Riotfest festival organizers announced this week, full album sets from a number of the bands on the event’s bill.
The original lineup of The Misfits will have a full album set of its debut album, Walk Among Us at the festival in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the album’s release. Yellowcard will take on its album, Ocean Avenue, while The Menzingers will perform its album, On The Impossible Past, celebrating the 10th anniversary of its release.
Rocket From The Crypt will perform its album, Group Sounds in whole while The Get Up Kids will perform its album, 4 Minute Mile in celebration of its 25th anniversary. Fear will perform its album The Record in celebration of that record’s 40th anniversary.
Riotfest is scheduled to take place Sept. 16-18 at Douglass Park in Chicago, IL. Tickets are available here.
My Chemical Romance is the festival’s scheduled headliner. Nine Inch Nails, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sunny Day Real Estate and others are scheduled to perform at the festival. Among the others on this year’s festival bill are the likes of Ice Cube, Descendants, and Jimmy Eat World.
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Independent rock band Pharmacose premiered the latest single from its new project, Ascencion’s Constraint this month, along with its companion visualizer.
The band premiered the record’s new single, ‘Obey‘ and its visualizer May 6. The song is the record’s second single, behind the recently premiered single, ‘Cleanse,’ which the band premiered in March through Ghost Cult Magazine.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Obey’ is a dark, brooding composition. The use of the keyboards, electronics, drums, and vocals together to make it easily comparable to works from the likes of Tool, Gary Numan and Nine Inch Nails.
The lyrical theme featured in the song centers on “corporate corruption in the modern age” according to information presented about the premiere of the song and video.
The visualizer that accompanies Pharmacose’s new single is a simple presentation. It features a man in front of what is either a set of large windows or TV monitors. The words “You are being watched” are presented in large font in front of him on the windows/screens. The visual plays directly into the song’s lyrical theme.
Pharmacose’s new album and its singles are being accompanied by a novel that helps tell the story in the new, forthcoming concept record. One chapter is being released with the debut of each single. Audiences can download the story’s first episode now through Amazon.
Front man Wes Jones recently talked about the concept in the album’s story.
“I have always loved concept albums, and one of my major goals has always been to do one,” Jones said. “I didn’t think it was going to happen this soon, but the lockdowns happened, and all of a sudden I had nothing to do. We had been gearing up for some shows to promote the intended release of Prescription Fiction, but obviously none of that happened. I didn’t want to sit around doing nothing, so I decided it was as good a time as any to start work on that record.
Jones continued, “I had been kicking around some possible concepts for years, but it wasn’t until the lockdowns happened that I was able to commit to one. Even before the pandemic, I found myself ordering more and more things online, and it made me wonder just how dependent I’d become on corporations as well as how big and powerful many have become or are becoming. I’ve also been concerned about how wage stagnation and inflation are going to affect your average person in the future, and so I just combined the two ideas and that became the setting of the novel.”
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The Louder Than Life Festival will return to Louisville, KY this year with an expansive lineup of acts.
The festival, scheduled to take place Sept. 22-25 at the Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center in Louisville, KY, will be headlined by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Slipknot, and KISS. The four-day festival will also feature performances from bands, such as Bloodywood, Anti-Flag, and Superbloom. The KY Expo Center is located at 937 Phillips Ln. in Louisville, KY.
The festival’s full lineup is noted below. Tickets are available here. Weekend general admission passes start at $249.50 plus fees. Weekend VIP passes start at $629.50 plus fees. A limited number of Weekend Top Shelf VIP passes is still available for $1,329.50 plus fees.
General admission single day passes start at $99.50 plus fees. Single day VIP passes start at $295.50 plus fees. Layaway options are available through March 31 for $10, with payments made through July.
A trailer for the forthcoming annual festival is streaming.
