, the lyrical theme comes across as least to this critic as being that of overcoming specifically negative thoughts going through one’s mind. Considering the information provided about the band’s new album, that would seem to fit. The information in question states that the album explores themes of “pain, love, descent, and triumph.” This song seems to touch on the matters of that descent and triumph in one.

In other news, the noted news release also announced the schedule for Starset’s upcoming tour in support of Horizons. The tour is scheduled to launch Nov.3 in Asheville, NC and to run through Dec. 18 in Cleveland, OH. Stops in cities nationwide, such as Newport, KY; Dallas, TX and Nashville, TN are also featured in the schedule.

The band’s tour schedule is noted below. Tickets and VIP packages are available here along with the band’s current 2022 European tour schedule.

STARSET DEMONSTRATIONS:
11/3 — Asheville, NC — The Orange Peel
11/4 — Knoxville, TN — The Mill & Mine
11/5 — Atlanta, GA — Buckhead Theatre
11/7 — Ft. Smith, AR — Temple Live
11/8 — Dallas, TX — House of Blues
11/9 — Houston, TX — House of Blues
11/10 — San Antonio, TX — House of Blues
11/13 — Daytona, FL — Welcome to Rockville*
11/14 — N. Myrtle Beach, SC — House of Blues
11/15 — Harrisburg, PA — HMAC
11/17 — Philadelphia, PA — Theatre of Living Arts
11/19 — Stroudsburg, PA — Sherman Theater
11/20 — Horseheads, NY — The L
11/21 — Portland, ME — Aura
11/23 — Worcester, MA — The Palladium
11/24 — New Haven, CT — Toad’s Place
11/26 — Columbus, OH — Express Live 
11/27 — Newport, KY — Ovation
11/28 — Grand Rapids, MI — Intersection
11/30 — Bloomington, IL — The Castle Theater
12/1 — McKees Rock, PA — Roxian
12/3 — Buffalo, NY — Rapids Theater
12/4 — New York, NY — Irving Plaza
12/5 — Silver Spring, MD — The Fillmore Silver Spring
12/7 — Charlotte, NC — The Fillmore Charlotte
12/8 — Nashville, TN — Brooklyn Bowl
12/10 — St Louis, MO — Delmar Hall
12/11 — Madison, WI — The Sylvee
12/12 — Minneapolis, MN — The Fillmore Minneapolis
12/14 — Des Moines, IA — Wooly’s
12/15 — Chicago, IL — House of Blues
12/17 — Detroit, MI — Majestic Theatre
12/18 — Cleveland, OH — House of Blues
*Festival Date

Horizons‘ track listing is noted below.

HORIZONS TRACK LISTING:
“UNVEILING THE ARCHITECTURE”
“THE BREACH”
“OTHERWORLDLY”
“ICARUS”
“EARTHRISE”
“LEAVING THIS WORLD BEHIND”
“DEVOLUTION”
“ANNIHILATED LOVE”
“ALCHEMY”
“DISAPPEAR”
“ENDLESS ENDEAVOR”
“SYMBIOTIC”
“DREAMCATCHER”
“TUNNELVISION”
“INFECTED”
“SOMETHING WICKED”

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

Website: https://starsetonline.com

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Ice Nine Kills Takes On ‘Resident Evil’ Franchise In New Single, Video; Launches Related Merchandise Line

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Ice Nine Kills is taking on a modern horror favorite in its latest single and video.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Rainy Day‘ and its companion video Thursday. The song is the third single from the band’s forthcoming album,  The Silver Scream 2Welcome to Horrorwood, which is scheduled for release Oct. 15 through Fearless Records. The album most recently produced the single, ‘Assault and Batteries‘ and its companion video. Its premiere was preceded by that of the album’s lead single, ‘Hip To Be Scared‘ and its video.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Rainy Day’ takes Ice Nine Kills in a different direction than that which fans have come to expect. While its familiar melodies and harmonies are there, the arrangement adds more of an industrial influence here a la Spineshank and Gravity Kills in the choruses. The contrast of those influences makes the song in whole a unique, welcome new offering from the band and broadens even more, the picture of what audiences can expect from INK’s new album.

The lyrical theme featured here is simple. As noted the song takes on the classic Resident Evil franchise. Thus the story, which is accompanied by a video that presents its own “fan-made” style Resident Evil story. Front man Spencer Charnas even takes part in a surprising fashion in the video, which is in fact a two-part story. Audiences will be left to see the story in whole for themselves.

In related noted, INK has launched a new series of merchandise in line with the premiere of the new single and video. The new merchandise launch is part of the band’s ongoing Nightmare on the Ninth series of merchandise launches. Audiences can view all of the merchandise here.

The track listing for The Silver Scream 2Welcome to Horrorwood is noted below.

Ice Nine Kills

The Silver Scream 2: Welcome To Horrorwood

Track Listing

1. Opening Night…

2. Welcome To Horrorwood

3. A Rash Decision 

4. Assault & Batteries

5. The Shower Scene

6. Funeral Derangements 

7. Rainy Day 

8. Hip To Be Scared (feat. Jacoby Shaddix) 

9. Take Your Pick (feat. Corpsegrinder) 

10. The Box (feat. Brandon Saller of Atreyue & Ryan Kirby of Fit For A King) 

11. F.L.Y. (feat. Buddy Nielsen of Senses Fail) 

12. Wurst Vacation 

13. Ex-Mørtis

14. Farewell II Flesh 

The Silver Scream 2: Welcome To Horrorwood is the sequel to INK’s 2018 album, The Silver Scream and its companion record, The Silver Scream: The Final Cut. The Silver Scream and The Silver ScreamThe Final Cut produced the singles, ‘Thank God It’s Friday,’ ‘Stabbing in the Dark,’ ‘A Grave Mistake,‘ ‘The American Nightmare,’ ‘Savages,’ ‘Enjoy Your Slay‘ ‘A Grave Mistake,’ ‘Thank God It’s Friday,’ ‘Stabbing in the Dark‘ and a cover of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller.’

The band followed up The Silver ScreamThe Final Cut with the release of its live recording, I Heard They Kill Live last year. The recording produced live performances of The Silver Scream‘s songs, ‘Rocking The Boat,’ and ‘Stabbing in the Dark.’

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

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Wage War Announces New Album Details; Premieres Album’s New Single; Band’s Tour Is Underway

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Wage War will release its next album this fall.

The band made the announcement through a news release distributed Wednesday. The document states the album, titled Manic, is scheduled for release Oct.1 through Fearless Records. The band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘High Horse‘ and its video Aug. 6.

The band followed up the debut of that song and its video with the release of the album’s second single, ‘Circle The Drain‘ Wednesday.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Circle The Drain’ is a stark contrast to that of ‘High Horse.’ Where ‘High Horse’ is an intense, high-energy composition that is comparable to works from the likes of Slipknot, Lamb of God, and even Whitechapel, the arrangement featured in ‘Circle The Drain’ is a more deeply emotional style composition. There is a certain heaviness in the arrangement as the song reaches its breakdown/bridge section, but overall, this arrangement comes across more as an emocore type presentation.

The emotional approach to the song’s musical arrangement works well with the song’s lyrical theme, which the band talked about in a prepared statement.

“‘Circle the Drain’ is a song about learning from past mistakes and accepting responsibility in a world that needs change,” the statement reads. “It starts with us deciding to be a part of the solution.”

In other news, Wage War launched its tour in support of Manic Aug. 14. Beartooth and Dragged Under are serving as support. The tour is scheduled to run through Sept. 25 in Gran Rapids, MI. The tour additionally features performances in cities nationwide, such as Denver, CO; Seattle, WA and New Haven, CT.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

WAGE WAR ON TOUR:
WITH BEARTOOTH + DRAGGED UNDER:
     
8/26 — Fargo, ND —  Fargo Brewing Company 
8/27 — Minneapolis, MN —  Fillmore 
8/28 — Kansas City, MO —  Truman 
8/29 — Denver, CO  —  Summit 
8/31 — Oklahoma City, OK —  Diamond Ballroom
9/1 — Dallas, TX —  House of Blues 
9/3 — San Antonio, TX —  Vibes Event Center 
9/4 — Houston, TX —  House of Blues 
9/7 — Fort Lauderdale, FL —  Revolution 
9/8 — St. Petersburg, FL —  Jannus Landing 
9/9 — Atlanta, GA —  Masquerade
9/11 — Appomattox, VA —  Blue Ridge Rock Festival 
9/12 — Mansfield, OH —  Inkcarceration Festival 
9/13 — Philadelphia, PA —  Fillmore
9/15 — New York, NY —  Terminal 5
9/17 — Worcester, MA —  Palladium 
9/18 — Baltimore, MD —  Sound Stage
9/19 — New Haven, CT —  Toad’s Place
9/20 — Pittsburgh, PA —  Stage AE
9/22 — Chicago, IL —  House of Blues 
9/24 — Detroit, MI —  St. Andrews Hall
9/25 — Grand Rapids, MI  —  20 Monroe Live

More information on Wage War’s new single, video, and tour is available now along with all of Wage War’s latest tour dates, news and more at:

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Wage War Premieres New Single, Video

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Wage War made its official return this weekend.

The band debuted its new single, ‘High Horse‘ and its companion video Friday. The song and its video are the band’s first new content since the release of its third album, Pressure in 2019.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘High Horse’ is a high-energy composition that exhibits influences of Lamb of God, Slipknot, and even Whitechapel all in one. While those influences are audible, the song still presents a unique, intense identity.

No information about the song’s lyrical theme was provided in the press release announcing the premiere of the new song and its video. However, in listening to the song, the theme seems relatively straight forward. It comes across as an indictment of those people who think they are so much better than others. It presents a defiant message directed at those people, letting them know that they will eventually get knocked down.

The band was excited as it talked about its new single in a prepared statement.

“Over the last year, we have been working the hardest we ever have on music we couldn’t be more proud of,” the statement reads. “‘High Horse’ is just the first taste.” 

The video for ‘High Horse’ presents its own share of energy. the quick camera shots inside the warehouse setting in which the band is performing its new single heighten the overall listening experience.

In other news, Wage War is scheduled to launch a new tour next week with Beartooth and Dragged Under. The tour is scheduled to launch Aug. 14 in Las Vegas, NV and to run through Sept. 25 in Gran Rapids, MI. The tour additionally features performances in cities nationwide, such as Denver, CO; Seattle, WA and New Haven, CT.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

WAGE WAR ON TOUR:
WITH BEARTOOTH + DRAGGED UNDER:

8/14 — Las Vegas, NV —  House of Blues 
8/15 — San Diego, CA —  Soma
8/16 — Anaheim, CA —  House of Blues 
8/17 — Sacramento, CA —  Ace of Spades
8/19 — Portland, OR —  Crystal 
8/20 — Seattle, WA —  Showbox Sodo
8/21 — Spokane, WA —  Knitting Factory 
8/22 — Boise, ID  —  Revolution 
8/24 — Billings, MT  —  Zoo Montana 
8/26 — Fargo, ND —  Fargo Brewing Company 
8/27 — Minneapolis, MN —  Fillmore 
8/28 — Kansas City, MO —  Truman 
8/29 — Denver, CO  —  Summit 
8/31 — Oklahoma City, OK —  Diamond Ballroom
9/1 — Dallas, TX —  House of Blues 
9/3 — San Antonio, TX —  Vibes Event Center 
9/4 — Houston, TX —  House of Blues 
9/7 — Fort Lauderdale, FL —  Revolution 
9/8 — St. Petersburg, FL —  Jannus Landing 
9/9 — Atlanta, GA —  Masquerade
9/11 — Appomattox, VA —  Blue Ridge Rock Festival 
9/12 — Mansfield, OH —  Inkcarceration Festival 
9/13 — Philadelphia, PA —  Fillmore
9/15 — New York, NY —  Terminal 5
9/17 — Worcester, MA —  Palladium 
9/18 — Baltimore, MD —  Sound Stage
9/19 — New Haven, CT —  Toad’s Place
9/20 — Pittsburgh, PA —  Stage AE
9/22 — Chicago, IL —  House of Blues 
9/24 — Detroit, MI —  St. Andrews Hall
9/25 — Grand Rapids, MI  —  20 Monroe Live

More information on Wage War’s new single, video, and tour is available now along with all of Wage War’s latest tour dates, news and more at:

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Set It Off Debuts ‘Happy All The Time (Acoustic)’ Video

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Set It Off premiered the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its acoustic take of its song, ‘Happy All The Time’ Tuesday. The acoustic take is featured in the band’s recently released album, Midnight: The Final Chapter.

The band’s updates take of ‘Happy All The Time,’ which features a guest appearance by Compton Kidz Club and Issues bassist Skyler Acord, is just as enjoyable as the song’s original take.  The horns in the original song are replaced here with an equally light piano line.  The choral element from the original is carried over here to make the acoustic take uplifting, too.  Speaking honestly, the updated, acoustic take can actually be argued to be even more enjoyable than the original, and the original is enjoyable in its own right.

The video for the acoustic take of ‘Happy All The Time’ brings the Compton Kidz Club (an all female chorus) together with the members of Set It Off for the performance. The collective performs the single in a brightly lit setting that looks like a mix of an apartment setting and retail space. It is a unique setting for the uplifting composition.

Front man Cody Carson talked about the updated take of the song during a recent interview.

“With this acoustic version, we seriously stripped it down so you can really appreciate the incredible talents of Skyler Acord on bass and The Compton Kidz Club choir, led by Fred Martin,” said Carson. “It absolutely sends this song over the edge. It’s overflowing with emotion. Enjoy!”

Additionally, Carson talked about the song’s uplifting lyrical message.

“‘Happy All the Time’ has worked its way to bring my absolute favorite song off of Midnight,” he said.  “I am so damn proud of this song and the people involved with it. The message is important to me because we all feel so much pressure to be 100 percent all of the time and it’s SO important to remember that it’s okay to be sad. It also doesn’t hurt that my mom told me that even she puts this song on when she feels down.”

‘Happy All The Time’ is one of three acoustic updates featured in Midnight (The Final Chapter). The record also features acoustic takes of ‘Killer in the Mirror‘ and ‘Lonely Dance.’

Midnight (The Final Chapter) follows the release of Midnight, which Set It Off released in February 2019. Midnight featured the singles ‘Hourglass,’ ‘Midnight Thoughts,’ ‘For You Forever,‘ ‘Dancing With The Devil,’ Lonely Dance‘ and ‘Killer in the Mirror.’

After Midnight, an EP from the band which followed the release of Midnight featured the previously unreleased songs ‘Catch Me If You Can,’ ‘So Predictable‘ and ‘One Single Second.’ The songs were recorded during the Midnight sessions but did not make the final cut for the record.

More information on Set It Off’s forthcoming livestream concert is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Ice Nine Kills Announces New Album Details; Premieres Album’s Lead Single, Video

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Ice Nine Kills will release another “sequel” to its hit 2018 album The Silver Scream this fall.

The band is scheduled to release its new album, The Silver Scream 2: Welcome to Horrorwood Oct. 15 through Fearless Records. The band released the original album in 2018 and followed it up in 2019 with The Silver Scream: The Final Cut. Pre-orders are open for the band’s latest addition to its series of The Silver Scream albums.

Front man Spencher Charnas had the following to say of the forthcoming album:

“True to horror franchise tradition, there is always a sequel…”The Silver Scream 2: Welcome To Horrorwood” follows in the bloody footsteps of its predecessor, paying tribute to 13 more of the most gruesome tales to ever grace the silver screen. In this latest INK offering, the last album and video series is portrayed as a work of fiction. The new story line thrusts the band into a brutal “real world” slaying. The only traces of the crime are 13 songs left behind by the suspected killer…

The Silver Scream and The Silver Scream: The Final Cut produced the singles, ‘Thank God It’s Friday,’ ‘Stabbing in the Dark,’ ‘A Grave Mistake,‘ ‘The American Nightmare,’ ‘Savages,’ ‘Enjoy Your Slay‘ ‘A Grave Mistake,’ ‘Thank God It’s Friday,’ ‘Stabbing in the Dark‘ and a cover of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller.’

The band followed up that album with the release of its live recording, I Heard They Kill Live last year. The recording produced live performances of The Silver Scream‘s songs, ‘Rocking The Boat,’ and ‘Stabbing in the Dark.’

In anticipation of the release of The Silver Scream 2: Welcome to Horrorwood, Ice Nine Kills premiered the album’s lead single, ‘Hip to be Scared‘ and its video Friday. The song and its video were influenced by the 2000 Christian Bale horror flick American Psycho. The song presents the band’s more melodic side versus the more metalcore side exhibited in many of the band’s existing works. The video re-imagines scenes from American Psycho as front man Spencer Charnas and Papa Roach front man Jacoby Shaddix re-enact the scenes.

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

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‘Midnight (The Final Chapter)’ Is A Fitting Finale To Set It Off’s ‘Midnight’ Era; Gives Hope For The Band’s Next Era

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When Set It Off released its then latest album, Midnight in 2019, the band wasted little time following up its release with new music.  Only months after releasing the record – which itself was quite successful – the band started releasing a series of b-sides from that record for what it dubbed the After Midnight EP.  Now more than two years after all of that rook place has completed the Midnight cycle by releasing Midnight (The Final Chapter).  The 21-song record features acoustic re-works of three songs featured in Midnight – ‘Killer in the Mirror,’ ‘Lonely Dance,’ and ‘Happy All The Time’ – as well as the songs that made up the initial After Midnight EP – ‘Catch Me If You Can,’ ‘So Predictable,’ and ‘One Single Second.’  The acoustic takes are themselves reason enough for audiences to hear this latest offering from Set It Off.  They will be discussed shortly.  The b-sides from the After Midnight EP are just as worth noting.  They will be discussed a little later.   The fact that the record also features Midnight in its entirety rounds out the most important of the album’s factors.  When this is considered along with the other noted items here, the whole makes the record a fitting end to an era (as the band called it through official posts to its Facebook page) and not the end to the band.  God forbid that is the case, if it is, then it would be a strong final statement from the band.

Set It Off’s Midnight re-issue, Midnight (The Final Chapter), is a strong way to end the band’s current era, as it hopefully prepares to start its next era together.  That is proven in part through the acoustic songs that make up part of the record’s body.  The songs in question are alternate takes of songs featured in Midnight.  The songs – three in all – are important to note because of the new identities that they give the songs.  Case in point is the acoustic take of ‘Killer in the Mirror,’ which itself was one of the singles produced from Midnight.  The original song is a powerful, upbeat work that presents the song’s subject as someone who is racked with self-doubt and emotion.  This acoustic update takes that self-doubt and emotion in a completely different direction with the use of the piano and strings alongside front man Cody Carson’s powerful, bittersweet vocal delivery.  The subtle use of what sounds like rods or brushes on the snare as the song reaches its climax adds even more to the mix.  The whole takes listeners in a whole new direction and translates the song’s message just as well as the original take in its own powerful way.

‘Lonely Dance,’ another of Midnight’s singles, also gets the acoustic re-imagining here.  As with the acoustic take of ‘Killer in the Mirror,’ this take gives the song a whole new identity.  According to Carson, the original composition was meant to be “the anthem of the introvert.”  This more subdued take really captures what introverts go through daily just as much as the song’s original take.  The energy in the original take exhibits the sense of confusion that introverts feel in wanting to be alone, but also knowing it’s not “normal” according to society.  The more subdued strings and piano approach in the acoustic take gives that dichotomy of emotions and thoughts even more of a bittersweet emotion.  It really makes that situation in which so many people find themselves daily more relatable.  That is because there is such a stigma attached to introversion to this day.  Keeping that in mind, this updated, acoustic take of ‘Lonely Dance’ makes even clearer why the acoustic updates featured in this re-issue so important to the record’s presentation.

The band’s updates take of ‘Happy All The Time,’ which features a guest appearance by Compton Kidz Club and Skyler Acord, is just as enjoyable as the song’s original take.  The horns in the original song are replaced here with an equally light piano line.  The choral element from the original is carried over here to make the acoustic take uplifting, too.  Speaking honestly, the updated, acoustic take can actually be argued to be even more enjoyable than the original, and the original is enjoyable in its own right.  To that end, it is even more proof of the importance of the acoustic takes featured in Midnight (The Final Chapter).  When it and the other two acoustic takes are considered collectively, they make for a wonderful addition to the re-issue and plenty of reason in themselves for audiences to own this record.  The three b-sides featured as part of the whole add their own interest and appeal to the presentation.

