Saturate Debuts New EP’s Second Single, Lyric Video

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Independent rock band Saturate is planning the release of its new EP, Feed The Fire, and in anticipation of its release, the band released the record’s second single, ‘Thank You‘ and its lyric video this week.

The band released the single and its video Tuesday through MVK Music Group. The band premiered the EP’s lead single, ‘Light The Match‘ Oct. 1.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Thank You’ is a heavy melodic hard rock composition. The crunching, down-tuned guitars used in the verses are a direct contrast to the more melodic hard rock sound and style of the choruses. That approach in the choruses lends itself to comparison to works from Sevendust while the verses present a more aggro-rock approach in the vein of Korn and Breaking Benjamin. The overall dichotomy of sounds and styles in this song is similar to that of ‘Light The Match’ and is certain to engage and entertain audiences from beginning to end.

On a side note, there are moments in ‘Light The Match’ that also conjure thoughts of Leprous and others that conjure thoughts of Mushroomhead thanks to the combination of the instrumentation and the vocal delivery styles of front man Jimmy Miller.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Thank You’ is literally a show of appreciation for the band’s fans. This is pointed out in a press release announcing the premiere of the song and its lyric video. It is meant as a gratitude to the band’s fans for their support.

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

Website: https://saturate.bandcamp.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/saturatemusic

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The Violent Inzident’s New LP Is A Surprisingly Entertaining Musical Satire Presentation

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Satirist “Weird” Al Yankovic has, for ages, been known as the king of comedy in the music community. His spoofs of songs from the likes of Coolio, Michael Jackson, and even Nirvana (as well as Miley Cyrus and others) have made him a household name among audiences across the musical universe. After so many years leading the way in the musical comedy ranks, Yankovic may well have some competition, at least in the metal community from the up-and-coming band, The Violent Inzident. The sextet’s new album, This Is Nu Metal!, which was released April 1, makes that clear. The 11-song record is the lighthearted shot in the arm that the metal community has needed for years thanks to its musical and lyrical content alike. Each item will be discussed in its own right here. Just as notable is the record’s production, which will also be discussed later. Each item noted is important in its own right to the whole of the record’s presentation. All things considered, they make This Is Nu Metal! a successful record that while it will ultimately be dated in the long run, is still entertaining from beginning to end.

This Is Nu Metal!, the new album from up-and-coming satirical rock band The Violent Inzident, is a welcome offering that reminds the metal masses that reminds hard rock and metal masses that it is possible to be musically heavy without always being emotionally heavy. The record’s musical arrangements make that clear. From one song to the next, the record’s musical arrangements pay homage to the nu-metal sounds that have been so popular since the late 1990s. Those songs include works from the likes of Disturbed, Powerman 5000, Slipknot, Soulfly, Sepultura, Korn, and even System of a Down. The band even pokes fun at Limp Bizkit, showing that no one is off limits to this band, at least in terms of musical content. The arrangements spoof the noted bands’ songs while still making the arrangements their own along the way, making for even more enjoyment. Simply put, the musical content featured in this record more than makes for its own share of engagement and entertainment. The lyrical content that accompanies the record’s musical arrangements adds even more to that engagement and entertainment.

The lyrical content is so important to the record because it spoofs the bands and their songs just as much. It also pokes fun at society. Case in point is the band’s single, ‘Triggered (The Snowflake Anthem).’ This song is a fully tongue-in-cheek stab at how overly PC society has become in the 21st century. On another note, the band goes right after Limp Bizkit in ‘The Violent Inzident, even mentioning the year 1999, which is really when Limp Bizkit broke out. The band even goes so far as to poke fun at the nonsense lyrics that Limp Bizkit has come up with for its songs here. As if all of this is not enough, The Violent Inzident even takes a direct stab at Slipknot/Stone Sour front man Corey Taylor in ‘D.a.R.E. to Keep Kids on Drugs’ as the question is asked whether people actually give any credit to anything he says. the song in this case pokes fun at all of the songs that glorify drug use and people who abuse them and try to get off of them. It’s really a social commentary in itself, but done in such a satirical fashion. Between that content, the other content examined here and the rest of the record’s lyrical themes, the whole makes clear just how important the album’s lyrical content is to this presentation. That content, together with the album’s musical content, makes this record overall such a surprisingly enjoyable presentation. It is just part of what makes the record worth hearing, too. The album’s production rounds out its most important elements.

