Buckcherry Debuts ‘Wasting No More Time’ Video; Offers Tour Update

Courtesy: Round Hill Records

Buckcherry premiered the video for its latest single this week.

The band premiered the video for its new single, ‘Wasting No More Time’ Tuesday. The song is the third from the band’s forthcoming album, Hellbound, which was released June 25 through Round Hill Records. Its premiere follows that of the videos for the album’s first two singles, ‘So Hott‘ and ‘Hellbound.’

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Wasting No More Time’ is unlike that of its predecessors. Where those songs are more energetic, this song is more reserved, but still bluesy, like the other singles. A close listen makes it easy to liken the arrangement to works from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers considering the balance of the guitar, bass, vocals, and drums.

No information was provided in the press release announcing the video’s premiere. However, a close listen to the lyrics and equally close watch of the video leads audiences to infer that the song’s lyrical theme is meant to encourage listeners to live their lives; To avoid control from internal and external forces.

The ‘Wasting No More Time’ video, directed by KasterTroy, features the band performing its single in a desert setting. What looks like an old mechanic shop and the body of an old jet join the band against the dry, mountainous backdrop to enhance the visuals and feel from the song’s musical and lyrical content.

In other news, Buckcherry will continue the North American leg of its tour in support of Hellbound Friday in Columbus, OH. The tour is scheduled to run through Nov. 10 in Jacksonville, NC. It additionally features performances in cities nationwide, such as Blackthorne, NY; Walker, MN and Tempe, AZ.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

BUCKCHERRY ON TOUR:
NORTH AMERICA:

7/30 — Columbus, OH — King of Clubs
7/31 — Marietta, Oh — Adelphia Music Hall 
8/1 — Indianapolis, IN — Hi Fi ANNEX
8/3 — Madison, WI — Majestic
8/5 — Dubuque, IA — Five Flags Event Center
8/6 — Sioux City, IA — Hard Rock Hotel & Casno
8/10 — Columbia, MO — Blue Note
8/14 — Shiley Acres, VA — Shiley Acres
8/15 — Knoxville, TN — Cotton Eye Joe’s
8/17 — Hobart, IN — Hobart Theatre
8/19 — Ft Wayne, IN — Pieres
8/20 — Lombard, IL — Brauerhouse
8/21 — Escanaba, MI — UP State Fair – Grandstand
8/22 — Green Bay, WI — Epic Event Center
8/27 — Fountain, MN — Beaver Bottoms Saloon
8/28 — Walker, MN — Northern Lights Casino
8/29 — Clear Lake, IA — Surf Ballroom
8/31 — West Peoria, IL — Crusens 
9/1 — Lexington, KY — Manchester Music Hall
9/3 — Nashville, TN — Brooklyn Bowl
9/4 — Charlotte, NC — Park Expo Center
9/5 — Chattanooga, TN — The Signal
9/7 — Ardmore, OK — Heritage Hall
9/10 — Flandreau, SD — Royal River Casino
9/11 — Milwaukee, WI — Summerfest
9/12 — Flint, MI — Machine Shop
9/14 — Cleveland, OH — HOB
9/15 — Syracuse, NY — Sharkey’s Event Center
9/17 — Hampton Beach, NH — Wally’s
9/18 — Blackthorne, NY — Blackthorne Fest 
9/24 — Santa Clarita, CA — Canyon Club
9/25 — Agoura Hills, CA — Canyon Club
9/26 — Montclair, CA — Canyon Club
9/28 — Tempe, AZ — Marquee
9/30 — Salt Lake City, UT — Royal
10/1 — Cheyenne, WY — Outlaw
10/2 — Billings, MT — Pub Station
10/4 — Seattle, WA — El Corazon
10/5 — Vancouver, BC — Rickshaw
10/7 — Calgary, AB — Eagle Event Center
10/8 — Dawson Creek, BC — Encana Event Center
10/9 — Edmonton, AB — Century Casino
10/11 — Red Deer, AB — Bo’s Bar Stage
10/12 — Saskatoon, SK — Coors Event Center
10/14 — Regina, SK — Conexus Art Center
10/15 — Winnipeg, MB — Burton Cummings Theatre
10/18 — Thunder Bay, ON — NV Music Hall
10/19 — Sault Ste Marie, ON — SOO Blasters
10/21 — Sudbury, ON — The Grand
10/22 — London, ON — London Music Hall
10/23 — Ottawa, ON — Barrymore’s
10/25 — Halifax, NS — Marquee
10/26 — Moncton, NB — Tide and Boar
10/27 — Moncton, NB — Tide and Boar
10/30 — Hampton Beach, NH — Wally’s
10/31 — Portland, ME — Aura
11/2 — New Bedford, MA — Vault at Greasy Luck
11/4 — Norwalk, CT — Granite St Music Hall
11/5 — Sayreville, NJ — Starland Ballroom
11/6 — Farmingdale, NY — Mulcahey’s
11/8 — Baltimore, MD — The Recher
11/9 — Harrisburg, PA — Club XL
11/10 — Jacksonville, NC — Hooligans

