‘Ghosts VI: Locusts’ Is Another Enjoyable Addition To Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Ghosts’ “Story”

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When Trent Reznor announced early this year that he was going to release his then latest Nine Inch Nails records Ghosts V: Together and Ghosts VI: Locusts, the news came as a welcome surprise for his fans and those of Nine Inch Nails.  The albums lived up to the excitement generated over the news of their free release, with Ghosts V: Together carrying on the stylistic trend established in Ghosts I IV, which was released approximately 12 years ago this year.  Its companion, Ghosts VI:  Locusts takes audiences in a completely different direction, but that is not a bad thing.  This will be discussed shortly.  The sequencing of those featured songs plays into the album’s presentation in its own right and will be discussed a little later.  The production of the album’s featured songs puts the final touch to its presentation.  It will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here plays its own important part to the whole of Ghosts VI: Locusts.  All things considered, they make the album in whole yet another wonderful addition to Nine Inch Nails’ Ghosts “chapters.”

Nine Inch Nails’ album Ghosts VI: Locusts is a solid new addition to the bigger picture of the band’s Ghosts “chapters,” which started way back in 2008 with the extended album Ghosts IIV.  While it was released early this year alongside its companion record Ghosts V: Together, it is unlike that album and its other predecessors.  That is proven in no small part through the album’s featured musical arrangements.  The arrangements in question give listeners something familiar to longtime Nine Inch Nails fans but that is still unique even within the bigger picture of Nine Inch Nails’ catalog.  What’s more, they remain unique in comparison to any compositions from the band’s own catalog and in comparison to works from Nine Inch Nails’ fellow electronic/industrial counterparts.  At the same time, some of the record’s arrangements also take listeners back in time through the band’s catalog.  ‘When It Happens (Don’t Mind Me)’ is one of those songs that takes listeners in a new direction in this record.  The nearly three minute opus’ presents a stylistic approach and sound similar to that use in ‘The Perfect Drug,’ but at the same time still takes listeners in a new direction.  The high pitched tones and up-tempo approach couples with the expertly placed electronics to make the composition a work that conjures thoughts of someone perhaps going through a manic episode.  That is evidenced in the arrangement’s frenetic energy exuded through the whole.  It is truly a unique addition to the album.

The nearly 10-minute ‘The Worriment Waltz’ is another work that takes listeners in a new direction in this album.  The subtle piano line in itself does lend itself to comparisons to works featured in The Fragile.  At the same time, the addition of the equally subtle, airy, distant trumpet line builds on that foundation to make for even more interest.  That coupling, paired with the almost eerie keyboards and electronics, enhances the arrangement even more and takes the song into a unique second direction within the whole of the song.  The way in which those directions were balanced in order to keep listeners engaged and entertained puts the finishing touch to the song.  This aspect – the production of the song – will be discussed a little later.  Of course, the droning sound that makes up the bulk of the song’s second half does become monotonous.  That aside, the song is still a unique work what with that aspect and everything in the song’s first half.

‘Temp Fix’ is one more example of the importance of the musical arrangements featured in Ghosts VI: Locusts.  Yes, the comparisons to works from The Fragile are there, but they are subtle at most.  The nearly two-minute composition is one of the shortest of the album’s 80-minute-plus body.  Even at such a short run, the song creates such a deep, rich emotional impact for listeners that is just as impacting as anything else that the band has ever crafted.  It is just one more way in which the record’s musical arrangements prove so pivotal to its presentation.  Together with the rest of the album’s arrangements, the whole of that content forms a solid foundation for the album.  That foundation is strengthened more through the sequencing of those arrangements.