The production that went into the creation of This Is Nu Metal! is important because of its role in the album’s general effect. From one song to the next, the album’s production ensures that the heaviness of the nu-metal compositions is fully on display. The down-tuned, crunching guitars, the rough vocals, the thick bass lines and drums are all there. Each gets its own attention in each varying nu-metal composition, too. The end result of the production is that each arrangement proves itself just as worth listening as the others. Even the vocals are clear in each song, getting just as much attention in the production as the instrumentations. Taking into account the impact of the record’s production alongside the impact of the overall content, the whole makes This Is Nu Metal! a surprisingly entertaining presentation that nu-metal fans and metal fans alike will find entertaining.

This Is Nu Metal!, the new album from The Violent Inzident, is a surprisingly engaging and entertaining presentation. That is due equally to its musical and lyrical content. The record’s musical and lyrical content each playfully poke fun at some of the biggest names in the nu-metal movement, from Korn, to Disturbed, to Powerman 500, to Slipknot and others, the content overall takes a satirical approach, making for plenty of laughs. The lyrical content does not just stick to poking fun at said bands, either. It also takes on societal issue, making for even more enjoyment. The record’s production adds its own enjoyment to the mix. That is because of its impact on the album’s general effect. It is just as worthy of praise as the album’s content. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation. All things considered, they make the album well worth hearing at least once.

This Is Nu Metal! is available now. More information on The Violent Inzident’s new album and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Ignescent Debuts New Single, ‘Remnant,’ Video

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Independent hard rock band Ignescent is taking audiences back to the 90s with its new single and video.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Remnant‘ and its companion video Friday. The single is featured in the band’s forthcoming EP, Ascension, which is scheduled for release March 4. The song immediately takes audiences back to the late 90s and lends itself to comparison to works from Korn in its verses. The more melodic choruses meanwhile lend themselves to comparison to works from the likes of Evanescence. The duality of the whole makes for an interesting contrast that will engage and entertain audience.

The band said in a prepared statement, that despite the song’s heavy musical arrangement, its lyrical theme delivers a positive message.

“‘Remnant’ is about us being blessed beyond measure despite our failures and weaknesses and despite going through tragedy and hardships,” the statement reads. “It’s about perseverance and saying to the world even when we are brokenhearted and suffering we won’t give up and we will keep going,” vocalist Jennifer Benson says. “We will come up stronger despite adversity. It’s an encouragement to others to do the same and to not lose hope and to not give in to fear. I hope this song makes people feel inspired and to rock out!”

In other news, Ignescent has a brief series of live dates planned for this spring in support of its new album. The band’s upcoming live dates are noted below.

March 5 – Ignescent at Route 20 in Sturtevant, WI featuring Sameer Bhattacharya of Flyleaf on guitar
March 11 – Ignescent at The Back Bar with Trapt in Janesville, WI
May 7 – Ignescent at Suicide Awareness Show in Chicago – place tbd
May 13 – Ignescent at WC Social Club with Disciple in West Chicago, IL
July 15 – Ignescent at Rock Fest in Cadott, WI featuring Sameer Bhattacharya of Flyleaf on guitar

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

Website: https://ignescentmusic.com

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

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Artifas’ New Album Is A Strong Start To This Year’s Field Of New Independent, Hard Rock & Metal Albums

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Independent hard rock band Artifas has quite a bit going on right now.  The band is serving as support for Nonpoint’s current headlining run.  It is also running a contest giving audiences the chance to win a guitar.  Both are in support of Artifas’ new album, Reflections, which released Friday through Imagen Records/Warner Media Group.  The 11-song album is a strong new offering from the band that is sure to engage and entertain a wide range of rock and hard rock fans.  That is due in large part to the album’s featured musical arrangements, which will be discussed shortly.  The record’s lyrical themes are just as important to its success as its musical arrangements and will be discussed a little later.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted is important to the album’s presentation in its own way.  All things considered, they make Reflections a work that most rock and hard rock fans are sure to enjoy.

