Above Snakes Debuts The Broken Ones’ Video

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Independent goth/nu-metal band Above Snakes premiered the video for its latest single this month.

The band unveiled the video for its new single, ‘The Broken Ones’ Feb. 11. The video, which was recorded at the famed Haunted Overload in Lee, NH, was directed by front man Johnny Skulls and guitarist Dax Dabs. The video tells the story of a young man who is beaten down by a group of bullies and in his unconscious state, ends up in the haunted house in which the band is performing its new single.

The song’s musical arrangement is stylistically similar to the band’s current singles, ‘‘Never Alone‘ and ‘Adrenaline,’ but still maintains its own unique identity separate from those songs. The main difference between those songs and this composition is the notable rapping done by Johnny Skulls. It gives the overall arrangement a sound and stylistic approach that is comparable to works from the likes of Limp Bizkit, Korn, and others of that ilk.

The song’s lyrical theme is straight forward message encouraging people who feel like outsiders to never give up and to take pride and confidence in themselves.

‘The Broken Ones’ is available to stream through Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon.

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In other news, Above Snakes is scheduled to join Kingdom Collapse, Fire From The Gods, and Blind Channel as support for From Ashes To New’s upcoming “Still Panicking Tour.” The tour is scheduled to launch March 3 in Pittsburgh, PA. It is scheduled to run through April 16 in Reading, PA and features performances in cities, such as Salt Lake City, UT; Urbana, IL and Greensboro, NC.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. More information on tickets and the tour is available here.

03/03 @ Jergel’s Rhythm Grille – Pittsburgh, PA
03/04 @ The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
03/05 @ The Forge – Joliet, IL
03/06 @ Rockstar Lounge – Ft. Wayne, IN
03/08 @ Elevation @ the Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
03/09 @ Canopy Club – Urbana, IL
03/11 @ 1175 Sports Eatery – Kansasville, WI
03/12 @ Stormy’s – Beaver Dam, WI
03/13 @ Sanctuary – Fargo, ND
03/15 @ The Bourbon Theatre – Lincoln, NE
03/17 @ Sunshine Studios Live – Colorado Springs, CO
03/18 @ Loading Dock – Salt Lake City, UT
03/20 @ El Corazon – Seattle, WA
03/22 @ Knitting Factory Concert House – Boise, ID
03/23 @ Virginia St Brewhouse – Reno, NV
03/24 @ Whisky A Go Go – West Hollywood, CA
03/25 @ Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
03/26 @ Encore Tucson Country Club – Estates, AZ
03/27 @ RockHouse Bar & Grill – El Paso, TX
03/29 @ The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
03/30 @ Amplified Live – Dallas, TX
03/31 @ Scout Bar – Houston, TX
04/02 @ Club LA – Destin, FL
04/03 @ TBA
04/05 @ Shagnasty’s – Huntsville, AL
04/06 @ Capone’s – Johnson City, TN
04/07 @ Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC
04/08 @ Hooligans Music Hall – Jacksonville, NC
04/09 @ Blue Fox Billiards – Winchester, VA
04/11 @ TBA
04/12 @ TBA
04/13 @ TBA
04/14 @ Recher Theater – Townson, MD
04/15 @ Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
04/16 @ Reverb – Reading, PA

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Hyro The Hero Debuts New Single, ‘Retaliation Generation,’ Companion Lyric Video; Announces Livestream Show

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Independent rapper Hyro The Hero debuted his latest single this week along with its companion video.

The rapper (a.k.a. Hyron Louis Fenton, Jr.) debuted his new single ‘Retaliation Generation’ and its lyric video Friday. The song features guest vocals by Ice Nine Kills front man Spencer Charnas. Charnas’ familiar vocal delivery style compliments Fenton’s own familiar flow as he raps about what today’s youth is going through. Meanwhile, the familiar Rage Against The Machine style musical approach for which Fenton has come to be known joins the noted vocal performances to make the song complete.

