Devin Townsend’s ‘Empath’ Gives The Best Feeling For Audiences In This Year’s New Hard Rock/Metal Field

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

This year is one of the strongest in recent memory for metal masses around the world.  This year saw new releases — powerful new releases at that — from some of the most well-known and respected names in the metal community.  Slipknot’s new album We Are Not Your Kind is just one of those important new releases that the metal masses received this year.  Amon Amarth’s new album Berserker gave the masses just as much to appreciate, as did new albums from Dragonforce, Killswitch Engage and The Offering.

Between those records and so many others, it goes without saying that developing a list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums was anything but easy.  That’s especially the case considering the release early this year, of Devin Townsend’s new album Empath, Hyvmine’s new LP Retaliation and up-and-comers Alien Weaponry’s debut album Tu.  This critic took a long time trying to assemble this list.  It was not a chore taken lightly.  As with other lists from this critic, it features the Top 10 New Hard Rock/Metal albums as well as five honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles.  Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks’ 2019 Top 10 New Hard Rock/Metal Albums.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2019 TOP 10 NEW HARD ROCK/METAL ALBUMS

  1. Devin Townsend — Empath
  2. Slipknot — We Are Not Your Kind
  3. Amon Amarth — Berserker
  4. Overkill — The Wings of War
  5. The Offering — Home
  6. Bad Blood — Bad Blood
  7. Whitechapel — The Valley
  8. Hyvmine — Retaliation
  9. Dragonforce — Extreme Power Metal
  10. Of Mice & Men — EARTHANDSKY
  11. Dream Theater — Distance Over Time
  12. Killswitch Engage — Atonement
  13. Awake At Last — The Change
  14. Corroded — Bitter
  15. Alien Weaponry — Tu

 

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Strong Musical, Lyrical Content Makes ‘Atonement’ Appealing For KsE’s Fans, Metalcore Fans Alike

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

The members of Killswitch Engage received some positive news this week.  The band received a Grammy® Award nomination for “Best Metal Performance” for its single ‘Unleashed,’ which is featured in the band’s latest full-length studio recording Atonement.  The album, the band’s eighth overall album and first for Metal Blade Records, was released Aug. 16.  The band is in the midst of a tour in support of Atonement, which will see the band perform at the Ritz in Raleigh, NC on March 15. It is just one of the performances included in the band’s current tour schedule, during which audiences will get to hear ‘Unleashed’ and many other songs from the recently released 11-song album.  The nomination for ‘Unleashed’ is justified, as it is just one of the songs that puts the album’s overall strength on display.  ‘Know Your Enemy’ also serves to show the strength of KsE’s latest studio recording.  The same can also be said of ‘The Crownless King,’ which comes early in the album’s 39-minute run time.  Each of the songs noted here plays its own crucial part in exhibiting the overall strength of Atonement.  When they are considered with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole of the album proves the record to be an offering from KsE that holds its own with its fellow metalcore counterparts this year.

Metalcore outfit Killswitch Engage’s latest album Atonement is a record that will easily appeal to fans of the band and the genre in whole.  That is because both musically and lyrically, it is everything that audiences have come to expect from the Boston, MA-based band.  The album’s Grammy® Award-nominated single – and album opener – ‘Unleashed’ is just one of the songs that supports the noted statements.  The song’s musical arrangement plays its own part in showing why the song has proven so worthy of an award.  The fire and the energy in the heavy, guitar and bass-driven work wastes little time grabbing listeners’ attention as it builds quickly in its opening crescendo into its steady, familiar metalcore sound with measured guitars and steady time keeping. That full-on approach in the song’s arrangement couples well with the song’s lyrical content to accent the emotion in said content.