Artifas’ brand new album, Reflections, is a positive new offering from the up-and-coming independent hard rock band.  The album’s success is due in large part to its featured musical arrangements.  From beginning to end of the 34 minute record, the arrangements take listeners who grew up in the late 90s and early 2000s back to those eras with sounds and stylistic approaches that are comparable to works from so many of the band’s more well-known counterparts from said ages.  Case in point is the arrangement featured in the album’s first full (vocals and instrumentation) song, ‘Leave Me For Dead.’  The heavy, crunching guitar riffs and rich bass and drums immediately lend themselves to comparison to works from the likes of Korn.  The addition of the vocals to the mix gives the song a more unique touch and counterpoint to the heavier instrumentation.  ‘Safe,’ another early entry, features a musical arrangement that takes audiences in a completely different direction.  In the case of that song, its arrangement is more comparable to works from Three Days Grace what with its melodic hard rock approach and sound.  ‘Inside The Machine’ which comes late in the album’s run, is another work whose arrangement takes audiences back to the late 90s and early 2000s.  In the case of this song, the subtlety of the heaviness in the verses and the more powerful choruses makes the song comparable to works from the likes of Sevendust and The Veer Union.  Even with a song, such as ‘The Dark,’ Artifas offers audiences a touch of nu-metal, taking listeners back, again, to the late 90s and early 2000s.  For all of the nu-metal and aggro rock that is presented throughout Reflections, there are some changes of pace, such as in the album’s closer, ‘Wannabe.’  This song, with its synthesized orchestra arrangement and metalcore style vocals brings the band more into the current age of hard rock and metal, changing things up somewhat.  Much the same can be said of ‘Angels (Lead The Way).’  There is something about the approach and sound of the instrumentation here that lends it to comparison to works from Discrepancies, which has not been around the much longer than Artifas.  Simply put, when audiences look solely at the musical arrangements featured throughout Reflections, what they will notice is plenty of familiarity in terms of style and sound and originality within the songs at the same time.  That in itself is reason enough for audiences to take in this record.  It is not the only item that makes the album worth hearing.  The lyrical themes that accompany the album’s musical arrangements are also of note.

The lyrical themes that are featured throughout Reflections are important to the album’s success because they are just as accessible as the record’s musical arrangements.  Case in point is the lyrical theme featured in ‘Legacy.’  The band said of the song’s theme, “’Legacy’ is a question, both to ourselves and our listeners. The question is what will you leave behind when your time is up?  This is something we ask ourselves constantly.  You only get one life.  Are you doing everything you can to live the best life you can?  In the end, will you be satisfied with the legacy you leave behind?”  This philosophical rumination is one that every person asks himself/herself throughout life.  To that end, the theme here will connect with any listener.  The sense of thought that the song’s musical arrangement adds to the mix serves to make the song’s theme all the more accessible and engaging. 

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Cut Me Out,’ one of the album’s early entries, is another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical themes.  In the case of this song, the theme centers on the topic of toxic relationships.  That does not just apply to toxic romantic relationships, either.  Rather, it applies to relationships in general.  As a statement from the band stated of the song, “‘Cut Me Out’ is about cutting toxic people out of your life.  Sometimes the most toxic people around you are the ones that are not so easily removed.  At some point, you have to stand up and say enough is enough, cut me out.”  This is a topic that will resonate with anyone.  Everyone has those toxic people in their lives.  They are family.  They are so-called friends.  They are even people who claimed to be loved ones, but clearly are anything but.  Everyone reaches that point in which they have to say, ‘Cut Me Out.’  The fire in the song’s musical arrangement does well to help illustrate the feeling that every person feels when they reach that point of wanting to tell those toxic people that it is over.  The two items together make the song’s lyrical theme that much more engaging and entertaining and another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical theme.

