Secret Of Boris Debuts ‘Don’t Mention Love’ Video; Scheduled To Perform Live At Rail Fest

Independent electronic rock act Secret of Boris has a new live date planned.

The band is scheduled to perform live at this year’s Rail Fest in Fort Worth, Texas.  The four-day festival is scheduled to take place Oct. 1-4 at The Rail Club.  One of the songs sure to feature in the band’s set list — should the festival go on as planned — is its recently released single, ‘Don’t Mention Love.’

The band debuted the song’s companion video Apr. 4.  The video features the band performing in a dimly lit sound stage, complete with black light.  The song’s musical arrangement is an up-tempo work whose guitars, vocals and keyboards collectively lend themselves to comparisons to works from Orgy, Julien-K and Nine Inch Nails.

Front man Cameron Taylor talked about the arrangement’s creation in a recent interview.

“This song had been kicking around for quite some time,” he said. “I wrote the synth intro and verses long ago, and they were always something the band was excited about, and the chorus went through several small changes, but the bridge always gave us trouble. We would work on it, and then move on to other things, but it kept getting brought up. Finally, we landed on what you hear today, which ended up being a pretty emotionally intense part of the song. I’m glad we stuck with it.”

The lyrical theme at the center of ‘Don’t Mention Love’ comes across as addressing a familiar topic, a broken relationship.

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‘Don’t Mention Love’ is available to stream and download through Apple Music, Spotify and the band’s official Bandcamp page.

The debut of ‘Don’t Mention Love’ and its companion video came almost a month prior to the debut of the band’s now most recent single, ‘This is The End‘ and its companion video.  That song itself boasts its own Nine Inch Nails-esque sound in its arrangement.  At the same time, it can also be compared to works from Mushroomhead and Five Finger Death Punch.

More information on Secret Of Boris’ upcoming live show, its new singles and videos is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://secretofboris.net

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A Killer’s Confession Tentative Live Dates Confirmed; Band’s New Single Heads To Radio

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A Killer’s Confession recently announced some hopeful news about its live schedule.

The band announced July 20, that unless things change, its previously delayed tour with Combichrist, King 810 and Heartsick will go on. The tour is scheduled to launch Oct. 8 at The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA and to run through Oct. 31 in Spartanburg, SC.  It also features performances in cities, such as Austin, TX; Mansfield, OH and Madison, WI.

While audiences count down the days for the new tentative dates, they can also hear the latest single from A Killer’s Confession, ‘Last Chance.’  The band’s new single started airing on radio on July 16, approximately three months after the band debuted the song’s lyric video.

The musical arrangement at the center of ‘Last Chance’ is a guitar-driven melodic hard rock work that is enriched through its bass and drums. The guitar work is provided by Tommy Church (ex-Mushroomhead).  Front man Waylon Reavis’ vocal delivery puts the finishing touch to the song.

Reavis (ex-Mushroomhead) talked about the song’s lyrical theme in a recent interview.

“It is about an individual who has burned all bridges in their life and are on their last chance to make it right,” he said. “’Last Chance’” is a scream for forgiveness of past decisions we have made and how ashamed we can be from things we do.”

In related news, A Killer’s Confession is working on its next album. The as-yet-untitled album is a work in progress while the band members navigate the issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic.

More information on A Killer’s Confession’s new album, single, video and live dates is available along with all of the band ‘s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.akillersconfession.com

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

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Mushroomhead Debuts ‘The Heresy’ “Making Of” Video

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Mushroomhead is taking audiences behind the scenes of its latest music video.

The band debuted the “Making of” video for its latest single ‘The Heresy’ July 1 through Revolver Magazine.  The video comes less than a month after the band premiered the “Making Of” video for its single ‘Seen It All.’

The singles are from the band’s latest album A Wonderful Life.  Mushroomhead debuted the official video for ‘Seen It All’ April 21 and the video for ‘The Heresy‘ on June 5.

The new “Making Of” video for ‘The Heresy’ runs just under six minutes at five minutes, 34 seconds.  Through the course of the video, its director and Mushroomhead founder Steve “Skinny ” Felton discusses the video’s look, including whether vocalist J Mann would be featured with his mask or makeup.