Courtesy: Atom Splitter PR

After the band completes the North American leg of its tour, it will open 2022 with a brief co-headlining tour with Fozzy in Australia that is scheduled to run from Feb. 21 – 26.

The tour’s schedules are noted below.

BUCKCHERRY ON TOUR:
AUSTRALIA:

2/21 — Perth — Amplifier Bar (Buckcherry Only)
2/22 — Adelaide — The Gov     
2/24 — Brisbane    — The Triffid     
2/25 — Sydney — Max Watts     
2/26 — Melbourne — Max Watts

More information on Buckcherry’s new single, video, album, and tour is available at:

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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) #

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Gemini Syndrome Announces New Tour Schedule

Courtesy: Adrenaline PR

Gemini Syndrome is scheduled to get back on the road next month.

The band recently made the announcement that it will launch its new tour July 9 in Salt Lake City, UT. The tour, which will run more than a month, is scheduled to run through Aug. 15 in Albuqueque, NM and will feature performances in cities, such as Marietta, OH; Cadott, WI and Harrisburg, PA. VIP packages are available here.

Front man Aaron Nordstrom said in a recent interview, he and his band mates are looking forward to getting back out on the road.

“We’re very excited to get back on the road this summer with some great friends,” he said. “After all that the world has been through, it will be nice to be part of the communion of synners once again. See you all soon!”

Drummer Brian Steele Medina echoed Nordstrom’s sentiments in his own comments.

“It’s great to get back out and visit with our brothers and sisters again, said Medina. “Now more than ever we could all use music and human contact to balance out the pandemic, murder hornets & Pentagon UFO videos.”

Ovtlier, A Killer’s Confession, and Pushing Veronica will share support duties for the upcoming 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.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Jul 09 | Salt Lake City, UT – Royal Bar
Jul 10 | Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theatre
Jul 11 | Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios
Jul 13 | Lincoln, NE – Royal Grove
Jul 14 | Iowa City, IA – Wildwood Saloon †
Jul 16 | Grand Rapids, MI – Upheaval Festival ‡
Jul 17 | Cadott, WI – Rock Fest ‡
Jul 18 | Belividere, IL – Apollo Theatre
Jul 20 | Des Moines, IA – Leftys
Jul 21 | Joliet, IL – The Forge
Jul 23 | Westland, MI – Token Lounge
Jul 24 | Marietta, OH – Adelphia Music Hall
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) #

Gemini Syndrome premiered its latest single, ‘Die With Me,’ and its video in March. The song’s premiere came approximately two months after the debut of the band’s then latest single, ‘IDK‘ and its video. Additionally, it came more than three months after the debut of the band’s single, ‘Reintegration‘ and its video.

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

Websitehttps://geminisyndrome.com

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Twitterhttps://twitter.com/GeminiSyndrome

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Ovtlier Announces New Single, Tour Coming

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

Ovtlier’s summer is heating up.

The band announced Tuesday that it will release its next single, ‘Bulletproof’ June 25. Pre-saves are open.

The premiere of the band’s new single will come next week, more than seven months after the band debuted the lyric video for its then latest single, ‘Who We Are.’ The band premiered the single’s official video three months prior to that.

