The musical arrangement featured in the new single is another heavy composition. That is a trend that runs through the majority of the band’s new album. It takes the influences of the work that the band’s namesake and band leader Mark Tremonti has crafted with Alter Bridge and steps up that work even more in this case along with his band mates.
No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the video’s premiere. However in watching the video, it would seem that the song’s theme focuses on getting past the events of the past and moving forward. That seems to be a central theme of the album, especially considering the album’s title.
The song’s video is its own interesting presentation. It finds the song’s lyrics placed over a very cinematic type backdrop of various graphics and lighting tones as the song plays over the presentation.
In other news, Tremonti will celebrate the release of its new album (its fifth so far) by hosting its first-ever livestream at 10 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT Friday. Tickets are available here.
Marching in Time is scheduled for release Friday through Napalm Records. More information on the album is available along with all of Tremonti’s latest news at:
Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti is wrapping up his current tour with Sevendust and Lydia Can’t Breathe. The tour, which launched Sept. 3, is set to wrap Sunday in Orlando, FL at the annual Rebel Rock Festival. Tremonti’s tour is in support of his latest album, Marching in Time, which is scheduled for release Friday through Napalm Records. The 12-song record is a successful offering from the veteran musician. Its success is displayed through its musical arrangements and lyrical content alike, as has already been shown through the singles that it has already produced, ‘A World Away,’ ‘Marching in Time,’ and ‘If Not For You.’ ‘Would You Kill,’ the album’s penultimate entry, is another example of how the record’s musical and lyrical content make it successful. It will be discussed shortly. ‘The Last One Of Us,’ which comes just past the album’s midpoint, is another example of how that content will keep listeners engaged. It will be addressed a little later. Much the same can be said of ‘Under The Sun’ as has been noted of the other songs addressed here. It will also be examined later. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of this record. When these songs are considered along with the album’s current singles and the rest of its entries, the whole makes Marching in Time an overall successful new offering from Mark Tremonti and company.
Tremonti’s forthcoming album, Marching in Time is a strong new offering from the band and its namesake. That has already been proven easily through all three of its current singles. They are just some of the songs that serve to exhibit the album’s strength. ‘Would You Kill’ is another example of what the album has to offer. Just as with so much of the album, its musical arrangement is a heavy, intense composition. The energy in the composition exuded from all involved is powerful to say the very least. At the same time the more melodic choruses make for an interesting contrast to those heavier moments in the verses. The whole of that musical arrangement makes for plenty of engagement and entertainment for audiences.
While the musical arrangement featured in ‘Would You Kill’ is instantly infectious and memorable, it stands out even more when it is set alongside the song’s lyrical theme. The lyrical theme that seems to be presented here is a contemplation of life in general; about taking chances and risks. This is inferred in the song’s lead verse and chorus, in which Tremonti sings, “Why does it take so long/Some of us, we bear this weight alone/How do the rest survive/Some of us, we fight to stay alive/Would you know if it might be the end/Would you kill if the chance came again/Are you brave when you can’t see tomorrow/Would you kill/Would you beg, steal or borrow.” Again, this all comes across a rumination on knowing how to handle situations. At this point, he seems to be inferring that some people are able to just naturally make choices and do what needs to be done while others of us have more trouble making those decisions. From there, he asks, what one would do, in relation. It is a strong seeming contemplation that while hardly anything new, is still unique in its presentation and relatable for audiences. The songs’ second verse seems to point in that direction, too, as Tremonti sings, “Why does it go nowhere/Time and time again/Another year/Why do we take the fall/Why don’t we just turn and take it all.” This overall statement goes somewhat in line with the album’s title because it takes on the whole matter of “marching in time” by asking people about how they would react about the unknown of the future. Adding to the interest is that being so seemingly contemplative, it would have been easy for Tremonti and company to craft an arrangement to match. Instead the group took a different road, evoking more of a sense of frustration at trying to deal with such a matter. It makes for an interesting approach to the song overall. In turn, the whole of the song proves unquestionably why it and the album stand out. It is just one of the songs that shows the album’s overall strength. ‘The Last One Of Us’ is another example of that appeal.