Inside The Machine’ is another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical theme.  While not one of the album’s singles, the lyrical content that can be deciphered points to a seeming theme of someone fighting that all too familiar internal emotional battle with himself/herself.  That is inferred through the line in the chorus that asks, “What am I fighting for?/Why was I made this way?/…Fighting for something more/Dividing this part of me/Stuck inside the machine.”  That in itself is that seeming internal battle.  If in fact that is the case, then it will engage audiences just as much as the other themes examined here and those in the rest of the album’s songs. That is because whether a person wants to admit it, many people go through that battle on a near daily basis if not daily.  The mood that the song’s musical arrangement sets adds to the impact of the song’s seeming lyrical theme.  It makes even clearer, the importance of the album’s lyrical themes.  When it and the other examined themes are considered along with rest of the album’s themes, the whole pairs with the album’s musical arrangements to show even more why Reflections is so worth hearing if only once.  The record’s production works with the album’s overall content to round out its most important elements.

The production that went into Reflections is important to note because of the impact that it has on the record’s aesthetics.  So much of the album’s musical content is heavy and rich, with so much energy and fire.  At the same time, there is also some more subdued content, such as in ‘Angels (Lead The Way)’ and ‘Hollow’ that is just as powerful in its simplicity.  The power in each song is due to the attention that was paid to the details of each song.  That attention ensures that every instrument is expertly balanced throughout the album so that even the most nuanced element shines through in just the right level.  The end result is that the production does just as much to engage and entertain audiences as the album’s ceontent.  All things considered, Reflections proves itself a strong start to this year’s field of new hard rock and metal albums, and new independent albums.

Artifas’ new album, Reflections, is a positive new offering from the band.  That is proven in part through the record’s musical arrangements.  The arrangements largely take audiences back to the aggro rock and nu-metal sounds of the late 90s and early 2000s.  Though at the same time, there is some content here that is more recent in its sound and stylistic approach.  The lyrical themes that accompany the album’s musical arrangements are of their own importance to the record’s presentation.  That is because they are just as accessible as the album’s musical arrangements.  The record’s production puts the finishing touch to its presentation.  It ensures that that best of each arrangement is brought out and that no one performer overpowers his band mates at any point in each song.  Each item examined here is important in its own way to the whole of the record’s presentation.  All things considered, they make the album a strong start to this year’s field of new hard rock and metal albums, and new independent albums.

Reflections is available now.

More information on Artifas’ new album, contest and current live schedule is available along with all of the band’s latest information at:

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All Hail The Yeti Debuts New EP’s Second Single, Video

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All Hail The Yeti kicked off the new week with more new music.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Headless Valley’ and its video Tuesday. The song is the second single from the band’s new EP, Within The Hollow Earth behind the recent debut of the record’s lead single, ‘Bury Your Memory’ and its video.

Within The Hollow Earth is scheduled for release Friday through Minus Head Records. The label also released the band’s existing records.

Front man Connor Garritty talked enthusiastically about the new single and video in a prepared statement.

“We very excited for the release of ‘Headless Valley,’ another campfire tale in the book of All Hail The Yeti,” said Garritty. “The video was a blast to shoot and turned out exactly how we wanted. Brian Cox, Director, is a genius and totally nailed our vision!

The video in question finds the band members sitting around a campfire in what is meant to look like a dark, forested backdrop. The band members are sharing stories and apparently some hallucinogenic substance, which leads the band members to start having some intriguing visions.

The song’s musical arrangement is a heavy, thick guitar-centered work. The guitars are just as heavy as ever, but the sound in general is more aggro-rock a la Dry Kill Logic than the dark, heavy sounds for which the band has come to be known over the years.

The lyrical theme featured in the band’s new single is exactly what Garritty noted in his statement. It tells its own dark campfire story about “Restless/Headless/Souls of the wilderness.”

In other news, All Hail The Yeti is in the midst of a tour alongside Jinjer and Suicide Silence. Garritty talked with Phil’s Picks about the tour and more during a recent interview that can be read here.

The current dates for All Hail The Yeti’s tour are noted below.