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

In other news, Ovtlier will serve as support for Gemini Syndrome’s upcoming headlining tour this summer. The tour, which runs more than a month, is scheduled to launch July 9 in Salt Lake City, UT and 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 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 09 | Salt Lake City, UT – Royal Bar
Jul 10 | Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theatre
Jul 11 | Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios
Jul 13 | Lincoln, NE – Royal Grove
Jul 14 | Iowa City, IA – Wildwood Saloon †
Jul 16 | Grand Rapids, MI – Upheaval Festival ‡
Jul 17 | Cadott, WI – Rock Fest ‡
Jul 18 | Belividere, IL – Apollo Theatre
Jul 20 | Des Moines, IA – Leftys
Jul 21 | Joliet, IL – The Forge
Jul 23 | Westland, MI – Token Lounge
Jul 24 | Marietta, OH – Adelphia Music Hall
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) #

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Twizted Partners With INK Front Man, Fozzy Guitarist Spencer Charnas For New Single, Video

Courtesy: Majik Ninja Entertainment

Horror/theatrical rock band Twizted premiered its latest single and video this week.

The band kicked off the long holiday weekend by premiering its new single, ‘Envy‘ and the song’s video. The band was joined by Ice Nine Kills front man Spencer Charnas for both presentations. The song premiered through Loudwire.

Along with Charnas’ vocals, Fozzy/Stuck Mojo guitarist Rich Ward adds his talents to this song.

The song is the fourth single from Twizted’s forthcoming album, Unlikely Prescription, which is scheduled for release Sept. 10 through Majik Ninja Entertainment. The premiere of the song and its video follows that of the album’s first two singles, ‘Corkscrew,’ ‘Perfect Problem,’ and ‘Rose Petal.’

The musical arrangement featured in the new single bears clear stylistic similarities to Marilyn Manson’s ‘Beautiful People’ what with the use of the electronics and other elements. At the same time, the rapping that is incorporated into the mix alongside the heavier, melodic rock approach later in the song lends itself to comparison to works from Pop Evil. The contrast of those two sounds and stylistic approaches is stark, but also manages somehow to work here.

As the song’s title infers, the lyrical theme featured in this song is a direct commentary about people’s jealousy of others. It addresses the mental impact of that green-eyed monster.

The song’s video, which features Charnas as a news anchor, uses a briefcase that traps people when they see whatever is inside to help translate the message in the song’s lyrical theme.

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

Website: https://majikninjaentertainment.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tweetmesohard

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Fozzy Debuts New Single, ‘Sane,’ Companion Video

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Fozzy kicked off the long holiday weekend with a new single and video.

The band debuted its new single, ‘Sane‘ and its companion video Friday. The song is the band’s first new music since the debut of its then latest single, ‘Nowhere to Run‘ in September 2019.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Sane’ is a familiar work from Fozzy, in terms of its sound and stylistic approach. It exhibits the same kind of melodic hard rock approach and sound used in its existing works yet still ensures the song maintains its own unique identity separate from those songs.

Front man Chris Jericho had the following to say about the song’s musical arrangement.

“‘Sane’ is the perfect first single for Fozzy to unleash on the world, as it’s heavy, hooky, catchy and RIFF-TASTIC!!,” said Jericho. “I can’t think of a better way to remind everybody of the feeling you get when u hear a great rock n roll tune, one that makes u wanna put the top down on your car and put your foot down on the gas….and ‘SANE’ is that tune! It’s been such a tough year in so many ways, but now as the world is slowly getting better, FOZZY is here to vaccinate you with a proverbial phonograph needle and make you wanna ROCK again,” 

No information was provided about the lyrical theme in the press release distributed about the song’s debut. Listeners can infer through listening to the song that the theme in question centers on the matter of mental health to a point. The use of the roller coaster ride in the song’s companion video alongside the song’s lyrical content points to the inferred theme even more.

Asan aside, the video for ‘Sane’ was recorded aboard the ride, The Voyage’ at Holiday World in Santa Claus, IN. The video was shot on a closed set.

In other news, Fozzy is scheduled to return to the road this summer starting July 14 in Iowa City, IA. The band’s upcoming tour schedule features performances in cities, such as Jacksonville, NC; Cleveland, OH, and Savannah, GA. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

FOZZY Tour Dates:

