Artillery Announces New LP Release Date; Debuts Lead Single, Video

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Artillery will return this fall.

The band announced Wednesday that it will release its ninth studio recording Nov. 16. in the form of The Face of Fear.  Set to be released via Metal Blade Records, the record is the fifth from the band to be produced by Soren Andersen at Medley Studios.  It will come almost three years after the release of its 2016 record Penalty By Perception.

Andersen had high praise for the new album.

“Pure and raw!,” Andersen said.  “Some of the material of this album was originally written in the early 80s, and that inspired us to go old school this time.  Not too many layers, just classic Artillery thrash metal…and [front man] Bastholm [Dahl] is better than ever on this one.  This is a no-filler album, created together with the band.  I’m really proud of the final result, and I hope everyone will enjoy it as much as I do!”

Lyrically speaking, the band’s new album will be familiar for most audiences.  According to a news release about the record, it touches on topics, such as mankind’s current path, double-standards, and abuse.

The Face of Fear will be available on limited edition digipack with two bonus tracks, 180-gram black vinyl and four separate limited edition colored vinyl pressings.  Their details are noted below.

–opaque grey blue marbeld vinyl (ltd. 300 – EU-exclusive)
–golden yellow blue marbled vinyl (ltd. 200 – EU-exclusive)
–blue green / white splattered vinyl (ltd. 100 – EMP-exclusive)
–blue/black marbled vinyl (ltd. 300 – US-exclusive)

In anticipation of The Face of Fear‘s release, Artillery has debuted the video for the record’s title track, which is also the album’s lead single.  That video is streaming online now here.  After checking out the video, audiences can pre-order the album at the same site.

The band explained the video’s presentation, explaining it was directed by a familiar face and dealt lyrically, with a very heavy subject.

“Most of the scenes for the video were shot at Amager Strandparkright outside of Copenhagen, and the live scenes go back to when the band visited Japan and played at the Thrash Dominations together with Exodus, Voivod and Sanctuary,” the band said.  “The video was shot by the band’s good friend Terkel Christensen, who also did the video for ‘When The Magic is Gone’ from the last album Penalty By Perception.  The song is about dealing the end of man by himself.  We create our own phobia about the destruction of the world, but remain disrespectful to the globe.”

The album’s whole track listing is noted below.

The Face Of Fear track-listing:
1. The Face of Fear
2. Crossroads To Conspiracy
3. New Rage
4. Sworn Utopia
5. Through The Ages Of Atrocity
6. Thirst For The Worst
7. Pain
8. Under Water (instumental)
9. Preaching to the converted
10. Mind Of No Return (ltd. 1st ed. bonus track / re-recorded song from Artillery‘s first demo from 1982)
11. Doctor Evil (ltd. 1st ed. bonus track / 2018 version)

More information on The Face of Fear is available online now along with all of Artillery’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.artillery.dk

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ARTILLERY.DK

Twitter: http://twitter.com/artillerymetal

 

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New Documentary/Live Collection Coming This Fall From Amon Amarth

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Amon Amarth announced this week that it will release a new multi-faceted released this fall.

The Pursuit of Vikings25 Years in the Eye of the Storm is currently scheduled to be released Nov. 26 via Metal Blade Records.  The collection will feature a double-live recording and a full-length documentary.

The documentary takes audiences through the band’s rich history both in studio and on the road, and includes a wealth of interviews with the band through that time.  The double-live recording features two sets from the band, performed at the 2017 Summer Breeze Festival in Dinkelsbuhl, Germany.

Guitarist Olavi Mikkonen said the band was glad to have both performances together in one setting.

“For the first night, we wanted to write a set that the fans would enjoy by wholly diving into our back catalog, but also keeping it interesting,” Mikkonen said.  “Putting the two shows together also made us realize that we had a lot of songs to choose from!”

Pre-orders are open now along with a trailer for the collection here.  the collection will be available on CD/2DVD digipack, Blu-ray, special edition hardcover book with six discs (3DVD/2CD/1 Blu-ray) and vinyl.

The vinyl pressings will be in transparent orange, clear black with splatter and transparent yellow with orange marble vinyl.  The transparent orange pressing will be limited to 500 copies; the clear black with splatter 250 copies and yellow with orange marble 250 copies.

The collection’s full track listing is noted below.