ALL HAIL THE YETI Tour Dates with Jinjer and Suicide Silence

11/09 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s

11/10 – Ft. Wayne, IN – The Clyde

11/11 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave II

11/13 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection

11/16 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues

11/17 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall

11/18 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix

11/19 – Montreal, QC – M Telus

11/20 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place

11/21 – Boston, MA – Big Night Live

11/23 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw

11/24 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA

11/26 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva

11/27 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Sound Stage

11/28 – Charlotte, NC – Underground

11/30 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues

12/01 – Tampa, FL – Jannus

12/02 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl

12/03 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theater

12/04 – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl

12/05 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues

12/07 – Houston, TX – House of Blues

12/08 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater

12/09 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues

12/11 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater

12/12 – Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom

More information on All Hail The Yeti’s new song, management company, lineup and more is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Breaking In A Sequence Debuts New Single, ‘Twine,’ Companion Video

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Independent hard rock band Breaking In A Sequence premiered its latest single and video last month.

The band, which counts former Korn drummer David Silveria as one of its members, debuted its new single, ‘Twine‘ and the song’s companion video Oct. 25 through blabbermouth.net.

‘Twine’ is the BIAS’ first new music since the release of the band’s debut EP, Acronym in January. The song is not featured in that record, which produced the singles, ‘Pity,’ ‘Change Your Mind,’ ‘Hesitation,’ and ‘Anything But Right.’

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Twine’ is a heavy, aggro-rock style composition. Its guitar-driven presentation and the vocal delivery sound and style from front man Rich Nguyen immediately lends the arrangement to comparison to works from Korn, interestingly enough. At points in the song, Nguyen’s vocals even eerily resemble those of Korn front man Jonathan Davis.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the premiere of the song and its video. Looking at the lyrics provided with the song’s video, listeners are left to infer that the song’s lyrical theme is a discussion on the familiar topic of addiction to a point. The chorus’ mention of “Why won’t you listen/You’re unraveling/Aren’t you sick of repeating/All the same old things?” seems to hint at someone getting frustrated at someone who maybe is fighting some very bad habits, but who apparently does not seem to really want to break that cycle. It is all certain to generate plenty of discussion.

The video for ‘Twine’ is a very unique presentation with explosions, someone sitting in a corner alone, and more. The band addressed the song’s video in a prepared statement, saying, “Upon first viewing of his [director Clint Collins’] work, it just looks like a bunch of random visualizations, but upon further viewing, there is a story being told; its meaning is subjective to the viewer.”

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

Website: https://www.biasofficial.com

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/biasbandoc

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Louder Than Life Lineup Finalized

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The 2021 Louder Than Life festival will go on.

The event’s organizers announced the lineup and performance times for the festival Tuesday through a news release. The event, now in its sixth year, has expanded to four days from three — Sept. 23-26 — and will feature performances from approximately 70 acts. Single-day and weekend tickets/passes are available here.

Metallica is one of the most notable acts for this year’s festival. The band is scheduled to perform two separate acts on two of the festival’s nights. Also scheduled to take one of the festival’s four stages at this year’s event are acts, such as Another Day Dawns, Disturbed, Korn, Mudvayne, Cypress Hill, and Pennywise.

Along with lots of music, this year’s festival will also feature lots of food and drunk. The Kroger Big Bourbon Bar is the most notable of the features of this year’s food and drink options. It will have more than a dozen hand-selected bourbons from top distilleries nationwide.

Food and drink from a variety and local and regional restaurants (all of which are noted below) will also be available for festival attendees.

502 Café, Angry Bird Grill, Bangarang Bahn Mi, Barrett’s BBQ, Barrett’s Burgers, Bistro Italiano, Blackbeard Espresso, Bru Bros Coffee, Burger Factory, Cheese Louise, Dank Nugs, Ehrler’s Ice Cream, Eli’s BBQ, Gary’s Philly Cheesesteaks, Gelato Gilberto, Hole Mole Tacos, Island Noodles, Jammin Concessions, Longshot Lobsta, Mac Attack, Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen, Mike’s Kentucky Kitchen, My Olympus Greek Food, Overloaded, Phat Daddy’s Creole, Pie Baby Wood Fired Pizza, Pizza Lupo, Potato Tornado, Ramiro’s Cantina, Shady Grove Wraps, Spicy Pie, Strawberry Field, The Cookie Lady, Tica’s Tacos, Tickle Pickle, and Tumbleweed.