July 14 – Iowa City, IA – Wildwood 

July 15 – Cadott, WI – Rockfest*

July 17 – Jacksonville, FL – Taco Festival*

August 7 – Sheboygan, WI – Brat Days *

September 2 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall 

September 3 – Joliet, IL – Apollo Theater 

September 4 – Belvidere, IL – Apollo Theater

September 6 – Kansasville, WI – 1175 

September 9 – Harrisburg, PA – HMAC 

September 10 – Appomattox, VA – Blue Ridge Rockfest *

September 11 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage 

September 12 – Pittsburgh, PA – Jergel’s 

September 13 – Buffalo, NY – Iron Works 

September 16 – Angola, IN – Eclectic Room 

September 17 – Elevation – The Intersection 

September 18 – Flint. MI – Machine Shop 

September 19 – Cleveland, OH – The Winchester 

September 26 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life*

September 27 – Indianapolis, IN – Hi Fi 

September 28 – Harrison, OH – Blue Note 

September 30 – Nashville, TN – Basement East 

October 1 – Canton, GA – Action Building 

October 2 – Tampa, FL – 98ROCKFEST*

October 3 – Charlotte, NC – Underground 

October 4 – Jacksonville, NC – Hooligans 

October 7 – Johnson City, TN – Capone’s 

October 8 – Savannah, GA – Victory North

October 9 – Orlando, FL – WJRR’s Earthday Birthday*

October 21-October 25 – Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling Rager at Sea

October 29 – November 3 – The KISS Kruise X

*festival dates

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

Website: https://fozzyrock.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/fozzyrock

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Fozzy Announces Details For New Livestream Concert

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Fozzy fans have a new live performance to anticipate from the band.

The band announced information Friday, for a new livestream concert. The online performance, dubbed “Capturing Judas” is scheduled to take place at 9 p.m. ET on Nov. 14 at Veeps.com The live event will broadcast live from Madison Studios in Atlanta, GA.

A new documentary presentation, FOZZY Across America will precede the concert. the 30-minute presentation documents the release of Fozzy’s most recent studio recording Judas. A presentation of the final live “Judas” set will follow the documentary, and then the band’s first live performance since 2019.

Tickets, VIP bundles, and merchandise are available here.

Fozzy front man Chris Jericho talked about the upcoming livestream event in a recent interview.

“After having to postpone our “Save The World Tour” multiple times due to the continuing lockdown, we decided we wanted to do something special for all of our fans worldwide who rocked with us over the past three years on the Judas tour cycle!” said Jericho. “So, on November 14, we will be coming at you LIVE without a net, to play some kick ass rock n roll for you all! We’re also gonna tell you some fun road stories, have a few drinks and maybe even do some Riverdancing! So come join us and let’s all celebrate and commemorate the most successful album and tour of Fozzy’s career.”

More information on Fozzy’s new livestream event is available online now at:

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Zero Theorem’s New EP Proves To Have Been Worth The Wait

Courtesy: Shim Sham LLC/Seek & Strike

Independent hard rock band Zero Theorem recently announced that it will serve as support for Fozzy on a trio of live dates this summer.  The performances, scheduled to take place July 10 in Columbus, OH; July 12 in Chicago, IL and Aug. 2 in Angola, IN, are part of Fozzy’s “Save The World Tour.”  Zero Theorem’s performances are in support of its new EP The Killing: Part I.  Originally scheduled for release in November through Seek & Strike Records, it was re-issued in January through Shim Sham LLC.  The five-song, 15-minute record is a presentation that will appeal to fans of more well-known acts, such as Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin with its musical arrangements.  Its lyrical content will appeal to an even wider range of listeners, as is evidenced in part through the EP’s opener ‘You.’  The song will be discussed shortly.  ‘Something Different,’ the EP’s penultimate track, does its own share to make the record appealing to the noted audiences.  It will be discussed a little later.  The EP’s title track is another notable addition to the record’s presentation.  When it is examined alongside the other two songs noted here and the EP’s remaining pair of songs, the presentation in whole becomes a work that shows some promise for this up-and-coming hard rock act.  Given the right attention, they collectively make The Killing: Part I a work that could make the band one of the next big names in the hard rock community.

Zero Theorem’s new EP The Killing: Part I is an interesting new work for the up-and-coming hard rock band.  It will appeal to a wide range of listeners with its combined musical and lyrical content, as is evidenced in part through its opener, ‘You.’  The song’s full-on industrial sound immediately lends itself to comparisons to works from the likes of Breaking Benjamin and Disturbed.  The song’s heavy bridge adds comparisons to the likes of Fear Factory.  That mix of musical influences does plenty to make this song stand out for any metal purist.  Its fiery energy does well to compliment the song’s equally hard-hitting lyrical content, which addresses people who would rather stick their heads in the sand than do something to affect change in the world.