Additionally, new vocalist Jackie Laponza (a.k.a. Ms. Jackie) talks about the dangers of shooting the video and how that item connected to her makeup for the shoot.  She also assures audiences that the baby featured in the video was safe throughout the entire process.  As if that is not enough, Ms. Jackie additionally sings the praises of the crew who assembled the set for the video during her brief interview segment in this video.

More information on Mushroomhead’s new “Making Of” video and album is available along with the band’s latest news at:

 

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Mushroomhead Debuts ‘Seen It All’ “Making Of” Video

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Mushroomhead is celebrating its new album’s release with a new video.

The band debuted a new video Friday that takes audiences behind the scenes of the video for the band’s single ‘Seen It All.’  The song and video were the first from the band’s brand new album A Wonderful Life, which is available today through Napalm Records.

Mushroomhead’s new making of video features the band putting on its masks and makeup in preparation for the video’s shoot.  The video, which runs one-minute, 50-seconds, also shows brief clips of the video’s scenes being prepped and shot.  It is just the latest way in which the band is promoting its new album.

The band debuted the album’s second single, ‘The Heresy’ June 5.

More information on Mushroomhead’s new album is available along with the band’s latest news at:

 

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Mushroomhead Offers Audiences “A Wonderful” New Record In Its Latest LP

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Hard rock band Mushroomhead has had quite an interesting life since its formation almost 30 years ago (27 years to be exact).  In the nearly three decades since its formation, the band has seen so many lineup and label changes that audiences almost need a program to keep track of all the changes.  The band also had that much talked about feud with fellow masked metal outfit Slipknot as well as apparently its own internal feuds, which led to a number of the band’s lineup changes.  Of course for all of the challenges that the band has faced, it has still managed to push on and release new music as much as possible for audiences.  On Friday, the band will release its eighth album, titled A Wonderful Life.  The 17-song record’s release will end a six-year-plus drought for the band, the longest time that the band has ever gone without releasing a new album.  The wait for the album was worth it, as has already been proven through the album’s two current singles, ‘Seen It All’ and ‘The Heresy.’  As impressive as those songs are, both musically and lyrically, they are just two of the album’s notable entries.  ‘Madness Within,’ which comes very early in the album’s run, is notable in its own right.  It will be addressed shortly.  ‘The Flood,’ which comes late in the album’s run, is another example of the album’s strength.  It will be addressed a little later.  ‘Another Ghost,’ one of the album’s bonus songs, is yet another example of why the record was worth the wait.  It will also be discussed later.  When it is considered along with the other songs noted here, other songs featured in the album, such as the instrumental ‘To The Front’ (another of the record’s bonus tracks), the two aforementioned singles and the rest of the album’s songs, the whole of the record proves itself to be among the best of this year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.

It goes without saying that longtime fans of the Cleveland, OH-based hard rock/metal band Mushroomhead have anxiously awaited this week for a long time.  They have waited more than six years, as a matter of fact.  The wait was worth it, as is evidenced through the record’s collective musical arrangements and lyrical themes.  ‘Madness Within,’ the album’s second entry, is just one of the songs featured in the record that supports the noted statements.  The song’s arrangement is grounded in a steady eighth note beat from drummer and sole remaining founding member Steve “Skinny” Felton.  What’s really interesting to note here is his use of the triplet pattern on the floor tom against the song’s seeming 2/4 time.  It makes for an interesting dichotomy that adds to the arrangement’s impact.  Vocalist J Mann joins in shortly thereafter with an equally rhythmic delivery that almost sounds like rapping in a sense.  That buildup to the song’s full musical onslaught does a lot to engage and entertain audiences.  It ensures just as much, those listeners’ engagement and entertainment throughout the song’s nearly four-minute run.  Adding even more interest to the song’s arrangement is the use of the keyboards and electronics.  Their addition to the whole gives the song a bit of a Marilyn Manson-esque vibe while new vocalist Steve Rauckhorst’s vocal delivery adds its own touch to the whole.  Going through all of this, it would seem that there’s a lot going on here, and there really is.  However, the band’s ability to balance it all makes for an impact that makes this song a viable choice for another single if only for this reason.  Of course, the song’s musical arrangement is only a part of what makes it stand out.  The song’s lyrical theme plays against the energy exuded by its arrangement to add to the song’s overall impact.