The song’s lyrical content is just as fiery as its musical content, with front man Jesse Leach sings/screams in the song’s lead verse, “Deceive me/Release me/Unleash me/You’ve unleashed the wild within/Welcome to the madness/That dwells inside these eyes/Pushed unto the breaking point/You’re running out of time/This innocent blood is on your hands (Deceive me)/Come face to face with the final stand (Release me)/It’s the part of me you can’t comprehend (Unleash me)/You’ve unleashed the wild within/The wild within.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “You who spoke defiance/You who spoke in jest/The last of all my tolerance/Has left this broken man.” He adds in the song’s third and final verse, “I remind you time and time again/You’ve broken the restraints against your heart/Against the dark/Can you feel the pain of those you’ve betrayed/The promises unmade/Broken hearts that fill with shame/And you’re to blame/Do they call your name?/There’s nothing left to say/Nothing left to say.”  There is little doubt here as to the focus of the song’s lyrical content considering all of this.  This is pure defiance against someone who has brought out the worst in someone else because that antagonist simply would not let up in their wrongdoing.  As Leach notes in the second verse, “The last of all my tolerance/Has left this broken man.”  This is someone who has put up with the noted wrongdoing for far too long and is saying to the antagonist, “no more.”  This is a situation to which so many listeners can relate.  Everyone has been in this point where they want to explode and say the same to certain people in their own lives.  By having this song to which they can relate, the composition will hopefully help listeners who have been or are in that situation so that they can release their own frustrations.  Considering the power in the song’s musical and lyrical content, it is clear why this song earned KsE a Grammy® Award nomination.  It is just one of the songs featured in this record that shows the album’s strength.  ‘Know Your Enemy’ also serves to who what makes the album appealing for audiences.

‘Know Your Enemy’ should not be confused with Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Know Your Enemy.’  The two songs are their own unique works.  KsE did not cover RATM’s work here.  However, it is definitely as defiant as RATM’s work in its lyrical content, which will be addressed momentarily.  The song’s musical arrangement forms its foundation.  This driving, upbeat work boasts its own identity unique from the rest of the album’s compositions, this time featuring a steady, driving guitar line instead of the djent style work of the album’s opener.  Rather, this arrangement boasts more of a melodic metal sort of approach.  That steady, driving arrangement forms a solid foundation for the song, with the noted lyrical content adding even more to the whole.

Leach sings/screams in the song’s lead verse, “Bow down to no one/resist the system/Lost in uncertainty/Divided in our strife/No comprehension of the conflict of our lives/become enslaved in a technological haze/In the crosshairs of a weapon/That dissuades our brains/The target is in site/Mental imprisonment/They’ll take you down from the inside (inside)/Self-destruction on command.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Resist – And fight back/Our minds – Under attack/Destroy – Their authority/And know your enemy/Protest – Demonstrate/We must – Retaliate/Bow down – To no one/An know your enemy.”  The song continues on in the same fashion as it progresses, with Leach even noting late in the song, “It runs much deeper than you think/You’ll never see who pulls the strings/You’ve got to know/Know your enemy/Force fed illusions/in this world of confusion/You have to know/Know your enemy.”  There is no doubt this is a sociopolitical commentary from the band that is urging people to be aware of everything going on and to (pardon the term) take the power back..  It definitely does not and will not fall on deaf ears, either.  It is just one more way in which Atonement proves to be another positive offering from KsE.

‘Unleashed’ and ‘Know Your Enemy’ are both key additions to Atonement.  Each song is distinct from the other both musically and lyrically, giving listeners collectively plenty to appreciate.  While they go a long way to show why Atonement will appeal to the aforementioned audiences, they are just a sample of the album’s positives.  ‘The Crownless King’ is another example of what makes this record another work that will appeal to the band’s fans and to metalcore fans alike.  ‘The Crownless King’ stands out in part because of its musical arrangement, which boasts another familiar sound from the band.  There is a certain old school thrash sound coupled with the band’s own metalcore sound and the mix of Leach’s growls and clean vocals to make the whole of the song one of the album’s most notable works.

The song’s musical arrangement goes a long way to make the song stand out among Atonement’s overall body of work.  It is just one important part of the song, though.  The song’s lyrical content is just as important as its musical content.  The song’s lyrical content comes across as another sociopolitical commentary, this time perhaps very intentionally directed.  Leach sings in the song’s lead verse, “Abolition to this illusion/And all the monuments of hypocrisy/Burn them – Burn them to the ground/Destroy them – They’re useless to us now/Tear down the reminders of a crownless king/this imposter claims authority/Indignation is closing in/You choose a war/A war you cannot win/No one – No one can save you now/Cast down – Where no mercy can be found/No willingness to bow to a king without a crown/Where the virtuous can’t be found/Defy you – To the depths you descend/I defy you – To the death we defend/Defy you – Your rule will come to an end/I defy you – You’ve become the crownless king.”  If this is not a song focused on everything going on in Washington, D.C. then it would certainly be interesting to learn of the real focus here.  The song’s second and third verses add even more strength to the argument that this song is focused on the happenings in Washington, D.C., with Leach singing in the song’s second verse, “The penitent pray for the downfall of your/Of your reign/The warrior soul shall break the hold of constraints/In the end you will suffer.”  He adds in verse three, “the storied confusion/Distorted and diluted/Will come undone when the balance shifts/And the framework breaks/The framework breaks.”  Once again, this certainly seems to be addressing the presidency of one Donald trump and what has happened as a result of his false presidency.  If in fact that is truly the focus of the song’s lyrical content, then it has been delivered in a unique fashion.  To that end, the combination of such strong lyrical content and equally strong musical content makes this song yet another important addition to Atonement.  When it is considered alongside the other songs discussed here, the whole of those songs and the rest of the album’s works makes Atonement in whole, yet another work that will appeal tto fans of Killswitch Engage and to fans of the metalcore genre.