‘The Last One Of Us’ presents that mildly contemplative arrangement not presented in ‘Would You Kill.’ It presents a deeper emotional approach than that song and others throughout the record. In this case, the arrangement lends itself to comparison to works from Alter Bridge and Sevendust with its melodic approach and sound. It is one of the rarer softer moments featured in the record, too. That in itself generates its own engagement and entertainment here. When the emotion generated through the song’s musical arrangement is paired with the composition’s lyrical theme, the song in whole becomes even more interesting.
The lyrical theme featured here is even more contemplative than that in ‘Would You Kill.’ It even leaves this critic wondering, but that it can be so much left to interpretation shows its strength. Tremonti sings in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “Leave now while you still can/Down that last road/So the story goes/To where nobody’s been/Devotion and the lost time/Been left here on the vine/And seasons fade so fast/Someday you’ll find the truth/Now don’t you fear/I’m told it lies within/You’re the last one of us/Don’t have the answer/But I know where to find it/You’re the reason to change/You’re the reason/I awaken each and every day.” Looking at the chorus and comparing it with the content in the song’s lead verse, it seems like the song’s subject is going on about time passing (again matching with the album’s title) but not wanting to lose someone even as time goes on. This even though the subject seems to know he/she has to let that other person go, as is hinted in that line about the second person finding the truth because “it lies within.” So this could be interpreted as someone coming to terms with letting someone go in a plutonic or romantic fashion. This is, as always, just this critic’s interpretation. The song’s second verse seems to hint at that even more as Tremonti sings, “Unbroken but so unsure/Just maybe you’ve got nothing more/For what else could you write/Too late to turn back now/This road ends a world away/Forever starts today/Today you’ll find truth/Now don’t you fear/I’m told we now begin.” Again, this is some deep contemplation that is unlike most if not all of the album’s content. The discussions that it is certain to generate along with the engagement and entertainment that the song’s musical arrangement will generate makes the song overall that much stronger and an even stronger example of how much the album in whole is of a presentation. It is yet one more example of the album’s strength, too. ‘Under The Sun’ is one more example of what makes Marching in Time well worth hearing.
‘Under The Sun’ is a heavy, melodic rock style composition that is just as engaging and entertaining as either of the songs examined here and the rest of the album’s entries. It is just as easy a fit on any active rock radio station’s play list as those songs, too. It really is everything that audiences have come to expect from Tremonti both as a solo artist and as a member of Alter Bridge. It is that familiar. Keeping that in mind, the song’s lyrical content becomes that much more important to the whole here.
The lyrical content featured in ‘Under The Sun’ is unique because on the one hand, its choruses make it come across as another song that centers on the all too familiar topic of relationships. At the same time, the verses seem to address a wholly other topic, in this case, standing up for something, not being afraid to face difficult situations. It collectively makes for an intriguing presentation that, once again, is certain to generate its own share of discussion, engagement and entertainment. To that end, the lyrical theme here pairs with the song’s rich musical arrangement to make it stand out in its own unique way, too. When it is considered along with the other songs examined here, the album’s current singles, and the rest of the album’s entries, the overall body makes the album a successful presentation in whole.
Tremonti’s forthcoming album, Marching in Time, is a strong new offering that the band’s fans and those of its namesake front man will equally appreciate. That is proven through its musical and lyrical content alike. Each of the album’s existing singles do well to support those statements. The same can be said of the songs examined here, too. When all of these songs are considered in regards to their lyrical and musical content along with the rest of the record’s entries, the whole makes the album one more of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.
Marching in Time is scheduled for release Friday through Napalm Records. More information on the album is available along with all of Tremonti’s latest news at:
Alien Weaponry premiered the video for its latest single this week.
The band debuted the video for its new single, ‘Hatupatu‘ Friday. The single is the third from the band’s new album, Tangaroa. The album, which is available now through Napalm Records, ahas also produced the singles, ‘Tangaroa‘ and ‘Buried Underground.’
The video for ‘Hatupatu’ features the band — Lewis de Jong, Henry de Jong, and Ethan Trembath — performing its new single in a forest setting as a young Maori warrior faces off a beast. The story of that young warrior is tied directly to the song’s lyrical content.
Henry de Jong talked about that lyrical content in a prepared statement.
“The story of ‘Hatupatu’ is one Lewis and I grew up with – our father was the first person to tell us as children,” he said. “Having a family connection with it only made creating a song more intriguing for us. Traditionally, Māori legends were passed down through families by re-telling them, not by having them written down in books. It only makes sense for us to be re-telling this story as our tūpuna (ancestors) did for generations. We cannot wait to share with the rest of the world.”
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Hatupatu’ is a heavy, rich, guitar-driven composition. Its sound and stylistic approach is similar to that of much of the songs from the band’s debut album, Tu.
In other news, Alien Weaponry is scheduled to launch a new tour alongside Gojira and Knocked Loose beginning Oct. 8 in Boise, ID. The tour features performances in cities, such as Asheville, NC; Cleveland, OH and Tucson, AZ.
The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.
ALIEN WEAPONRY Tour Dates with Gojira & Knocked Loose: ^ = ALIEN WEAPONRY ONLY/HEADLINER
October 8 – Boise, ID @ Revolution Center October 9 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock (festival) October 11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Union October 13 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland October 14 – Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion October 15 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom October 16 – Houston, TX @ Bronze Peacock @ House of Blues^ October 17 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre *SOLD OUT* October 19 – Tampa, FL @ Jannus Live October 20 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live October 22 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works *SOLD OUT* October 23 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium *SOLD OUT* October 25 – Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater October 26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus^ October 27 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre October 28 – Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory October 29 – Cleveland, OH @ The Agora *SOLD OUT* October 30 – Albany, NY @ Albany Capital Center November 1 – Richmond, VA @ The National November 2 – Knoxville, TN @ Civic Auditorium November 3 – Chattanooga, TN @ The Signal *SOLD OUT* November 5 – Madison, WI @ The Sylvee November 6 – St. Louis, MO @ The Factory at The District November 7 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ The Clyde Theatre November 9 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line^ November 10 – Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge^ November 12 – Cincinnati, OH @ Madison Live^ November 13 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl^ November 14 – Daytona Beach, FL @ Welcome To Rockville (festival) November 16 – Austin, TX @ 3 Ten @ ACL Live^ November 17 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill^ November 19 – Tucson, AZ @ Encore^ November 20 – Window Rock, AZ @ Navajo Nation^ November 21 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater^
More information on Alien Weaponry’s new single, video, album and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:
Up-and-coming metal outfit Alien Weaponry is scheduled to release its sophomore album, Tangaroa Friday. Set for release through Napalm Records, the 12-song record will come Friday more than three years after the release of its debut album, Tu. The band’s forthcoming album is, for the most part, everything that audiences have come to expect from the band following the release of Tu, as is evidenced in the album’s already released singles. At the same time, the album does show some growth from the band in its latest outing. One of those points of growth is exhibited late in the album’s approximately hour-long run time in the form of ‘Crooked Monsters.’ This song will be discussed shortly. The brooding ‘Unforgiving’ is another example of the growth that the band presents in its latest album. It will be discussed a little later. ‘Down The Rabbit Hole,’ which closes out the album, is yet another example of how the band has changed things up in its latest album. It will also be discussed later. All three songs noted here are important in their own right, as they show that audiences are not going to get completely the same thing as in the band’s debut album. When they are considered along with the album’s more familiar content, the whole makes Tangaroa a mostly positive sophomore outing for Alien Weaponry.
Tangaroa is a strong second offering from the up-and-coming hard rock/metal band, Alien Weaponry. The album’s strength comes through its familiar content, and through some content that exhibits a certain growth and development from the band. ‘Crooked Monsters,’ which comes late in the album’s run, is just one of the songs that serves to support the noted statements. ‘Crooked Monsters’ presents a deep, rich musical arrangement that is not just more of the Soulfly-esque content that made the band so popular in Tu. In the case of this song, it comes across as a two-movement opus of sorts. The nearly four-and-a-half-minute composition starts off in very brooding fashion with just the instruments doing the talking. The subtlety in the drums as the song builds through the song’s first two minutes or so works with the equally subdued, contemplative guitars to fully immerse audiences in the song. By the time front man Lewis De Jong comes in and adds in his vocal talents, the impact at that point hits even harder. The pairing of his vocal delivery style here along with the instrumentation lends itself to comparison more to works from Crowbar than from Soulfly or even Sepultura. It makes for an interesting moment. It is just one part of what makes this song notable. The song’s lyrical theme adds its own layer of interest to the presentation.