The lyrical theme presented in ‘Madness Within’ comes across as a commentary of sorts as to everything going on in the world.  That is inferred as it states in its lead verse, “It feels like the weight of the world/Is constantly pulling it down/Breaking and buckling and shaking this fucking whole goddamn thing right to the ground/You call this fucking crazy?/I’ve seen it all before/Half withdrawn and carrying on like there’s no reason to be alive anymore/All unwell are welcome one and all/The insane and the strange, invited all the same.” The noted seeming commentary is inferred even more as the song continues in its second verse, “Postcards from the funny farm/Regurgitated call to arms/The echoes of the past begin to sing/The age of reason’s come and gone/Into oblivion and beyond/Await with terror what tomorrow brings/Embrace the cage or plot your escape.”  Taking all of this into consideration along with the song’s chorus, which states, “We’re on the verge of total destruction/Yet still too self absorbed to care/Can’t speak can’t think, can barely function/Its hard to tell if we’re even there/MADNESS/It’s just our personal insanity taking hold/Cash in, it’s time to fold/Surrender to the madness within,”, that seeming commentary becomes even more certain to be the topic.  This comes across as a clear statement about everything happening; another welcome reminder about the point to which the world has come.  Together with the song’s infectious musical arrangement, the song proves itself to be yet another notable statement as to the strength of A Wonderful Life.  It will be no surprise when this song becomes another of the album’s next singles.  It is just one of the album’s most notable works.  ‘The Flood’ is another notable addition to the album.

‘The Flood’ stands out because of the juxtaposition of its musical arrangement to its lyrical theme.  The song’s musical arrangement is a subtle presentation that is so heavy because of its subtlety.  One can actually argue that there is a bit of a Tool influence infused into the composition, which is based in its keyboard line.  The string arrangements, bass line and even more subtle guitar line work alongside the song’s vocals to make the whole such a surprisingly engaging and entertaining opus.  It’s not necessarily a brooding work, but it definitely will keep listeners’ attention with its overtly contemplative nature.  That alone makes this song another impressive addition to A Wonderful Life.  As noted already, this composition is a direct contradiction to the song’s lyrical theme, which adds even more interest to the song’s whole.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘The Flood’ is important to examine because of its defiant statement and the fiery way in which that message is delivered.  It is in direct contrast to the mood set by the song’s musical arrangement, yet somehow works so well alongside said composition and makes the song in whole that much more powerful.  The commentary is inferred right from the song’s outset  as the leaf verse states, “Please accept this life we’ve prepared for you/All of the ways we’ve taken care for you/Is this not something that they expected you to do?/How could you not want your destiny handed down to you?.”  The commentary continues in the song’s second verse, which states, “Reject this life that’s prepared for you/All of the ways we’ve taken care for you/How dare you not do what’s been demanded of you?/Sit back, relax/The only way out is through/They leave a trail of betrayal and breadcrumbs/As they lie right to our face/Referendums, pending trials and headstones/Broken promises at traitors gate.”    The final commentary comes in the song’s third verse, which reads, “While you make believe/Let us make all of your dreams come true/For just a small fee/We can provide the perfect life for you/Can we change/Can we rearrange/Plague of insanity/Fate of humanity/No comprehension/No understanding/In all our vanity our tragic fallacy/As they lie right to our face.”  This is a powerful, incendiary statement about how society is being controlled and how we as a society need to stand up and not let itself be controlled by the powers that be.  Again, coupled with the song’s unique musical arrangement, the song in whole stands out even more among the record’s body.  It becomes yet another notable potential single for the band and one more example of what makes A Wonderful Life such a welcome return for Mushroomhead.  It still is not the last of the album’s most notable works.  The album’s deluxe edition features four bonus tracks.  One of those songs – ‘Another Ghost’ – is another of the album’s most notable works.

‘Another Ghost’ starts off very subtly with a gentle piano line set against J Mann singing so softly,  “Somewhere between where your birth and death collide Buried beneath all the darkest thoughts inside Stripped of the last ounce of your pride I tried to make you proud.”  This leads into the song’s full-force, percussive arrangement, which comes out like a firework exploding considering that soft opening.  The result, especially considering the song’s lyrical content, makes the song another key addition to the album.

The lyrical content featured in this song is important because, as was the case in ‘The Flood,’ it just doesn’t seem to fit with the music, but yet still works with said material.  The song seems to be one of those brooding works, this time seemingly being about someone’s relationship perhaps with a parent.  This is inferred through the noted introductory lines and continued in the lead verse, which states, “Somewhere between where your birth and death collide/Buried beneath all the darkest thoughts inside/Stripped of the last ounce of your pride I tried to make you proud.”  That seeming theme is inferred just as much in the song’s second verse, which states, “Embracing the dawn or facing the fall/Living or dying or racing toward it all?/You’ve never seen me, not the real me/I’m just another ghost/Lost and alone wondering where it all went wrong.”  Again, this seems very much like someone who is contemplating a lot of personal thoughts related to personal experiences with another person.  It just doesn’t seem to fit with the fiery energy in the song’s musical arrangement.  Typically such thoughts are associated with more brooding sounds.  Now given, there is some brooding, but this is more the anger side of that brooding, and in turn, makes the song hit so hard alongside its lyrical counterpart.  Keeping all of this in mind, the song becomes a very strong presentation, and just one more example of why A Wonderful Life is such a welcome return from Mushroomhead.  When it is considered along with the other songs addressed here, the likes of the instrumental bonus track ‘To The Front,’ the album’s two current singles and the rest of the LP’s songs, the album in whole becomes easily one more of this year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.

Mushroomhead’s forthcoming eighth album A Wonderful Life is a well-titled presentation.  That is because it is a wonderful new offering from the veteran hard rock band.  That is because the musical arrangements featured throughout the record all present the band’s familiar, trademark dark, melodic sound.  At the same time, the arrangements are not just copy and paste rehashings of the band’s existing arrangements.  Rather, they are examples of growth from the band.  The lyrical themes that accompany those engaging and entertaining arrangements add even more interest to the record, as has also been proven here.  Whether through the trio of songs examined here or through any of the album’s other works, the album in whole proves itself another unique addition to this year’s already crowded field of new hard rock and metal albums.  It is so unique in its presentation that critics will agree it deserves its own spot on their lists of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.

More information on Mushroomhead’s forthcoming album is available along with the band’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.mushroomhead.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/mushroomheadofficial

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/mushroomhead

 

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Mushroomhead Debuts ‘The Heresy’ Video

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Mushroomhead debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘The Heresy‘ Friday.  The song is the second single from the band’s forth coming album A Wonderful Life, which is scheduled for release June 19 through Napalm Records.  The band debuted the video for the album’s lead single ‘Seen It All‘ April 21.

The video features the band performing its new single in an industrial workshop style backdrop.  A large bomb is at the center of the set while other machinery and weaponry surrounds the group.

The song’s setting is meant to help translate the song’s lyrical theme, which is meant to be a sociopolitical commentary, according to founding member Steve “Skinny” Felton in a recent interview.

“We wanted to do something a little more thought-provoking this time around,” he said.  “With the current state of the world going to Hell in a hand basket, we wanted to incorporate something that delivered the swift transportation of certain doom. The manufacturing of war power and the stockpiling of faith. The willful destruction of the past, the future, and ultimately humanity.”

As  an added note, the baby featured in the video was never harmed physically or emotionally.

The song’s musical arrangement is a unique presentation that boasts its own unique identity while also continuing to present the band’s signature sound.  It will appeal to longtime fans and those less familiar with the band’s catalog.

Pre-orders are open now for A Wonderful Life on a variety of platforms.  the album’s track listing is noted below.