The sequencing of Ghosts VI: Locusts is important to discuss for more than one reason.  On one hand, as noted already, the shortest song in this record comes in at just under two minutes.  Its longest composition barely tops the 13-minute mark.  In other words, some of the songs are super short, others are extensively long and others still are roughly average length.  If one takes a close look at the songs’ run times, one will notice that the album starts on one of those mid-length works.  From there, it jumps to a song that runs nearly 11 minutes.  From that point on until about ‘Temp Fix,’ the album’s midpoint, the songs’ run times gradually shorten.  The run times fluctuate up and down from there throughout the second half of the album, rising and falling more than once, with the longest of the second half’s songs coming in at just over 13 minutes in ‘Turn This Off Please.’  All of this amounts to clear thought put into how long each song runs.

The importance of the album’s sequencing in regards to its run times gains importance as that is considered along with the actual makeup of the arrangements.  As has already been noted, some of the arrangements featured in this record are composed of multiple movements.  Others are far more simple.  Case in point is ‘The Worriment Waltz.’  Coming in at just under 10 minutes, the composition largely maintains listeners’ engagement and entertainment.  However, as it enters its second half, does become somewhat monotonous.  Luckily, the run time and content eases up from there, ensuring audiences are not turned off too much by the arrangements.  Simply put, the run times of the album’s songs and their overall content are clearly connected.  Reznor wanted to make sure the album had as much impact as possible.  He did not just toss the songs in their randomly.  Rather, everything noted was done with the fullest of intentions.  That approach paid off, too.  When this is considered alongside the album’s featured songs, the end result is a record that presents that much more for audiences to appreciate.  Collectively, the album’s songs and their sequencing are still just one part of what makes the album so appealing.  Its production rounds out its most important elements.

The production of Ghosts VI: Locusts is important to examine because, as with its companion record Ghosts V: Together, some of the songs have so much going on, while others are more simple in their approaches.  The thing is that the more minimalist compositions still have a lot going on, in terms of ambience while the longer works use a lot to make them work.  The more “active” songs present audiences with multiple elements.  Those elements are expertly balanced, showing Reznor’s year’s of experience, with electronics, keyboards, vocals and other elements balanced so well.  The simpler songs meanwhile present so much depth even with their lesser instrumentation.  Reznor makes the most even of those situations and succeeds just as much as in the more complex compositions.  All things considered, the production put into Ghosts VI: Locusts does just as much to make the album engaging and entertaining as its sequencing and its featured songs.  Keeping all of this in mind, Ghosts VI: Locusts proves in the end to be another positive “chapter” in Nine Inch Nails’ Ghosts story. 

Nine Inch Nails’ latest addition to its Ghosts records Ghosts VI: Locusts is another interesting addition to the overall picture of Ghosts.  Its musical arrangements take listeners in a largely new direction from those presented in Ghosts’ first five entries.  At the same time it gives listeners a little something familiar to enjoy, too.  The sequencing of the album’s songs takes much into consideration, including the songs’ run times and content.  The album’s production brings everything full circle, completing its presentation.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make Ghosts VI: Locusts an impressive addition to Nine Inch Nails’ Ghosts “story.  It is available now.  More information on Ghosts VI: Locusts is available along with all of Nine Inch Nails’ latest news at:

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A Dozen Years Later, Nine Inch Nails Continues The Success of ‘Ghosts I-IV’ with ‘Ghosts V’

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Trent Reznor has made a career — and a successful one at that — of crafting unique musical landscapes with each song he creates that are unlike those of any of his peers across the musical universe. That applies to his work on movies, video games and under the Nine Inch Nails moniker.  His recently released album Ghosts V: Together is no exception to that rule.  The eight-song instrumental record is a presentation that Reznor’s established fan base will enjoy.  The record’s musical arrangements are the main way in which the album proves to be another success from Reznor under the NIN moniker.  They will be discussed shortly.  The arrangements’ sequencing ensures even more, that listeners will remain engaged and entertained in the albums.  The songs’ production rounds out the album’s most important elements.  It is because of this element that the album in whole sounds so appealing.  When it is considered along with the album’s songs and their sequencing, the album in whole becomes another impressive addition to Nine Inch Nails’ catalog and proves itself one of this year’s top new albums overall.

