Nonpoint Debuts ‘Wheel Against Will’ Video

Courtesy: Spinefarm Records

Nonpoint released its latest music video this week.

The band debuted the video for its latest single ‘Wheel Against Will‘ on Wednesday. The song is the fourth single to be released from the band’s new album X since the album’s release on Aug. 24 via Spinefarm Records.

The band debuted the album’s first two singles, ‘Chaos & Earthquakes‘ and ‘Dodge Your Destiny‘ in June. The album’s third single ‘Fix This‘ debuted only weeks later in July via Loudwire, while the official video for ‘Chaos & Earthquakes’ followed in August.

The new ‘Wheel Against Will’ video places the up-tempo opus and its seeming sociopolitical commentary against a visualization of the band at work in the studio.  Mixed into the video is footage of front man Elias Soriano up close and personal reciting the song’s lyrics while friends recite the song’s chorus and drummer Robb Rivera practices his part in what looks like a hotel room.

Eagle-eyed audiences will note Rivera sporting a Machine Head pullover in some of the scenes as a bonus of sorts.  It is not known if these scenes were shot before or after Machine Head announced its breakup over the summer.

Nonpoint is currently wrapping its tour with P.O.D., which is touring in support of its own new album, Circles.  The remaining live dates on the bands’ tour are noted below.

NONPOINT ON TOUR:
12/11: Lynchburg, VA @ Phase 2
12/12: Greensboro, NC @ Cone Denim
12/14: Destin, FL @ Radio Show Club LA

More information on Nonpoint’s new video is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.nonpoint.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nonpointofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/nonpoint

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P.O.D. Off To A Strong Start At Its New Label With Its Latest Album

Courtesy: Mascot Records

Veteran rock band Payable on Death (P.O.D.) returns with its 10th full-length studio recording Circles next month.  The 11-song offering is the band’s first for its new label home, Mascot Records, and is overall, another strong effort from the San Diego, California-based band.  That is evidenced through its musical and lyrical content, which offers plenty for the band’s more seasoned fans and its new fans alike to appreciate.  The album’s lead single and album opener ‘Rockin’ With The Best’ is just one of the compositions that supports that statement, and will be discussed shortly.  ‘Fly Away,’ which serves as the record’s midpoint, is another clear example of what makes Circles another interesting offering from P.O.D.  It will be discussed a little bit later.  ‘Soundboy Killa’ is one more example of what makes this record interesting.  It will also be discussed later.  When this trio of songs is considered along with the deeply contemplative ‘Dreaming,’ the equally powerful ‘Panic Attack’ and the band’s tribute to its home town, ‘Always Southern California’ and the rest of the album’s featured works, the record in whole proves to be another welcome offering from P.O.D. and a strong start for the band on its new label home.

P.O.D.’s forthcoming album Circles is another welcome effort from the veteran rap/rock band, and a strong start for the band at its new label home, Mascot Records.  It offers plenty for the band’s most seasoned fans and its newer audiences alike to appreciate both musically and lyrically.  This is proven in part through the record’s opener and lead single, ‘Rockin’ With The Best.’  In regards to its musical content, the song is classic P.O.D. that takes listeners back to the band’s 1999 major label debut The Fundamental Elements of Southtown.  That is especially evident in the guitar riff and drums exhibited in the song’s chorus.  When they couple with front man Sonny Sandoval’s vocal delivery, the combination of those elements, and the song’s bass line, the whole creates that familiar, infectious sound.  The more contemplative sound of the verses makes Sandovals confident statements all the more powerful.  When it couples with that harder-edged sound in the chorus, the end result is a composition that is certain to become a fan favorite if it has not already done so.