Much of the song’s lyrical content is difficult to decipher without lyrics to reference. However from what can be deciphered, there are mentions throughout of items, such as anger felt inside, the sky falling, and trying to fill the void, while the “mind keeps playing every single day” would seem to hint that the song is focused on the familiar topic of mental health. If indeed that is what the band is attempting to convey here, it has done so in a way that will definitely connect with listeners. What’s more, it will hopefully help listeners get through their own struggles, again, if that is indeed what is being addressed here. The pairing of that seeming message along with the song’s equally heavy (literally and figuratively) musical arrangement makes the song in whole even more engaging and entertaining and just one example of what makes Tangaroa stand apart from Tu. It is just one of the songs that helps the album succeed. ‘Unforgiving’ is another example of what makes Alien Weaponry’s new album stand out.
‘Unforgiving’ stands out in part because of its musical arrangement just as much as ‘Crooked Monsters.’ Clocking in at seven minutes, 11 seconds, it is the album’s longest song. The subtle guitar line alongside the sound of thunder and falling rain as the arrangement opens lends itself lightly to comparison to works from Tool. As the song progresses, it gradually builds, eventually reaching its peak more than four-and-a-half minutes in. That gradual building is a reflection of the growing emotion felt by the song’s subject who is himself dealing with some heavy thoughts and emotions, once again.
In the case of this song, the thoughts and emotions come across as those related to depression. This is inferred as De Jong sings that “The world keeps crashing down around me/Time and time again…When I look around to find that everything…is temporary…We are mortal beings…” There is, again, much that is difficult to decipher here without lyrics to reference. On a related note that is in fact partially because of the almost Kurt Cobain style of vocal delivery that De Jong uses as he sings. It is that nearly indecipherable, semi-mumbling approach with slurring along the way that made Cobain such a unique vocalist. Getting back on the matter at hand, the song’s lyrical content, at this point, hints relatively clearly at someone who is in a dark place. That is even with what little is decipherable without lyrics to reference. The vulnerability that De Jong and company show here, much as in ‘Crooked Monsters’ will connect with listeners in its own way. That coupled with the unique musical arrangement here adds to the song’s impact. The end result is that the song proves even more, the growth and change presented in Tangaroa. It is just one more of the album’s most notable songs. ‘Down The Rabbit Hole,’ which closes out the album, is yet another way in which Tangaroa proves mostly successful.
‘Down The Rabbit Hole’ presents one of many Soulfly-esque arrangements that flesh out the album. In the case of each song (including this one) the arrangement still boasts its own unique arrangement. The richness and heaviness exhibited throughout the arrangement makes it stand out. Listeners can hear just as much of an influence from Sepultura (from Max Cavalera’s days as its front man) as from his work with Soulfly. The thing is that even with those similarities in sound and style, the song still boasts its own work. In other words the similarity is there, but it is not just a rip-off of any of the noted bands’ works. As a matter of fact, at one point in the five-minute-plus song, it pulls back some and puts forward the slightest touch of what sounds and feels like a classic rock vibe. Yes, that was really noted. It is brief, but really makes things interesting in its own right. The semi-jam session that breaks out in the song’s closing bars is interesting in its own right, too, showing even more, the originality in the song’s presentation. All things considered, the arrangement in whole shows in its own way, the band’s growth. When that is considered along with the song’s lyrical theme, the interest increases.
Once again, much of the song’s lyrical content is difficult to decipher sans lyrics to reference. At the same time, just enough is understandable that listeners can infer that this song is a commentary about a relationship that has changed over time. That mention of “you made me what I am” alongside so much else seems to push the song’s lyrical interpretation in that direction. Additionally, the commentary that “You say you’ve changed/You say you’re sorry/But I can’t help but wonder/Looking back…Apologies/Only go so far/And yet I prosper” adds even more to that inference. It would help make the song’s title make more sense. Going down the rabbit hole here is going down the rabbit hole of what has happened in the relationship so to speak. Again, this is just this critic’s own interpretation and should not be taken as the only interpretation. Considering this inference and the song’s unique musical arrangement, the whole once again shows real change and willingness to try something different while also making sure the band doesn’t alienate its established audiences here. When the song is considered along with the other songs examined here and the rest of the album’s entries, the whole of that content makes clear, the album is worth hearing and a mostly successful new offering from Alien Weapony.