Nine Inch Nails’ recently released instrumental album Ghosts V: Together is another memorable addition to Trent Reznor’s already extensive and impressive body of work.  It picks up right where Ghosts I-IV left off way back in 2008.  Just as with that album – the band’s first independent release following its split from Interscope Records – Reznor (and likely his longtime collaborative partner Atticus Ross) pays such close attention to all of the most minute details in each song.  This will be discussed at more length when the record’s production is addressed.  The songs’ ethereal arrangements are so rich even in their simplicity.  ‘With Faith’ is a prime example of the songs’ depth even in that minimalist approach.  The song’s foundation is formed through a gentle, simple keyboard line that almost sounds like a toy piano.  That in itself makes for its own share of interest.  The use of the “choral” effect to the arrangement — that runs stably through the song’s nearly 10-minute run time — and the subtle keyboard accents make for so much engagement.  The mood that they collectively set is such that a person could use the song for a meditation session.  The progression happens through the subtleties throughout the song.  They work with the noted foundation and smartly-handled dynamics to make the song such a strong presentation in its own right.

‘Still Right Here,’ which comes in at more than 10 minutes in length, does its own share to show what makes Ghosts V: Together so impressive, in regards to its musical arrangements.  It starts off in a decidedly gentle, contemplative fashion, using only a soft keyboard line and even more subtle electronics.  As the song progresses, it gradually builds in intensity with the addition of the guitar line.  The dynamic control in the arrangement is solid throughout, evoking such strong emotions in listeners.  As the song builds into something more akin to works from With Teeth, the engagement and entertainment builds even more.  The transition back to something that sounds like it belongs in a science fiction movie builds up the arrangement’s presentation even more, showing once more why the arrangement (and album’s arrangements in whole) works so well in this record. 

‘Your Touch’ is yet another example of the importance of the musical arrangements featured in Ghosts V: Together.  The song’s arrangement is one of those works that is so heavy without being heavy.  The subtlety in the combination of the keyboards and electronics alongside the once more ethereal vocal effects creates another deep emotional impact within listeners’ minds.  The arrangement in whole sounds like it would fit just as well on The Downward Spiral as on Fragile.  Its reach is that broad, what with the “instrumentation” and overall mix, which again will be discussed at more length a little later.  Between this song, the others noted here and the rest of the album’s featured works, it becomes clear at this point just how impacting the album’s musical arrangements are for listeners.  They form a solid foundation for the album; a foundation that is strengthened even more through their sequencing.

The sequencing of Ghosts V: Together is important to examine alongside the arrangements themselves in that it maintains a stable mood and energy throughout the course of the album.  The mood is melancholy, yes, but it is not an “oh-woe-is-me” melancholy.  Rather, it is more of a deeply introspective style of melancholy that still presents its own sort of positivity.  The dynamic changes within each arrangement also ensure that is understood while also making sure that the record never becomes monotonous at any point.  The result is that from start to end, audiences will remain fully engaged and entertained by the album.  Pairing this element with the album’s arrangements the album gains even more strength.  It is just one more aspect that makes the record so worth hearing.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements.

It has already been noted here that much attention was paid to even the most minute of details throughout Ghosts V: Together.  That is made clear in different ways in each song.  Something as simple as the dynamic changes within the songs shows solid control and thought.  Case in point goes back to ‘Still Right Here.’  The song starts off so slowly and introspectively.  As the song progresses, it gradually picks up in intensity, a la songs from The Fragile before gradually following a decrescendo as the song enters its second half in the sort of ABA pattern.  The subtle progression that the song experiences not only in terms of dynamics, but also in terms of instrumentation shows even more, the impact of the albums’ production.  The use of the electronics, keyboards and vocals is expertly balanced, with each element complimenting the others.  Much the same can be said of ‘Out in the Open.’  Another composition that evokes thoughts of movies, such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and its sequel, the arrangement gently balances the keyboards and seeming vocal elements together for a unique whole that is just so powerful in its simplicity.  Much the same said of these two songs can largely be said of the rest of the album’s entries.  Whether the songs be simple or somewhat more complex in their instrumentation and even dynamics, the balance is near perfection if not full perfection.  Keeping this in mind along with the impact of the arrangements themselves and their sequencing, the whole of the album a powerful new offering from Nine Inch Nails that every one of Trent Reznor’s fans will welcome.