The noted message is inferred as front man Caesar sings in the song’s lead verse, “Death falls out from the sky/And you don’t even notice/Hollow and sunken eyes/You never hear the locusts/Wars wage another day/But you forsake the reason/Right now no one is safe/While there’s still life to feast on/You turn your head to forget/Your days are running out/If it happened to you/it could happen to you/If you were abused/Would you feel the same way, too?”  He adds to his statement in the song’s second verse, singing, “Wash out another life/While you savor the taking/You’re almost out of time/You’re reckless and you’re breaking/Screams call out from all sides/But you don’t ever listen/You’d rather lose your sight/Than see all the attrition/You turn your head to forget/Your days are running out/If it happened to you/It could happen to you/If you were abused/Would you feel the same way, too?”  This indictment of those who would rather ignore the world’s problems and complain about them than face them head on is a strong statement.  It’s hardly the first time that a band or group has ever addressed the issue, but is still very much a welcome statement.  The addition of the song’s equally hard-hitting musical arrangement drives home the frustration in the song’s lyrics, making the song in whole stand out that much more.  Keeping all of this in mind, the song in whole is a prime example of what makes The Killing: Part I a notable new offering from Zero Theorem.  It is just one of the EP’s key tracks.  ‘Something Different,’ the fourth of the EP’s five tracks, is another important addition to its whole.

‘Something Different’ presents a musical arrangement that once again boasts the noted influences from Disturbed and Breaking Bejamin.  The important thing to note here is that even with those influences, the arrangement in whole still manages to maintain its own identity.  This song’s arrangement is more of a radio ready work, with its more straight-forward melodic hard rock approach.  The verses and the chorus provide just enough melody and heaviness to make this work readily accessible for any mainstream hard rock fan.  When that musical content is accompanied by the song’s thought provoking lyrical content, the whole makes the song stand out even more.

Caesar sings in the song’s lead verse, “You try to hide away from your thoughts/And all of the costs you cannot pay/You try to medicate through the hurt/And all that is worse/You suffocate/Don’t you see, the world slows down for no one/It slows down for no one/How can you believe this is who you are/When you know you’re something different/How can you still feel this is what you want/When inside you’re something different?”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “You try to turn away from your grief/And all you believe/You cannot say/You try to replicate the disease/And all of its memes/You simulate/Don’t you see the world slows down for no one/It slows down for no one.”  The message seemingly being presented here is yet again of someone trying to ignore reality, but in a different fashion this time.  In this case, the song comes across as a commentary about those who would rather live in a false reality than face their own personal problems.  That would explain the semi-sense of urgency in the song’s arrangement.  Caesar reiterates the statement of getting a person to realize who and what he/she is.  It is a work that is certain to resonate with plenty of listeners, and is just one more of the EP’s most notable entries.  The EP’s title track is one more key addition to the record.

‘The Killing’ is perhaps the most unique of the songs featured in The Killing: Part I.  That is due in large part to its musical arrangement.  This arrangement is very driven by its keyboard and guitar lines.  Drummer Jake Hayden adds his own punch to the song with his time keeping while bassist Eloy Palacios builds on that foundation to strengthen the song in whole even more.  The whole of the band’s work makes the song a work that has the already noted influences, but instead of sound just like works from the noted bands, presents a sound that is unique to this band.  One could even argue that the keyboards show a hint of influence from the likes of Amaranthe, in hindsight.  All things considered here, the song’s arrangement makes itself reason enough for audiences to take in this song.  The song’s lyrical content joins with the arrangement to make the song stand out even more.

Caesar sings in the song’s lead verse, “If in fact, we’re all just ordinary animals/Is our consciousness our own disease/Did we mean to create adversaries/Typical/The trap we set is our own belief/Bodies continue to fall/The killing’s taking over/There is no end to it all/Don’t sit back and wait ‘til the killing is over/There is no place to hide/

