T.R.O.Y. Takes On America’s Media Machine In New Single, Video

Independent hard rock band The Reality of Yourself (T.R.O.Y. for short) debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The Springfield, MO-based band unveiled the video for its new single ‘Wicked World’ on Friday.  The video illustrates the song’s message about the way in which the media — on both sides of the aisle — spins the news and the effect of that spin from both sides.  The band discussed that message in a collective statement about the song.

“Truth is, good news doesn’t sell,” the band said.  “We have all been fed a lie or two.  ‘Wicked World’ just talks about how poisoned the spring really is.  #WickedWorld #Unplugged #FalseMedia #TallTales #Newspeak #Orwellian #MediaSensationalism #TheRealityOfYourself”

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Audiences can hear ‘Wicked World’ and more of T.R.O.Y.’s music live as the band is performing this weekend at the annual Rocklahoma festival.  The band also has live dates scheduled with Red Sun Rising, P.O.D., Alien Ant Farm, Buckcherry and Lit through the summer.  The band’s current live schedule is noted below.

Catch T.R.O.Y. Live:
05/26 @ Rocklahoma – Pryor, OK
05/27 @ Rocklahoma – Pryor, OK
05/28 @ Rocklahoma – Pryor, OK
05/29 @ Old Rock House w/ Red Sun Rising – St. Louis, MO
06/01 @ The Riff – Springfield, MO
06/23 @ TBA
08/12 @ Gen X Tour w/ Buck Cherry, POD, Alien Ant Farm, Lit – Nixa, MO
09/22 @ Uno Rios TX Rally & Music Festival- New Braunfels, TX

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Website: http://www.therealityofyourself.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/RealityofTROY

 

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Just 6 Hours Debuts ‘One Way Doors’ Lyric Video

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Indie alt-rock band Just 6 Hours has unveiled the lyric video for its latest single.

The Asbury Park, New Jersey-based band debuted the lyric video for its latest single ‘One Way Doors‘ on May 6.’  The song is lifted from the band’s latest EP Sober, which is available now via Moto Records.

The band said in a collective statement that its new song is centered on the dangers of drug abuse.

“‘One Way Doors’ is about drug use and not being able to become sober, like going through a door and not being able to open it back up, hence the title, ‘One Way Doors,’ the band said.  “The lyrics use quotes from real drug addicts.”

More information on ‘One Way Doors’ is available online now along with all of Just 6 Hours’ latest news and more is available online now at:

 

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PBS Shows Even Other Animals Can Be Rebels In New Three-Part “Nature” Episode

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Truth is, more often than not, stranger than fiction, and that is just as true when it comes to the animal kingdom as in any other aspect of life.  Audiences will see that for themselves firsthand this summer when PBS Distribution releases PBS’ new Nature documentary Natural Born Rebels on DVD.

NatureNatural Born Rebels is currently scheduled to be released on DVD June 5. The 159 minute (2 hours, 39 minutes) documentary presents to viewers some animals whose behavior seems so unbelievable, yet is very real.  That includes a crab that can’t help stealing, a chimpanzee who rules his group with an iron fist and even a rather amorous prairie dog.  As audiences will learn throughout the three-part series, these are just some of the surprising yet very real behaviors that animals display, too.

Over the course of the program, researchers reveal to viewers that these behaviors may be the key to survival in the animal kingdom.  NatureNatural Born Rebels will retails for MSRP of $24.99 and can be pre-ordered at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.

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Burn The Priest/LOG’s New Covers Record Will Appeal To Rock, Metal Fans Everywhere

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Lamb of God has, over the course of some two decades, made quite the name for itself within the metal community.  It has, in fact, made such an impact that it has come to be considered in some circles as one of the metal world’s elite acts.  Before rising to such fame, the Richmond, Virginia-based band went by another name and was working just as hard to make a name for itself.  It went by the name Burn the Priest, which obviously makes it a good thing that the band decided to change names.  Of course while the band changed its names, it never has forgotten its roots, as is evidenced in its new tribute/covers collection LegionXX.  Released just this past Friday, the 10-song compilation pays tribute to the bands that inspired Lamb of God, Nee Burn The Priest while also using the band’s former name to put emphasis on that former name to show where Lamb of God is and has been.  It is definitely a record that is aimed at Lamb of God’s most devout fans that ironically serves as its own music history lesson at the same time for audiences in general.  That shows a dual purpose here that adds even more to the record’s value.  The arrangements presented in each song play their own collective role in the album’s presentation that deserves attention, so it will be discussed later.  The record’s sequencing puts the final touch to its presentation and will also be discussed later.  Each element is important in its own right to the album’s whole.  All things considered, LegionXX proves to be a record that will appeal both to Lamb of God’s most devout fans and to the rock and metal “legions” around the world.

