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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Ice Nine Kills Takes On ‘Child’s Play’ In Its Latest Single, NSFW Video

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Ice Nine Kills is giving audiences another preview of its new album.

The preview comes in the form of its new single, ‘Assault and Batteries‘ and its companion video. The band premiered the pair Monday, approximately one month after the band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘Hip To Be Scared‘ and its video.

Both songs are featured in INK’s forthcoming album, The Silver Scream 2: Welcome to Horrorwood, which is scheduled for release Oct. 15 through Fearless Records.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Assault and Batteries’ is everything that audiences have come to expect from the band. It is a heavy, intense metalcore style work that combines the band’s familiar, creepy singing in the choruses with front man Spencer Charnas’ screaming vocals in the song’s verses. Audiences who grew up in the 1980s will catch the tribute to the original Toys ‘R Us jingle incorporated into the song, too.

The video for ‘Assault and Batteries’ is, as noted, an NSFW presentation. That is because it is very unsettling throughout. Not to mention it involves a woman being beheaded. The video concludes with a police investigation into the latest crime. That and the news report that opens the video collectively throw back to the video style that the band used in the videos for The Silver Scream, the band’s breakthrough 2018 album.

Speaking of The Silver Scream, The Silver Scream 2: Welcome to Horrorwood is technically the second sequel to that album. It was followed up in 2019 with 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 Scream: The 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.’

In other news, INK has launched it latest “Nightmare on the Ninth” merchandise line in conjunction with the premiere of its new single and video. All of the band’s latest merchandise is available for a limited time here.

The track listing for The Silver Scream 2: Welcome 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 

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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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Father Before Me Creates A Hard Rock Gem In Its New EP, ‘Ruby’

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Independent rock band Father Before Me is scheduled to release its latest studio recording Friday in the form of its new EP, Ruby.  The band’s second EP, it is a four-song presentation that will appeal to a wide range of audiences.  The record’s lead single, ‘Until Lambs Become Lions,’ is a clear example of what makes the record so appealing.  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Behind The Veil,’ which opens the EP, is another example of what makes the record worth hearing.  It will be discussed a little later.   ‘Trepidation,’ the EP’s second track, is one more way in which the record shows its strength.  It will also be addressed later.  When it is considered with ‘Under Her Kingdoms,’ the EP’s closer, and the other songs noted here, the whole leaves Ruby a successful new offering from Father Before Me.

Father Before Me’s forthcoming sophomore EP Ruby is a presentation that will appeal widely among hard rock audiences.  That is due to its combined musical and lyrical content.  The record’s lead single, ‘Until Lambs Become Lions’ is just one way in which this statement is supported.  The song’s musical arrangement opens with a metal style approach, but quickly turns in a decidedly punk direction. The melodic guitar-driven arrangement will appeal to fans of bands, such as Rise Against, Bad Religion, and NOFX.  The two styles against one another collectively make for an interesting juxtaposition.  That balance in that contrast makes the whole work in an interesting fashion. 