The juxtaposition of the song’s contemplative verses and its more energetic chorus partners well with the song’s lyrical content, which comes across as its own sort of battle rap, courtesy of Sandoval.  Sandoval writes in the lead verse, “Let us begin/What, where, why or when/I take offense to pussycats hangin’ in the lion’s den/All trends, 2nd hand versions/A knock off imitation, my ace in the wind/I remember when/When this music meant something/And these rappers weren’t frontin’, but now they’re all bluffing/Not about nothing/No resume and no dues/Nobody heard KRS/He was speaking to you/”In about 4 seconds, a teacher will begin to speak”/So take it from me/All I need is a bass line/Feedback from a guitar and I’ll dead ‘em all with one rhyme.”  Sandoval leaves little to guess here. He is addressing the current crop of young rappers who he says have done nothing to get to where they are.  He continues to make his case in the song’s second verse, explaining to listeners, “Everybody and they mommy know who cold rocks the party” along with plenty more verbage.  The whole of the verses, and of course the chorus, in which he and his band mates state, “Now you’re rockin’ with the best,” makes the song a strong start for this record.  It shows a battle rap doesn’t have to drop names and make personal attacks in order to make a confident statement.  When this is considered along with the song’s equally well thought out musical arrangement, the whole of the song proves a clear example of what makes Circles another positive effort from P.O.D.  It is of course just one of the songs that serves this purpose.  The far more contemplative ‘Fly Away’ is another example of Circles’ positive presentation.

‘Fly Away’ is another key addition to Circles because it is powerful through a far more reserved musical and lyrical approach.  Musically speaking, the song will appeal to fans of 311, Sublime, Sugar Ray and other similar acts through its reggae-rock hybrid sound.  What is really interesting here is that the arrangement alone is infectious.  There is no denying this.  When it is coupled with the song’s deeply moving lyrical theme, that infectious sound creates a whole new identity for the arrangement; an identity that will easily tug at listeners’ heart strings.  The lyrical theme is one of someone going through a difficult situation and just wants to get to a better place.  Sandoval writes here from that person’s perspective, “So who are you to say what life is like/That life is good/I bet whoever said it never walked up in my hood/So, I wish you would/And maybe you should/You should discover what is missing/Since you misunderstood/Time and time again/They keep messing with my head/So I cannot lie/I-man go mess up now and then/Don’t’ know the why yet, still I try to find my way/I asked the preacher man to show me how to pray/And so I say/If I could fly away, I would fly away/I will fly away, oh glory!”  He goes on in the song’s second verse to note that as bad as things get, “We’re all the same/Whether it’s love, whether it’s pain/Even the preacher man forgets how to pray some days.”  In other words, we all lose sight of the bigger picture in life, and we have to remind ourselves that things could be worse.  That gentle reminder, coupled with the equally gentle musical arrangement here makes this song so powerful in its own unique way.  In turn, the whole of those elements makes the song one of the record’s most important entries, though not the last of its most important elements.  ‘Soundboy Killa’ is another important addition to the album.

‘Soundboy Killa’ stands out in part because of its musical arrangement, just as with the other songs noted here.  Sandoval’s vocal delivery, joined with the work of his band mates – guitarist Marcos Curiel, bassist Traa Daniels and drummer Wuv – creates a sound that will appeal to fans of Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave and other similar acts.  Lyrically, this song is somewhat similar to ‘Rockin’ With The Best.’  That is evidenced as Sandoval raps over his band mates’ lines, “Same mic/Same Stage/I&I was born to rage/And there might be another dead boy pwon page!/These copy cats come to steal me cup/Dem ain’t real enough/Another big tune, wheel it up!/Sonny Dread number 1 Champion/Cuz you know I breaks it down in a style & fashion/So keep it moshin’ ‘cause I’m comin’ for ya neck/And every mon hit the deck when you hear me sound check.”  From here, Sandoval barely lets up if it all, reminding critics and others that the song’s subject is not letting up.  The message is one of pure confidence, reminding listeners that the subject’s work is basically audio ammunition that he will keep firing, no matter what.  It’s a strong statement that is strengthened even more by the song’s infectious musical arrangement.  When the two are coupled, they make the song one more work that is certain to be a fan favorite, and one more example of what makes Circles in whole another welcome offering from P.O.D.  What’s  more the song, when considered with the other works discussed here and the rest of the album, the whole proves the record to be a strong start for the band at its new label home.

