Paladin Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records/Napalm Records/H-Theory Audio

Up-and-coming metal outfit Paladin revealed a new tour schedule this week.

The power metal band announced that it will launch a nearly month-long tour on Aug. 17 in Lafayette, LA. The three-week-plus tour is scheduled to run through Sept. 11 in Atlanta, GA and will feature performances in cities, such as St. Louis, MO; Manchester, NH and Madison, WI.

The band’s upcoming tour is in support of Paladin’s latest studio recording, Ascension (2019). The album is available now here.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

August 17 – The Freetown Boom Boom Room* – Lafayette, LA
August 18 – Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
August 19 – Haltom Theater – Haltom City, TX
August 20 – Boozers – Corpus Christi, TX
August 21 – The Deadhorse – San Angelo, TX
August 22 – The Vanguard – Tulsa, OK
August 24 – Red Flag – St Louis, MO
August 25 – Reverb Lounge – Omaha, NE
August 26 – Bigs Bar – Sioux Falls, SD
August 27 – Lefty’s Live Music – Des Moines, IA
August 28 – High Noon Saloon (MAD WITH POWER FEST) – Madison, WI
August 29 – WC Social Club – Chicago, IL
August 31 – Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
September 01 – Westside Bowl (Downstairs) – Youngstown, OH
September 02 – Buzzbin Shop – Canton, OH
September 04 – Jewel – Manchester, NH
September 05 – Alchemy – Providence, RI
September 06 – Middle East / Upstairs – Cambridge, MA
September 09 – Baltimore Soundstage^ – Baltimore, MD
September 11 – The Masquerade^ – Atlanta, GA

*Paladin Only
^Paladin with Unleash the Archers

Unleash The Archers will join Paladin on the tour’s last two dates. Its performances are in support of its latest album, Abyss, which is available now through Napalm Records.

Also joining Paladin for the tour is Immortal Guardian. The band’s live run is in support of its latest album, Psychosomatic, which is available now through M-Theory Audio.

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

Websitehttp://paladinatl.bandcamp.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/paladinatl

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/PaladinATL

More information on Unleash the Archers’ new album is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttp://unleashthearchers.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/UnleashTheArchers

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/unleasharchers

More information on Immortal Guardian’s new album is available along with all of its latest news at:

Website: https://www.immortalguardian.net

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/igmetal

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‘Ascension’ Is A Strong Start For Paladin

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Up-and-coming metal outfit Paladin has kept busy this year.  The band opened the year with the release of its three song EP Anamnesis.  The band’s second-ever studio recording, it is a tribute to Nevermore.  Its release was followed by a short live run before COVID-19 started spreading across America.  The band did not let the virus’ spread stop the music though, instead performing through a series of livestream events.  As the old year bids farewell and the new year nears, the band recently announced that it is in the running to take part in another livestream event with other acts in the ‘iVoted Festival.”  The festival, which started during the 2018 midterm election, is a way to encourage voters in Georgia to get involved in the state’s two Senate races that will determine control of the senate at the federal level.  Audiences can vote for the band to take part in the festival now here.  Audiences who need convincing to vote for Paladin need only listen to the band’s 2019 debut album Ascension to make the decision.  The 11-song record is a presentation that will appeal widely among the metal masses.  That is proven equally through the album’s musical and lyrical content. ‘Carpe Diem,’ which comes early in the album’s run does well to support the noted statements.  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Shoot For The Sun’ also serves to show what makes Ascension such a strong debut from Paladin.  It will be discussed a little later.  ‘Genesis,’ which closes out the album, is one more way in which the record proves its appeal to so many in the metal masses.  When it is considered along with the songs noted here and the rest of the album’s works, the whole makes Ascension easy proof of why audiences should vote for Paladin in the “iVoted Festival.”

Paladin’s 2019 debut album Ascension is a powerful debut for the band, an convincing proof of why this up-and-coming metal outfit deserves to take part in this year’s livestream “iVoted Festival.”  The album’s musical and lyrical content go a long way to support the noted statements.  ‘Carpe Diem,’ which comes early in the album’s 49-minute run, is just one of the songs that serves to support the noted statement.  The song’s musical arrangement is a full-on vintage thrash style composition.  Its solid time keeping, equally powerful mix of death metal screams and power metal clean vocals pairs with the equally powerful guitar riffs to make the song in whole one of the album’s most notable works.  The death metal screams and guitar riffs lend themselves to comparisons to works from the likes of Arch Enemy while the clean vocals lend themselves to comparisons to works from Judas Priest.  The balance in those two sides makes for so much entertainment and engagement.  It ensures its appeal to a wide range of audiences.  When the song’s powerful musical arrangement is considered with the song’s lyrical content, which is powerful in its own right, the song in whole develops even more interest.