The lyrical theme that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement builds on that interest to make for even more appeal.  Front man Elijah Catrone sat down for an interview with punknews.org to talk about the song.  He explained that the song’s lyrical theme delivers a message about living in the present and dealing with what is in front of is.  Of that, Catrone said, “‘Until Lambs Become Lions” is the reminder that we already have what we need to face our fears. Don’t run to the past, don’t run to the future. However dark it seems when the lights have all gone dim, find your footing and never give up.”  Catrone’s words are echoed in the song’s chorus almost verbatim.  The song’s lead verse and chorus lead-in adds to that statement as it notes, “Time and time again/We face this constant fear/Never knowing when/We’ll make it out of here/The climb may seem too steep/It’s getting hard to breathe/As long as we still keep up momentum up to speed/We’re only flesh and bone/Don’t you worry/Don’t you break/Rise again for our own sake/I know you’re feeling weak/I know you’re feeling tired/We’re almost at the peak/It’s just a little higher.”  This straight forward re-assurance makes sure that audiences remember not to give up, and that they can make it through those difficult times in life.  It is a great way for the band to approach a familiar theme and will definitely connect with listeners.  The song’s second verse continues that message of determination as Catrone sings, “The world has gone to s***/I won’t give in/I won’t quit/The world’s a sinking ship/A harbor of abandonment/I thought the challenge was beneath me/I thought defeat was in the past/Here’s a shadow just to greet me/The flag is flying at half-mast.”  When the understanding of this statement and that in the song’s lead verse is considered with the fiery energy in the song’s musical arrangement, the whole makes the song hit even harder and resonate even more with audiences.  It all makes the song just one example of what makes Ruby a successful new entry from Father Before Me.  ‘Behind The Veil’ is another example of what makes Ruby successful.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Behind The Veil’ continues the punk style approach displayed in ‘Until Lambs Become Lions.’  The distinct drumming and guitar styles exhibited throughout the nearly three-and-a-half-minute opus make that clear.  The quick, sharp beat in the chorus and the chords that are used in the guitar line pair with Catrone’s vocal delivery style to make that even clearer.  The whole gives this song a sound and sense that lends itself to comparison to works from the likes of Avenged Sevendfold.  The sense of frustration and anger exuded by the minor chords and the force in the overall arrangement helps the song connect with listeners especially when it is considered along with the song’s lyrical theme.

According to information provided to the media about the song, its lyrical theme takes on the familiar topic of what the average working person thinks and feels everyday.  This is made clear right from the song’s outset as Catrone sings, “Wake up/Work yourself to the bone/They sit comfortably upon their throne/Minutes go by/For you, it’s the entire day/Trying to speak/But you are put up on display/Hiding behind the veil/You’ve run out of options/You’re set up to fail/Take a break and exhale/Your mind’s not for auction/Your soul’s not for sale.’  This statement is a reminder to everyone of our self worth and that we need to remind ourselves of that worth, rather than just work ourselves to the bone and just constantly feel unappreciated in work and in life in general.  The message is continued in the song’s second verse, which states, “You give up yourself/They still want more/A tip of the hat/You’re kicked to the floor/Patience runs dry/This can’t be all that we deserve/They judge/They laugh/While all they do is observe.”  This is a straight forward message that will certainly connect with any listener.  It again reminds listeners to give themselves more credit and respect, because those above will never do either one.  It is another message that when combined with the song’s musical arrangement shows why this record succeeds.  The song ends with its subject reaching that calm, singing, “Now that I can finally breathe/It’s easier just to see/What has been in front of me all along.”  Once again, here is that reminder that once we take better care of ourselves and respect ourselves, it will help us to make it through our daily lives.  This is, overall, a familiar theme, but the accessibility – that straight forward delivery – makes it so strong.  All things considered here, it makes the song just one more example of what makes Ruby a successful new offering from Father Before Me.  ‘Trepidation,’ the EP’s second song, is yet another example of what makes the record well worth hearing.

‘Trepidation,’ like ‘Behind The Veil’ has a bit of the noted stylistic similarity to works from Avenged Sevenfold in its overall arrangement.  The short, tight notes and harmonies in the vocals work with the rich sound from the bass and drums to also give the song a bit of a sound similar to that of Ice Nine Kills.  The almost metalcore style riffs will connect to those audiences.  The whole makes this song’s arrangement unique apart from its counterparts and even more proof of what makes the song’s musical arrangement so engaging and entertaining.  When the energy in the arrangement is considered with the song’s lyrical theme, the two elements make the song even more interesting for audiences.