P.O.D’s latest full-length album Circles, due out Nov. 16 via Mascot Records, is a strong new start for the band at its new label home and another welcome offering from the veteran rap rock outfit.  That is evidenced through the record’s musical arrangements and its lyrical themes, as has been discussed through the songs discussed in this review.  When they are considered along with the likes of  ‘Dreaming,’ ‘Panic Attack,’ ‘Always Southern California’ and the rest of the record’s entries, the album in whole is an offering that the band’s more seasoned listeners will appreciate just as much as newer audiences.  The band will launch a tour in support of Circles beginning Nov. 3 at the Halloween Rock Fest 2018 in San Juan Puerto Rico.  More information on that tour, the band’s album and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.payableondeath.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/POD

Twitter http://twitter.com/POD

 

 

 

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P.O.D. Debuts New Album’s Second Single

P.O.D. is giving audiences another preview of its new album.

The debuted the title track from its forthcoming album Circles on Thursday.  The song is the second single to be released from the record, which is currently scheduled to be released Nov. 18 via Mascot Label Group.

Courtesy: Mascot Label Group

The record’s lead single ‘Rockin’ With The Best‘ debuted Sept. 7.  Its companion video followed only five days later on Sept. 12.

In regards to its lyrical theme, ‘Circles’ tackles the topic of prescription drug abuse, according to the band.  Front man Sonny Sandoval said in an interview that its musical arrangement will appeal to a wide range of audiences.

“‘Circles,’ as the title track, and in general, is a culmination of 26 years of P.O.D.,” Sandoval said.  “Its neither old school nor new, just a sound we’re familiar with, and have helped pioneer throughout our career.  When you hear it, you know it’s P.O.D.”

Circles is P.O.D.’s 10th full-length studio recording, and the band’s first record for Mascot Label Group.  It is the band’s first record of new material since the band’s 2015 album The Awakening.

Front man Sonny Sandoval said in a written statement that the band’s approach to its new record was inclusive.

“On ‘Circles,’ we didn’t limit ourselves and say, “Hey, we need to please the metal crowd, or the hardcore crowd, or the punk crowd,”” Sandoval said.  “We just wanted to play and write songs that we hope are relevant and catchy to a new audience — while, at the same time,  still being true to ourselves.”

The album’s overall lyrical theme is one of optimism despite life’s difficulties.  As Sandoval explained: “We’re looking for answers — and we’re going to people to help us get through things — but at the same time, no one’s perfect.  Everybody’s going through stuff, and we’re all kind of on this same level and the same journey of experience and just trying to figure out our course of life.”

The album’s full track listing is noted below.

Track List 
1. Rockin’ With The Best
2. Always Southern California
3. Circles
4. Panic Attack
5. On The Radio
6. Fly Away
7. Listening For Silence
8. Dreaming
9. Domino
10. Soundboy Killa
11. Home

More information on Circles is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Websitehttp://www.payableondeath.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/POD

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/POD

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P.O.D. Debuts’ ‘Rockin’ With The Best’ Video

Courtesy: Mascot Label Group

P.O.D. has premiered the video for its new single.

The band unveiled the video for its new single ‘Rockin’ With The Best‘ on Wednesday.  the single is taken from the band’s forthcoming album Circles, due out Nov. 16 via Mascot Label Group.

Musically speaking, ‘Rockin’ With The Best’ boasts the band’s familiar rap-rock approach that also pays tribute in a sense to the likes of The Beastie Boys in the process.  Lyrically speaking, the song is just as optimistic as the rest of the album’s entries.

Circles is currently scheduled to be released Nov. 16 via Mascot Label Group.  The record will be the band’s 10th overall studio recording and its first for Mascot Label Group.  It is the band’s first album of new material since the release of 2015’s The Awakening.

Front man Sonny Sandoval said in a written statement that the band’s approach to its new record was inclusive.

“On ‘Circles,’ we didn’t limit ourselves and say, “Hey, we need to please the metal crowd, or the hardcore crowd, or the punk crowd,”” Sandoval said.  “We just wanted to play and write songs that we hope are relevant and catchy to a new audience — while, at the same time,  still being true to ourselves.”

The album’s overall lyrical theme is one of optimism despite life’s difficulties.  As Sandoval explained: “We’re looking for answers — and we’re going to people to help us get through things — but at the same time, no one’s perfect.  Everybody’s going through stuff, and we’re all kind of on this same level and the same journey of experience and just trying to figure out our course of life.”

The album’s full track listing is noted below.