Burn The Priest/Lamb of God’s new tribute to its roots LegionXX is an interesting new offering from the band.  On the surface, it does come across as one of those obligatory contract satisfying space fillers.  On another level though, it is a little bit more than that.  First, it is a tribute in itself to the bands that inspirited Lamb of God’s members.  Second, it is a music history lesson for the rock and metal masses who otherwise might not have been overly familiar with those same bands.  Case in point, the cover of Cro-Mags’ ‘We Gotta Know.’  The band itself started way back in the 1980s, so while some of LOG’s fans might be familiar with that band, odds are the majority are not so familiar with the band, let alone the song.  That is even with ‘We Gotta Know’ getting attention on MTV.  The song was included in Cro-Mags’ 1986 debut album The Age of Quarrel, so again, likely only a certain cross-section of LOG’s fans today are that familiar with this record.  Bad Brains is another relatively well-known band in its own right because of its punk and hard rock leanings.  Yet today it is, again, likely not as well-known as the bands that it influenced.  So having this forebear included in the mix – with one of its biggest hits no less – is important to note.  Considering Bad Brains’ overall sound and that of Burn The Priest/Lamb of God, one can definitely hear the influence on the latter by the prior.  Sliang Laos is probably the absolute least known of the bands included in this compilation.  Fellow Richmond, Virginians, this band was known to a very limited audience, and has until now remained so incognito – for lack of better wording.  So, having that band included here with its more well-known counterparts can only serve a positive purpose for the band’s legacy.  What’s more, the other bands featured in this compilation are just as positively served because of the rejuvenated attention on their histories and music.  Keeping that in mind, the bands and songs featured in this collection may make it a contractually obligated space filler, but it’s one that still at least serves some purpose.  Keeping this in mind, while the songs and bands featured form a strong foundation for this record, they are not, collectively, its only important element.  The arrangements of said songs are just as important to discuss as the songs themselves.

The arrangements presented here are so important to discuss because they stay so close to their source material and because of the variety in their sounds.  BTP/LOG cover of The Melvins’ ‘Honey Bucket’ supports that statement.  The cover included in LegionXX sticks almost exactly to the original, with the only difference being between Randy Blythe’s scathing vocal delivery and that of Roger Osborne.  Osborne sounds on the Melvins’ original more akin to Metallica front man James Hetfield in his youth while Blythe’s vocal delivery is far more brutal.  That is not a comparison of who’s better.  Rather it is merely an objective notice.  Keeping that in mind, BTP/LOG’s take on this thrash classic will definitely appease those who are familiar with the original.  The same can be said of the cover of Ministry’s ‘Jesus Built My Hot Rod.’  Though in the case of this one, the major difference comes in the song’s spoken word intro.  Whereas Al Jourgensen made a rather blasphemous statement about Jesus in the original song’s introduction, Blythe was smart enough not to go that route.  Instead, he jokingly said Jerry Lee Lewis was the devil and that “Jesus was an architect previous to his career as a prophet.”  That goes in line with the story that Burn The Priest became Lamb of God in order to keep itself from being mislabeled as a Satanic band.  It shows a certain thought on the part of Lamb of God’s members (especially Randy Blythe) to go that route instead of Al Jourgensen’s more blasphemous route.  Other than that, the two takes are virtually identical.  The same can be said of the cover of Sliang Laos’ ‘Axis Riot.’  The cover featured here sticks almost entirely to its source material, right down to Blythe’s vocal delivery.  Yes, Blythe actually opts for a clean delivery here just as was done with the original instead of his trademark cookie monster growl.  It’s a nice change of pace, and also serves to show Blythe’s true range.  It’s something hopefully he will consider utilizing more in Lamb of God’s future albums.  Keeping this in mind, this is just one more way in which the arrangements in this record prove to be so important to its overall presentation.  The band doesn’t try to go over the top, nor does the band try to go in any different route, opting instead to stick to their source material.  When that is considered along with the value of the musical history lesson provided by the songs themselves, those two elements together make this record all the more worthwhile for the most devout BTP/LOG fans.  Even as important as they are to the record’s whole, they are not its only important elements.  The record’s sequencing is the last touch to note in examining its whole.