The lyrical content featured in ‘Carpe Diem’ comes across as in fact encouraging audiences to indeed seize the day.  It opens with the lead verse stating, “Uncertain feelings coming through/The life you thought you always knew/Now seems so lost and far away/Time passing cannot be undone/Future and past become as one/No looking back, no backing down/This time around, this time around.”  The chorus adds to the positive sense in the song’s lyrical content, stating, “One desire, soaring higher, oh/Now it’s time for you to take the reins/Fall harder, reaching farther/You’ve so much left to gain/The prize is worth the pain.”  The song’s second verse solidifies the noted message of positivity, stating, “Lost in an existential haze/Trapped in oneself, an endless maze/Anxiety imprisoning my soul/Seeking the path I know exists/In search of truth, I must persist/A voice calls out from deep within/To take control is to begin.”  All things considered here, these lyrics are certain to connect with listeners.  When they are paired with the song’s equally accessible musical arrangement, the whole of the song proves in its own way why Ascension is such a strong start for the band.  It is just one of the songs that serves to make the album a success.  ‘Shoot For The Sun’ is another way in which the album proves its strength.

‘Shoot For The Sun’ presents a musical arrangement that is best described as presenting a stylistic approach and sound that is one part prog metal and one part classic rock.  It conjures thoughts of Liquid Tension Experiment on one hand, and of vintage Metallica and Motorhead on the other.  That juxtaposition and joining of sounds and styles makes for so much enjoyment an engagement in this full-on fist-pumper.  Right down to the solos, the song offers metal fans across the board something to enjoy.  When the power and energy exuded in the song’s musical arrangement is paired with its positive lyrical theme, the whole of the song becomes that much more enjoyable.

As is the case with ‘Carpe Diem,’ ‘Shoot For The Sun’ offers audiences another positive message of self-determination and confidence.  That is inferred in the song’s lead verse, which states, “You wanna know what it means to see/Just look around and let yourself be free/Set the world in your sights, we’ll prove it tonight/You’ve got a vision burning in your head/White hot, one shot, the prayer’s been said/Pull the trigger now, we’ll make it somehow.”  The song’s chorus adds to the seeming statement as it states, “There’s just no more I can take/It’s all building up, I refuse to break/There’s just no more I can bear/When everything’s all said and done/Shoot for the sun.”  That positive encouragement carries on through the song’s second verse, solidifying the message as it states, “You wanna know what it’s like to fly/Just spread your wings and you’ll touch the sky/No reason to wait, no time left to waste/You think you know how it all plays out/No one can save you from your own doubt/Feel the light that starts to shine/As it clears the heavy thoughts that cloud your mind/That cloud your mind, yeah, yeah, oh.”  Again, this comes across as a very positive message that any listener will welcome.  When it is considered with the composition’s equally enjoyable musical arrangement, the result is yet another work that will appeal to plenty of audiences.  Together with the whole of ‘Carpe Diem,’ the two songs collectively show even more why the album in whole is a success, too.  They are just a portion of what makes the album well worth hearing, too.  ‘Genesis’ is one more example of why audiences will enjoy Ascension.

‘Genesis’ presents a musical arrangement that is another full-on wall of sound metal presentation.  The dual guitar attack and guttural vocals pair with the seamless time keeping and bass work to make for its own share of engagement and entertainment.  The clean vocals are a near musical mirror image of those of Judas Priest front man Rob Halford.  The contrast of that sound to the screams joins with the full-on metal arrangement to make the song in whole even more appealing for audiences.  When it is considered along with the song’s unique lyrical content, the song becomes even more intriguing.