Track List 
1. Rockin’ With The Best
2. Always Southern California
3. Circles
4. Panic Attack
5. On The Radio
6. Fly Away
7. Listening For Silence
8. Dreaming
9. Domino
10. Soundboy Killa
11. Home

More information on Circles is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Websitehttp://www.payableondeath.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/POD

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/POD

 

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ShipRocked Cruise’s Fourth Year Its Biggest Yet

The annual ShipRocked cruise has officially wrapped.  This year’s cruise was the biggest yet for the annual event.  It saw a total of nearly 2,500 people on board the MSC Poesia.  The cruise featured the likes of:  Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Korn, P.O.D., Sevendust, Geoff Tate, and a slew of other acts.  It was sponsored by General Suns, and was fueled by Monster Energy. 

The cruise’s record breaking attendance was just one high point for this year’s event.  Along with the band lineup and record breaking attendance, the cruise’s annual Cancer Sucks charity auction raised some $70,000 for cancer research.  The auction featured one-of-a-kind memorabilia from bands on both this year’s cruise and those bands who took part in past cruises. 

Plans are already in the works for next year’s ShipRocked cruise.  A pre-sale for returning guests will begin soon.  For all the latest on next year’s ShipRocked cruise and to sign up for the ShipRocked newsletter, audiences can go online to http://www.getshiprocked.com, http://www.facebook.com/GetShipRocked, or http://twitter.com/ShipRocked

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Halestorm Holding Special Online Performance Today

Courtesy: Atlantic Records

Happy Halloween, everyone!  Halestorm has a very special treat for all of its fans today.  The band will be taking over the Warner Sound studios today.  The band will be performing live at 3pmEST/12PT for a very special Live Session performance.  Fans can check out the announcement from the band right here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfpxXV3HrVg.  And fans can go to The Warner Sound’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/TheWarnerSound

The PA based band’s performance is all part of its ongoing promotion for its most recent album, Strange Case Of…  The album was released April 10th via Atlantic Records and was produced by mega producer Howard Benson (P.O.D., Sepultura, Theory of a Deadman, etc.)  Those who don’t get the chance to catch the band this afternoon will still get plenty of opportunities to see the band live as it tours in support of its new album.  The band’s next live performance will be Thursday, November 8th at the Soul Kitchen in Mobile, Alabama.  It will also be making a stop in Asheville, North Carolina on Wednesday, December 12th at the Orange Peel.  Halestorm’s fans can get a full tour rundown and all the latest news from the band online at http://www.halestormrocks.com, http://www.facebook.com/halestormrocks, and http://www.myspace.com/halestorm

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Pop Evil Release Video For New Single

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The men of Pop Evil have officially released the video for the new single, ‘Purple.’  The single comes from the band’s sophomore full length effort, War of Angels.  The video culls footage of the band on tour against the song.  the combination really brings home the lyrical content, with front man Leigh Kakaty singing, “I’ve never been down this road before/As the days go by/I only miss you more/I thought one day/We would touch the sky/Never grow old/Never gonna die/I never realized/What you meant to me/Till I tried drowning out your memory/Like it’s not over/It only hurts when I’m sober.”  It’s a standard song of a lost love.  But the way that Kakaty sings these bittersweet lyrics set to the song’s video makes the song that much harder hitting.  Fans can check out the video now online at http://www.vevo.com/watch/pop-evil/purple/USKO11090220#/watch/pop-evil/purple/USKO11090220.  

The band recently finished up a successful stint on the Trespass America tour alongside Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage.  It is currently touring across Canada in support of label mate and legendary metallers in Black Label Society.  Pop Evil’s next tour of duty will be aboard the annual Shiprocked tour.  Five Finger Death Punch will be joining Pop evil again, as will P.O.D., Sevendust, and In This Moment.  The shiprocked tour runs from Tuesday, November 27th to Saturday, December 1st.  Full details on the Shiprocked tour are available online at http://www.getshiprocked.com/2012/

Pop Evil’s North Carolina fans will get their chance to see Pop Evil live as the band will be performing at Camp Lejeune—Onslow Beach on Wednesday, December 19th and at Ziggy’s in Winston Salem, North Carolina the following day.

Until the Shiprocked tour, fans can get all the latest news and more from the band online at http://www.facebook.com/popevil, http://twitter.com/popevilmusic, http://www.myspace.com/PopEvil, and http://www.youtube.com/popevilmusic

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