Nine Inch Nails’ Ghosts V: Together is another impressive addition to the band’s already impressive, extensive catalog that audiences are certain to enjoy.  That is proven in part through the record’s featured musical arrangements.  The full-on instrumental compositions continue the trend established in Ghosts IIV approximately a dozen years ago in terms of their stylistic approach.  The sequencing of the record’s featured songs adds its own share of appeal to the recording, as it ensures listeners will remain engaged and entertained.  The record’s production puts the final touch to its presentation, ensuring each element within each song is expertly balanced together, so as to produce the most powerful emotional impact for listeners.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Ghosts V: Together.  All things considered, the record is a strong continuation of its predecessor that Trent Reznor’s established fan base will enjoy from start to end.  Ghosts V: Together is available now.  More information on the album is available along with all of Nine Inch Nails’ latest news at:

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Pop Singer-Songwriter’s New LP Is The Best Of 2020’s Best In Phil’s Picks 2020 Top 10 New Albums List

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The musical universe spawned so much great music this year. From rock to rap to pop to country, jazz, and even family music, the musical universe gave audiences a lot to like about 2020.  For all of the entertaining and engaging music that was released this year some proved to be the best of its given categories.  Not all of that music could be the best of the best though.  Only certain records could obtain that title, and they come this year from a wide range of genres.  The Okee Dokee Brothers and their new album Songs For Singin’ are here among the best of the best in Phil’s Picks 2020 Top 10 New Albums of the Year.  They are joined by new albums from the likes of Sons of Apollo, Ricky Byrd, and The Devonns among others.  Topping this year’s list of the best of the best is Jessie Wagner’s new album Shoes Droppin’. 

As with every other list from Phil’s Picks, the Year’s top new albums list features the year’s Top 10 new albums and give honorable mentions for a total of 15 titles.  Without any further ado, here is Phil’s Picks 2020 Top 10 New Albums of the Year.

PHIL’S PICKS 2020 TOP 10 NEW ALBUMS OF THE YEAR

  1. Jessie Wagner – Shoes Droppin’
  2. Chris Stapleton —  Starting Over
  3. Sons of Apollo – MMXX
  4. Yellowackets – Jackets XL
  5. U.D.O. – We Are 1
  6. Ricky Byrd – Sobering Times
  7. Deep Purple – Whoosh!
  8. The Devonns – The Devonns
  9. Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts V
  10. Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts VI
  11. Joe Bonamassa – Royal Tea
  12. The Okee Dokee Brothers – Songs For Singin
  13. The Tibbs – Another Shot Fired
  14. Ala.ni – ACCA
  15. Ben Harper – Winter is for Lovers

Now that all the music lists are done, it is on to the DVD and Blu-ray releases.  Up first in that side of things is the year’s Top 10 New Documentaries.  Stay tuned for that.

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Deep Purple’s Latest And Likely Last Album Tops Phil’s Picks 2020 Top 10 New Rock Albums List

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The year 2020 threw a lot of misery and negativity at the world.  Between the seemingly endless issues raised as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the political problems that plagued America and the world, and some of the most respected names in the industry passing, there has been more than enough for us to never speak of 2020 again when it ends.  For all of that negativity and misery that the world has seen this year though, there actually has been at least some positive in the form of new music from so many acts.  The lists compiled already recently by Phil’s Picks and other outlets have more than supported that statement.  That new music includes new albums from lots of new and established rock acts, such as Deep Purple, Faith & Scars, and even Nine Inch Nails.  All three acts are featured in this year’s list of Phil’s Picks Top 10 New Rock Albums.  Their musical and lyrical content collectively (and sometimes by themselves) prove them fully deserving of their spots on this (and any critic’s) list.