The current Louder Than Life lineup is as follows (subject to change):
Thursday, September 22: Nine Inch Nails, Bring Me The Horizon, Evanescence, Halestorm, Tenacious D, Yungblud, Highly Suspect, Ministry, Nothing More, Baroness, Spiritbox, Apocalyptica, Dorothy, Don Broco, New Years Day, Plush, Lilith Czar, Maggie Lindemann, Taipei Houston, The Dead Deads, Mothica, Superbloom, Eva Under Fire, Oxymorrons
Friday, September 23: Slipknot, Shinedown, Lamb Of God, Mastodon, In This Moment, Meshuggah, Clutch, Jinjer, GWAR, In Flames, Helmet, POORSTACY, Crown The Empire, DED, All Good Things, Amigo The Devil, Vended, Mike’s Dead, If I Die First, Orbit Culture, The Luka State, Ego Kill Talent, The Native Howl, Archetypes Collide
Saturday, September 24: KISS, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Chevelle, Ghostemane, Jerry Cantrell, Dance Gavin Dance, Theory of a Deadman, Body Count, Sevendust, Mammoth WVH, We Came As Romans, Airbourne, Cherry Bombs, Ill Niño, Tetrarch, Nita Strauss, Against The Current, Wargasm, Trash Boat, Shaman’s Harvest, Solence, Dropout Kings, Bloodywood
Sunday, September 25: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice In Chains, Incubus, Papa Roach, The Pretty Reckless, Architects, Bad Religion, Action Bronson, The Struts, Jelly Roll, Dirty Honey, Anti-Flag, The Joy Formidable, Bayside, The Warning, Royal & The Serpent, caroles daughter, Radkey, The Mysterines, Crown Lands, AEIR, The Alive, As You Were
The Louder Than Life Festival is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents. The festival debuted in 2014 and expanded to four days in 2021.
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Independent industrial metal act Dawn Of Ashes premiered the latest single from its new album this week.
The band premiered its new single, ‘Scars of the Broken‘ Friday. The song is the title track and third single from the band’s new album, which is scheduled for release March 18 through ArtOfFact Records. Its premiere follows that of the album’s current singles, ‘EMDR‘ and ‘The Despondent Hole.’
As with the other songs featured in Scars of the Broken, the record’s title track features a musical arrangement that immediately lends itself to comparison to works from the likes of Nitzer Ebb, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, and Godflesh.
Front man Kristof Bathory talked about the song’s lyrical theme in a prepared statement.
“This self titled song is dedicated to those who feel damaged or have dealt with sensitive issues that make it hard for them to move forward in life,” he said. “Sometimes it feels like you are alone or that others don’t understand. It’s a struggle to let go of the issues. These are the scars of the broken. You wear it as a reminder of what you been through. In all reality the scars are war wounds and it just proves that we are all survivors and can handle anything in life.”
In other news, Bathory is scheduled to hold a live stream of Scars of the Broken and interview with Mister Malice at 5 p.m. today.
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Industrial metal band Dawn of Ashes premiered its latest single this month.
The band debuted its new single, ‘EMDR’ Jan. 14. The song is featured in the band’s forthcoming album, Scars of the Broken, which is scheduled for release March 18 through Artoffact Records. The single is available to stream and download through YouTube, Spotify and Bandcamp.
Front man Kristof Bathjory said the band’s new album is a personal presentation.
“Scars Of the Broken has been one of the most emotionally difficult albums that I have ever created,” he said. “All of the musical and lyrical content was straight from a place that I have been dealing with for a long time of my life. I poured out every darkest and deepest emotion into every song. Mental health is something that a lot of people struggle with and sometimes it just needs to be heard through music. I hope this album helps those that are struggling.”
The musical arrangement featured in ‘EMDR’ is everything that fans of the industrial metal genre expect. The use of the keyboards, modulated vocals, heavy, intense drums and guitars, and even electronics are all there. The combination of the elements shows influence from the likes of Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Dope, and other similar acts of their ilk.
Said Bathory of the song’s lyrical theme, “This song was inspired from my own personal experience dealing with a type of therapy called EMDR which stands for ‘ Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing’. This specific type of hypnotic therapy is for helping people who have dealt with past traumatic experiences.”
The track listing for Scars of the Broken is noted below.
Track List: 1. (Descending) Torn Inside 2. Love is Asphyxiation 3. The Despondent Hole 4. EMDR 5. Bane of Your Existence 6. (Limbo) Numb 7. It Comes in Waves 8. Heart Beats Cold 9. Turn It Shallow 10. Scars of the Broken 11. The Antidote 12. (Ascending) Catharsis
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Independent hard rock band Disconnected is doing its part to bring awareness to the planet’s ecological plight.
The band did so last month through its latest single, ‘Life Will Always Find Its Way‘ and its companion video. The song is featured in the band’s forthcoming album, We Are Disconnected. The album is expected for release in 2022, with an exact release date under consideration.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Life Will Always Find Its Way’ is an intense composition that blends elements of metalcore and progressive metal for a whole that is wholly unique. The addition of the symphonic metal elements to the mix makes for its own interest, too.
A brief statement from the band notes that the song’s lyrical theme delivers an ecological message. It reads, “‘Life will always find its way’ is a statement to raise ecological awareness, and the urgency to act. It is a clear shout out for ecology!”