Killswitch Engage’s latest full-length studio recording Atonement is another positive offering from the veteran metalcore band.  It is everything that audiences have come to expect from the group both musically and lyrically.  That is evidenced through all three of the songs discussed here and the eight other songs that make up the remainder of the album’s body.  The thoughtful lyrics and pummeling musical content combines from start to end to make the album in whole a work that holds its own in this year’s fild of new hard rock and metal albums.  More information on Atonement is available online now along with all of the band’s tour information at:

 

 

 

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Killswitch Engage, Clutch To Launch Co-Headlining Summer Tour

Killswitch Engage and Clutch will embark on a dual headliner tour this summer.

The tour schedule is scheduled to launch July 8 in Quebec City, QC and run through Aug. 7 in Las Vegas, NV.  It will feature performances in cities, such as Myrtle Beach, SC; Bangor, ME and Tulsa, OK.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE + CLUTCH TOUR DATES:
7/8 — Quebec City, QC — Festival D’ete%
7/11 — London, ON — Rock The Park#
7/12 — Syracuse, NY — SI Hall
7/13 — Inwood, WV — Shiley Acres
7/14 — Myrtle Beach, SC — House of Blues
7/16 — Fort Wayne, IN — The Clyde
7/18 — Sioux City, IA — Hard Rock & Casin
7/19 — Cadott, WI — Cadott Rock Fest#
7/20 — OshKosh, WI — Rock USA#
7/22 — Tulsa, OK — The Brady Theater
7/23 — St. Louis, MO — The Pageant
7/25 — Bethlehem, PA — Sands Event Center
7/26 — Asbury Park, NJ — Stone Pony Outdoors
7/27 — Montreal, QC — Heavy MTL#
7/28 — Bangor, ME — Impact Festival#
7/30 — Huntington, NY — The Paramount
8/2 — Pittsburgh, PA — Stage AE Outdoors
8/3 — Port Chester, NY — Capital Theater
8/4 — Worcester, MA — Palladium Outdoors
8/7 — Las Vegas, NV — Psycho Las Vegas^
#Festival
^Clutch Only
%KsE Only

Cro Mags JM and All that Remains will serve  as support. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

The announcement of KsE and Clutch’s co-headlining tour comes as KsE is wrapping its current tour with Parkway Drive.  The bands’ tour makes its last stop Saturday in Columbus, OH.

Killswitch Engage is touring in support of its most recent album, 2016’s Incarnate.  Clutch is touring in support of its latest album, 2018’s Book of Bad Decisions.

More information on Killswitch Engage is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.killswitchengage.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/killswitchengage

Twitter: http://twitter.com/kseofficial

 

More information on Clutch is available online along with all of the band’s news at:

 

Website: http://www.pro-rock.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Clutchband

Twitter: http://twitter.com/clutchofficial

 

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KsE, Parkway Drive Announce Spring Co-Headlining Tour

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Killswitch Engage and Parkway Drive are heading out on the road together.

The bands announced Monday that they will embark on the co-headlining “Collapse The World Tour” on April 18 in San Francisco, CA.  According to a news release from Metal Blade Records, KsE’s new label home, the tour is scheduled to run through May 16 in Milwaukee, WI and feature performances in cities, such as Houston, TX; Rockingham, NC and Detroit, MI.

After The Burial will serve as support on various dates.  Revolver magazine is serving as the tour’s title sponsor.

Killswitch Engage front man Jesse Leach said in a recent interview that the band is looking forward to touring with Parkway Drive again.

“After having the pleasure of destroying stages all over Australia with the Parkway guys just over a month ago, we couldn’t be more stoked to share the stage with them once again, this time in the states,” Leach said.  “Parkway Drive puts on an incredible live show, and we are excited to combine forces and bring the energy every night to a town near you.  I am absolutely certain fans of both bands are in for a hell of a time.  This will be one for the memories for sure — let’s rage!”