Additional bourbon, food & beverage, and other experiences available onsite include:

·       Caduceus Wine Garden

·       The Blackened Bar

·       Jack Daniel’s No. 7 Sports Bar, where guests can enjoy NFL and college football games

·       Heavy Tiki Bar presented by Jim Beam

·       Budweiser Beer Garden

·       Jim Beam Garden

·       The Well– IV hydration, juice bar and overall wellness lounge to recharge all weekend long

·       Silver Dollar Hunter’s Club- featuring vintage bourbons dating as far back as the 1930s, as well as contemporary selections

·       Mortus Viventi – Live Tarot Card Readings

·       Jack’s Char Housepresented by Jack Daniel’s

·       Milagro Cantina Bar

·       Larceny Trailer Lounge

·       Tito’s Handmade Vodka VIP Airstream

·       The Speakeasy

·       Fxck Cancer / Dyin 2 Live Dreams Program

·       Pegasus Experiences Louisville’s Finest Distillery Experiences

·       Take Me Home

·       The Music Experience

Louder Than Life is put on by Danny Wimmer Presents. The festival’s partners are noted below:

Bud Light, Bud Light Seltzer, Kroger, Marriott, Crowne Plaza, Jack Daniel’s, Jim Beam, Elijah Craig, Bulleit Bourbon, Angel’s Envy, Larceny, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Evan Williams, Milagro Tequila, Sailor Jerry, Pegasus, ESP, Mortus Viventi, The Music Experience, Louisville Tourism, Kentucky Venues, Ehrler’s Ice Cream, The Well, TickPick, Fxck Cancer, Revolver, Inked, Blackcraft, Fanatics, Headcount, TWOLA and Take Me Home.

Antisaint Gives Audiences A Double Dose Of Music From Its New Album

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Independent hard rock band Antisaint premiered not one but two songs from its forthcoming album this week.

The band premiered the songs ‘Incomplete‘ and ‘Feed The Crows‘ Tuesday. The songs are featured in the band’s forthcoming album, Vaticinate, which is scheduled for release Aug. 20. Pre-orders are open now.

The songs are two completely different works in regards to their musical arrangements. ‘Incomplete’ boasts a heavy song that is similar to works from the likes of Seether, Three Days Grace, and others of that ilk in regards to its stylistic approach and sound. On the other hand, ‘Feed The Crows’ presents a sound and stylistic approach that is more akin to works from the likes of Deftones and Korn.

The songs are unique not only in regard to their musical arrangements, but also their lyrical content. As front man Matt Whiteman points out, the lyrical theme featured in ‘Incomplete’ delivers a message of proud defiance.

“’Incomplete’ is about being looked down upon and judged by others for pursuing a purpose in life that they do not understand themselves,” said Whiteman. “It is a common occurrence to have when pursuing a creative lifestyle. People constantly criticize and belittle artists’ creations without even thinking about what it takes to have the courage to make something original and put it out into the world. The end of the song is a rally to other people in our position to not give into the doubt and pressure, take the half that they can’t see and make it whole. 

As to the lyrical theme featured in ‘Feed The Crows,’ Whiteman stressed this song is more of a statement of anger and frustration.

“‘Feed The Crows’ was written during a low point of making the album,” he said. “The song is pure frustration and the message behind it is to say f*** it, and compromise morals to match those who have none. It’s less meaningful compared to the other songs on the album. Having said that it serves a major purpose in the TO DIGEST part of the album in which it represents the pure chaos and emotion of not being able to achieve what you wanted.”

More information on Antisaint’s new singles and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/antisaintband

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Details Announced For Roadie Relief’s Latest Auction

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An organization aimed at helping tour crews impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic will continue its efforts with another special event.

Roadie Relief is scheduled to hold its second music memorabilia April 14. The auction will feature items, such as a cymbal used at Rage Against The Machine’s last show and signed by the band’s drummer Brad Wilk; a signed skate deck and posters from 311, and Gibson Les Paul guitar used by Bon Jovi guitarist Phil X for sale. The full list of items that will go up for auction is available to see complete with pictures here.

KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer said in a prepared statement, road crews are crucial for the live music industry.