The song’s video helps deliver that message by using visuals, such as the atom bomb exploding, massive tornados and hurricanes decimating cities, flooding, and plastic waste washed up on beaches.
In other news, the band announced Friday, it has been added to the lineup for the 2022 edition of the annual Hellfest festival in Clisson, France. The festival is scheduled to take place June 15-26, and also features performances from bands, such as Guns ‘N Roses, Nine Inch Nails, Megadeth, and Alice Cooper.
Electronic/industrial music act Blue Eyed Christ will revisit its 2020 album, World on Fire this week so to speak. The act, founded by producer/engineer John D. Norten, is scheduled to independently release its new EP, World on Fire Remixes Friday. The 11-song record is technically a Maxi-single, as its body is composed primarily of re-mixes of two of the original album’s songs, ‘World on Fire’ and ‘America H.’ It is an approach that is similar to that taken by Gravity Kills in 1997 in its remix record, Manipulated. Ironically, the vocals here are quite similar in sound to those of Gravity Kills’ then front man Jeff Scheel. Getting back on topic, the 47-minute record is an interesting companion to World on Fire, as its re-mixes show. Among the most notable of the ‘World on Fire’ remixes is the Taylan Psytrance Remix. It will be discussed shortly. The Dogtablet Remix of ‘America H,’ which opens the EP, is another of the record’s most notable tracks. It will be examined a little later. Also of note here is the Steve OLaf remix of ‘World on Fire.’ It will also be discussed later. Each remix noted is important in its own way to the whole of this EP. When they are considered along with the rest of the record’s featured remixes, the whole makes this EP a presentation that audiences will agree is a mostly welcome companion piece to World on Fire.
Blue Eyed Christ’s forthcoming EP, World on Fire Re-Mixes is an interesting new offering from the electronic/industrial music act. It is a presentation that audiences will agree is a mostly welcome companion piece to its predecessor, World on Fire. That is due to the varied remixes of two of the album’s three singles, ‘World on Fire’ and ‘America H.’ The other single not featured here is the song, ‘Massive React.’ Among the most notable of the remixes is the Taylan Psytrance remix of ‘World on Fire.’ While the original composition lends itself to comparison to works from the likes of Juno Reactor, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, and Lords of Acid, the Taylan Psytrance Remix takes the song in more of an EDM direction with its steady beat, drums, and keyboards. Audiences can almost see the flashing lights, people dancing, and DJ at the lead as this unique take on the song. The infectious nature of this arrangement will hopefully get audiences to look past that surface and hear the even more importance lyrical content, which focuses on materialism and consumerism in America. It really stands out so starkly from the rest of the EP’s remixes of the song.
On another note, the Dogtablet remix of ‘America H’ is the more notable of the only three remixes of that song featured here. This rendition of the song stands out in part because it maintains the subdued approach taken in the original song while also giving it a new identity. The use of the electronics and drums here give the remix a somewhat richer take, actually improving on the original to a point. Even the backing choral effect is used so tastefully here. The whole gives the song in this case an even more brooding sense that will resonate with listeners even more than the original. Now none of this is meant to be interpreted that the original is bad by any means. This remix simply takes what was already good and makes it that much better. It is just as certain as the original, too, to connect enough with listeners that they will pay attention to the sociopolitical commentary featured in the song’s lyrical theme, too.
Getting back to the even more wide range of ‘World on Fire’ remixes, another that stands out is the Steve OLaf (yes, that is actually how it is listed) remix. It stands out because it is another EDM style composition, but is completely unlike that of the Taylan Psytrance remix. Rather, in this case, there is far more Juno Reactor/My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult influence than in that previously examined remix. It is just as infectious as any of the EP’s other featured remixes, too. The steady, driving beat, guitars, choral element and gritty but subtle primary vocals makes this rendition of ‘World on Fire’ unique in its own way. Much as with those other takes, this version takes the song in a surprising direction that will appeal to audiences just as much as its counterparts. Taking that into consideration along with the other remixes examined here and the rest of the EP’s remixes, the whole makes this record a mostly appealing work that audiences will find is a good companion piece to World on Fire.
Blue Eyed Christ’s forthcoming remix EP, World on Fire Remixes, is a unique presentation that as with its companion record, continues to cement the act’s place even more in the electronic and industrial community. That is proven from the record’s beginning to its end in each featured remix. Each of the remixes examined here are just a portion of that which proves the remixes’ value. When they are considered along with the rest of the EP’s offerings, the whole makes this record a positive companion piece to World on Fire.
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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has claimed yet another band’s tour.
