Jeffrey Nothing Takes On Addiction In New Single, Video

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Jeffrey Nothing is taking on drug addiction in his latest single and its companion video.

The former Mushroomhead singer debuted his new single, ‘The Outage’ and its companion video Friday. The single is available to stream and download through Spotify, Deezer, and Amazon. It features a musical arrangement that is immediately comparable to works that Jeffrey Nothing helped craft during his time with Mushroomhead, down to the rich vocals, guitars, and bass and drums.

Jeffrey Nothing talked about the song’s familiar lyrical theme in a prepared statement.

“So many trash their bodies and minds and feel they just get to wake up from whatever mistake they just made no matter what,” he said. “It is so heartbreaking to watch a generation be wiped out because they truly believe they are invincible. We are not. Risking oneself for that ever-elusive first high destroys far more than the singular self. Parents never want to outlive their children. You are not that invincible person who will beat any challenge, just because. Stop for one second and be that miracle baby again. Not the almost adult who crushed everyone’s dreams, all because you wanted to escape a temporary nightmare. Death is the end, not a new beginning. Ever.”

Jeffrey Nothing continued, “We all come with an expiration date. From our first breath, till our last, we are a miracle in motion; full of emotion, fears, and an air of invincibility. How we treat our fellow man and our life matters. Other than love, you sincerely can’t take it with you. Above is a place I pray to one day be, not a circle I put myself in as I traverse this lifetime. Freedom means everything. All complexes aside, we have no owners. Dream big and share your soul… I, for one, will be listening.”

Ian D. Sniesak also provided vocals to Jeffrey Nothing’s new single, and expanded on Jeffrey Nothing’s comments with his own thoughts.

“Life is full of hardships, challenges, tribulations… It can be difficult in the moments of pain to see through to the other side, that there’s a way to come out victorious,” he said. It can be easy to compromise or give in to something that offers a moment of relief; a temporary solution to a problem that might turn into a permanent consequence. It can be easy to think that you will remain in control but more often than not what we think we control ends up controlling us. Pain and trauma are the real gateway drugs and until we learn to face the pain and overcome we will continue the cycle of abuse, be it substance or other. If we don’t, addiction ends up being in control. It destroys what’s beautiful, and then dances and parades what remains around for all the world to see.

Sniesak continued, “It can be easy to become ensnared in the prisons of our mind. If we take a close look at ourselves in the midst of our addiction, it can seem as if we are suffocating, wrapped in the fake plastic of the lies we believe that have now led us to the predicament we are in.  Acknowledging there is a problem is the first step. Then we must fight, for our freedom and for our lives, one day at a time.”

While Jeffrey Nothing’s new single clearly takes on addiction — specifically drug addiction — the video does not exactly have a connection to the subject. The video is a very dark presentation. It features images of people with deformities, along with Jeffrey nothing and company in full theatrical costume as they perform the single. Just as with the song’s musical arrangement, the visuals are another direct throwback to the video styles that Mushroomhead did during his time with the band.

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

Website: https://jeffreynothing.com

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

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Chad Gray Joining A Killer’s Confession For New Single

Chad Gray (l) and Waylon Reavis (r) have partnered for A Killer’s Confession’s new single.
Photo credit: Wake Up! Music Rocks

Chad Gray is lending his talents to a new single from A Killer’s Confession.

Gray (Mudvayne, Hellyeah) has partnered with the band for its new single, ‘Tell Your Soul.’ The single is scheduled for release Aug. 6 through Wake Up! Music Rocks. It will feature in the band’s as yet untitled forthcoming third album, which is scheduled for release later this year.

Front man Waylon Reavis (ex-Mushroomhead) spoke positively of the new single and collaboration during a recent interview.

“This song was an amazing collaboration between Sahaj Ticotin (Ra), Chad Gray, and myself,” said Reavis. “It was an honor to work with such true professional artists on such a powerful song. I hope everyone can feel the raw emotion and are moved just like I am when they listen.”

Added Reavis, “This song is about forgiveness and acceptance of one’s own shortcomings. I want to thank Chad and Sahaj for being such great friends and recording this song with me. Wombat absolutely crushed this video. Amazing talent all the way around!”

Gray shared Reavis’ anticipation for the song and its video.

“Waylon has wanted to do a song with me for a very long time, and earlier this year, we tried, but the song just didn’t fit either one of us,” he said. “So we went back to the drawing board with Sahaj Ticotin. The song really spoke to me, so we went for it. Everything just seems to fall into place. I’m really excited about this release.”

Added Gray, “My boy Wombat absolutely killed the video. I’m stoked for this song to drop. It’s a nice prelude to some more solo stuff I have on the way. I can’t wait for you all to hear this. Enjoy.” 

Gray’s collaboration with AKC is just his latest. He worked with fellow rocker Hyro The Hero last year on his song, ‘Fight.’

In other news, A Killer’s Confession is on tour with Gemini Syndrome for that band’s headlining tour. AKC’s run with Gemini Syndrome is scheduled to run through Aug. 15 in Albuquerque, NM. Following that run, AKC will head out on its own headlining tour, which is scheduled to launch Aug. 18 in Houston, TX and to run through Sept. 10 in Mansfield, OH.

The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

AKC Tour Dates:

With Gemini Syndrome

Jul. 27 – Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz

Jul. 28 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Crafthouse Stage & Grill

Jul. 30 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater

Jul. 31 – Harrisburg, PA – HMAC

Aug. 1 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage

Aug. 3 – Fort Wayne, IN – Ft. Wayne Entertainment Center

Aug. 5 – Columbus, OH – The King Of Clubs

Aug. 6 – Akron, OH – Empire Concert Club SOLD OUT

Aug. 7 – Louisville, KY – Diamond Ballroom

Aug. 8 – Nashville, TN – Basement East

Aug. 10 – Tulsa, OK – The Shrine

Aug. 11 – OKC, OK – 89th St Collective

Aug. 12 – Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck

Aug. 14 – Denver, CO – Oriental Theater

Aug. 15 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad

Headline shows / Festivals:

Aug. 18 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar

Aug. 20 – Jacksonville, FL – Acchetype

Aug. 21 – Orlando, FL – Central Florida Metal Fest V

Aug. 24 – Memphis, TN – Growlers

Aug. 25 – Huntsville, AL – Sidetracks

Aug. 26 – Pipestem, WV – Metal In The Mountains

Sep. 10 – Mansfield, OH – Inkcarceration

A Killer’s Confession with Gemini Syndrome and its upcoming headlining shows are just its latest. The band most recently ran a headline tour from May 7-24 with support from Heartsick and The Failsafe.

A Killer’s Confession premiered its latest single, ‘Trapped Inside‘ and its companion video April 29. The premiere of the song and its video came less than a month after the premiere of AKC’s then latest single, ‘Light to Darkness‘ and its video.

A Killer’s Confession debuted another single, ‘Remember‘ and its video in January.

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

Websitehttps://www.akillersconfession.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/akillersconfession

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/WaylonAKC

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Ovtlier Takes On The Establishment In New Single

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Ovtlier premiered its latest single over the weekend.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Bulletproof‘ Friday. The song’s premiere came more than seven months after the band debuted the lyric video for its then latest single, ‘Who We Are.’ The band premiered the single’s official video three months prior to that.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Bulletproof’ immediately lends itself to comparison to works from Dry Kill Logic. That is evidenced through the heavy, aggro-rock/metal style approach and sound to the song. The balance of the screams and clean vocals add to that comparison just as much. At the same time, there is a certain element to the song that also lends it to comparison to certain works from Mushroomhead.

According to a statement from front man Joey Arena, the song’s lyrical theme is a sociopolitical commentary about the current state of the world.

“We live in an age where everything has become politicized; from image to virus,” he said. “I have watched both bands and people label and segregate one another solely based on a difference of not character but opinion. We are force-fed so much false information by the media, although many are aware, we still have lost some humanity. I have grown impatient with the amount of ignorance and hypocrisy that spews from the puppets of this world. Anger would be an understatement. I look forward to the day people can look to grey area and realize there’s more to it all.”