The b-sides featured in this re-issue are important to note because they exhibit the same kind of pop punk sound that composes so much of the body of Midnight.  The catchy hooks and choruses are there in all three songs while the lyrical themes are just as accessible.  ‘Catch Me If You Can’ is perhaps the best of that trio of songs.  That is thanks to its lyrical theme centered on what Carson pointed out “is that quintessential middle finger to anyone who doubted you or really wronged you in life or in your pursuit of your dreams.”  That uplifting message and equally infectious musical arrangement makes one wonder why this song was not featured as part of Midnight’s original release.

‘So Predictable’ boasts its own identity from ‘Catch Me If You Can.’  Where the prior song boasted a more modern pop punk style and sound, this song’s musical arrangement boasts more of an 80s pop-influenced sound in its musical arrangement.  The pairing of that influence with the more modern pop punk influence makes it another intriguing addition to the record.  That musical presentation in itself makes clear in itself why the bonus songs are a positive addition to the re-issue.  The song’s lyrical theme, which according to Carson, focuses on those difficult relationships that we have with our loved ones, makes for even more interest here.  “We’ve all been there before — same argument, same issue, same nonsense, different day,” he said.  “This is one of those songs written out of complete frustration of those kinds of moments — whether it be someone you love who you butt heads with or someone so irritating yet you can’t avoid them.”  This shows even more why this song is in itself a positive addition to the presentation.  When it is considered along with ‘Catch Me If You Can,’ the pair shows quite clearly why the b-sides overall are so important to the record’s presentation.

‘One Single Second,’ the third of the b-sides featured in the record, shows even more why the b-sides are important to the re-issue’s presentation.  That pop punk sensibility exhibited in the other two b-sides is just as evident here as in those works.  The equally accessible lyrical theme about a broken relationship (according to Carson, again) will resonate with listeners, too.  “For this song, I brought myself back to one of my worst memories of relationships I can remember — the first time I got cheated on by my first love,” he said.  “The entire song is basically telling the story of how I felt the connection fade and started putting the pieces together.  It’s got that angst, that aggression that mysterious feeling of ‘Do I know for sure?’ ‘Do I not know at all?’  I think a lot of you have been betrayed like this before, and this is the song you can hold onto to let it all out.”  Keeping this in mind, there is no doubt why this song will connect with audiences.  When it is considered with the other two b-sides, the whole leaves zero doubt as to why that content makes the record so enjoyable.  When the b-sides and acoustic takes are considered together, they make even clearer why this re-issue stands out among its counterparts so far this year.  They are only a part of what makes the record a notable presentation.  The addition of the original Midnight album rounds out the most important of the album’s elements.

The pairing of the original Midnight album with the noted bonus content is important to note because it brings every bit of the album’s cycle full circle.  It gives all of the band’s fans the complete listening experience in one presentation.  This way, audiences who perhaps did not get their hands on the After Midnight EP or Midnight the chance to own Midnight in its final, complete form.  Now the normal rebuttal from some will be that maybe they already own one or the other title, or even both.  Given, it would seem pointless to purchase this record with that being the case.  Here again though is the reality that this “final” presentation of Midnight brings both the album and EP together into one setting.  That means audiences can enjoy both presentations together in one platform.  There is no going from one record to the other.  It is all in one place.  Keeping that in mind, the presentation of the original album with the EP here proves its importance to the whole.  To that end, this element completes the re-issue’s presentation and shows once and for all why this record is a successful presentation.

Set It Off’s newly released presentation that is Midnight (The Final Chapter) is a work that will appeal to any of the band’s established audiences and new audiences.  It is a fitting finale to the band’s Midnight era, but hopefully not to the band.  The record’s success is shown in part through the acoustic songs featured as part of the record’s body.  They take three of the songs featured in the original album and give them a whole new life and identity.  The b-sides also featured as part of the record’s body add their own appeal.  They are just as appealing as the songs that made the final cut what with their familiar musical arrangements and equally accessible lyrical themes.  The presentation of the original album along with that extra content brings everything together, giving the record a complete presentation.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the presentation.  All things considered, they make the record in whole a strong end to the band’s Midnight era and gives hope that the band has more eras to come.  Midnight (The Final Chapter) is available now through Fearless Records. 