 

 

A Wonderful Life Tracklist:
1. A Requiem for Tomorrow
2. Madness Within
3. Seen it All
4. The Heresy
5. What a Shame
6. Pulse
7. Carry On
8. The Time has Come
9. 11th Hour
10. I am the One
11. The Flood
12. Where the End Begins
13. Confutatis
14. To the Front (Bonus Track)
15. Sound of Destruction (Bonus Track)
16. Another Ghost (Bonus Track)
17. Lacrimosa (Bonus Track)

 

 

More information on Mushroomhead’s forthcoming album is available along with the band’s latest news at:

 

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Twitterhttp://twitter.com/mushroomhead

 

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Jeffrey Nothing Debuts ‘Never Enough’ Lyric Video

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Former Mushroomhead front man Jeffrey Nothing is back with a new single.

The vocalist (a.k.a. Jeffrey Hetrick) debuted the lyric video for his new single ‘Never Enough‘ Wednesday.  The mid-tempo rocker was co-produced and co-written with fellow former Mushroomhead member Thomas Church.  Church previously played guitar with Mushroomhead.

Hetrick talked about the song’s lyrical theme in a recent interview.

“Throughout life, people or situations will try to tell you that you are a follower and you should be quite content in that role. There is no such thing as give and take. You give and they take. But for all your efforts, the things you contribute, the things you create are just OK. They can be made into something! Freedom is an incredible feeling. You dream again, believe again and feel like… you truly could fly. Rise above. Be you. ‘Fly High Above, Nothing’s Ever, Never Enough!”

Church added his own thoughts to the discussion.

“I really enjoyed writing ‘Never Enough.’ It brought out some emotions that had been hiding in plain sight for a moment. The interlocking of melodic and moving melodies mixed with aggressive and emotional passages comes thru as a true representation of the human soul.”

‘Never Enough’ is available to stream and download here.

More information on Jeffrey Nothing’s new single is available along with his latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.jeffreynothing.com

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

 

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Mushroomhead Debuts ‘Seen It All’ Video

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The countdown is on for Mushroomhead’s new album.

The band is scheduled to release its new album A Wonderful Life June 19 through Napalm Records.  In anticipation of the album’s release, the band debuted the video for the album’s lead single ‘Seen It All‘ April 21.

The video features the band performing its new single in a confined room which is adorned on one wall with a collage of pictures, many of which have large “X’s” through their eyes in the style of the band’s trademark logo.  The pictures are posted by an unidentified male figure whose face is anything but positive.

The song’s musical arrangement features a sound that will appeal to Mushroomhead’s longtime fans just as much as those who are less familiar with the group’s catalog. That is evident through the use of the song’s heavy guitars, down-tuned bass and keyboards.  The addition of new vocalist Mr. Rauckhorst’s delivery adds to the song’s impact.

The song’s lyrical content is powerful in its own right, delivering a social commentary that promotes unity among everyone.

The forthcoming release of Mushroomhead’s new album will mark the band’s first album in six years. The band’s most recent album is 2014’s The Righteous & The ButterflyPre-orders for A Wonderful Life are open now.

The band debuted three new videos in 2018 for its live recording Volume III in the form of ‘We Are The Truth,’ ‘Devils Be Damned‘ and ‘Graveyard Du Jour.’

More information on Mushroomhead’s new video and single is available now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.mushroomhead.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/mushroomhead

 

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Mushroomhead’s ‘Volume III’ DVD Falls Short Of Expectations

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The wait for Mushroomhead’s new DVD Volume III is finally over.  The band’s third full-length DVD was released August 17 via Megaforce Records, and while it is an entertaining presentation, it honestly has to be said that it could have been a much better presentation.  That is not to say that the DVD is a complete loss.  It does have some positives, but it also has cons that cannot be ignored, either.  The most notable of those cons is the general lack of actual live material.  This will be discussed later.  To the positive, audiences get in this latest DVD, a full collection of the band’s most recent videos taken from singles from the band’s 2014 album The Righteous and the Butterfly in one place.  The bonus content is just as notable as the videos.  When said content is considered along with the videos and the “live” material, the end result is a presentation that while entertaining, could have been better.