Alien Weaponry’s sophomore album, Tangaroa, is an interesting new offering from the up-and-coming hard rock band. That is proven through its musical and lyrical content alike. The album offers its established audiences plenty of familiar content in both avenues as well as some new content that shows the band’s willingness to take some risks. The two sides together make the album well worth hearing and a sign of the bands potential future. Tangaroa is scheduled for release Friday through Napalm Records.
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Andrew W.K. premiered more new music from his forthcoming album this week.
The veteran rocker debuted his new single, ‘Stay True To Yourself’ Wednesday. The song is just the latest single to come from his new album, God is Partying, which is scheduled for release Friday through Napalm Records.
The song’s musical arrangement is grounded in its keyboard and electronic lines. Andrew W.K.’s (a.k.a. Andrew Wilkes-Krier) subdued vocals alongside that presentation in the verses against the more energetic choruses creates a welcome juxtaposition. That duality, which honestly has a little bit of a pop sensibility (that itself is actually welcome, too) in a weird way, works with the song’s lyrical theme to give the song even more depth and heart.
The lyrical theme featured in ‘Stay True To Your Heart’ works well in tandem with the song’s title. It delivers a welcome message of positivity and hope, something for which Wilkes-Krier’s songs have come to be known throughout his career. The message comes right from the song’s outset as Wilkes-Krier sings in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “You gotta close your eyes/And open up your soul/Let the power rise/Give it total control/Until your head’s on fire/’Till your body aches/Like a fever burning with desire/Will you do whatever it takes/Stay true/To your heart/Stay true/To your heart.” The positive message continues in the song’s second verse, which finds Wilkes-Krier singing, “They’ll try to break you down/They’ll make you mess with your mind/They’ll leave your heart spellbound/You’ll leave yourself behind/Follow the fallen star/Far beyond Saturn’s rings/There’s an angel coming from afar/And only heaven knows what he brings.” The unique, artistic way in which the song delivers that positive message of keeping on despite those people and obstacles that will hold you back works well with the equally deep musical content featured in this song to make the whole of the song so appealing.
Andrew W.K. spoke at length in a prepared statement about the song’s lyrical theme in his own words.
“What is the most brutal form of positivity? I want to get in there. Being and staying,” he said. “Being true to yourself isn’t the same as staying true to your heart. They told me all about this when I started forming. Approving the disapproval of others. Happiness. Seriousness. Zones of care – yourself, your family of supervisors, your city of strangers, your bathroom, your basement, your street. What does it mean for me to be not-human? What does it mean for a not-human to posses my party mindset? It’s not appropriate for me to analyze this song in that way. The song is meant to analyze me. And the listener is meant to party.”
‘Stay True To Your Heart’ is just the latest single to come from God is Partying. The album has also produced the singles, ‘I’m in Heaven,’ ‘Babalon,’ and ‘Everybody Sins.’
In other news, Andrew W.K. recently announced the postponement of his 2021 headlining tour until 2022 due to the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, he will still perform at a handful of fall festivals as well as on the Coheed and Cambria S.S. Neverender Cruise.
All of Andre W.K.’s upcoming fall 2021 and 2022 dates are noted below.
ANDREW W.K. 2021 US Tour Dates: ** = festival date 9/18 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest ** 9/26 – Birmingham, AL – Furnace Fest ** 10/25-10/29 – Coheed and Cambria S.S. Neverender Cruise
ANDREW W.K. 2022 US Tour Dates: 9/8 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom 9/9 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom – SOLD OUT 9/10 – San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s 365 9/12 – Seattle, WA – Neumos 9/13 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall 9/16 – Minneapolis, MN @ Amsterdam Bar and Hall 9/18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Spirit Hall – SOLD OUT 9/20 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club 9/21 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club 9/22 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom – SOLD OUT 9/23 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
God Is Partying is scheduled for release Friday through Napalm Records. More information on the album is available along with all of Andrew W.K.’s latest news at:
The video for ‘A Thousand Words’ is presented stylistically in the same fashion as that of Alter Bridge’s single, ‘Native Son.’ It is presented with each aspect in paper, opening with people standing at a graveside as Kennedy sings about the importance of learning about and appreciating life in every facet. As the song progresses, Kennedy, also presented as a paper figure of sorts, rides on a roller coaster as he performs his new single. The visualization further translates the song’s apparent message of making the most of life while we have it in our hands.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘A Thousand Words’ is everything that audiences have come to expect from Kennedy both as a solo artist and as a member of Alter Bridge. That is evidenced through the arrangement’s straight forward melodic rock approach. It is an easy fit for any active rock radio programmer’s play list.