More information on Midnight (The Final Chapter) is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Set It Off Announces ‘Midnight (The Final Chapter)’ Release Date

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Set It Off is scheduled to re-issue its 2019 album Midnight next month.

The band made the announcement Friday through a press release. The album, which will be titled Midnight (The Final Chapter), is scheduled for re-issue June 4 through Fearless Records. The re-issue is expected to feature the After Midnight EP that followed the release of Midnight and three additional acoustic tracks.

Midnight featured the singles ‘Hourglass,’ ‘Midnight Thoughts,’ ‘For You Forever,‘ ‘Dancing With The Devil,’ Lonely Dance‘ and ‘Killer in the Mirror.’

After Midnight featured the songs ‘Catch Me If You Can,’ ‘So Predictable‘ and ‘One Single Second.’

Pre-orders are open for Midnight (The Final Chapter).

More information on Set It Off’s forthcoming livestream concert is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Ice Nine Kills Debuts Eerie Cover Of Elvis’ ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’

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Ice Nine Kills debuted has a special new git for audiences this Valentine’s Day.

The band debuted its cover of Elvis’ ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love‘ Tuesday along with its companion video. The band’s take on the timeless tune stays largely true to its source material, but adds its own unsettling touch to the song, much in the vein of the band’s existing catalog. In a similar fashion, one can also compare INK’s take on the song to Sting’s eerie stalker song ‘Every Breath You Take.’

Charnas discussed the decision to cover the song during a recent interview.

“I’ve always been a big Elvis fan so the idea of taking this classic and splattering it with some signature INK bloodshed struck me as a match made in hell!,” he said.

The video that accompanies the band’s take on ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ also follows the band’s trademark horror style presentation. It finds front man Spencer Charnas in a strait jacket in a padded room, singing the song, and on stage in a vintage outfit. In other points in the video, Charnas’ character sits on a couch, looking through a photo album that goes even as far back as the band’s video for its song ‘Stabbing in the Dark.’ Another visual from the photo album is Charnas’ character killing the woman that he “couldn’t help falling in love with.” Ultimately it leads up to a shocking finale that will be left for audiences to discover for themselves.

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

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The Pretty Reckless Partners With Tom Morello For New Single

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The Pretty Reckless has enlisted the aid of Tom Morello for its latest single.

The band partnered with the guitarist, who is known for his work with Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, and Prophets of Rage, for its new single ‘And So It Went.’ The song is the fourth single from the band’s forthcoming album Death by Rock and Roll, which is scheduled for release Feb. 12 through Fearless Records.

The band debuted the album’s third single ‘25‘ and its video Dec. 18. It debuted the video for the album’s second single ‘Broomsticks‘ Oct. 22. The lead single/title track saw its premiere last June.

Album pre-orders are open. The album’s track listing is noted below.

DEATH BY ROCK AND ROLL TRACK LISTING:
“Death By Rock And Roll”
“Only Love Can Save Me Now”
“And So It Went”
“25”
“My Bones”
“Got So High”
“Broomsticks”
“Witches Burn”
“Standing At The Wall”
“Turning Gold”
“Rock And Roll Heaven”
“Harley Darling”

The musical arrangement featured in The Pretty Reckless’ new single is a driving, up-tempo composition. Morello’s work on the song gives it an infectious blues-rock influence while also incorporating his trademark effects for even more impact. The use of the children’s chorus as the song progresses conjures thoughts of Pink Floyd’s timeless, socially conscious song ‘Another Brick in the Wall.’

Speaking of social consciousness, front woman Taylor Momsen noted in a recent interview, the song’s lyrical content is its own social commentary.

“The world has been in such a state of civil unrest,” said Momsen. “‘And So It Went’ basically comes from that vision. As a songwriter, I feel like I’m not here to preach. I use music to observe and communicate what I see around me. This song felt like the perfect storm for Tom Morello to join in and rip the sound waves apart with his guitar. It was more than a pleasure having him add his unique and defining sound to the song.”

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

Website: http://deathbyrockandroll.com

Facebook: http://www.faceboo.com/theprettyreckless

Twitter: http://twitter.com/TPROfficial

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