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

PHIL’S PICKS 2020 TOP 10 NEW ROCK ALBUMS

  1. Deep Purple – Whoosh!
  2. Nick Perri & The Underground Thieves – Sun Via
  3. Derek Sherinian – The Phoenix
  4. Ricky Byrd – Sobering Times
  5. Joe Satriani – Shapeshifting
  6. Pearl Jam – Gigaton
  7. Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts V
  8. Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts VI
  9. Soul Asylum – Hurry Up and Wait
  10. Shadow and the Thrill – Sugarbowl
  11. Faith & Scars – Revolver
  12. Jason Kui – Naka
  13. Michael Abdow – Heart Signal
  14. Horisont – Sudden Death
  15. Night – High Tides Distant Skies

Next up from Phil’s Picks is 2020’s Top New Hard rock & Metal Albums.  Stay tuned for that.

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In Parallel Debuts ‘Threat Of Heaven’ Lyric Video

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In Parallel debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Threat of Heaven‘ Monday. The song and its video are the third from the band’s recently released EP Fashioner. Its debut follows the premiere of the EP’s other singles, ‘Leave It With The Ghost‘ and ‘Deep Dark.’

As with the noted singles and much of the EP’s featured work, the song’s musical arrangement features a clear Nine Inch Nails style influence with its wall of sound style approach and overall tones. The video features footage of Donald Trumps recent overt use of force to clear protestors in Washington, D.C. so that he could use a church for a backdrop for a photo op. Flames burn over the black and white footage.

The imagery works with the song’s lyrical theme, which addresses “these men who wrote the words to stories/Stories read to us by modern men/Raised in their respective neighborhoods/Reading us their words from God/Telling us in ways we’ll understand/telling us with whom we don’t agree/Don’t believe and we are promised fire.” This is a direct statement about false leaders and those leaders who work to divide us, adding even more impact to the song.

Audiences can stream ‘Threat pf Heaven’ and the rest of Fashioner now here.

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New Language Debuts ‘Stuck With Yourself’ Lyric Video

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Independent rock act New Language debuted the video for its latest single over the weekend.

The group debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Stuck With Yourself‘ Friday.’ The song is the lead single and title track from the band’s forthcoming sophomore album. The song and album were produced by front man Tyler Demorest.

The lyric video places the song’s lyrics over an ever-constant changing backdrop of a person’s head, which itself is set against a black backdrop. A shining/splatter effect remains pulsing over the skull as the lyrics appear over the whole.

The song’s musical arrangement presents influences of 80s new wave and more modern techno. There are points in the song at which listeners can make comparisons to the Talking Heads, and at others to the likes of Orgy and Nine Inch Nails. The whole makes for an interesting listen for certain.

According to information provided about the song, its lyrical content was crafted after Demorest saw a friend staying in “a toxic situation despite obvious solutions being provided.”

More information on New Language’s new single and lyric video is available along with all of the group’s latest news at:

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Ashley Worhol Takes On Mental Health Issue In New Single, Video

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Independent singer-songwriter Ashley Worhol debuted the video for her new single this week.

Worhol debuted the video for her single ‘Listen to the Wind‘ Thursday. The video places Worhol in a deeply forested area in a flowing gown as the song plays over the video.

At one point, the video portrays Worhol as battling what are supposed to be dark hands that tug at her from every angle. The hands are meant to represent her own inner demons.

The song’s very subtle, piano-driven arrangement is a work that will appeal to fans of Amy lee, Type O Negative and Nine Inch Nails. Its lyrical content comes from a personal place, according to Worhol.

Worhol discussed the song’s lyrical content in a recent interview.

‘Listen to the Wind’ is extremely personal to me because I wrote this song using myself as an experiment,” she said. “I struggle with anxiety almost on a daily basis and wanted to compose something that would physically make me feel relief. Anytime I would start to have an attack, I would go to the piano and play different chords and melodies to see if any of them physically made me feel better. Which, I found some that did. Once I realized what helped calm my emotions, I knew I wanted to write this song in hopes it might also help heal others who struggle with anxiety as well.”