CD track-listing (Main Stage Show: August 17th, 2017):
1. The Pursuit of Vikings
2. As Loke Falls
3. First Kill
4. The Way of Vikings
5. At Dawn’s First Light
6. Cry of the Black Birds
7. Deceiver of the Gods
8. Destroyer of the Universe
9. Death in Fire
10. Father of the Wolf
11. Runes to My Memory
12. War of the Gods
13. Raise Your Horns
14. A Dream That Cannot Be
15. Guardians of Asgaard
16. Twilight of the Thunder God

DVD Digipak and Blu-ray track-listings:
Documentary
T-Stage Show: August 16th, 2017
1. Twilight of the Thunder God
2. Free Will Sacrifice
3. With Oden on Our Side
4. The Last with Pagan Blood
5. For the Stabwounds in Our Backs
6. Thousand Years of Oppression
7. Gods of War Arise
8. Versus the World
9. Asator
10. Under the Northern Star
11. Fate of Norns
12. Varyags of Miklagaard
13. Live for the Kill
14. Victorious March
Main Stage Show: August 17th, 2017
1. The Pursuit of Vikings
2. As Loke Falls
3. First Kill
4. The Way of Vikings
5. At Dawn’s First Light
6. Cry of the Black Birds
7. Deceiver of the Gods
8. Destroyer of the Universe
9. Death in Fire
10. Father of the Wolf
11. Runes to My Memory
12. War of the Gods
13. Raise Your Horns
14. A Dream That Cannot Be
15. Guardians of Asgaard
16. Twilight of the Thunder God

**Note: special edition hardcover book contains all of the above, plus audio from T-Stage Show: August 16th, 2017**

Vinyl track-listing (Main Stage Show: August 17th, 2017):
SIDE A
1. The Pursuit of Vikings
2. As Loke Falls
3. First Kill
4. The Way of Vikings
SIDE B
5. At Dawn’s First Light
6. Cry of the Black Birds
7. Deceiver of the Gods
8. Destroyer of the Universe
9. Death in Fire
SIDE C
10. Father of the Wolf
11. Runes to My Memory
12. War of the Gods
13. Raise Your Horns
SIDE D
14. A Dream That Cannot Be
15. Guardians of Asgaard
16. Twilight of the Thunder God

More information on The Pursuit of Vikings25 Years in the Eye of the Storm is available online now along with all of Amon Amarth’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.amonamarth.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/amonamarthband

 

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Gozu Premieres More New Music From ‘Equilibrium’

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The countdown is on to the release of Gozu’s new album Equilibrium, and in anticipation of its upcoming release on April 13, the Boston, MA-based stoner metal band has unveiled another single from the album.

The band unveiled on Wednesday its new single ‘The People vs. Mr. T.’  The seven-minute-plus composition, which is streaming online now here, is driven heavily by an arrangement that conjures thoughts of Black Sabbath, Corrosion of Conformity, the Sword and other similar acts.  It is just the latest of the album’s songs to be released.  Most recently, the band premiered ‘Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat.’

The two songs noted here are only a small sampling of the songs that make up the body of Equilibrium.  The record’s full, 8-song track listing is noted below.

Equilibrium track-listing:
1. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat
2. The People vs. Mr. T
3. King Cobra
4. Manimal
5. They Probably Know Karate
6. Prison Elbows
7. Stacy Keach
8. Ballad of ODB

Pre-orders for Equilibrium are open now.  The record will be available on CD, and vinyl. The details on those platforms is noted below.

–CD
–180g black vinyl + download card
–sky-blue marbled vinyl + download card (limited to 300 copies – USA exclusive)
–magenta marbled vinyl + download card (limited to 200 copies – USA exclusive)
–transparent petrol blue vinyl + download card (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–olive/black marbled vinyl + download card (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

More information on Equilibrium is available online now along with all of Gozu’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://gozu.bandcamp.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GOZU666

Twitter: http://twitter.com/GOZU666

 

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Armored Saint Plots South, North American Summer Tour Dates; Announces Album Re-Issue

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Armored Saint is going to be very busy this summer.

The band recently announced new live dates in South and North America, with a string of live dates in South America coming first. The veteran hard rock band’s week-long tour in South America, which runs from June 2 in Buenos Aires, Argentina to June 8 in Bogota, Colombia, will be its first time ever touring the continent.  That tour schedule is noted below.

Armored Saint tour dates
June 2 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Uniclub
June 3 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Fabrique Club
June 5 – Lima, PE @ Discoteca Cocos
June 7 – Santiago, CL @ La Batuta
June 8 – Bogota, CO @ TBC

While the tour will be the first for Armored Saint, front man John Bush, who has toured the continent previously, said he was looking forward to the trip.

“I went to South America twice with Anthrax and can easily say that those were some of the best shows I did in my life,” Bush said.  “The rabid fans of places like Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Chile are die hards of music.  Their enthusiasm is unprecedented.  Also looking forward to going to Colombia for the first time.  Can’t wait!  The Saint’s Latin roots should be in full force.  It’s a perfect match.”