‘Til the killing is over/Commence with the killing.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “If in fact we’re just the start of something historical/Maybe we need to get to the next scene/let our cells divide themselves/While we go for a ride/As we roll/We laugh at our old things/Bodies continue to fall/The killing’s taking over/There is no end to it all/Don’t sit back and wait ‘til the killing is over/There is no place to hide/’Til the killing is over/Commence with the killing.”  He adds in the song’s third and final verse, “No matter what you do/You are the problem, too/Banging our heads ‘til they shrink/Circular insanity.”  Caesar returns to the song’s chorus again from here, but adding something slightly different this time, singing, “Dig our way down inside/With a fist on the ground and a finger to the sky/There is no place to hide/Commence with the killing.”  Considering everything noted here, it would seem that Caesar (whose last name is not listed on the band’s official Facebook page) is presenting another commentary.  The note in the song’s lead verse that “The trap we set is our own belief” clearly infers said statement.  The statement that he makes in the song’s second verse that “maybe we need to the next scene” hints at said commentary even more.  The chorus, which finds him addressing people who sit back while the proverbial killing is happening is another way in which he seems to make the statement about humans’ inaction when action is needed.  These strong statements join with the song’s arrangement to make the song in whole its own standout addition to The Killing: Part I.  When it is considered alongside the EP’s other songs noted here and the rest of the record’s works, the whole of the record proves to be a strong new effort Zero Theorem that deserves its own share of attention.

Zero Theorem’s new EP The Killing: Part I is a positive new offering from the band that proves the up-and-coming hard rock outfit has promise for the future.  That is proven through the record’s musical and lyrical content, as has been proven here.  Between the heavy musical arrangements and the insightful commentary in the lyrics, the 15-minute record offers audiences plenty to appreciate.  All things considered, they make The Killing: Part I one of this year’s top new EPs.  The record is available now.  More information on the EP is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

 

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Say Never Debuts ‘Do It Again’ Video

Independent hard rock band Say Never debuted the music video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its song ‘Do It Again’ on Thursday.  Billy Grey (Fozzy, Tattoo The Scars) provides his talents as a guest musician to the song. The video for ‘Do It Again crosses footage of the band performing its new single in a warehouse setting with footage of a young woman driving fast in a classic muscle car on a nearly deserted highway.  Audiences never find out the woman’s destination, but that is beside the point.

The band explained in a collective news release explains the song’s lyrical theme is meant to evoke happy emotions in listeners.

“‘Do It Again’ is a positive, upbeat blue collar tune with a head-bobbing tempo about letting loose and having fun with friends after a long, hard week at work,” the band notes in the release.  “All of us can easily relate to this song and we all know that feeling of happiness when the weekend rolls around.  ‘Do It again’ soars with its driving bass guitar, heavy drums, guitar tones that are dialed in just right and that feeling that it’s party time, so let’s “blow off some steam.”

The song’s musical arrangement will appeal to fans of bands, such as Black Stone Cherry, Brand New Sin and Black Label Society with the noted guitar tones, drums and bass line.

Say Never’s video for ‘Do It Again’ comes more than four months after the band debuted the video for its most recent single ‘Giving Up.’

More information on Say Never’s new single and video is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

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Fozzy Announces New Live Dates

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Fozzy announced a new tour schedule this week.

The band revealed the schedule for its “Unleashed in the West Tour” Friday.  The almost month-long tour, which is in support of Fozzy’s latest album Judas (2017), is scheduled to launch Sept. 5 and run through Sept. 28.  It will feature performances in cities, such as Tucson, AZ; Crystal Bay, NV and San Diego, CA.

Before the band launches its “Unleashed in the West Tour,” the band will finish off its current headlining tour next month The tours’ schedules are noted below.

FOZZY HEADLINE TOUR DATES
w/NITA STRAUSS
May 15 – Greenville, SC – The Firmament
May 16 – Greensboro, NC – Cone Denim
May 17 – Virginia Beach, VA – FM99’s Lunatic Luau
May 18 – Camden, NJ – MMRBQ*
*Fozzy only
UNLEASHED IN THE WEST 2019 TOUR
September 5 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
September 6 – Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Theater
September 7 – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
September 8 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Royal
September 11 – Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Club Casino/Crown Room
September 12 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
September 13 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
September 14 – Los Angeles, CA – Banc Of California Stadium**
September 15 – Las Vegas, NV – Count’s Vamp’d
September 18 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
September 19 – Tempe, AZ – Club Red
September 20 – Tucson, AZ – Encore
September 21 – El Paso, TX – Speaking Rock ^
September 25 – Dallas, TX – Canton Hall^
September 26 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live^
September 27 – Hattiesburg, MS – Brewsky’s
September 28 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
**supporting Iron Maiden
^special guests Sons Of Texas

Judas spawned three singles — ‘Painless,’ ‘Burn Me Out‘ and ‘Judas.’  More information on the album and the band’s tour is available online now at:

 

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