Added Arenas, “‘Bulletproof’ is a call to my fellow man to remove the veils and look into the grey. These corrupt politicians are playing you. I don’t care what side you stand on or what bias feelings you hold to your “party”. I’m not left or right, up or down. I look at character and could care less about the empty promises and b******* they are selling to your emotions only to gain a vote. I refuse to be a pawn in their game.”

Arenas concluded, “We will never divide our audience based on age, sex, identity or politics, for our goal is to bring love and light together. Our “leaders” don’t want unity for that becomes a threat to agenda. I’m fed up. I want the old model to fall so we can build within its stead. It’s time for change and that starts with us.”

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In other news, Ovtlier will serve as support for Gemini Syndrome’s upcoming headlining tour this summer. The tour, which runs more than a month, is scheduled to launch July 9 in Salt Lake City, UT and to run through Aug. 15 in Albuquerque, NM. It features performances in cities, such as Joliet, IL; Nashville, TN and Akron, OH.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. A Killer’s Confession, and Pushing Veronica will also serve as support for the tour. Additionally, Fozzy will join the tour for one date in place of Pushing Veronica. Eva Under Fire will take Ovtlier’s place on at least two dates.

Jul 09 | Salt Lake City, UT – Royal Bar
Jul 10 | Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theatre
Jul 11 | Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios
Jul 13 | Lincoln, NE – Royal Grove
Jul 14 | Iowa City, IA – Wildwood Saloon †
Jul 16 | Grand Rapids, MI – Upheaval Festival ‡
Jul 17 | Cadott, WI – Rock Fest ‡
Jul 18 | Belividere, IL – Apollo Theatre
Jul 20 | Des Moines, IA – Leftys
Jul 21 | Joliet, IL – The Forge
Jul 23 | Westland, MI – Token Lounge
Jul 24 | Marietta, OH – Adelphia Music Hall
Jul 25 | Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
Jul 27 | Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz #
Jul 28 | Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse #
Jul 30 | Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theatre
Jul 31 | Harrisburg, PA – Stage On Herr
Aug 01 | Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
Aug 03 | Ft Wayne, IN – Ft. Wayne Entertainment Center
Aug 05 | Columbus, OH – King Of Clubs
Aug 06 | Akron, OH – Empire Concert Club
Aug 07 | Louisville, KY – Diamond Ballroom
Aug 08 | Nashville, TN – Basement East
Aug 10 | Tusla, OK – The Shrine
Aug 11 | Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street Collective
Aug 12 | Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck
Aug 14 | Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
Aug 15 | Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad

w/ Fozzy (No Pushing Veronica) †
Rock Fest + Upheaval Feativals (No Supporting Bands) ‡
w/ Eva Under Fire *direct support (No Ovtlier) #

More information on the band’s new single and tour dates is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/ovtlier

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/OvtlierBand

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A Killer’s Confession Debuts New Single, ‘Light To Darkness,’ Companion Video

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A Killer’s Confession debuted its latest single and its companion video this week.

The band debuted its new single, ‘Light To Darkness‘ Tuesday along with the song’s companion video. The premiere of the new single and video comes more than two months after the band debuted its then latest single, ‘Remember‘ and its companion video.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Light to Darkness’ is a heavy, guitar-driven work that harkens back to works from front man Waylon Reavis’ former band, Mushroomhead. Information about the song’s lyrical content was not provided in the press release distributed about the song and video’s premiere.

The video for ‘Light to Darkness’ is composed primarily of footage of A Killer’s Confession performing live. It serves as a reminder of the band’s live presence.

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:

Websitehttps://www.akillersconfession.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/akillersconfession

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/WaylonAKC

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Ellefson Films Announces Home Release Date For New Found Footage Horror Flick

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Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson’s movie company Ellefson Films (Amped/Alliance) will release its new horror movie, Dwellers to home platforms this fall.