Bassist Joey Vera said he was also looking forward to the first-time trip to South America.

“After 35 long years, we’re finally going to tour in South America,” Vera said.  “The long wait was bitter, but the experience playing for you all will be oh so sweet.  See you soon.”

 

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

After taking some time off to rest and recharge, Armored Saint will hit the road again for a month-long plus North American tour that will see it perform its classic 1991 album Symbol of Salvation in its entirety.  Some of the shows on that run, which is currently set to run from July 10 in Pughkeepsie, NY to August 18 in Los Angeles, CA, will be recorded for an upcoming live DVD recording.

The band’s upcoming North American tour schedule is noted below.

Armored Saint ‘Symbol Of Salvation’ tour dates
w/ Act Of Defiance

July 10 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
July 11 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater
July 13 – New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
July 14 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
July 15 – Montreal, QC – Petite Campus
July 17 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
July 18 – Cleveland, OH – The Cambridge at House of Blues
July 20 – Detroit, MI – Shelter
July 21 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
July 22 – Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall
Aug. 16 – Las Vegas, NV – Count’s Vamp’d
Aug. 17 – Anaheim, CA – Parish at House of Blues
Aug. 18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent

As a bonus for audiences, Metal Blade Records will re-issue Symbol of Salvation on Friday, May 18.  The album will be re-issued on separate CD and LP platforms.  The re-issues’ specs and track listings are noted below.

–CD (tour edition digipak w/ 4 bonus tracks)
–180g black vinyl
–dark red maroon marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–clear red/purple/black/white splattered vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–violet rosy brown marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – USA exclusive)
–pastel pink lilac marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – USA exclusive)

CD track-listing:
1. Reign of Fire
2. Dropping Like Flies
3. Last Train Home
4. Tribal Dance
5. The Truth Always Hurts
6. Half Drawn Bridge
7. Another Day
8. Symbol of Salvation
9. Hanging Judge
10. Warzone
11. Burning Question
12. Tainted Past
13. Spineless
14. Medieval Nightmares (Demo)
15. Get Lost (Demo)
16. Toungue and Cheek (Demo)
17. Pirates (Demo)

Vinyl track-listing:
Side A
1. Reign of Fire
2. Dropping Like Flies
3. Last Train Home
4. Tribal Dance
5. The Truth Always Hurts
6. Half Drawn Bridge
7. Another Day
Side B
8. Symbol of Salvation
9. Hanging Judge
10. Warzone
11. Burning Question
12. Tainted Past
13. Spineless

Pre-orders are open now via Indie Merch, EMP and eBay.  Each bundle comes with a T-shirt emblazoned with the Symbol of Salvation cover art.

Bush said of SOS that it was and is Armored Saint’s most important album to date.

Symbol of Salvation! Arguably Armored Saint’s most important record,” Bush said.  These songs came out of us being dropped from Chrysalis Records and finding out about guitarist Dave Prichard developing leukemia.  The songs took on a much more emotional meaning than any other previous record.  We wrote songs of desperation like ‘Another Day’ and ‘Last Train Home,’ experimental tunes like ‘Tainted Past’ and ‘The Truth Always Hurts’ and classic Saint rockers like ‘Rein of Fire,’ ‘Dropping Like Flies’ and the title track.”

Bush added what happened after those trials was critical to the band’s life and that he and the band are looking forward to the upcoming North American dates.

“After Dave passed, the band regrouped, with Phil and Jeff returning as the guitar tandem.  It was a family again,” Bush said.  “Dave Jerden produced the record and this marked the beginning of Joey becoming the producer of the band.  It’s going to be a memorable tour.  Songs like ‘Burning Question’ and ‘Spineless’ we’ve never played live before.  Come share it with us.  Let’s make Dave proud.”

More information on Armored Saint’s upcoming South and North American dates is available online now along with more information on its upcoming re-issues, news and more at:

 

Website: http://armoredsaint.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/thearmoredsaint

 

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The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel Announce Summer Co-Headlining Tour Schedule

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Fans of Whitechapel and The Black Dahlia Murder are going to get a very special treat this summer.

The Metal Blade records label mates will embark on a co-headlining tour that will see each play one of its albums in its entirety.  The Black Dahlia Murder is expected to perform its latest full-length studio recording Nightbringers –released October 6, 2017 via Metal Blade Records — while Whitechapel will perform This is Exile — released July 8, 2008 via Metal Blade Records — in its entirety.  That performance is in celebration of the 10th anniversary of its release.