Parkway Drive front man Winston McCall echoed Leach’s sentiments.

“This co-headlining tour with Killswitch Engage is a landmark for Parkway Drive in North America,” McCall said.  “Having smashed our way across the land for over a decade now, it is a humbling and defining moment to be sharing this slot with true heavy metal icons and personal heroes.  We have always aimed to maintain the highest standard of energy, connection and entertainment at our shows, a standard that has been set and maintained by KsE their entire career.  The concept of how epic this tour will be is mind blowing to me.  Bring on the insanity!”

The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

Killswitch Engage and Parkway Drive tour dates
w/ After The Burial

Apr. 18 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre*
Apr. 19 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium**
Apr. 20 – Mesa, AZ – 98 KUPD – Ufest***
Apr. 22 – Colorado Springs, CO – City Auditorium**
Apr. 23 – Wichita, KS – Cotillion Ballroom*
Apr. 24 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom**
Apr. 26 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom*
Apr. 27 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater**
Apr. 28 – Houston, TX – So What?! Music Festival***
Apr. 30 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater**
May 1 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre*
May 4 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle**
May 5 – Nashville, TN – War Memorial Auditorium*
May 7 – Niagara Falls, NY – The Rapids Theatre**
May 9 – New York, NY – Terminal 5*
May 10 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall*
May 11 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall (Outdoors)**
May 12 – Rockingham, NC – Epicenter^^
May 12 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues^
May 14 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring*
May 15 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit**
May 16 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Club Stage*
May 17-19 – Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple**
*Killswitch Engage closes show
**Parkway Drive closes show
***Festival
^^Festival – KsE Only
^Parkway Drive only

More information on the Collapse The World Tour is available online now along with all of Killswitch Engage’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.killswitchengage.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/killswitchengage

Twitter: http://twitter.com/kseofficial

 

More information on Parkway Drive is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.parkwaydriverock.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/parkwaydrive

Twitter: http://twitter.com/parkwayofficial

 

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Reality Grey Take Listeners Into ‘The Void’ As It Prepares Its Next Album

Independent metalcore act Reality Grey is getting audiences excited about its next album with the video for the as-yet-untitled album’s latest single.

The band this week the Italian rock act unveiled the video for the single ‘The Void.’  Musically, the song exhibits influences of As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage and other similar metalcore acts.  Guitarist Anto Addabbo explained in a recent interview that the song’s lyrical theme centers on personal growth throughout life.

“‘The Void’ is one of the album’s songs that we feel more emotionally attached to both musically and visually,” Addabbo said.  “It is about the struggle of finding ourselves in the different phases of our life.  We all have been there, and it’s a song that most of the people can easily relate to.”

Audiences can get the song’s full lyrics online via the band’s official bandcamp page.

Reality Grey The Void Vid Grab

Courtesy: High Road Publicity

‘The Void.’ is available for purchase via the band’s website now.  It is the second single to be released so far from the band’s next as-yet-untitled album.  The band unveiled the album’s lead single ‘Daybreakers‘ and its video late last year.

More information on Reality Grey’s latest single and upcoming album is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://realitygrey.bandcamp.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RealityGreyOfficial

 

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Wovenwar’s Second Album Is A Solid Sophomore Effort

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

The end of the old year and the start of the New Year are traditionally the slowest times of the year in terms of new music releases.  While some new albums are released over the holiday season and the early part of the New Year, the real first push for new albums generally doesn’t start until early March.  Even as slow as the end of the old year and start of the New Year are, new albums are released.  However, they are few.  That gives audiences time to catch up on some of the previous year’s big albums.  It goes without saying that 2016 saw more than its share of big albums.  Wovenwar’s sophomore album Honor Is Dead is one of those big albums released this year.  The album, released Oct. 21, is a big step up for the band. The band took the melodic hard rock and metalcore elements presented in its 2014 self-titled debut here and stepped them up in a big way on this record.  The stepped up arrangements are sure to keep listeners fully engaged from beginning to end.  The same can be said of the lyrical themes presented throughout the record, and when those themes are set alongside the songs’ musical arrangements, the end result is a record that as this critic already noted, is one of 2016’s top new hard rock and metal albums.