The found footage flick is scheduled for release Oct. 12 on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo pack. Ellefson produced the movie while Drew Fortier wrote, directed and starred in the story. The movie has garnered a handful of awards since making its cinematic debut. Its awards are noted below.

Best Feature (Screamwriting Festival)

Best Director (The Thing in the Basement Horror Fest)

Best Horror Feature (Mad Monster Party Film Fest)

Best Documentary (Hollywood Blood Horror Festival)

Most Disturbing Scenes (Horror Bowl Movie Awards)

Dwellers‘ plot follows a film crew that is investigating a disappearance in city’s homeless community. In the process, the crew itself goes missing. This leads to an allegedly scary secret beneath the city’s streets.

Along with Fortier, the movie also stars James L. Edwards (Her Name Was Christa), Douglas Esper (The Nutshell), and Omar Baig (Let’s Make a Movie). Former Mushroomhead vocalist Jeff Hatrix (a.k.a. Jeffrey Nothing) and Ellefson himself make guest appearances.

Dwellers will be screened March 20 as part of the HorrorHound Film Festival’s Midnight Madness Feature. A Q&A session with the cast members will follow. Tickets for the screening are available here.

More information on Dwellers is available along with all of Ellefson Films’ latest news at https://www.facebook.com/ellefsonfilmco.

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Mushroomhead To Host “Shroomhouse” Double Feature Music Video Premiere Sunday

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Mushroomhead will debut two new videos this weekend.

The band announced Friday through a news release that it will debut videos Sunday for its singles ‘Madness Within’ and ‘Carry On.’ The songs are featured in the band’s most recent album A Wonderful Life (2020). The album has already produced the singles ‘Seen It All‘ and ‘The Heresy.’

This weekend’s “Shroomhouse” Double Feature is scheduled to take place at noon ET. It will also feature a simultaneous live chat with the band through its official YouTube channel. Additionally, fans who take part in Sunday’s live chat will have the chance to win Mushroomhead merchandise, such as a signed “Shroomhouse” signed lithograph.

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

Websitehttps://www.mushroomhead.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/mushroomheadofficial

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/mushroomhead

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A Killer’s Confession Debuts New Single, ‘Remember,’ Companion Video

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A Killer’s Confession debuted its latest single this week along with its companion video.

The band debuted its new single, ‘Remember‘ and its video Wednesday. The song is featured in the band’s upcoming as-yet-untitled third album, which is expected for release this year.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Remember’ is a melodic hard rock style arrangement that also presents a slight aggro-rock influence. Its stylistic approach echoes that of the band’s most recently released single, ‘Last Chance.’ The band debuted that song last year.

The song’s lyrical content delivers a message of taking both sides of life into perspective, according to front man Waylon Reavis (ex-Mushroomhead).

“Sometimes in life, people are quick to forget the good and the bad,” said Reavis. “We all need to be reminded from time to time where the line in the sand is truly drawn.”

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:

Websitehttps://www.akillersconfession.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/akillersconfession

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/WaylonAKC

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2020’s New Hard Rock, Metal Albums Prove The Grammys Got It Wrong Again

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Whatever committee or person makes the decision on who gets nominations and awards at the annual Grammy Awards ceremony needs a swift kick in the pants.  That is because that person or those people has/have never given much real respect to the hard rock and metal community.  This year’s list of nominees is the latest supporting proof for that argument.  Despite what certain parties might have audiences believe, 2020 produced a lot of albums that are far more worthy of awards.  Among those oh-so-notable new albums that have been released this far are new offerings from Lamb of God, Sons of Apollo, U.D.O., Sevendust, and even Firewind.  All of the noted albums are featured in this year’s Phil’s Picks Top 10 New Hard Rock & Metal Albums.  Between thrash metal, groove metal, pure hard rock and even electronic rock, this list proves how much great material was released this year that is far more deserving of awards than the acts that were nominated (maybe save for Body Count’s song).

As with every other list from Phil’s Picks, this list features the Top 10 new albums in the noted category and five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15 albums.  Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2020 Top 10 New Hard Rock & Metal Albums.