The lyrical content featured in ‘Genesis’ seems to come across as a sort of fantasy story.  It comes across as telling the story of a person’s story of growth and development.  It is sort of an existential type of story, which opens with the song’s subject stating, “The silent scream of the conscience of man/As we are brought to sentience/Given dominion over the sea and land/To rule as we see fit.”  That seeming story of development continues in the song’s chorus, which states, “The perfect form, born from the perfect image/We are the chosen/Yet as we prosper and we create/We yearn to know.”  The subject continues his discussion by noting where society has been and where it is going.  He states, “Thousands of years of progress/In search of a higher purpose/Unanswered questions to forces unknown/Our pleas are met with silence/And so we wander, blind to the way/Alone, abandoned and betrayed/Our stricken minds now led astray/Astray.”  Things continue from here, with the subject even pleading to the “Almighty one/Bringer of the winds and rain” for clarity on things.  That higher power responds, telling the song’s subject that “Even as your knowledge grows, your minds will never know/What lies beyond this world before it’s your time.”  Simply put, the song’s subject is every one of us.  We have all reached that point in which we ask what is the purpose in life and where are we going.  The reality is that we will never really know and that we are better off just living life and living it to the best that we can.  The whole of the story makes for a powerful addition to Ascension and yet another way in which the album is proven a success.  When it is considered along with the other songs noted here and the rest of the album’s works, the result is an album that proves without question, to be a powerful debut from Paladin.  To that end, the album is its own proof of why Paladin deserves to take part in this year’s “iVoted Festival.”

Paladin’s debut album Ascension is a powerful first outing for the band.  The 11-song album is a presentation that will appeal widely to the metal masses.  That is proven equally through the album’s musical and lyrical content as noted here.  Its musical arrangements combine the best elements of prog metal, thrash, and even power metal for a whole that will bring the noted fans together.  The album’s lyrical content ranges from easily accessible to much deeper, as noted here.  All things considered, the album in whole proves that given the right support, Paladin could be one of the next big names in the metal community.  That support starts with voting for the band in the upcoming “iVoted Festival.”  More information on Ascension is available along with all of Paladin’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://paladinatl.bandcamp.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/paladinatl

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/PaladinATL

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Paladin’s New EP Is An Enjoyable Tribute To Nevermore, Promising Presentation For Paladin’s Future

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Up-and-coming metal band Paladin announced a new slate of live dates Thursday.  The almost three-week schedule, which launches April 22 in Charlotte, NC and runs through May 9 in Raleigh, NC, is in support of the band’s 2019 debut album Ascension and its follow-up, the three-song EP Anamnesis.  The latter of those two records was a tribute to Nevermore and its late front man Warrell Dane.  The record was released Dec. 13, on the second anniversary of Dane’s untimely passing.  Anamnesis is another good exhibition of the talents of Paladin’s members while also serving as a reminder of why Nevermore is still one of metal’s most important bands even though the band is not longer together.  That statement is supported through the EP’s featured songs.  This will be discussed shortly.  The songs that Paladin chose are themselves good choices and representations of what made (and still makes) Nevermore an elite metal act.  Paladin’s performance of the songs adds even more engagement and entertainment value to the EP.  This will be addressed a little later.  The record’s production rounds out its most notable elements.  When it is considered alongside the songs featured in the EP, the whole of the record is a good tribute to Nevermore and another good example of why Paladin is one of the next big names in the hard rock and metal community.

Paladin’s new EP Anamnesis is a positive new offering from the up-and-coming metal outfit.  The group’s second studio recording, whose title means a recalling of mind, was released Dec. 13 as a tribute to Nevermore’s late front man Warrel Dane on the second anniversary of Dane’s passing.  The three-song compilation succeeds in paying tribute to Dane and Nevermore and in showing Paladin’s promise all in one.  That is due in large part to the songs that are featured in the record.  Paladin reaches as far back as Nevermore’s 1996 sophomore album The Politics of Ecstasy and as recent as the band’s 2005 album This Godless Endeavour, which would go on to become the band’s penultimate album.  The band’s fourth album Dead Heart in a Dead World is also represented in the EP.  The musical and lyrical content featured in each song builds on the engagement and entertainment generated just through the songs.  ‘Final Product’ for instance takes on the slow demise of society, taking on the impact of the media on that decline.  ‘42147’ meanwhile finds Worrell seemingly addressing his own conflicted thoughts about an unknown topic.  This, perhaps, could be a discussion on mental health.  If so, despite its brevity, it is a powerful statement in its own right.  ‘The River Dragon Comes’ is powerful in its own undeniable way, with Dane seemingly presenting a sociopolitical commentary in the song’s lyrical content.