Wovenwar’s sophomore album Honor Is Dead is only the band’s second full-length studio album, but it can be said that it is the band’s best work so far.  It is a big step up from the band’s 2014 self-titled debut.  The record’s powerhouse opener ‘Confession’ serves clearly to support that statement. The song’s guitar-driven arrangement instantly conjures thoughts of Killswitch Engage, Memphis May Fire, All That Remains and others of that ilk.  That is the case even in the song’s more flowing chorus.  The power in that arrangement is a good fit for the song’s equally powerful lyrical content, which seems to center on someone fighting alcoholism.  It can be inferred that the song’s lyrical theme focuses on said subject as front man Shane Blay sings in the song’s lead verse, “I call it a phase, I call it a phase/But bottoms of bottles are killing the pain/I call it a phase, I call it a phase/When no one’s looking I take in all I can/I kiss the bottle until I can’t stand/And wake up grieving/And by noon I won’t care/I’ll count the minutes til’ I start again.”  The song’s subject asks himself in pained fashion in the song’s chorus, “What have I become/Have I come undone?”  This illustrates even more that the song seems to be addressing someone battle addiction.

If the song’s simple but powerful chorus and lead verse aren’t enough to convince one of the song’s subject, one line in particular in the song’s second verse will most certainly convince listeners.  Blay sings in said verse, “You cannot hurt when you cannot feel a thing/The past has taught me I won’t remember a thing/I’ll trade a night cap for some apathy/And wake up grieving, and by noon I won’t care/I count the minutes til’ I start again.”  This is a powerful statement; one that is just as powerful as that in the song’s lead verse.  When the two are coupled with the song’s equally impacting musical arrangement, the end result is a work that is a solid opener for the record and a song that shows clearly what makes this album so impressive.  It is just one of the songs included in this record that is so powerful, too.  ‘Lines in the Sand’ is another of the album’s most standout songs.

‘Confession,’ Honor Is Dead’s opening composition is a solid opener for Wovenwar’s new album.  It is also a solid example of what makes this record so impressive. That is due both to its musical and lyrical content.  It is just one of the songs that stands out in this record’s overall body.  ‘Lines in the Sand’ stands out just as much as ‘Confession.’  That is due to its musical arrangement and lyrical theme, too.  The song’s musical arrangement is powerful in its own right thanks to the work of guitarist Nick Hipa, bassist Josh Gilbert and drummer Jordan Mancino.  Instead of the full on shredding assault presented in ‘Confession,’ the musicians have crafted here an arrangement that is more akin to arrangements crafted by the members of Sevendust, Shinedown, and others of that ilk.  Such a contrast shows the musicians’ reach even more and is just one part of what makes this song – and record – stand out.  The song’s lyrical content stands out just as much as its musical arrangement.

In the case of the song’s lyrical content, front man Shane Blay comes across as presenting commentary on the nation’s division and the damage that said division is doing to the country.  The song’s first two verses are proof of that. Blay sings in the song’s lead verse, “Some men are born to reap the harvest/Some men are born to sow the seed/the lines between them are all drawn in/The lie between them is belief.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “Does anyone know why we’re fighting/Does anyone know the other side/the lines between us are all drawn by/the lies that we choose to believe.”  These verses make a powerful statement; a statement of how easily people allow themselves to be divided because they don’t question. In the song’s chorus, Blay strengthens that statement even more as he sings, “If only we had eyes to see the lines blurring/Fall in line if you’re willing/Defend these shores to the bitter end/Everyone’s got a reason/to name the victims and the villains/But who drew the lines in the sand?”  He is saying people need to think for themselves rather than just let themselves be divided.  Again, it is a powerful message, and one that is as relevant today as in any era.  When that powerful message is joined with the song’s musical arrangement, the pair’s partnering exhibits fully why this song stands out in the bigger picture of HID.  They also serve to show even more why the album in whole is so impressive, too.  While the song serves to show in its own right what makes HID so impressive, it is just one more example of what makes this record work so well.  The record’s closer, ‘130’ stands out just as much as ‘Confession’ and ‘Lines in the Sand.’