In other news, Kennedy is scheduled to launch “The Ides of March Tour” today in St. Petersburg, FL. The almost month-long tour is in support of The Ides of March.
The tour is scheduled to run through Oct. 2 in Baltimore, MD and features scheduled performances in cities, such as Flint, MI; Atlanta, GA and St. Louis, MO. The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.
MYLES KENNEDY – The Ides Of March Tour 7-Sep – St. Petersburg, FL @ Floridian Social Club 8-Sep – Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live 10-Sep – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre 13-Sep – St. Louis, MO @ Red Flag 14-Sep – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s 17-Sep – Racine, WI @ Route 20 20-Sep – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop 22-Sep – Chattanooga, TN @ The Signal 23-Sep – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works 25-Sep – Pittsburgh, PA @ Enclave 26-Sep – Red Bank, NJ @ The Vogel 28-Sep – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza 29-Sep – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts 1-Oct – Marietta, OH @ “The Adelphia Music Hall (Summer Concert Series)” 2-Oct – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage
More information on Myles Kenndy’s upcoming tour is available along with all of Kennedy’s latest news at:
Rocker Andrew W.K. is scheduled to return Friday with his sixth album, God Is Partying. The nine-song record is another prime example of why the singer (a.k.a. Andrew Wilkes-Krier) has remained one of the most unique figures in the rock community throughout his career. Its unique nature is evidenced through its musical and lyrical content alike, which has once again found Wilkes-Krier and his band mates changing things up once again. The symphonic nature of the record’s musical arrangements evolve a sound that the group has developed increasingly over the years while the lyrics are mostly as uplifting as those in Andrew W.K.’s existing catalog. One of the most notable of the album’s entries comes in the form of ‘Stay True to Your Heart.’ This song will be discussed shortly. ‘Everybody Sins,’ the album’s opener, is another example of how the album’s musical and lyrical content makes it stand out. It will be addressed a little later. ‘My Tower’ is yet another way in which the album’s content shows the record’s strength. It will also be discussed later. Each song noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation. When these songs are considered along with the rest of the record’s entries, the whole becomes a presentation that Andrew W.K.’s established audiences and general rock fans will appreciate.
Andrew W.K.’s forthcoming sixth album, God is Partying is another successful new offering from the veteran rocker. It is a record that shows growth from Wilkes-Krier both in terms of musical and lyrical content. That growth is exhibited throughout the record. One of the most notable points in which it is exhibited comes in the form of ‘Stay True To Your Heart.’ The song’s musical arrangement is grounded in its keyboard and electronic lines. Wilkes-Krier’s subdued vocals alongside that presentation in the verses against the more energetic choruses creates a welcome juxtaposition. That duality, which honestly has a little bit of a pop sensibility (that itself is actually welcome, too) in a weird way, works with the song’s lyrical theme to give the song even more depth and heart.
The lyrical theme featured in ‘Stay True To Your Heart’ works well in tandem with the song’s title. It delivers a welcome message of positivity and hope, something for which Wilkes-Krier’s songs have come to be known throughout his career. The message comes right from the song’s outset as Wilkes-Krier sings in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “You gotta close your eyes/And open up your soul/Let the power rise/Give it total control/Until your head’s on fire/’Till your body aches/Like a fever burning with desire/Will you do whatever it takes/Stay true/To your heart/Stay true/To your heart.” The positive message continues in the song’s second verse, which finds Wilkes-Krier singing, “They’ll try to break you down/They’ll make you mess with your mind/They’ll leave your heart spellbound/You’ll leave yourself behind/Follow the fallen star/Far beyond Saturn’s rings/There’s an angel coming from afar/And only heaven knows what he brings.” The unique, artistic way in which the song delivers that positive message of keeping on despite those people and obstacles that will hold you back works well with the equally deep musical content featured in this song to make the whole of the song so appealing. It is just one of the songs featured in this record that makes the album stand out. ‘Everybody Sins,’ the album’s opener, is another example of the album’s strength.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Everybody Sins’ is unlike much of the musical content featured throughout the record. In the case of this song, what audiences get is a composition that is diverse within itself. The heavy, plodding drums and cymbals and rich keyboard line that pair up in the song’s opening bars create a sound that will appeal to fans of power and symphonic rock. That sound returns in the song’s choruses while the verses are the polar opposite, offering up a much heavier, crunching, head banging style approach and sound. The two distinct styles are, again, unique from one another, but are balanced so well and pair just as well in this case. The connection that this allows the song to make with listeners is just one part of what makes the song stand out. The lyrical theme that accompanies the song’s musical content adds even more to the song’s appeal.
As the song’s title implies, the lyrical theme centers on the reminder that nobody is perfect. This is implied especially clearly in the song’s chorus, which states, “Everybody sings/Nobody wins/What will you do when the end begins…Everyone burns/Nobody learns/What will you do when the king returns/When the angel takes away tomorrow/Everybody sins.” The note in the second verse that the “countdown getting’ faster/Lookin’ up for a master/You’re bettin’ on a guessing game” and everything else in that and the song’s lead verse really points even more to that message. It almost comes across as a commentary on the actions of those people who try to act like they are so much more pious and righteous than others. It really comes across as that message that, again, we are all the same and no one group or person is perfect in comparison to others. This is all jus this critic’s interpretation, and should not be taken as the only interpretation. If in fact it is somewhere in the proverbial ballpark then it is one more example of why Andrew W.K.’s new album is worth hearing. Regardless, that the song can create such discussion is in itself more proof of the album’s depth. It shows even more even in that aspect how much the record has to offer audiences. It is just one more way in which the album shows itself worth hearing. ‘My Tower’ is yet another example of the album’s positives.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘My Tower’ sands out from its counterparts in this record because this song is unlike those arrangements. In the case of this song, the arrangement leans more directly in the direction of so much 80s hair metal, but is in fact much better. That noted influence is evidenced through the pairing of the vocals with the song’s overall instrumentation. The whole is so unique from the rest of the album’s entries. It does so much to make the song stand out among its “peers.” When the emotional depth of the song’s musical arrangement is considered along with the song’s lyrical theme, the whole becomes even more accessible.
The lyrical theme featured in ‘My Tower’ is a familiar song about a broken relationship. This is made clear right from the song’s outset. The verse states, “I’ll never go back/And be with you/I’m not the one/You thought you knew/We’ll never see each other again/I’ll never go/Back/And try to find/The world of ours/I left behind/We’ll never see each other again/No we’ll never see each other again.” That theme continues in the song’s second verse, stating, “There’s a feeling rising up in me/And the feeling’s telling me to leave/I won’t even try and tell you why/You’ll never see me again.” The song continues on in similar fashion from this point on in terms of its lyrical content. The thing is that by this point, the song’s lyrical content is clear. It is a familiar story. When the pained emotion exuded by the song’s musical arrangement pairs with this all too familiar lyrical theme, its impact connects even more strongly with listeners. It makes the song in whole show even more why God Is Partying is such an interesting addition to Andrew W.K.’s catalog. When it is considered along with the other songs examined here and with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole makes the overall presentation one more of this year’s top new rock albums.
Andrew W.K.’s forthcoming sixth album, God Is Partying is a positive addition to his catalog. It is also a presentation that will appeal to more casual rock fans. That is due to its musical and lyrical content. The album’s musical arrangements show clear growth from the band overall while the lyrical themes are unique in their own right. All three of the songs examined here serve well to support that statement, too. When the songs examined are considered along with the rest of the album’s works, the collective makes the album in whole one of the best of this year’s new rock entries.
God Is Partying is scheduled for release Friday through Napalm Records. More information on the album is available along with all of Andrew W.K.’s latest news at:
Audiences are getting another preview of Tremonti’s new album.
The band, fronted by its namesake, Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge, ex-Creed) debuted a live clip of its new single, ‘A World Away’ Tuesday. The song is the third single from the band’s forthcoming album, Marching in Time. Its premiere follows that of the album’s first two singles, ‘Marching in Time‘ and ‘If Not For You.’
The live clip of ‘A World Away’ was captured live in Orlando, FLA. The video offers audiences a glimpse into what they can expect when Tremonti launches its tour this week with Sevendust and Lydia Can’t Breathe. The band plays in darkness, save for a series of flashing lights that work in rhythm with the music.
Speaking of the music, the song opens in a rather contemplative fashion before launching in a distinctly Slipknot-esque breakdown in the bars that follow. The choruses present more of a familiar melodic rock style approach to which audiences have become accustomed from Tremonti. That contrast of the heavier riffs in the song’s verses and its slightly lighter moments in the choruses makes for an interesting presentation in its own right.
No information about the song’s lyrical theme was presented in the news release announcing the debut of the new live clip. What’s more, the audio mix in the clip makes hearing Tremonti’s vocals somewhat washed out. From what one can decipher from it all, it seems the song’s lyrical theme is of the philosophical/existential nature.
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The band made the announcement through a news release distributed Monday. The document states the two-month-plus tour is scheduled to launch Sept. 15 in Albany, NY and to run through Nov. 22 in Niagra Falls, NY. It features performances scheduled in cities nationwide, such as Jacksonville, NC; St. Louis, MO and Tyler, TX.
New Dilema, Divide The Fall, and Waiting for the Enemy are scheduled to share time as support throughout the tour.
Front man Scooter Ward said in a prepared statement, the band is anticipating the tour’s launch.
“We’re looking forward to reuniting with our family of fans this fall on tour,” the statement reads. “We’ve incorporated some of the songs that we rarely played live, along with all of the fan favorites. Stay safe and we will see you all soon!”
The tour’s schedule is noted below.
COLD – 2021 US Tour Dates 9/15 Albany, NY – Empire Underground 9/16 Laconia, NH – Granite State Music Hall 9/17 Chicopee, MA – Geraldine’s 9/18 Norwalk, CT – Wall Street Theater 9/19 Providence, RI – Fete Ballroom 9/22 Teaneck, NJ – Debonair Music Hall 9/23 Hopewell, VA – Beacon Theatre 9/24 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero 9/25 Jacksonville, FL – Underbelly 9/26 Cape Coral, FL – Dixie Live 9/28 Destin, FL – Club LA 9/29 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade 9/30 Charleston, WV – Rock City Cake Company 10/01 Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub Concert Hall 10/02 Harrison, OH – Blue Note Harrison 10/03 Harrisburg, PA – Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center 10/06 Lakewood, OH – Winchester Music Tavern 10/07 Lombard, IL – Brauer House 10/08 Iowa City, IA – Wildwood Saloon 10/09 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club 10/10 Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall 10/13 Des Moines, IA – Lefty’s 10/14 Lincoln, NE – The Royal Grove 10/15 Denver, CO – Herman’s Hideaway 10/16 Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios Live 10/19 Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock 10/21 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live 10/22 Houston, TX – Scout Bar 10/23 San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box 10/24 Dallas, TX – Trees 10/27 St. Louis, MO – Red Flag 10/28 Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theatre 10/29 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop 10/30 Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s Entertainment Center 10/31 Pittsburgh, PA – The Crafthouse 11/03 Virginia Beach, VA – Elevation 27 11/04 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage 11/06 Jacksonville, NC – Hooligan’s 11/07 Greensboro, NC – Blind Tiger 11/10 Jefferson, LA – Southport Hall 11/11 Memphis, TN – Growlers 11/12 Shreveport, LA – The Lot 11/13 Monroe, LA – The Hub Music Hall 11/14 Tyler, TX – Country River Club 11/17 Indianapolis, IN – The Hi-Fi 11/19 Columbus, OH – The King of Clubs 11/20 Northampton, PA – The Gin Mill 11/21 State College, PA – Stage West 11/22 Niagara Falls, NY – Rapids Theatre
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Progressive metal band Evergrey has a new label home.
The band has signed a new record deal with Napalm Records. The announcement was made through a news release distributed Thursday. Specifics of the deal were not announced in the press release.
The band commented on the new deal through a statement noted below.
“We are very excited to announce that Evergrey signed with Napalm Records!,” the statement reads. “Given the success of our recent albums we feel certain that Napalm have the power that will bring us to the next level. We have lots of exciting news to share soon so stay tuned!”
Evergrey released its most recent album, Escape of the Phoenix in February through AFM Records. The record was the band’s fourth for that label, following the releases of Hymns for the Broken (2014), The Storm Within (2016), and The Atlantic (2016). Prior to the release of those records, Evergrey also release albums through Steamhammer/SPV and Insideout Music.
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