The lyric video for ‘Retaliation Generation’ places the song’s lyrics over a post apocalyptic backdrop, complete with images of zombies, a perfect fit for Charnas. That is because Charnas and his Ice Nine Kills band mates are known for crafting songs based off of horror flicks. In the case of this song though, the imagery is used to help translate the message in the song’s lyrical content.

Fenton talked about the song’s lyrical content during a recent interview.

“I think this song captures the emotion of what this generation feels in this crazy time we are living in,” he added. “It’s full on attack mode right from the beginning it’s such a great feeling when an artist like Spencer helps take a song like this to the next level. I want anybody who listens to this song to be a voice. Stand up for what you believe in.”

Additionally, Fenton talked about the song’s creation, including the addition of Charnas’ guest vocals.

“‘Retaliation Generation’ is a great song that represents the style of music I have come to be known for,” said Fenton. “Having Spencer sing the hook and Matt Good on production blasted this track into ‘anthem’ territory.”

Charnas added to Fenton’s thoughts with his own comments.

“I think with everything going on in the last several years, our generation is holding people accountable,” he said. “It’s a movement in terms of a ‘You ain’t getting away with this s*** anymore.’ It’s a battle cry. I think it’s got such a cool overall message of not letting trials and tribulations of the world get you down. I think people can be their own worst enemy, and this is a song of empowerment. You can fight for what you believe in. It’s up to you to put up or shut up.”

Hyro The Hero’s collaboration is just his latest big name team-up. He most recently worked with Hellyeah and former Mudvayne front man Chad Gray on the inspirational song ‘Fight.’ Prior to that song’s release, he worked with Disturbed front man David Draiman on the song ‘We Believe.’

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In other news, Hyro The Hero will host a livestream even at 4 p.m. ET today through his official Twitch channel. Charnas, AJ Channer (Fire From the Gods), and Ben Bruce (Asking Alexandria) will also make appearances during the livestream show. Fans can RSVP here. Additionally, Hyro The Hero will be a guest for Fire From the Gods’ own livestream even Jan. 30. Tickets for that event are available here.

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Fire From The Gods Unveils ‘Voiceless’ Video

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Fire From The Gods is giving its fans their first taste of its “new” album.

The band released the video for its latest single ‘Voiceless’ this week.  The song is taken from the band’s upcoming album Narrative Retold, which is scheduled to be released May 19 via Rise Records.

Narrative Retold is a re-issue of the band’s 2016 album Narrative, and features the newly added single along with ‘The Taste’ and an acoustic take of ‘Excuse Me.’  It can be pre-ordered online now here. The album is Fire From The Gods’ second full-length studio recording and its first for Rise Records.

Directed by Ramon Boutviseth and produced by Korn front man Jonathan Davis, the video for ‘Voiceless’ crosses footage of the band performing its song in a small studio setting with footage of fans gagged used to illustrate the song’s message.

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Front man AJ Channer explained the message presented in the album’s lead single centers on the desensitization of society.  He added while he knows the message is nothing new, there is always a need to remind people they need to pull themselves out of that sense.

“‘The Voiceless’ is referring to the callousness of society,” Channer said.  “This generation is exposed to so many shocking and graphic events.  No one seems to bat an eye.  There is no compassion or care for one’s fellow man.  Violence toward each other is a normal occurrence factored into our lives these days.  Speaking up about it is nothing new, but it needs to be said.  Yes, the world will keep spinning, and life does go on, but we need to slow down and smell the roses once in a while.”

The message presented in ‘Voiceless’ runs throughout the album just in different ways with one common theme in each message as Channer explained.

“This album is the personal narrative of a minority man living in major cities and being American,” Channer said.  “There’s a socio-economic theme throughout the whole record that carries from each song to song.  It’s all about the underdog.  We’ve all had to fight for everything we have in this band.  The political climate in our country is quite racially and socially charged.  There are a lot of issues and energy people are expressing along with misguided hate and anger.  I want to channel this in music that can resonate.  This is where we come from and who we are as a band.  I want people to feel empowered by this record.  Come out of the experience knowing somebody thinks like you.”