According to information provided about the song, its lyrical theme deals with Catrone’s own recent personal struggles with his mental health.  He said during a recent interview that in dealing with the matter, he personified the issue as a kind of monster and turned the song into a sort of “horror story.”  Not all of the lyrics here are able to be deciphered sans lyrics to reference.  However, from what can be deciphered, the story and message can be made clear enough.  Audiences can make out Catrone singing in the song’s lead verse of “thoughts of dread….in your head” before painting the horror picture of the moon sitting high “in this clear/dark sky” as “fear finds you.”  The picture that Catrone paints here is so rich.  It conjures thoughts of maybe Camp Crystal Lake from Friday the 13th.  And really, the things that haunt our minds can be almost as scary sometimes, so it makes sense.  The further description of one’s own mind and those negative thoughts therein as a haunted house and maybe spirits inside in the song’s second verse makes for even more interest.    The overall imagery here is so rich and so original, especially considering how it is used here.  To that end, it makes clear how this song further serves to show the power of this record’s lyrical content.  When this original presentation is considered along with the song’s equally engaging and entertaining musical arrangement, the whole serves even more to show why the EP in whole works as well as it does.  When it is considered with the other songs examined here and the EP’s one remaining song – ‘Under New Kingdoms’ – the whole makes this EP an overall successful new offering from Father Before Me that will appeal widely to rock fans of many kinds.

Father Before Me’s forthcoming EP Ruby is a strong new offering from the up-and-coming independent rock band.  That is proven through its musical and lyrical content alike.  The record’s musical arrangements balance elements of metalcore, punk and hard rock expertly from one to the next, while the lyrical themes approach familiar themes in fully accessible fashion.  The songs presented here serve well to support the noted statements.  When they are considered with the EP’s closer, ‘Under New Kingdoms’ the whole makes Ruby its own hard rock gem.  Yes, that awful pun was intended.  Ruby is scheduled for release independently Friday. 

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

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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:

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Execution Day Takes On Pandemic’s Mental, Emotional Toll In New Single, Video

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Independent metalcore band Execution Day premiered its latest single and its companion video this week.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Escape‘ and its companion video Friday. The band welcomed Ice Nine Kills guitarist Justin Deblick for a guest role in the song. The song’s musical arrangement is fittingly a work that will appeal to fans of Ice Nine Kills, Atreyu, Of Mice & Men, and other similar melodic metalcore acts.

According to a statement from the band, the single focuses on the emotional and mental toll that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had on people.

“The song is really about feeling dissociated from the world, and the people around you,” the statement reads.  “We wrote the song during covid Quarantine, and it really is about life right now, the world right now. Being basically alone for all those months, you start to think, and let your mind run, and the feeling of dissociation, among other feelings and thoughts really start to overtake your head space.”

The video for ‘Escape’ is meant to help translate that noted lyrical theme. It features the band in a confined studio setting. A variety of video effects is used throughout the song to visualize the thoughts and feelings that people have experienced (and are experiencing) as a result of the lockdowns enforced by local, state, and federal authorities as a result of the pandemic.

More information on Execution Day’s new single and video is available along with all of the band’s latest news at https://www.facebook.com/ExecutionDay.

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Atreyu Debuts ‘Catastrophe’ Video

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Atreyu premiered the video for its latest single this week.

The band premiered the video for its latest single, ‘Catastrophe‘ Thursday. Its premiere comes more than a month after the band debuted the single by itself.

The debut of the single and its video follow the premieres of the album’s first two singles, ‘Warrior‘ and ‘Underrated.’ All three songs are featured on Atreyu’s forthcoming album, Baptize, which is scheduled for release June 4 through Spinefarm Records.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Catastrophe’ follows the sound and stylistic approach of ‘Warrior.’ That is evidenced through the juxtaposition of the heavier guitar riffs and screams and the more melodic harmonies presented in the choruses. That is not to say that the two songs are identical. There are clear differences in the songs. As a matter of fact, the heavier, screams and guitars conjure thoughts of works from Atreyu’s counterparts, Killswitch Engage, Of Mice & Men, and As I Lay Dying.

The band explained the lyrical theme in a prepared statement.

“‘Catastrophe’ is, in essence, an apocolyptic love song,” the statement reads. “We took a more imaginative approach to the feelings about that we as individuals and the rest of the planet were going through. The world felt like it was falling apart around us. Nothing was certain, and stress and darkness were coming in from every angle. But living through it all with someone who you truly love somehow made it all okay.” 