“Before I became the lead guitarist for KISS almost 20 years ago, I worked behind the scenes with Kiss on and off the road,” he said. “I have a unique perspective and appreciation for how hard our crew works day in and day out. I’ve been there.”

311 bassist Aaron “PNUT” Wills offered his own warm words about the work that roadies do for the live music industry.

“I’ve been a touring musician for over twenty eight years and roadies have made it possibly at every step of my career,” said Wills. “Roadies are free spirits who solve a myriad of problems daily while out on the road. I donated cause I love talking to awesome people and I thought it could motivate our audience to dig deep and help our industry get back on its feet.”

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Many Audiences Will Find Dead Original’s New Album Worth Being ‘Bought’

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Independent hard rock band Dead Original has been making a lot of noise in recent months, releasing new singles from its new album Bought and Sold.  Those singles have made quite the impact at radio stations nationwide, and now after being pushed back more than once, the band finally released its new album late last month.  The 14-song record is a presentation that I sure to help the band make even more noise.  Audiences will find it interesting in part because of its overall musical approach.  This will be discussed shortly.  The lyrical themes that are featured throughout the 47-minute record make for their own interest and will be discussed a little later.   The record’s production puts the final touch to its presentation and will also be examined later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Bought and Sold.  All things considered, they make the album a work that will appeal to the band’s clearly targeted audiences.

Dead Original’s new full-length studio recording Bought and Sold is a presentation that is worth taking in at least occasionally.  That is proven in part to the musical arrangements that make up the album’s body.  The arrangements in question exhibit a clear late 90s-era rock and hard rock style sound and stylistic approach.  Case in point is ‘Die Alone,’ which comes late in the album’s run.  The combination of front man Paul Wandtke’s vocal delivery and guitar work, the driving force from drummer Sean McCole, and the low-end from bassist Mike Petrasek gives the song’s arrangement something of a Nirvana-eque sound and vibe.  Wandtke’s vocals are themselves even somewhat comparable to those of Nirvana’s late, legendary front man Kurt Cobain what with the semi-wailing style delivery that he uses.   On another hand, a song, such as the record’s title track presents a comparison to works from the likes of Taproot, Puddle of Mudd, and Stained with its heavy, driving guitars, Wandtke’s vocals, which even include a rather powerful scream at one point.  Interesting in its own right here is the song’s production, which will be touched on later.  On yet another note, a song, such as ‘Beached’ boasts its own unique heaviness right from its outset.  The collective chug of the guitars, bass, and drums joins with the vocals here to lend the arrangement to comparison to works from the likes of Chevelle.  It’s one more way in which the album’s musical arrangements show their appeal for fans of the hard rock sounds of the late 90s (and even early 2000s).  When it is considered along with the other songs noted here and the rest of the album’s works, that overall presentation makes even clearer, the importance of this record’s musical arrangements, and that of their role in the overall album’s appeal.  They are just one portion of what makes the album worth hearing.  The record’s lyrical content adds its own share of appeal to the record.