Joining Whitechapel and The Black Dahlia Murder as support for the tour will be Fleshgod Apocalypse, Aversions Crown and Shadow of Intent.  The tour is currently scheduled to launch June 8 in Chicago, IL and run through July 14 in Oshkosh, WI.  It will also include performances in Knoxville, TN; Boston, MA; Dallas, TX and many other cities.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

The Black Dahlia Murder and Whitechapel tour dates
w/ Fleshgod Apocalypse, Aversions Crown, Shadow Of Intent

June 8 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
June 9 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
June 10 – Detroit, MI – St Andrews Hall
June 12 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House
June 13 – Rochester, NY – Funk N Waffles
June 14 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
June 15 – New York, NY – Stage 48
June 16 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero Theatre
June 17 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
June 19 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa Theatre
June 20 – Jacksonville, NC – Tarheel
June 22 – St Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
June 23 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
June 24 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
June 26 – Nashville, TN – Basement East
June 27 – New Orleans, LA – Southport Music Hall
June 28 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
June 29 – San Antonio, TX – Vibes Event Center
June 30 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
July 2 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater
July 3 – Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom
July 5 – Fresno, CA – Strummer’s
July 6 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
July 7 – Berkeley, CA – The UC Theatre
July 8 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
July 10 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theater
July 11 – Kansas City, MO – The Truman
July 12 – Sioux Falls, SD – Icon Lounge
July 13 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
July 14 – Oshkosh, WI – Rock USA *
*=The Black Dahlia Murder only

As an added bonus for Whitechapel fans, the band will re-issue This is Exile on LP on June 1 via Metal Blade Records.  The band will also have available a special tour-exclusive edition of the album at the listed shows.  The specs for the album’s re-issues are noted below.

–180g black vinyl
–smoke vinyl (limited to 700 copies – USA exclusive)
–golden vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–clear/black/red splattered vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–gray marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – USA exclusive)
–clear graybrown marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – USA exclusive)
–translucent root beer brown with smoky black swirls vinyl (limited to 400 copies – USA tour edition)

Pre-orders for the album’s LP re-issue are open now via indiemerch, EMP and eBay.

More information on Whitechapel’s upcoming re-issue is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.whitechapelband.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/whitechapelband

 

More information on The Black Dahlia Murder’s latest album Nightbringer is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.tbdmofficial.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/bdmmetal

 

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As I Lay Dying Albums Get Vinyl Re-Issue Treatment

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As I Lay Dying is back…sort of.

Almost a year after the band’s former front man Tim Lambesis was released from prison for a conviction in a murder-for-hire plot in which he allegedly tried to have his wife killed, two of the band’s albums are getting the vinyl re-issue treatment.

Metal Blade Records announced Thursday that the band’s 2003 record Frail Words Collapse and its followup, 2005’s Shadows Are Security will be re-issued on vinyl Jan. 26.  Pre-orders for both albums are open now, and both will be available in limited quantities.

The specs for each album’s re-issue are noted below.

Frail Words Collapse LP re-issue
–180g black vinyl
–yellow/brown opaque split vinyl (limited to 1000 copies – USA exclusive)
–butter cream marble vinyl (limited to 500 copies – USA exclusive)
–orange/brown with black swirls vinyl (limited to 300 copies – USA exclusive)
–golden vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–cream/white splattered vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)

Shadows Are Security LP re-issue
–180g black vinyl
–yellow/blue opaque split vinyl (limited to 1000 copies – USA exclusive)
–opaque teal marble vinyl (limited to 500 copies – USA exclusive)
–yellow with orange spots vinyl (limited to 300 copies – USA exclusive)
–blue/black transparent marble vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–clear ice-blue/orange and yellow splattered vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)

Lambesis allegedly started working recently on new music for a new As I Lay Dying record with a new group of musicians according to various media reports. AILD ex-guitarist Nick Hipa did not entirely write-off a reunion in a recent interview on Hatebreed front man Jamey Jasta’s radio program The Jasta Show, but did not say a reunion of the original lineup definitely would happen, either.

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/asilaydyingband

 

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Spock’s Beard Offers Audiences Another Solid Live Effort In ‘Snow Live’

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On Aug. 27, 2002, veteran prog-rock outfit Spock’s Beard released what has since come to be known by the band’s fans as one of its most pivotal albums when it released the simply titled, yet complex concept album Snow. The two-disc record was the last for then front man Neal Morse, who left the band for a solo career not too long after its release. Just this month, the band re-visited that seminal album when it released its new live recording Snow Live in stores and online. The recording marks the first time ever that Spock’s Beard has ever performed the album in full in a live setting. That in itself is the bedrock for the recording’s presentation, and will be discussed shortly. Just as important to note in examining the recording is the band’s performance thereof. This will be discussed later. Rounding out the most important of the recording’s elements is its collective bonus material. It will also be discussed later. Each element noted here is important in its own right to the whole of the recording. All things considered, Snow Live proves to be another solid live effort from one of the most respected names in the prog community.