Audiences who have yet to pick up LegionXX will be pleased to know that the sequencing of this record is just as applause-worthy as its songs and their arrangements.  The record starts off full-throttle with the cover of The Accused’s ‘Inherit The Earth.’  From there, the energy doesn’t let up for even a moment.  That is even as the varied styles change from one song to the next.  The change of that song to the full on hard rock assault of ‘Honey Bucket’ to the more brooding ‘Kerosene’ in the record’s first trio of works clearly exemplifies this statement.  The band keeps things moving solidly with the equally solid hard rock arrangement of ‘I Against I’ before moving into the semi-punk vibe of ‘Axis Riot.’  The variance in the songs’ energies is just as slight from here on right to the record’s end.  The end result is a record whose energies from start to finish are just as certain to keep listeners engaged and entertained as its songs and their arrangements.  All three elements play together to make the album overall a record that is certain to appeal to a wide range of rock “legions.”  Yes, that pun was intended.

Lamb of God’s tribute/covers album, which pays tribute to its own past and the bands that influenced its members, is a record that even being another covers record, is certain to appeal to a wide range of rock and metal fans.  This is proven in part through the record’s featured songs.  The songs’ arrangements are just as important as the songs themselves in keeping listeners’ ears.  That is because while staying true to their source material, these arrangements keep still add their own touch to make the originals just as hard-hitting as ever.  The energies in the arrangements put the final touch to the album, ensuring once and for all, listeners’ engagement throughout.  At this point, it should be clear why all three noted elements are so critical to LegionXX both alone and collectively.  All things considered, they make LegionXX a record that will appeal just as much to LOG/BTP’s most devout fans as it will to rock and metal audiences in general.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on LegionXX is available online now along with all of Lamb of God’s latest news and more at:

 

Websitehttp://www.lamb-of-god.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/lambofgod

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/lambofgod

 

 

 

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PBS Delves Into Immigration Policy History In New ‘AmEx’ Episode

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Recent news stories about immigration policy have sharply divided America and its people.  While the actions being taken by this nation’s leaders are deplorable to say the least, it is not the first time that such heinous acts have happened, as has been shown in a new episode of PBS’ hit history-based series American Experience.

American ExperienceThe Chinese Exclusion Act examines Republican President Chester A. Arthur’s role in the Chinese Exclusion Act, which suspended Chinese labor immigration into the United States.  Arthur vetoed the original act, but signed the second draft, which reduced the immigration ban from 20 years to 10.  The bill also prevented Chinese citizens already living in the United States from becoming full citizens, something else that President Arthur disliked.

The Chinese Exclusion Act marked the first time that the American government prevented the immigration of people of any certain ethnic group or nationality, but would not be the last. Presidents who followed Arthur would use their own power to stop such bills from moving through and becoming law.  Now with the current immigration issues happening in America, this episode of American Experience proves as timely as ever.  A trailer for this special episode is streaming online now here.

It is currently scheduled to be released on DVD June 5 and to retail for MSRP of $24.99  The 163-minute program can be pre-ordered online now at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of American Experience is available online now at:

 

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PBS Follows Hannibal’s Journey Across The Alps In New Episode of ‘Secrets Of The Dead’

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Hannibal’s journey along the Alps along with his forces is one of the most talked about stories from history.  Throughout the ages, no one has been able to definitively say which path the infamous General took en route to Rome.That is until now.

PBS delves into that story in a new episode of its hit history-based series Secrets of the Dead.  Originally aired this past April, it is currently scheduled to be released on DVD June 5.  The roughly 50-minute program follows a group of researchers as the group works to tell once and for all how Hannibal — with his 30,000 troops, 15,000 horses and 37 war elephants — managed to cross the Alps in just 16 days en route to his attack on Rome.

Secrets of the DeadHannibal in the Alps will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.  A trailer for this episode of Secrets of the Dead is streaming online now here. More information on this and other episodes of Secrets of the Dead is available online now at:

 

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PBS Revisits America’s Civil Rights Movement With New Documentary

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Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.  That is why next month, PBS Distribution is bringing audiences what is one of so many important stories from America’s Civil Rights movement.

The Jazz Ambassadors is currently scheduled to be released on DVD on June 19.  The story centers on the so-called “Jazz Ambassadors” — jazz greats Dizzie Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington Benny Goodman and Dave Brubeck — as the group  worked with the United States government to fight the Soviet Union’s propaganda war while at the same time facing the reality of Jim Crowe laws in America.

The Jazz Ambassadors is told through archival film footage, photos, radio clips, and performance clips from the musicians and their integrated bands.  The story overall shows how the Jazz Ambassadors’ work ultimately played a key role in the Civil Rights movement at a critical moment while also serving its other purpose in foreign affairs at the same time.  A trailer for the program is streaming online now here.

The Jazz Ambassadors will retail for $24.99, but can be pre-ordered online now at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.  More information on The Jazz Ambassadors and other PBS programs is available online now at:

 

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