Pixies announced Monday through a press release, it has canceled its upcoming tour. The tour was scheduled to run from Sept. 10 in Chester, NY through Sept. 26 in Tulsa, OK. The news release cites the ongoing pandemic as the reason for the cancellation.
The tour’s schedule is noted below. Those who bought tickets will be able to get full refunds.
10 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
11 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
13 Old Forester’s Paristown Hall, Louisville, KY
14 Foellinger Theatre, Fort Wayne, IN
16 Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI
17 The Factory at The District, Chesterfield, MO
18 The Waiting Room/Outdoors – Omaha, NE
19 Riot Fest, Chicago, IL
21 Jacobs Pavilion, Cleveland, OH (with NIN)
23 Jacobs Pavilion, Cleveland, OH (with NIN)
26 Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, OK
Pixies is just the latest band to see its tour plans canceled due to the pandemic. Acts, such as Stevie Nicks, Nine Inch Nails, Deftones, and even Garth Brooks have all canceled their tours as a result of the pandemic’s impact. Many others have postponed their tour plans until 2022 both for North America and Europe, including Pixies. Pop Evil most recently had to reschedule a series of dates due to front man Leigh Kakaty getting a positive COVID reading following a recent performance in Denver, CO.
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Trent Reznor is returning to his industrial roots…sort of.
Reznor, the mind behind Nine Inch Nails, has partnered with famed composer Danny Elfman for a new take on Elfman’s song, ‘True.’ The song is featured in Elfman’s latest album, Big Mess, his sophomore album. The record was released June 11 through Epitaph Records. The record is Elfman’s first solo album in 37 years.
Elfman spoke highly of Reznor as he talked about the updated take on the song.
“This is the first duet/collaboration I’ve ever done in my life, so to do it with Trent was a real surprise and a treat,” said Elfman. “He’s always been a big inspiration to me, not to mention he has one of my all-time favorite singing voices.”
Reznor’s vocals are just as rich here in ‘True’ as they are in Reznor’s expansive catalog of Nine Inch Nails albums. Elfman’s vocals meanwhile conjure thoughts of David Bowie from the years that he went industrial. The industrial elements and strings pair with that vocal combination to throw back to works from Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails records from the mid-late 90s.
Along with the premiere of the song’s updated take, Elfman also premiered a companion video for the song Wednesday. Aaron Johnson directed the video and created the unsettling visual effects and imagery for the video. That imagery in question are items, such as what looks like barbed wire, a brain, and some disfigured people. This in itself throws back to the days of Reznor’s videos from The Downward Spiral.
While Reznor provides guest vocals to this updated take of ‘True,’ fellow Nine Inch Nails musician, guitarist Robin Finck (also of Guns N’ Roses) provides his talents to the 18-song record along with drummer Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle, The Vandals, Weezer), bassist Stu Brooks (Dub Trio, Lady Gaga, Lauryn Hill) and second guitarist Nili Brosh (Tony McAlpine, Paul Gilbert).
Veteran musician/singer/songwriter Gary Numan is scheduled to release his latest album, Intruder, Friday. His 24th (yes, 24th) album, this 13-song record will come more than three years after the release of his then most recent album, Savage (Songs from a Broken World) appeal strongly to Numan’s established audience base as well as most fans of electronic and industrial rock and metal. That is proven in part through the musical arrangements featured throughout the album. They will be discussed shortly. The lyrical themes featured alongside the album’s musical arrangements will make for their own share of interest. They will be addressed a little later. The album’s production rounds out its most important elements. It will also be discussed later. Each item noted here is key in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation. All things considered, they make the album another engaging offering from one of the rock and metal world’s most respected figures.
Despite its title, Gary Numan’s forthcoming album Intruder will not be viewed by audiences or critics as an intruder. Rather, it is a presentation that most audiences and critics will welcome. That is proven in part through the album’s collective musical arrangements. The arrangements in question are largely everything that audiences have come to expect from Numan, with their electronic/industrial style approaches. The same brooding, keyboard-driven sound and style presented in Savage (Songs from a Broken World) and its predecessor, Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind) are present here, too. Though, a close listen reveals that even with that stylistic similarity, the arrangements are not just copy and paste works. There are subtle variances in the songs between this record’s compositions and those of the aforementioned records. The arrangements here are even more controlled and “softer” for lack of better wording, than the heavier but equally intense works in those albums. That is really what listeners will catch in their close listens. This aspect of Intruder is certain to keep the noted audiences engaged and entertained throughout the album. It is just one part of what audiences will find appealing in the presentation. The record’s lyrical content adds its own touch to the album’s interest.