Spock’s Beard’s latest live recording Snow Live is hardly the band’s first live recording. Even with that in mind, it can be said easily that this latest live effort from one of the prog community’s most respected names is another solid effort from the band. That is due in no small part to the very fact that it presents the band performing what has become one of its seminal works in whole for the first time ever in one special setting. The setting in question was the latest installment of former front man Neal Morse’s Morsefest. It is somewhat fitting that the band united members past and present in that setting for the performance considering the importance of Morsefest and of Snow. That combination makes the performance a collective show of unity from the band that shows in itself an appreciation for the fans and their respect for Snow. It all combines to make this first-of-its kind performance from Spock’s Beard that much more important. Audiences will especially appreciate the concert’s production values throughout. The audio was expertly balanced throughout, which says plenty considering the size of the venue and that the concert was performed indoors. Recording live shows indoors always presents its own challenge because sound has only so far to go. Those who handled the concert’s sound both in production and post are to be commended for their work here. The same can be said of those responsible for handling the concert’s video production. The work of all involved makes this all too important concert for devout Spock’s Beard fans that much more that much more important and enjoyable. Of course as key as the concert’s very set list and related productions values are collectively to this recording, they are only one part of what makes the recording such a solid effort from Spock’s Beard. The band’s performance of its set list is just as important to discuss in examining its presentation as the show itself.

The band’s performance of its landmark 2002 concept album deserves just as much credit in making the concert watchable as the show itself because of the effort clearly put in by the band members. Between interacting with one another on stage and with the audience through something as simple as a facial gesture or invitation to be part of the show from the floor, the band shows throughout, its dedication to its fans and to properly translating the album from studio to stage. It pays off, too. Audiences will be impressed to experience that effort firsthand, and in turn will agree that said effort is something that must be experienced firsthand to be truly appreciated and understood. Keeping this in mind, audiences will agree in seeing the band’s performance for themselves that said performance goes a long way toward strengthening the recording’s presentation and making it enjoyable for the band’s fans. That performance, even as important as it is to the recording, is not the last of the recording’s most important elements. The bonus material included in the recording rounds out its most important elements.

The bonus material featured in Snow Live includes an extensive hour-long presentation of behind-the scenes material and a nearly 40 minute encore set from Morsefest 2016. The songs and the audiences’ full engagement makes the encores that much more entertaining for home viewers, ensuring even more their engagement and entertainment. The band shows just as much dedication to the music and the fans here, too, as in the concert’s main feature, making the encores that much more entertaining. The behind-the-scenes featurette includes an in-depth interview with the band members and an intimate audience ahead of the band’s concert. The interview session includes discussions on the band members’ influences, the creative process in the studio, lineup changes and much more. There are also some more intimate on-camera moments with the band members that offer their own insight including Morse’s own discussion on his conversion to Christianity and its impact on his life. Seeing Morse’s genuine emotion as he discusses the change is moving to say the least. Between those discussions and the others not directly noted here, and the bonus encores, it goes without saying that Snow Live offers plenty of enjoyable and engaging bonus material. When that bonus material is considered along with the recording’s main feature and the band’s performance thereof, the whole of those elements makes Snow Live that much stronger of an offering from Spock’s Beard; an offering that will easily reach every one of Spock’s Beard’s fans.

Spock’s Beard’s latest live recording Snow Live is a critical addition to the band’s already extensive body of work. It presents what is one of the band’s most influential albums being performed live in whole for the first time ever. What’s more, the album is presented by the band’s members past and present. That show of unity in performance of the album sends its own strong message that fans new and old alike will appreciate. Speaking of the band’s performance, the energy and emotion put into each song’s performance strengthens the concert’s presentation even more. It translates the album expertly from studio to stage while also showing the band’s dedication to presenting a fully enjoyable and immersive experience for audiences. The bonus material included in the concert’s recording puts the finishing touch on the recording with its hour-long interview session and nearly forty-minute encore set. Each noted element plays its own important part in the whole of Snow Live‘s presentation. All things considered, they make the recording another solid effort that Spock’s Beard fans old and new alike will enjoy. It is available now in stores and online. more information on Snow Live is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Website: http://www.spocksbeard.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/spocksb

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