Mushroomhead’s latest full-length DVD – the simply titled Volume III – is a work that has been hyped quite a bit ahead of its release on August 17.  Sadly though, for all of the hype, the DVD proves ultimately be a presentation that while entertaining, could have been much better.  Again, that is not to say that the DVD is a total loss. It does have some positives, the most notable being the music videos culled for its presentation.  The videos presented are the companions to the singles from the band’s 2014 album The Righteous and the Butterfly – ‘Qwerty,’ ‘We Are The Truth,’ ‘Devils Be Damned’ and ‘Graveyard Du Jour.’  The videos for ‘We Are The Truth’ and ‘Devils Be Damned’ were just recently debuted as part of the promotional push for the DVD.  As an added bonus (which will be discussed later), audiences get some interesting commentary on at least two of said videos and even an alternate take on another.  Again, this will be discussed later along with the rest of the DVD’s bonus content.  The videos are, in essence, the center of the DVD’s presentation.  That is because the DVD’s actual live material is very limited here.  That is the DVD’s one major negative point.

In regards to its live material, audiences get in this material, two actual live performances at the most.  The rest of the “live” material is just one big montage of the band performing live at various venues with a bunch of dizzying, fast-paced shots throughout.  On the surface, this might not seem all that important, since technically audiences are getting at least a glimpse of the band’s live show.  The problem here is that because the actual live material is limited so directly, audiences are getting more of a preview of the band’s live show than an actual representation thereof.  Considering that live shows are where musical acts of any genre get the majority of their income, getting this limited preview of the band’s live show does more of a disservice to the band (and its new DVD) than a service.  That is especially the case considering how much of the DVD’s nearly two-hour total run time is taken up with the nonstop footage of the band performing and making its way across the country.  That time would have been much better served giving a much fuller presentation of the band’s live show and keeping the behind-the-scenes tour footage limited to a minimum as bonus material.  Speaking of the bonus material, the DVD’s bonus material is its other positive.

The bonus material included in Volume III proves to be a positive because of what it adds to the DVD’s overall viewing experience.  The noted behind-the-scenes tour footage is just one of those items that makes the bonus material notable.  Audiences get to see the band offstage and on, preparing for its shows and making the most of its time on the road in various ways.  It should be noted though, that some viewer discretion is advised in regards to the bonus content.  That is because there are a number of shots included in that bonus footage of women showing their breasts for the cameras.  While brief, the shots are long enough that they cannot be ignored.  So to that end, some discretion should be used.  Getting back on the topic at hand, that footage is not the only bonus footage included in the DVD’s presentation.  Audiences also get a full alternate take of the band’s video for ‘We Are The Truth’ that is completely unlike the final product that was recently debuted.  Instead of that Evil Dead themed work, the alternate take presents the band in front of the house used in that video, performing the song together with guest/touring vocalist Jackie Laponza in tow.  Along with that, audiences get some brief looks behind the cameras of the band’s other videos and even some entertaining commentary from an unexpected source (which won’t be revealed here for those who haven’t yet seen the DVD) for some of the videos, too.  All of that bonus material, when considered alongside the DVD’s feature music videos, gives audiences reason to watch this presentation at least once.  The lack of any real live material though, detracts from the DVD’s presentation is a fashion that cannot be ignored.  Keeping all of this in mind, Volume III proves to be an interesting new offering from Mushroomhead, but it is also one that could have been better.

Mushroomhead’s new DVD Volume III is an interesting new offering from the veteran Cleveland, Ohio-based metal outfit.  At the same time though, it is also a presentation that could have been better.  The music videos that obviously are the center of the DVD’s presentation, couple with the DVD’s  bonus material to give viewers at least some reason to watch.  The use of a conglomerate of live shots in place of any real live material (save for two songs) is a disservice to the DVD and the band that cannot be ignored.  The negative effect that it has on the DVD’s presentation does not go unnoticed.  Keeping all of this in mind, Volume III proves to be a far cry from what Mushroomhead has offered previously and a work that while interesting, just could have been so much better.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on Volume III is available online now along with all of Mushroomhead’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.mushroomhead.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/mushroomhead

 

 

 

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Mushroomhead Debuts ‘Devils Be Damned’ Video

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Mushroomhead is giving audiences another preview of its upcoming DVD.