Fire From The Gods is currently touring in support of its upcoming record.  It will be in Wichita, KS April 23, Springfield, MO on April 26 and Nashville, TN on April 27 to round out the month.  The band will open May with a show in Birmingham, AL on May 2.  Two performances in North Carolina are also included in the band’s current tour schedule on July 4 and 6 in Wilmington and Charlotte respectively.

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2017 Rock On The Range Festival Lineup Announced

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The lineup for the 2017 Rock on the Range Festival has been announced, and once again it has proven to be quite the collection of acts.

The three-day festival will be headlined by Metallica, Soundgarden and Korn.  It will feature more than 50 bands over the course of that time along with some of the country’s top comics at the festival’s Rock on the Range Rolling Rock Comedy Tent.

The lineup for the 2017 Rock on the Range Festival includes: Metallica, Soundgarden, Korn, The Offspring, Volbeat, Primus, Bush, Chevelle, Papa Roach, Seether, Coheed & Cambria, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Taking Back Sunday, Thrice, Amon Amarth, Pierce The Veil, Sum 41, Skillet, Dillinger Escape Plan, In Flames, Gojira, Biffy Clyro, Motionless In White, Nothing More, Beartooth, Starset, Every Time I Die, The Story So Far, Deafheaven, Zakk Sabbath, Rival Sons, The Amity Affliction, Attila, Norma Jean, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, I Prevail, Turnstile, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Red Fang, Dorothy, Kyng, Radkey, As Lions, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Sylar, Fire From The Gods, Badflower, Wage War, Goodbye June, Cover Your Tracks, DED, Bleeker, Royal Republic, Mother Feather, Aeges and One Less Reason.

Rock on the Range—fueled by Monster Energy—is billed as America’s largest and most acclaimed rock festival.  The festival will also feature in 2017 “The Music Experience,” art installations, and unique on-site activities over the course of the festival’s three days.

Tickets for the 2016 festival sold out more than two months in advance of the festival.  It marked the fourth consecutive year the festival has sold out in advance.

Weekend Field, new Weekend Field VIP, Weekend Stadium and a limited number of Weekend Stadium 4-packs are available now for purchase.  A layaway option is also available for concert-goers.  That option allows audiences to split the cost of their ticket/ticket packages into four separate monthly payments.

Fans can get a pre-sale password for Weekend Field VIP, Weekend Field GA, Weekend Stadium GA and Weekend Stadium GA 4-packs on the official Rock on the Range website, Facebook page and Twitter page.  The ticket prices are listed below.


  • Weekend Field VIP: starting at $349.50* + fees
  • Weekend Field GA: starting at $199.50* + fees
  • Weekend Stadium GA: starting at $99.50* + fees
  • Weekend Stadium GA Ticket 4-Pack: $380.00 + fees
  • * Phase One prices listed
  • *** Ticket prices automatically move to the next price level once the allotment sells out ***

General on-sale for tickets is Friday, Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. EST.  Tickets will be available online at the festival’s website, at Ticketmaster locations and the MAPFRE Stadium box office.

Audiences who want an even more special concert experience can purchase the new Uber Ranger Camping Package.  The package includes amenities for four people such as luxury RV on a double campsite at the Ohio Expo North Campground (May 18 – 21), a dedicated concierge with golf cart shuttle, 4 Weekend VIP Field Admission Tickets, a backstage tour, access to the stadium club (with catered lunch and dinner), access to the Side Stage Viewing Platform, access to the VIP Lounge and more.  More information on the new Uber Ranger Camping Package is available here.

Rock on The Range celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016.  More than 120,000 people attended the festival from around the world.  As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, Columbus, OH mayor Andrew J. Ginther and the Columbus, OH city council presented festival organizers with awards of recognition.  A resolution was also announced from the Franklin County Board of Commissioners acknowledging the festival’s economic impact on the city.

The commissioners pointed out in their resolution pointed out the festival brought in more than $140 million for the city over the course of its ten years in the city.

Rock on the Range is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, AEG Live and MAPFRE Stadium.  It is supported by Monster Energy, Bud Light and Zippo.  They and other partners will feature interactive experiences, meet & greets, and other special fan engagement opportunities throughout the festival.

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