‘Listen to the Wind’ is my escape,” she added. “Nature is my escape and it is a constant reminder to cherish the small details, watch animals and bugs roam freely, smell the flowers as they move in the breeze and most importantly, listen to the wind and feel the warmth of the sun beaming down on your face.  For anyone out there who struggles with anxiety, you are not alone. You will never be alone. You are in my thoughts and prayers and I am right there with you.”

Along with discussing the song’s lyrics, Worhol also noted how the lyrics and music tied into the song’s video treatment.

“Not only did I want to compose a song but I also wanted to show in art form what my anxiety feels like visually,” she said. “This is what led to the filming of the music video for this emotional track. I took this time to be vulnerable and truly showed what heals me, which is nature, and what I feel physically when these attacks occur…On set while filming, I allowed myself to have an attack. There was a take we were shooting where I was supposed to sing along with the track and the moment the song turned on, I couldn’t sing. At that moment I knew this was the time to truly capture in the raw what happens to me during an attack and I let the camera capture every second.

Blue Eyed Christ Debuts ‘Massive React’ Video

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Blue Eyed Christ debuted the video for its new single this week.

The industrial/electronic rock act, founded by producer/engineer John D. Norten, debuted its new single ‘Massive React‘ Monday.  The song is the third single from the band’s latest album World on Fire.  Its debut follows the premiere of the videos for two other songs from the album, ‘World on Fire‘ and ‘America H.’

The song’s video takes a simplistic yet artistic approach in its presentation.  It crosses time lapse photography of people walking around in various city settings with footage of a single person running along various other backdrops.  Meanwhile, what is meant to look like glitches in a video surveillance camera are used to add to the video’s impact as it works to help translate the song’s lyrical message.

The song’s lyrical content puts forth a social commentary, also as with its predecessors, according to Norten.

“‘Massive React’ mixes a slick synth groove with processed guitars while tackling the effects that corporate greed, technology, and personal responsibility play within the world,” he said. “it was great having Jim Marcus (Go Fight, Die Warzau) on board to direct the video since we have a musical history reaching back to the 90s.”

As with the aforementioned singles, the musical arrangement at the center of ‘Massive React’ is another composition whose steady beat, electronics and vocals will appeal to fans of acts, such as Nine Inch Nails, Gary Numan, and Ministry.

World on Fire is available now through Distortion Productions.

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In Parallel Debuts ‘Deep Dark’ Lyric Video

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Independent rock super group In Parallel debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band The band — composed of Lance Black, Jesse Fine, Ryan Parrish, and Mark Nash — debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Deep Dark‘ Thursday.  It is the second single from the band’s forthcoming EP Fashioner, which is scheduled for release Sept. 14 through Wiretap Records.  The video’s premiere comes more than a month after the band debuted the video for the album’s lead single, ‘Leave It With The Ghost.’

The video for ‘Deep Dark’ places the song’s lyrics over a subtle black and white background that features images such as gentle, flowing water and fog-covered landscapes.  The song’s musical arrangement is distinct from that of ‘Leave It With The Ghost.’  It presents what is in this critic’s ears, a distinct influence from The Cure, unlike the Nine Inch Nails-esque vibe of ‘Leave It With The Ghost.

The lyrical theme at the center of ‘Deep Dark,’ which Black discussed in a recent interview, tackles a psychosocial matter that will relate to many listeners.

The song’s subject matter deals with the overwhelming feeling of depression and the codependency that often comes with it,” he said. “Its chorus concludes that we are complex human beings living in a world with little tolerance for mistakes or flaws: ‘We’re the sum of the ocean and its deepest parts. Where it ends, and where it starts. We’ve asked for nothing, but you understand what a perfect world demands.”

‘Deep Dark’ is available to stream and download through Spotify and Apple Music.’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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