The veteran Cleveland, Ohio-based band debuted the video for its song ‘Devils Be Damned‘ today. Filmed inside the infamous Ohio State Reformatory, which doubled as the infamous Shawshank Prison (yes, that Shawshank Prison), from Castle Rock Entertainment’s 1994 drama The Shawshank Redemption.  The video features the band performing its new single at various locations inside the prison as a young girl makes her way through its halls before finally finding a place of comfort inside the otherwise imposing structure.

Band founder and drummer Steve “Skinny” Felton offered his own interesting insight into the video in a recent interview with Ultimate Guitar, saying that the same tunnel used by Tim Robbins’ character Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption was also used in this video.

“There’s a scene [in the video] where the little girl is crawling through the tunnel — that’s the same tunnel that Tim Robbins crawled through at the end of the movie — you know, the whole ‘Andy Dufresne – who crawled through a river of s*** and came out clean on the other side’ line — that’s the same tunnel she crawled through.”

The video’s debut comes a little more than a month after the debut of the video for ‘We Are The Truth.’  That video is themed after Renaissance Pictures’ famed 1981 horror movie Evil Dead.  Specifically, the video debuted July 8.

Both songs are included in the Mushroomhead’s most recent full-length studio recording, 2014’s The Righteous and the Butterfly.  The videos will both be included as part of the presentation for Volume III.

Volume III is scheduled to be released August 17. The band will launch a tour in support of the DVD the same day. The nearly month-long tour includes stops in Virginia Beach, Virginia; Seattle, Washington; Salt Lake City, Utah and a handful of other cities. The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

The Summer of Screams tour line-up:
MUSHROOMHEAD
Powerman 5000 (9-2 to 9-15)
The Browning
Psychostick (8-17 to 8-31)
Kissing Candice
Unsaid Fate
Voodoo Terror Tribe (8-17 to 8-30)/Earth Caller (8-31 to 9-15)

The Summer of Screams tour dates:
8/17 – Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater

8/18 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
8/19 – Toronto, ON @ Rockpile West
8/21 – Manchester, NH @ Bungalow
8/22 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
8/23 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Shaka’s
8/24 – Spartanburg, SC @ Groundzero
8/25 – Huntsville, AL @ Sidetracks Music Hall
8/26 – New Orleans, LA @ Southport Music Hall
8/28 – Houston, TX @ Houston Underground
8/29 – Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live
8/30 – Laredo, TX @ Ethos Live
8/31 – Fort Worth, TX @ The Rail Club
9/2 – Los Angeles, CA @ 1720
9/4 – Orangevale, CA@ The Boardwalk
9/5 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s
9/6 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
9/7 – Billings, MT @ Pub Station
9/8 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
9/9 – Denver, CO @ Roxy Theater
9/11 – Merriam, KS @ Aftershock
9/12 – Waterloo, IA @ Spicoli’s
9/13 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
9/14 – Ringle, WI @ Q & Z Expo Center
9/15 – Chicago, IL @ Patio Theater

Along with its live dates, the band has also announced a handful of signing dates, which align with the band’s tour.  Those dates are noted below.

MUSHROOMHEAD Signing Dates: 
8/22 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ Darkside (611 Dutchess Turnpike) – Begins 6:00 PM
8/28 – Houston, TX @ Cactus (2110 Portsmouth St) – Begins 6:00 PM
8/29 – Austin, TX @ Waterloo (600 N Lamar Blvd) – Begins 5:00 PM
9/5 – Portland, OR @ Music Millennium (3158 E Burnside St) – Begins 6:00 PM (tentative, check local listing)
9/6 – Seattle, WA @ Silver Platters (2930 1st Ave S) – Begins 6:00 PM (tentative, check local listing)
9/7 – Billings, MT @ Ernie November (1825 Grand Ave) – Begins 6:00 PM

Volume III comes 10 years after the release of the band’s second DVD, aptly titled Volume II (2008) and 13 years after the release of its debut DVD, Volume I (2005). A trailer for the DVD is streaming online now here.

More information on Mushroomhead’s new DVD is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.mushroomhead.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/mushroomhead

 

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