PHIL’S PICKS 2020 TOP 10 NEW HARD ROCK & METAL ALBUMS

  1. Sons of Apollo – MMXX
  2. U.D.O. – We Are One
  3. Sevendust – Blood & Stone
  4. Lamb of God – Lamb of God
  5. Mushroomhead – A Wonderful Life
  6. Testament – Titans of Creation
  7. Static X – Project: Re-Generation
  8. Firewind – Firewind
  9. Julien K – Harmonic Disruptor
  10. Master Boot Record – Floppy Disc Overdrive
  11. Clint Lowery – God Bless The Renegades
  12. Annihilator – Ballistic, Sadistic
  13. David Reece – Cacophony of Souls
  14. Biff Byford – School of Hard Knocks
  15. Warbringer – Weapons of Tomorrow

Next up from Phil’s Picks is one last musical category, the year’s top new overall albums.  Stay tuned for that, and then it’ll be on to the DVD and BD categories. 

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Waylon Reavis Reveals Cancer Diagnosis

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Former Mushroomhead front man Waylon Reavis is battling colon cancer.

Reavis, who currently fronts the rock band A Killer’s Confession, made the announcement Sunday at Headbangers Con. According to Reavis, the news is not all bad.

“Unfortunately, two months ago, I was diagnosed with colon cancer, and my heart crashed,” said Reavis. “My father passed away from this at 58 years old, and my mother passed at 39 from breast cancer. I was just waiting for my time. Luckily they caught it early, and they were able to cut it all out. I have had four removed, but they keep growing fast. I have changed my entire diet, thanks to my wife and taking medications. I may have to battle this the rest of my life, but I am going to live my life happy and FIGHT!”

In other news, Reavis revealed during his discussion that A Killer’s Confession is hoping to release its next, as yet untitled album in 2021. Information provided about the album states that the record’s lead single ‘ Remember’ is scheduled for release Jan. 27.

Reavis talked about what audiences can expect from the new album.

“A couple of songs are about my cancer and about my father,” said Reavis. “Those songs mean a lot to me. I cannot wait for everyone to hear them! I’m really excited about this one. Every album I write is different and will never be the same as the others. This one is both heavy and melodic. I took myself back to my roots. It’s what the fans want, so I always like to give them what they have been waiting to hear. 

A Killer’s Confession released its latest single ‘Last Chance’ and its video April 9. The song started airing on radio stations nationwide on July 16.

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.”

A Killer’s confession features Reavis on vocals, his step-son Morgan on drums and fellow former Mushroomhead member Tommy Church on guitar. JP Cross performs on bass.

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:

Websitehttp://www.akillersconfession.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/akillersconfession

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/WaylonAKC

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Kissing Candice Debuts ‘Tapeworm’ Video

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Theatrical horror/Industrial metal band Kissing Candice debuted the video for its latest single over the weekend.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Tapeworm‘ Saturday. the song and video’s debut comes more than four months after the band made its fan favorite song ‘Ghosted‘ available for audiences to download and stream. The band had debuted the song five years ago, but up until that point, had not made it available to fans.

The video finds the band performing its new single in an empty warehouse setting and features some very unsettling visuals such as one of the band members “eating worms.’ The video’s editing does involve some fast-paced shots and shooting style that could impact audiences who suffer from epileptic seizures, so viewer discretion is advised.

Despite the masks and overall horror approach, Kissing Candice is not comparable to bands, such as Mushroomhead, Slipknot, or other masked bands. The song’s musical arrangement is industrial in its approach, but is largely unlike the works from the noted bands. The death metal screams and dub effects couple with the heavy, crunching guitars for a unique musical identity.

Band member “Dreamer” said of the song’s lyrical theme, “People will suck you dry if you let them, this is what that feels like.”

Kissing Candice will make ‘Tapeworm’ available to stream and download Nov. 13. Pre-saves are open.

More information on Kissing Candice is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttp://www.kissingcandice.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/Kissingcandice

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/kissing_candice

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