‘Confession’ and ‘Lines in the Sand’ are both powerhouse pieces included in HID that show what makes this record so impressive.  That is due to the songs’ musical arrangements and lyrical themes.  The songs’ arrangements and lyrical themes stand out clearly from one another and from the album’s other compositions, too.  As important as those two songs are to the album’s overall presentation, they are only two of the songs that show what makes HID so impressive.  ‘130,’ the record’s closer, is one more example of what makes the album so impressive.  The song’s arrangement is a full-throttle work that conjures thoughts of Bullet For My Valentine, Trivium and other similar acts thanks to the combination of Blay’s vocals, Hipa’s guitar work, Mancino’s work on the drums and Gilbert’s low end.  The arrangement’s furious energy expertly catches the terror and fear that must have been felt at the November 2015 Paris attacks.  What’s more the guitar-driven composition captures just as well the anger that was felt by people around the world following those horrific acts.  The song’s lyrical content captures those emotions just as well as Blay sings, “Explosions shake the city/I thought it was part of the show/A craven is screaming prayers/In a tongue that I don’t know/Paris lights are winking out/I can hear the city scream/While the faithful are rejoicing in the sound of tragedy.”  The fire in Blay’s vocal delivery captures just as well the mix of emotions that must have been felt by those who were there.  That emotion is just as powerfully evident as Blay sings in the song’s chorus, “Find me one reason worth this hate/One reason worth this endless violence/Find me one more reason worth this hate/Because I have 130 reasons to change.”  The 130 reasons in question are the 130 people who were killed in the November 2015 terrorist attacks on Paris.  Blay goes on to directly address the attack at the Bataclan Theatre as he mentions the stage should be a safe place that brings everyone together “yet we one divided/Waging war over beliefs.” He is not making any indictment of the people there, but the people who committed the attacks at the club because of their beliefs.  It is a hard-hitting statement that when joined with the song’s musical arrangement, shows once more why ‘130’ stands out just as much as ‘Confession,’ ‘Lines in the Sand’ and the rest of the songs featured in this album.  Each song, with its arrangement and lyrical theme is important in its own right to the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Wovenwar’s sophomore effort a solid second effort.  They give great hope for another album from the band in the not too distant future.

Honor Is Dead is a solid new offering from Wovenwar.  The band’s sophomore record presents arrangements throughout its eleven songs that present sounds similar to so many of its current counterparts including Shinedown, Bullet For My Valentine, Killswitch Engage, and so many others.  In other words, the record’s musical arrangements don’t stick to just one style of hard rock and metal or another.  They clearly cross those lines from beginning to end, giving listeners plenty of diversity.  That in turn ensures listeners’ engagement in itself.  The lyrical themes presented in each of the album’s songs are just as diverse as the musical arrangements presented in each song.  From a subject battling addiction to an equally powerful statement of people’s blind divisions to an emotional composition about the 2015 attacks on Paris and so much more, the lyrical themes presented in this record give listeners just as much reason to take in this record as its musical arrangements.  Each element is clearly important in its own way to the album’s presentation.  All things considered, the album’s combined musical and lyrical content makes this record, once more, a solid new effort from Wovenwar.  They also give hope that it won’t be the band’s last album, either.  Honor Is Dead is available now in stores and online.  More information on the album is available online now along with all of Wovenwar’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.wovenwar.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wovenwar

Twitter: http://twitter.com/WOVENWAR

 

 

 

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You Can Join The Revolution Courtesy Of Phil’s Picks!

Courtesy:  AEG Live

Courtesy: AEG Live

AEG Live is bringing another new music festival to audiences in the northeast.

This fall, AEG Live will debut the new music festival, the Revolution Rock Festival.  The festival, fueled by Monster Energy, will be held Saturday, September 17th outdoors at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT.  And Phil’s Picks is giving YOU the readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to the one-day festival.  All you have to do is message Phil’s Picks at http://www.facebook.com/philspicks, telling me who your favorite band on the bill is and favorite song from that band.  On Friday, August 5th I will pull the lucky winner’s name.  From there, the winner’s name will be sent to my contact, who will then put the winner’s name in him/her.  Entrants should be reminded that this does not include travel, hotel, or food.  This is only for admission to the festival.  The lineup for the inaugural festival includes: Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer, Volbeat, Chevelle, Of Mice & Men, Anthrax, Ghost, Killswitch Engage, Sevendust, The Amity Affliction, KYNG, Nothing More, Twelve Foot Ninja, Crobot, and Devour The Day.

General admission tickets for the Revolution Rock Festival are currently $59.50 each (plus fees).  That puts the retail value of these two tickets at well over $100.  After fees, the cost reaches close to $150 just for two.  Considering that price, getting to see the festival for free is a big prize for two lucky people.  For everyone else, tickets can be purchased online at http://www.RevolutionRockFestival.com.  Revolution Rock Festival is produced by AEG Live, which also produces Rock on the Range, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion Festival, Rocklahoma and many more.  More information on the Revolution Rock Festival is available online now at:

 

 

Websitehttp://www.RevolutionRockFestival

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Revolutionrockfestival-1008445009270982/?fref=nf

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/revrockfest

 

 

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