The new video for ‘Catastrophe’ pokes fun at all of the reaction videos that pollute the internet and the people who produce them. It features guest appearances from figures, such as Hyro The Hero, Trivium front man Matt Heafy, and Ice Nine Kills front man Spencer Charnas.

The track listing for Baptize is noted below.

BAPTIZE TRACK LISTING:
“Strange Powers of Prophecy”
“Baptize”
“Save Us”
“Underrated”
“Broken Again”
“Weed”
“Dead Weight”
“Catastrophe”
“Fucked Up”
“Sabotage Me”
“Untouchable” Feat. Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach
“No Matter What”
“Oblivion” Feat. Matt Heafy of Trivium
“Stay”
“Warrior” Feat. Travis Barker

More information on Atreyu’s new single, album and forthcoming album is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

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Ice Nine Kills Streaming Its Fountains Of Wayne Parody Cover

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Ice Nine Kills is celebrating Mother’s Day in a special way.

The band announced Friday, it has officially brought its parody cover of the Fountains of Wayne song ‘Stacy’s Mom’ to all streaming services. The band named its take on the song ‘Jason’s Mom.’ As the name implies, the song centers on the mother of Jason Vorhees, the antagonist of the classic Friday the 13th movie franchise.

Ice Nine Kills originally premiered the video for the song in May 2020 as part of Fearless Records’ “Fearless at Home” livestream event. Despite fan requests, the band had not made the song available on any streaming service until this weekend.

Ice Nine Kills’ announcement is part of what is already a somewhat busy year. The band most recently unveiled its cover of Elvis’ timeless song, ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love‘ in February. Front man Spencer Charnas was featured in Hyro The Hero’s song ‘Retaliation Generation,’ which premiered in January.

More information on Ice Nine Kills’ streaming debut of ‘Jason’s Mom’ is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Hyro The Hero Debuts New Single, ‘Legendary’; Plans New “Mixtape” Project

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Independent rapper Hyro The Hero debuted his latest single this week.

The rapper (a.k.a. Hyron Louis Fenton, Jr.) debuted his new single, ‘Legendary‘ Friday. The song features a guest appearance by Atreyu co-front man Brandon Saller. The composition comes more than two months after Fenton premiered his then latest single, ‘Retaliation Generation,’ which itself featured a guest appearance by Ice Nine Kills front man Spencer Charnas.

‘Legend’ is a departure of sorts, stylistically, for Fenton, even in comparison to ‘Retaliation Generation’ and his other recent singles, ‘Fight‘ (which featured Hellyeah/Mudvayne front man Chad Gray on guest vocals) and ‘We Believe‘ (which features Disturbed front man David Draiman on guest vocals). The song is heavy and Fenton’s flow is as solid as ever here. Though the addition of the more subdued momentary vocals provided by Saller in the choruses makes for a softer, more melodic approach. It gives this song its own unique identity separate from that presented in ‘Fight’ and ‘We Believe.’

‘Legendary’ was co-written by Fenton, Saller, Matt Good, Dan Jacobs, and Travis Miguel. Good additionally produced the song.

According to Fenton, the song’s lyrical theme is a contemplative presentation.

“‘Legendary’ is a look into the life and feeling of a champion,” he said. “I wanted to express how it would feel in my mind to make such an impact on the world that you are considered a legend.”

Additionally, Fenton spoke warmly of Saller and his band mates’ participation in the new song.

“I’m so happy that Atreyu was able to be a part of this song and that Brandon Saller lent his amazing vocals,” added Fenton. “They have been in the game for years and bring an actual legendary power and life to it. This is such an epic track and my goal is that it will inspire others to lean into their greatness.”

Saller returned Fenton’s sentiments about collaborating.

“Hyro first got put on my radar maybe seven years ago by a good friend, Fred Archambault,” said Saller. “Since then I’ve had my eye on what he was doing. Last summer, we did the Disrupt Festival with him, and he blew me away at every show. His energy was amazing and we immediately hit it off. When the opportunity came to be on a track with him, I had no hesitations. This song has such a vibe to it and has so much power. I’m stoked to be a part of it.”

