Mushroomhead Debuts ‘A Requiem For Tomorrow’ Video

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Mushroomhead premiered the video for its latest single this week.

The band launched the video for its new single, ‘A Requiem For Tomorrow’ Wednesday. The song and video are the fifth from the band’s latest album, A Wonderful Life (2020). The album has already produced the singles, ‘Seen It All,‘ ‘The Heresy,’ ‘Madness Within’ and ‘Carry On.’

Mushroomhead founding member and the video’s director Steve “Skinny” Felton talked about the video’s creation in a prepared statement.

“Dr. F (Ryan Farrell) and the Cleveland Chamber Choir did such an amazing job that I felt compelled to bring it to life a little further,” he said. “Some of the elements and characters in the video are roughly based on a short story that I’ve been working on for SK1INDUSTRIES.”

Felton added, “Working under Covid conditions and restrictions certainly has put limitations on things, so I would personally like to thank the band, all of the crew and extras that believed and busted their asses to help me make this happen. Music and art is a privilege after all, and I don’t take any of this for granted…”

The video for ‘Requiem For Tomorrow’ is a unique presentation that is fitting for the band’s history of producing horror-related videos. It presents an occult style look as two hooded figures with long, creepy fingers conjure the band members from a pit as the noted choral presentation plays over the visualization. Eventually the band, donned in its new masks and gear, appear and handle the song’s heavier second movement.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the video’s premiere.

More information on Mushroomhead’s new single and video 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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Hammerfall Announces New Album Details; Debuts Lead Single’s Video; Announces New Live Dates

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Hammerfall will tentatively release its next album this winter.

The band announced through a news release distributed Wednesday, it is scheduled to release its next album, Hammer of Dawn, Feb. 25 through Napalm Records. In anticipation of the record’s release, the band premiered the video for the album’s lead single, the album’s title track, Wednesday.

The video was shot at Liseberg Amusement Park in Gothenburg, Sweden. Directed by Ullaeus, the video features the band performing its new single inside one of the park’s fun houses as a young woman works her way through the facility.

Front man Joacim Cans talked about the video shoot in a prepared statement.

“We already had the idea to shoot a video at legendary amusement park Liseberg 20 years ago,” said Cans. “But like any good bottle of Champagne this idea needed to rest and mature before taken into action. And f***, I am happy we waited!”

Added Cans, “Together with director Patric Ullaeus we have created something unique and astonishing that totally blows me away every time I watch it. You can really tell that we haven’t played together for almost two long and never-ending years. We are as energetic as a pack of hungry wolves in the video ready to shred and deliver the heavy metal gospel!”

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Hammer of Dawn’ is an up-tempo composition. Cans’ powerhouse vocals pair with the instrumentation to make the whole appealing to fans of works from the likes of Sabaton, Judas Priest and others of that ilk.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the release announcing the album’s coming release and single/video’s premiere. Reading through the lyrics provided with the video, it would seem that the song’s lyrical theme is one of pushing through life’s adversities whether personal or emotional/mental. That is this critic’s interpretation and should not be taken as the only interpretation.

Hammer of Dawn will release through a variety of platforms noted below along with the album’s track listing.

Hammer of Dawn will be available in varying formats in various territories:
– Ltd Deluxe Box, incl CD Digisleeve, Hardcover Photobook, Plectrum Tin, Hammer Key Chain, Bottle Opener – strictly limited to 500 (Napalm Webstore exclusive)
– CD Digisleeve
– 1LP Gatefold Black
– 1LP Gatefold Marbled Orange Transparent/Black – strictly limited to 300 (Napalm Webstore exclusive)
– 1LP Gatefold Crystal Clear – strictly limited to 300 (EMP exclusive)
– 1LP Gatefold Curacao – strictly limited to 300 (Levy X & Ginza exclusive)
– Bundle CD + Shirt (outside North America only)
– Digital Album

Hammer of Dawn tracklist:
1. Brotherhood
2. Hammer of Dawn
3. No Son of Odin
4. Venerate Me
5. Reveries
6. Too Old to Die Young
7. Not Today
8. Live Free or Die
9. State of the W.I.L.D.
10. No Mercy

Courtesy: Napalm Records

In other Hammerfall news, the band has also announced it is scheduled to launch its “United Forces Tour” alongside Helloween March 22 in Oslo, Norway. The tour, which will take the band’s to cities across Europe, is scheduled to run through May 22 in London, England. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

UNITED FORCES TOUR 2022
25.03.22 NO – Oslo / Sentrum Scene
26.03.22 SE – Göteborg / Partille Arena
28.03.22 FI – Helsinki / Black Box
29.03.22 EE – Talinn / Noblessneri Valukoda
01.04.22 DE – Bamberg / Brose Arena
02.04.22 DE – Hamburg / Sporthalle
03.04.22 DE – Berlin / Verti Music Hall
04.04.22 DE – Regensburg / Donau Arena 
08.04.22 ES – Madrid / Wizink Center
09.04.22 ES – Barcelona / St. Jordi Club
11.04.22 IT – Milan / Lorenzini District
12.04.22 DE – Kempten / Black Box
13.04.22 CH – Zürich / Samsung Hall
15.04.22 LU – Luxemburg / Rockhal
16.04.22 NL – Tilburg / 013
18.04.22 PL – Katovice / MCK
20.04.22 BG – Sofia / Arena Armeec
22.04.22 AT – Vienna / Gasometer
23.04.22 CZ – Prague  / O2
24.04.22 SK – Zvolen / Ice Stadium
26.04.22 HU – Budapest / Papp Laszlo Sportarena
29.04.22 DE – Bochum / Ruhrcongress
30.04.22 DE – Stuttgart / Schleyerhalle
01.05.22 DE – Frankfurt / Jahrhunderthalle
04.05.22 UK – Manchester / Manchester Academy
05.05.22 UK – London / Brixton Academy

More information on Hammerfall’s forthcoming album and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.hammerfall.net

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hammerfall

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Jinjer Debuts New Single’s Video

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Jinjer opened the new week by premiering the video for its latest single.

The band debuted the video for its single, ‘Disclosure!’ Monday. The song is the fourth single from the band’s latest album, Wallfowers. The album has also produced the singles, ‘Wallflowers,’ ‘Vortex‘ and ‘Mediator.’

The video for ‘Disclosure!’ is an intense cinematic presentation. It features the band abducting a law enforcement official who was verbally abusing front woman Tatiana Shmayluk. The group takes the man, played apparently by one of the band’s former members, to a landfill where he is left handcuffed to a chair, gun in his lap, left to decide what to do for himself.

Bassist Eugene Abdukhanov talked slightly cryptically about the video and its connection to the song’s lyrical theme, stating, “Believe it or not it is not always easy being in the spotlight all the time … with each success this band reaches there is a huge amount of expectations from the outside that come with each step we make. From personal opinions to politics and now to the pandemic, our every move is scrutinized and judged by the outside. Although it‘s not always fun, we would not have it any other way …”

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Disclosure!’ is its own heavy, intense presentation. Shmayluk’s growls alongside her clean vocals make for a distinct contrast. The instrumentation meanwhile will keep listeners just as engaged and entertained as Shmayluk’s performance.

In other news, the band is continuing its “Coming To America 2021” tour Tuesday. The remaining dates for the band’s tour are noted below. Suicide Silence and All Hail The Yeti are sharing time as support for the live run.

JINJER
-Coming To America 2021-
special guest: Suicide Silence
plus All Hail The Yeti
11/16: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
11/17: Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
11/18: Rochester, NY @ Anthology
11/19: Harrisburg, PA @ HMAC
11/20: New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place *SOLD OUT*
11/21: Boston, MA @ Big Night Live *SOLD OUT*
11/23: Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw *SOLD OUT*
11/24: Philadelphia, PA @ TLA *SOLD OUT*
11/26: Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
11/27: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage *SOLD OUT*
11/28: Charlotte, NC @ Underground *SOLD OUT*
11/30: Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
12/01: Tampa, FL @ Jannus
12/02: Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl
12/03: Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theater
12/04: Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl *SOLD OUT*
12/05: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
12/07: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
12/08: San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
12/09: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues *SOLD OUT*
12/11: Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theater
12/12: Phoenix, AZ @ The Pressroom

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

Websitehttps://jinjer-metal.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/JinjerOfficial

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/jinjerofficial

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Tetrarch Announces Live Dates With Atreyu

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Tetrarch is scheduled to join Atreyu for that band’s headlining tour this fall.

The band made the announcement Friday. It is scheduled to join Saul, Crown The Empire, and Defying Decay as support for Atreyu’s headlining tour starting Nov. 9 in Dallas, TX and through Dec. Dec. 16 in Santa Ana, CA. Atreyu’s tour is in support of its latest album, Baptize while Tetrach’s new live dates are in support of its new album, Unstable, which was released April 30 through Napalm Records.

The bands’ upcoming tour schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

TETRARCH Tour Dates with Atreyu, Crown The Empire, Saul and Defying Decay

11/9 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar and Grill

11/10 – Houston, TX @ The Warehouse

11/11 – New Orleans, LA @ Republic NOLA

11/13 – Daytona, FL @ Welcome to Rockville Festival*

11/15 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

11/16 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground

11/17 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live

11/19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Roxian

11/20 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

11/21 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall

11/22 – Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall

11/23 – Hartford, CT @ The Webster

11/24 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

11/26 – Detroit, MI @ The Majestic

11/27 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall

11/30 – Cleveland, OH @ The Agora

12/1 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection

12/2 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge

12/3 – Belvidere, IL @ The Apollo Theater AC

12/4 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre

12/6 – Kansas City, MO @ The Truman

12/7 – Denver, CO @ The Summit

12/9 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot

12/10 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory

12/11 – Portland, OR @ Roseland

12/12 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile

12/14 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst

12/15 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

12/16 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory

More information on Tetrarch’s upcoming live dates with Atreyu is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.tetrarchmusic.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tetrarch

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Tremonti Debuts ‘Now And Forever’ Lyric Video

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Tremonti is giving audiences one more preview of its new album only days ahead of the record’s release.

The band premiered the lyric video for its new single, ‘Now and Forever’ Tuesday. The song is the fourth single from the band’s forthcoming album, Marching in Time, which is scheduled for release Friday through Napalm Records. It has also produced the singles, ‘A World Away,’ ‘Marching in Time,’ and ‘If Not For You.’

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:

Websitehttps://marktremonti.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/MarkTremonti

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/marktremonti

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Tremonti’s ‘Marching In Time’ Is Among The Best Of The Band’s Albums To Date

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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:

Websitehttps://marktremonti.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/MarkTremonti

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/marktremonti

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Alien Weaponry Debuts ‘Hatupatu’ Video

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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:

Websitehttps://alienweaponry.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/AlienWeaponry

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/AlienWeaponry

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‘Tangaroa’ Shows Promise For Alien Weaponry’s Future

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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.

More information on Tangaroa is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://alienweaponry.com

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Andrew W.K. Debuts New LP’s Latest Single, ‘Stay True To Yourself’

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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:

Websitehttps://andrewwk.com

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Twitterhttps://twitter.com/AndrewWK

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Myles Kennedy Debuts ‘A Thousand Words’ Video

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Myles Kennedy premiered the video for his latest single this week.

Kennedy debuted the video for his latest single, ‘A Thousand Words’ Tuesday. The song is the fifth single from his latest album, The Ides of March, which was released in May through Napalm Records. The album has also produced the singles, ‘In Stride,’ Get Along,’ The Ides of March,’ and ‘Love Rain Down.’

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.

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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:

Websitehttps://myleskennedy.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/OfficialMylesKennedy

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/MylesKennedy

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