The lyrical content featured in Bought and Sold is important to note because where the record’s musical arrangements limit its appeal, the lyrical themes will help the record find a farther-reaching appeal.   The lyrical theme featured in ‘Blasted’ for instance – the album’s latest single – presents a message that, according to Wandtke, is uplifting.  “‘Blasted’ is kind of a self-reflection song like when you go outside and stare at the sky and think to yourself, ‘You know, things might be all right,” he said of the song’s lyrical theme.  That message is illustrated clearly in the song’s lead verse, which finds Wandtke singing, What’s the point of letting go?/What’s the point of giving up?/I’ve killed myself too many times to let go/Don’t let go.”  The song’s chorus adds to the illustration as it states, “I’m staring at the sun/Feeling like I’m one/Wondering where I’m going/I’m staring at the sun/Feeling like we’re one/Wondering where we’re going.”  This is that statement of assurance of which Wandtke was talking.  The back and forth in that mindset continues in the song’s second verse, in which Wandtke sings, “What’s the point in all of this/What’s the point in all I’ve done/Now I’m back, to where I’m from/Don’t let go, don’t let go.”  There again is that initial self doubt, which is then replaced by the statement in the chorus refrain.  It serves overall, as a reminder that things can and do get better.  It’s a reminder that is just as welcome here as from any other act.  Additionally, it is just one example of the importance of the lyrical themes to Bought and Sold.  The album’s title track is another example of why the album’s lyrical content is so important.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Bought and Sold’ takes on familiar topic of “greed and corruption with the general consensus that it’s really up to you to make a change and difference in this world,” according to Wandtke.  His statement is illustrated clearly in the song’s lead verse and chorus, which state, “I’m under the bridge and screaming/I’m cold/I can’t feel my lips/They’re bleeding/I’m broke/Waiting for nothing/And I’ll wait for them to change the world/While we wait for them/To disease the world.”  It is even  more clearly translated in the song’s second verse and chorus refrain, which state, “I’m playing the hand life’s dealing/I’ve lost control/These feelings keep on feeding, my lost soul/And I’ll wait for them to change the world/While we all just watch them rape the world.”  Wandtke’s statement is finalized following the bridge as he states, “I’m making plans to leave now/To make amends at home/The world is superseding my only chance of hope/But it’s up to me/To make the best of this/It’s up to me/I’m letting go/Finding hope I know/By letting go/I’m letting go/We’re bought and sold.”  Looking at all of this Wandtke’s commentary translates clearly.  That accessibility and the song’s familiar theme does much to continue showing the importance of the album’s lyrical content.  It shows in its own way, how the record’s lyrical content will appeal to listeners just as much as the album’s musical arrangements.  It is just one more example of what makes the record’s lyrical themes important in their own right.  ‘Beached’ is one more example of what makes the record’s lyrical content so important.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Beached’ comes across as centering on the topic of someone being at one’s wits’ end.  That is inferred through the song’s lead verse and chorus, which state, “I’m right on the edge of resolution/Nothing makes sense/It’s time for me to, time for me to wonder what’s next?/Cetacean stranding/I’m out of my head/I am barely, barely breathing.”  What is interesting is the comparison to a beached whale with the use of the phrase, “Cetacean stranding.”  It goes without saying that the use of such a metaphor in talking about one’s mental and emotional state.  It is certain to generate its own share of discussion.   As the song continues, there is resolution as Wandtke sings in the second verse, “I’m holding out this fight/That’s growing in me/I will make my way.”  In other words, it is another message of hope and determination that is certain to resonate with any listener.  To that end, it is one more example of what makes Bought and Sold’s lyrical content as important as the album’s musical arrangements.  When this is considered along with the other lyrical content noted here and the rest of the album’s lyrical content, that whole ensures the lyrical content’s importance will shine through even more.  Even with all of this in mind, the overall content is still just a portion of what makes Bought and Sold worth hearing.  The record’s production puts the final touch to its presentation.

The production that went into Bought and Sold is important because of the impact that it has on the record’s general effect.   The album’s title track is a prime example of the importance of the record’s production.   There is a certain raw sense about this song.  It’s not a spit-shined work.  Yet at the same time, all of the instrumentation and vocals are balanced out.  By comparison, a track, such as ‘Fade To Light’ has more of a crisp production.  The bass and drums together are akin to the stylistic approach taken by members of Korn.  They really cut through because of the song’s production.  Meanwhile Wandtke’s guitar line maintains that aforementioned raw sound.  It makes for an interesting juxtaposition, again attributed to the production.  Between these songs and so many others here, it become clear why the production is important.  That element ensured each arrangement had its own unique identity within the sounds and stylistic approaches.  When it pairs with the record’s overall content, that whole makes the album in whole, a record that is deserving of being heard at least once.

Dead Original’s new album Bought and Sold is a presentation that will find some appeal among audiences.  This is proven in part through its musical arrangements, which take listeners back to the aggro- and hard rock of the late 90s and even early 2000s.  The lyrical themes that accompany the record’s musical arrangements make for even more appeal.  Specifically, they will ensure even wider appeal than the musical arrangements.  The record’s production puts the final touch to its presentation, ensuring each song exhibits its own identity within the bigger picture of the album.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make Bought and Sold a presentation that many audiences will find worth being bought.  Bought and Sold is available now.

More information on Dead Original’s new album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.deadoriginal.com

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