‘Legendary’ is the first song from a new “mixtape” presentation that Fenton announced. The project is dubbed Kids Against The Monsters. Fenton presented a statement about the project early this week through Knotfest. Knotfest will feature a series of interviews with Fenton in the coming weeks to look deeper into his new project. Charnas and Gray are among the guests scheduled to appear in the noted interviews, hinting that ‘Fight,’ ‘Retaliation Generation,’ and ‘We Believe’ might end up inthe mixtape project, too.

Kids Against Monsters is scheduled for release later this year. Its exact release date is under consideration.

More information on Hyro The Hero’s new single, video, and livestreatm is available online now along with all of Hyro The Hero’s latest news and more at:

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Van Halen Classic Gets Synthwave Remix From Synthwave Artist Arena

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Independent alt/pop/synthwave artist Arena (a.k.a. Joey Arena) premiered his take on Van Halen’s timeless classic ‘Dreams’ this week.

Arena debuted the cover Thursday. Arena’s take on the song stays true to its source material while also giving the song a slightly new take with its electro-pop style approach. HIs take, which has received approval from former Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar, takes the original song’s keyboard line and brings it to the fore in place of the guitar line, which formed the original work’s foundation.

Hagar said of Arena’s take on the song, “Arena’s cover of ‘Dreams,’ could be my favorite cover anyone has done of any of my songs. I’ll give it five stars and a must hear.”

Arena, in talking about his take on the song, said he was excited to receive Hagar’s stamp of approval.

“When I received word from my team that Sammy had wrapped ears around the track, I was beyond grateful for his time but then we received both written and visual endorsements, I became speechless and choked up,” stressed Arena. “I grew up being a huge Sammy fan and to have this legend take a moment and acknowledge me, I remembered what it felt like to be a fan and no longer a musician. I have experienced some great achievements as a musician but this personally surpasses all of that. I cannot thank him and his team enough for making a dream come true. When I hear ‘Dreams,’ it brings me to a younger, more free and imaginative self. What more could we really want from nostalgia?”

“‘Dreams’ both lyrically and musically has something special,” added Arena. “As musicians, we all secretly dissect music, we hear things differently than the average listener; this is one song that cannot be tampered with. Sammy is unarguably one of the greatest vocalists and lyrically, this song hits the nail on the head of what it is to write something so “feel good”, as I’d call it and really finds the words that the music is trying to say. Being that guitar is my forte, it’s one of the first songs I learned in my youth. It’s been with me for so many years and it doesn’t lose its flavor no matter how many times I hear it. They say a “hit” can be re-worked into any genre and still make the same impact. Although my approach is more synth-driven and not fantastically different, I can only hope that I did justice for the Van Halen, Hagar and Synthwave communities.”

Justin “JD” deBlieck (Ice Nine Kills) added his own touch to Arena’s take on ‘Dreams’ through his performance here on guitar.

deBlieck added his own comments to the discussion on the song.

“When Arena brought the idea of a synth wave project to me I was so thrilled,” he said. “We both grew up wishing we were teens in the 80’s. Soon after he mentioned he’d like to re-imagine a Van Halen song, it was almost immediately that we knew ‘Dreams’ was going to be the one. As huge fans of the Hagar era it was a no brainer. With the tragic passing of the legendary Eddie Van Halen we wanted to make the song more of a tribute to his legacy. So we decided with all the quintessential synths, tricks and staples of the synth wave genre, the guitars have to have an upfront presence.”

“As we began redeveloping ‘Dreams’ I remember saying, ‘We need to find a sound byte that connects Sammy and Eddie to this song,’ he added. “Low and behold we came across an amazing clip of Sammy sharing how Eddie inspired him to write this very song along many others. This same inspiration spread across the guitarist community like wildfire. So many wanted to play like him, write like him and be like him. For me, it was a true honor to take some of the best parts of his featured solo moments and mix them with a few of my own to keep the feeling alive in this new twist on ‘Dreams.’ We had such an amazing time reworking this into the synth wave genre because the song was already so good. All we had to do was make sure we didn’t leave anything out!”

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