The musical arrangement featured within each of the EP’s songs works with the songs’ lyrical content.  Case in point is the arrangement at the center of ‘Final Product.’  The arrangement is a high-energy work that does well to illustrate the frustration at what has become of the world and the causes of what has happened.  The subtleties in the arrangement within ‘The River Dragon Has Come’ serve to paint a vivid picture alongside the song’s almost biblical style lyrical content.  The coupling of those elements makes the song a powerful work in its own right.  ‘42147’ boasts a certain energy in its musical arrangement that does just as well to illustrate the inner turmoil that the song’s subject is enduring in that song.  Simply put, the arrangements at the center of each featured songs, and their companion lyrical content go a long way to show why Nevermore was (and still is) so respected within the metal and hard rock community, and why Paladin, in its cover of each song, has great promise in its own right.  The band’s performance of each featured song shows even more why Paladin has great promise for the future.

The performance that Paladin’s members display in each of the covers in its new EP does its own share to show what makes the band a promising new name in the metal community.  From start to end, the band stays true to the songs’ source material in each song while also displaying its own talents.  Front man Taylor Washington does not try to copy Dane’s delivery style, rather using his own distinct style and sound while he and fellow guitarist Alex Parra’s dual guitar approach takes Nevermore’s arrangements and gives them a whole new life without changing the songs at all.  Drummer Nathan McKinney and bassist Andy McGraw round out the arrangements, showing their expertise just as much as their band mates throughout each song.  The end result is a collection of songs that is just as enjoyable for its performances as it is for the songs themselves.  Of course, as much as the songs and their performances do for the whole of Anamnesis, they are not the record’s only important elements.  The EP’s production plays its own important part to the record’s presentation.

The production of this record is as noteworthy as the songs and their performance in that said work ensured each part of each arrangement was balanced expertly with one another.  Listeners will be glad to know that at no point in the record’s body does one line overpower the others.  That is evident partially in the “softer” brooding moments of ‘The River Dragon Has Come.’  Washington’s vocals are right in line with the guitars, ensuring each part is heard fully.  As the song progresses into its heavier moments, McKinney’s drumming and McGraw’s bass line add their own strength to the song’s whole, again thanks to the work of those behind the glass.  The musicians’ work is just as well-balanced through the much heavier ‘42147’ and ‘Final Product,’ making the record that much more engaging for listeners.  McGraw’s bass line, McKinney’s drums and Washington’s bass are balanced precisely with Parra’s guitar line in ‘42147’ to make the song in whole a tribute to Nevermore that fans of both bands will fully appreciate.  Much the same can be said of the production (and mixing) of each part in the band’s cover of ‘Final Product.’  Taking all of this into consideration, it becomes clear why the production behind each of the songs featured in Anamnesis is just as important to the record’s presentation as the songs themselves and the performances thereof.  All things considered, each noted element makes Anamnesis a strong follow-up to Paladin’s debut album and more proof of Paladin’s promise for the future while also being a fitting tribute to one of the great metal acts that preceded Paladin.

Paladin’s recently released EP Anamnesis is a strong new effort from a band that is certain to be one of the next big names in the metal community, given the right support.  As noted here, that is due to the songs featured in this three-song, the performances thereof and the production of each recording.  Each item noted is key in its own way to the whole of the EP’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Anamnesis a nice tribute to Nevermore and an equally strong presentation of Paladin’s possible future.  Audiences might be able to hear the songs featured in Anamnesis on Paladin’s upcoming live dates, which are noted below.

 

PALADIN
w/Aether Realm 
04/22 Charlotte, NCM @ Milestone Club
04/23 Atlanta, GA @ 529
04/24 Nashville, TN @ Springwater
04/25 Louisville, KY @ Mag Bar
04/26 Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
04/27 Chicago, IL @ Reggies / Music Joint
04/29 Columbus, OH @ Space Bar
04/30 Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary
05/01 Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar
05/02 Montreal, QC @ Turbo Haus
05/03 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East / Upstairs
05/05 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
05/06 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
05/07 Baltimore, MD @ Rituals
05/08 Richmond, VA @ Wonderland
05/09 Raleigh, NC @ The Maywood

 

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

 

 

 

Website: http://paladinatl.bandcamp.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/PaladinATL

 

 

 

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