The lyrical content featured alongside the album’s musical arrangements is of note because of their heavy nature. This is an album that lyrically is not just an everyday listen. Case in point is the lyrical content of ‘I Am Screaming.’ This song comes across as a person trying to comfort someone who is in a dark place, emotionally speaking. That is inferred right from the song’s lead verse and chorus, in which Numan sings, “Do you regret the words you never said?/Do you feel lost like I do?/Do you regret the things you never did/As if time waited for you?/Can you see me?/Can you feel me?/Can you hear me?/I am screaming” As the song progresses, the subject’s reassurance to the second person comes into play as Numan sings, “Do you regret the songs you never sang?/A love betrayed and broken/Do you regret the life you never lived?/A thousand dreams unopened/You’re welcome to walk with me/You’re welcome to walk alone/You’re welcome to stand with me/You’re welcome to stand alone.” The song’s third verse follows in similar fashion. To that end, what audiences get here is a song that touches so well on the deep emotions that people feel when they reach that “dark night of the soul” but reminds them that they are not alone and can get through things.
‘A Black Sun’ is another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical content. In this case, Numan seems to the so-called loss of one’s influence. In this case, that loss of innocence happens not through any criminal act, but through another existential crisis of sorts. That is inferred in part in the song’s lead verse, in which Numan sings, “When I was a child my life seemed endless/Too far to see/When I was a child the world was waiting and called to me/And everyone I loved would live for eternity/And everything I dreamed would all come true for me/But now I feel the end come/My childish dreams are undone/I cry under a black sun/And every song is unsung/You will hear me when the wind sighs/You will feel me beside you always/You won’t see me but I’ll be with you.” The song’s second verse plays out in similar fashion, so there is no need to continue there. This is a state of mind in which everyone has found themselves. To that end, it makes the song’s lyrical theme here that much more accessible. The fashion in which the lyrics are delivered adds even more to that accessibility. Keeping that in mind, audiences see even more here why the album’s lyrical content is important to its presentation.
‘Saints and Liars’ is one more example of the importance of the album’s lyrical content. In the case of this song, it comes across as a commentary about religious fundamentalism. In this case, it indicts those most pious individuals who claim to be anything but self-righteous. This is inferred early in the song’s lead verse, which states, “Can you see your fallen God?/He’s standing next to me, far from home/Can you hear your broken promises?/I am what you’ve been waiting for.” The seeming indictment continues in the song’s second verse, which states, “Can you feel your righteous anger?/It’s like a poison that feeds the soul/Can you hide from Saints and liars/When every word is the death of me?/And this is who you are.” Between this seeming message, those presented in the album’s other noted works and those in the rest of the album, the whole makes clear why this album’s deep, heavy lyrical content is so important to its presentation. It will grip listeners just as much as the album’s musical content with its ability to so richly translate so many familiar thoughts and feelings that people go through. Numan is to be commended for all of this. Even with this in mind, the album still has one more item to examine, its production.
As already noted, the arrangements featured throughout the course of Intruder are familiar for Numan’s established audience base. The electronic/industrial sound that he has used for such a long time is present throughout the album. Also noted is the controlled presentation of each arrangement here to make the songs distinguishable from those in Numan’s existing catalog. That control is a tribute not only to Numan and his fellow musicians, but also to those behind the boards. The keyboards and drums had to be balanced out just right with Numan’s vocals in each song. The same is to be said of the guitars. The attention to detail within song leaves the arrangements fully immersive from one to the next. Each instrument and each vocal line is expertly balanced with its counterparts to make each song that strong even in their more subtle presentations. This is a testament to the work put in to ensuring each presented arrangement. The impact, along with that of the album’s overall content, makes the album in whole that much stronger.
Gary Numan’s latest album, Intruder, is a presentation that will appeal easily to any of his established audiences. It will appeal just as much to fans of electronic/industrial music. That is proven in part through its musical arrangements. The arrangements prove familiar in comparison to the arrangements featured in most of Numan’s existing albums. Of course there are subtle differences here that make the arrangements different from his other works, in terms of their sound. The lyrical themes featured in this record add their own interest to the record. That is because they touch on topics that are familiar to any listener. They are deeply emotional and heavy statements, too, which adds to their impact. The production of the record’s songs rounds out its most important elements. It ensures that each song presents audiences with the fullest impact there, too. Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album. All things considered, they make the album another successful offering from one of the most respected names in the hard rock community. Intruder is scheduled for release Friday through BMG.
More information on Numan’s upcoming tour is available online now along with all of his latest news at: