Ovtlier Debuts ‘Bulletproof’ Video

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Ovtlier debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band premiered the video for its single, ‘Bulletproof‘ Thursday through Decibel magazine. The video’s premiere comes less than a month after the band debuted the single by itself.

The video features the band performing its new single in what looks like the darkened corners of a warehouse and pairs that with footage of people taking their frustrations from their workplaces out against others in a fight club type setting. One of those people is a man who is being harassed by his boss despite doing his job the best he can. The other is a woman who has to endure being sexually harassed at her job.

According to information provided about the video, it features two fighters from Gladius Fights and Bomb Squad in the fight scenes. While the video features two people releasing their daily frustrations in such setting, the song’s lyrical theme is decidedly different, according to comments from front man Joey Arenas.

“We live in an age where everything has become politicized; from image to virus,” he said. “I have watched both bands and people label and segregate one another solely based on a difference of not character but opinion. We are force-fed so much false information by the media, although many are aware, we still have lost some humanity. I have grown impatient with the amount of ignorance and hypocrisy that spews from the puppets of this world. Anger would be an understatement. I look forward to the day people can look to grey area and realize there’s more to it all.”

Added Arenas, “‘Bulletproof’ is a call to my fellow man to remove the veils and look into the grey. These corrupt politicians are playing you. I don’t care what side you stand on or what bias feelings you hold to your “party”. I’m not left or right, up or down. I look at character and could care less about the empty promises and b******* they are selling to your emotions only to gain a vote. I refuse to be a pawn in their game.”

Arenas concluded, “We will never divide our audience based on age, sex, identity or politics, for our goal is to bring love and light together. Our “leaders” don’t want unity for that becomes a threat to agenda. I’m fed up. I want the old model to fall so we can build within its stead. It’s time for change and that starts with us.”

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Bulletproof’ immediately lends itself to comparison to works from Dry Kill Logic, Chimera, and Whitechapel. That is evidenced through the heavy, aggro-rock/metal style approach and sound to the song. The balance of the screams and clean vocals makes for comparisons to the likes of Tremonti and Sevendust.

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In other news, Ovtlier is serving as support for Gemini Syndrome’s headlining tour this summer. The tour, which runs more than a month, launched July 9 in Salt Lake City, UT and is scheduled to run through Aug. 15 in Albuquerque, NM. It features performances in cities, such as Joliet, IL; Nashville, TN and Akron, OH.

The tour’s remaining schedule is noted below. A Killer’s Confession, and Pushing Veronica will also serve as support for the tour. Additionally, Fozzy will join the tour for one date in place of Pushing Veronica. Eva Under Fire will take Ovtlier’s place on at least two dates.


Jul 25 | Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
Jul 27 | Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz #
Jul 28 | Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse #
Jul 30 | Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theatre
Jul 31 | Harrisburg, PA – Stage On Herr
Aug 01 | Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
Aug 03 | Ft Wayne, IN – Ft. Wayne Entertainment Center
Aug 05 | Columbus, OH – King Of Clubs
Aug 06 | Akron, OH – Empire Concert Club
Aug 07 | Louisville, KY – Diamond Ballroom
Aug 08 | Nashville, TN – Basement East
Aug 10 | Tusla, OK – The Shrine
Aug 11 | Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street Collective
Aug 12 | Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck
Aug 14 | Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
Aug 15 | Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad

w/ Fozzy (No Pushing Veronica) †
Rock Fest + Upheaval Feativals (No Supporting Bands) ‡
w/ Eva Under Fire *direct support (No Ovtlier) #

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Audiences Will Enjoy PBS, BBC’s Latest Trip To Africa In Their New Documentary

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PBS and the BBC apparently have a thing for Africa.  The networks have taken viewers to Africa and its many nations multiple times over the years.  The networks’ trips have taken viewers to countries across the continent while examining the vast multitude of species that call the continent home.  This past May, the networks partnered again for yet another trip back to Africa in the new documentary, Life at the Waterhole.  As the title infers, the nearly three hour documentary focuses in this case on how various species interact at a water hole.  PBS Distribution released the show on DVD last month.  It is just as appealing in its home presentation as its television presentation.  That is due in no small part to the general presentation.  The cinematography that is featured throughout the show makes for its own appeal and will be discussed a little later.  The program’s pacing rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted its important in its own way to the whole of Life at the Waterhole.  All things considered, they make this program its own interesting presentation that is worth watching.

PBS and the BBC’s wildlife documentary, Life at the Waterhole, is a presentation that plenty of audiences will find worth watching.  That is especially the case with the nearly three-hour program’s recent DVD release.  It’s appeal comes in large part through its general presentation.  The general presentation finds the program, which runs two hours, 45 minutes, separated into three separate segments, two of which run approximately 55 minutes and the third of which runs approximately 56 minutes.  The segments follow host Dr. M. Sanjayan as he observes the role of watering holes for ecosystems in Africa.  In this case, the waterhole is a man-made structure in a wildlife preserve in Tanzania.  Over the course of six months, audiences join Dr. Sanjayan as he and his team of scientists as they observe the social habits of various animals who come to the waterhole.  Viewers will find themselves just as interested to learn how animals change their habits with the changing seasons and their conditions.  Additionally, viewers will find themselves just as interested to learn about the diversity of the species who utilize the waterhole.  There are water buffalo, various species of birds, elephants, hyenas, giraffes, and so many others.  According to Dr. Sanjayan, he and his cohorts record more than 100 species of animals over the course of six months at the waterhole. The changes in prey animals’ habits at the waterhole in relation to predators’ introduction is also engaging.  Getting back to the story’s segmentation, this aspect works with the story to form a solid starting point for the program.  That is because it allows audiences to follow all of the changes at their own pace.  This is important to note because as simple as the story is, there is a lot of information in each segment.  Anyone who tries to binge all three segments will find themselves mentally drained.  To that end, this general presentation will encourage viewers’ engagement and in turn entertainment to a certain extent.  That positive starting point is just one part of what makes this story worth watching.  The cinematography is of its own importance to the show.

The cinematography featured in Life at the Waterhole is important because of its aesthetic value.  Audiences are taken up close and personal at times thanks to cameras mounted in and around the waterhole.  One is actually encased in a watertight dome at the water level.  That allows for those up close views from that vantage point.  The footage from that camera is unique just as is the footage from the cameras located above the waterhole and at its edge.  There is even a camera mounted inside the blind that allows viewers to see what Sanjayan and company see – a paper wasp nest and even a swallow nest.  As if that is not enough, the cameras even have night vision capability, thus allowing audiences to see how the animals interact at night.  The footage is so vivid and rich in its color while the varied angles give audiences plenty of equally wonderful vantage points from which to take in the story.  That expansive visual aid from the cinematography helps drive home everything that Sanjayan discusses in all three segments, ensuring even more, viewers’ engagement and entertainment.  This aesthetic element pairs with the program’s general presentation to enhance the viewing experience even more.  It is just one more aspect that makes the program worth watching.  The program’s pacing rounds out its most important elements.

Life at the Waterhole’s pacing is important to examine because, again, of the program’s content and run time.  As already noted, there is a lot of content to sort through over the course of two hours and 45 minutes.  Thankfully, as in-depth as the content is in each segment, Sanjayan and company ensure that the breadth of information is not overpowering.  Rather, they keep the story moving fluidly within each segment, connecting discussions on say, the weather and animals’ behavior smoothly.  As a result, viewers who watch the program one segment at a time will find each segment so easy to follow.  The engagement and entertainment ensured through the positive impact of the pacing pairs eventually creates an appreciation for the story, its general presentation and cinematography, too.  That overall appreciation will leave viewers agreeing that as extensive as Life at the Waterhole is while another visit to Africa, still a visit worth taking.

PBS and the BBC’s new documentary, Life at the Waterhole is hardly the first time that either network has presented any wildlife program centered on animal life in Africa.  Despite that, it is still a presentation that audiences will agree is worth watching.  That is due in part to the documentary’s general presentation.  In regards to the presentation, the nearly three-hour program is separated into three segments.  Each segment clocks in at less than an hour.  Even as in-depth as each segment is in terms of its information, that limited time and separation does its own part to encourage viewers’ engagement and entertainment.  The cinematography featured in the program adds its own layer of appeal.  That is because of how up close it brings audiences to the animals being observed by Dr. Sanjayan and his team of researchers.  The editing used in the cinematography increases that appeal, too.  Each segment’s pacing rounds out the most important aspects of this presentation.  Considering the depth of content in each segment, the pacing was especially important to track.  That is because of how easy it would have been for the program to get bogged down in itself.  Thankfully that did not happen.  Rather, the pacing remains fluid and solid in each segment, ensuring viewers’ engagement and entertainment even more.  When this aspect is considered along with the impact of the program’s cinematography, story, and general presentation, the whole makes Life at the Waterhole a presentation that is another worthwhile trip to Africa from PBS and the BBC.  Life at the Waterhole is available now.  More information on this and other titles from PBS is available at:

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Horisont Debuts ‘Sheldon Churchyard’ Cover

Horisont returned this week with some new music.

The neo-classic rock band debuted its cover of Larry Jon Wilson’s ‘Sheldon Churchyard’ Friday, along with a companion video for the cover. The song is the band’s first new music in more than year, following the release of its album, Sudden Death last year.

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Horisont’s take on the classic country tune stays true to its source material for the most part. Where it changes comes in the atmosphere that the band adds to the song. Wilson’s original composition features more of a bluesy style sound and stylistic approach. Meanwhile, Horisont’s take on the song infuses its more familiar neo-classic rock influence along with a touch of stoner rock to the whole to make the song a unique presentation.

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Killset Addresses Mental Health Concerns In New Single, Video

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Killset is giving audiences another preview of its next album.

The band premiered the lyric video for its new single, ‘Tell Me Something‘ Friday. The song is the second single from the band’s forthcoming album, Killin’ Spree, which was originally scheduled for release in 2019, but has since been delayed. The band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘Closure‘ and its video in 2019.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Tell Me Something’ is stark contrast to that featured in ‘Closure.’ Where ‘Closure’ is more of a nu-metal style composition, ‘Tell Me Something’ is more of a melodic hard rock style opus. It is also a very contemplative style work. That is evidenced in the presentation of the guitars, vocals, bass, and even drums. That contemplative nature in the song’s arrangement matches well with the song’s lyrical theme, which according to front man Chris Luca, centers on the familiar topic of mental health.

Luca said of the song’s lyrical theme, that “It describes someone struggling with depression and/or anxiety, the feelings associated with this and the attempted coping methods. It’s what’s inside of me — another personality; another voice that takes control; another voice that has no soul. Simply put, the song is a desperate cry for help!”

The video for ‘Tell Me Something’ features the song’s lyrics, written in cursive font, on screen with footage of people in various situations, dealing with their emotions and thoughts. Those various situations include and are not limited to, a bed, a beach, and even a bathtub.

Killin’ Spree will be Killset’s third album when it is released. Its release date is under consideration  The band released its debut album Know Your Killer in October of 2015.  That album was followed up in June 2017 with the band’s sophomore album STFU.

More information on Killset’s new single and video, and the upcoming release of Killin’ Spree is available online now along with all of Killset’s latest news at https://www.facebook.com/killsetofficial.

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Motorhead’s ‘No Sleep Til Hammersmith’ Re-Issue Will Appeal To Most Of The Band’s Fans

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Fans of the legendary hard rock band Motorhead are getting a second helping of the band’s live material this year.  It will come Friday in the form of the re-issue of the band’s classic live recording, No Sleep Til Hammersmith.  Scheduled for release Friday through BMG/Sanctuary, it will come less than two months after the release of the band’s latest live recording, Louder Than NoiseLive in Berlin.  That recording was released in April through Silver Linings Music.  This 40th anniversary re-issue of No Sleep Til Hammersmith offers a lot for audiences to appreciate, beginning with the main concert’s set list.  This will be discussed shortly.  The expansive bonus content that accompanies the main feature adds even more to the appeal of the re-issue’s presentation and will be discussed a little later.  The production of the content rounds out the most important of the re-issue’s elements and will be discussed later, too.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the recording.  All things considered, they make the recording another welcome addition to the music library of any Motorhead fan.

BMG/Sanctuary’s forthcoming 40th anniversary re-issue of Motorhead’s 1981 live recording No Sleep Til Hammersmith is an impressive new presentation.  It is a recording that will appeal to any Motorhead fan.  That is due in part to the set list featured in the recording’s main concert.  The 16-song set list featured in the new re-issue features the original 13-song set from the band’s original No Sleep Til Hammersmith recording plus three bonus soundcheck performances.  One of those soundchecks is of the band’s song ‘Stay Clean,’ which was originally featured in the band’s 1979 album Overkill.  There is also a full live version of that song featured as part of the set list along with five other songs from the album, four of eight songs featured in the band’s self-titled 1977 debut record, two tracks from the band’s other 1979 album, Bomber, and three more from the band’s timeless 1980 album Ace of Spades.  Given, Overkill gets the most nods in this main concert, but the bigger picture is that even though the concert itself was in support of Ace of Spades, it pulls from all of the band’s albums up to that point.  So what audiences got (and get here again) is a rich cross section of the band’s catalog up to that point.  That rich cross section (which is created in part through the bonus soundcheck performances) is made even richer through the addition to this re-issue of the band’s previously unreleased concerts that made up its very brief “No Sleep Tour.”

The concerts that made up Motorhead’s brief “No Sleep Tour” were held March 28-30, 1981 at the Queens Hall and Newcastle City Hall in England.  All three concerts repeat songs originally featured in the band’s original No Sleep Til Hammersmith concert, but also offer some variances.  Case in point is the March 30 concert at Newcastle. That concert replaces the three soundcheck performances and its cover of ‘Train Kept A Rollin’’ with performances of ‘The Chase is Better Than The Catch,’ ‘Bite The Bullet,’ ‘Too Late Too Late,’ and ‘Fire Fire’ while also adding in the songs, ‘Leaving Here,’ ‘Jailbait,’ and ‘Shoot You In The Back.’  That brings the total song count from Ace of Spades performed live eight of its 12 songs, enriching the overall catalog representation even more.  ‘Too Late Too Late’ is taken from Overkill, bringing that album’s total representation to seven of its 10 songs.  So between the two concerts, audiences are getting that much representation of the band’s catalog, which is pretty rich to say the very least.  The other two concerts do not offer any additional songs in their set lists.  That aside, the performances thereof in each concert makes for its own enjoyment.  That is because of the amount of energy that Kilmister and company put forth in each performance.  All things considered between the primary concert and the bonus, previously unreleased concert recordings, this new re-issue offers audiences so much to appreciate.  The only downside to the whole is that the concerts are being released in audio formats, but not any full, audio-visual presentations.  Officials at BMG and Sanctuary can be forgiven for that shortcoming.  Sure, it would have been nice to have had a full audiovisual presentation of all four concerts, but the audio-only presentation is still enjoyable in its own right.

Speaking of the concerts being presented in audio-only platforms, that makes the box set’s audio production just as important as anything else in this presentation.  Listening through all of the box set’s concerts, audiences will be pleased at the work put in to remaster the original tapes here.  Kilmister’s voice was always a house rocker.  That goes without saying.  His powerful vocals are well-balanced with the audio levels of his band mates’ performances in each performance.  The sound is just as raucous in these recordings as in any of the band’s other live recordings.  Keeping that in mind, the production that went into this recording’s presentation paid off.  It ensures that the concerts are just as enjoyable for their sound as for their content.  When all of this is considered with the story featured in the box set’s companion book, the whole becomes a completely immersive and enjoyable offering that any Motorhead fan will enjoy.

BMG/Sanctuary’s forthcoming re-issue of Motorhead’s No Sleep Til Brooklyn is a presentation that any Motorhead fan will appreciate.  That is due in part through the remastered presentation of the band’s original main concert feature.  It sounds just as good as the original concert if not better.  Adding to the main feature are the bonus soundcheck performances previously unreleased in the recording’s original release.  The addition of the three bonus concerts in whole enhances the presentation even more.  That is because they are themselves previously unreleased and that at least one of them builds on the amount of the band’s catalog released up to that point.  The production of the recordings brings everything together, completing the box set’s presentation.  That work ensured that the audio-only presentations all sound the best possible and succeeded in the process.  When this element is considered along with the rest of the box set’s noted elements, the whole (including the new bonus book) makes the re-issue overall a presentation that most Motorhead fans will appreciate. 

No Sleep Til Hammersmith is scheduled for release Friday through BMG/Sanctuary Records.

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Beach Goons Announces New Tour Dates

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Independent rock band Beach Goons announced the information for its latest tour Monday.

The band announced through a news release, it will launch what it has dubbed the “From The Gora U.S. Tour” Sept. 11 in Los Angeles, CA. The nearly month-long tour is scheduled to run through Oct. 8 in San Diego CA and will feature performances in cities nationwide, such as Ferndale, MI; Fort Worth, TX and Baltimore, MD.

Senor Kino is scheduled to serve as support for the tour. Tickets go on sale at noon local time Friday. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Tour Dates:

9/11/2021 Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre

9/13/2021 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

9/14/2021 Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive

9/16/2021 St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House

9/17/2021 Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest

9/18/2021 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s

9/19/2021 Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch

9/21/2021 Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar

9/23/2021 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery

9/24/2021 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

9/25/2021 Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory

9/26/2021 Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy

9/28/2021 Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl

9/29/2021 Nashville, TN @ The End

10/1/2021 Houston, TX @ Satellite Bar

10/2/2021 Fort Worth, TX @ Tulips

10/5/2021 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom

10/8/2021 San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park

Beach Goons debuted the video for its latest single, ‘Hunny Bunnies’ Jan. 11.

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

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Lovebreakers Debuts ‘Primary Colours’ Video

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Lovebreakers’ recently released single, ‘Laura‘ apparently was not the last from its forthcoming debut album.

The band announced in March, that the song in question was the last from its new album, Primary Colours, which is scheduled for release Friday through Wiretap Records. However on Monday, the band released the video for what is now the album’s fifth single in the form of the album’s title track.

The premiere of ‘Primary Colours’ follows — again — that of ‘Laura,’ as well as that of the songs: ‘Family Man,’ ‘Horizons,’ and ‘Eye Roller,’

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Primary Colours’ is a catchy pop-rock style composition. The light guitars and vocal delivery hints at a 1980s rock influence. More specifically, it lends itself to comparison to perhaps work from the J. Geils Band.

No information was provided in the press release announcing the debut of the band’s new single. A close listen leads to the belief that the song’s lyrical theme focuses on perhaps just he need to get away from all the negativity surrounding one’s self. That is just this critic’s own interpretation.

The video for ‘Primary Colours’ features the band’s member performing the new song in front of a green screen. The screen in question places imagery, such as palm trees, the open road and various geometric shapes behind the band members.

Pre-orders are open for Primary Colours through the band’s official Bandcamp page, and on vinyl in the U.S. and UK. More information on the band’s new album, single, and video is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Typhoid Rosie Takes On Toxic Relationships In New Single; Band Announces New LP’s Release Date, Title

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Independent punk rock band Typhoid Rosie unveiled its latest single over the weekend.

The band premiered its new single ‘Queen of Swords‘ Saturday. The song is the title track from the band’s forthcoming album, which is scheduled for release Aug. 13.

The band’s new song features a catchy, upbeat musical arrangement. Its choruses and hooks are instantly infectious in their “poppy” approach and sound.

The lyrical theme that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement addresses the familiar topic of navigating toxic relationships and self-preservation, according to front woman Rosie Rebel.

“Sometimes you just gotta cut a mother****** out of your life,” she said. “Your survival, evolution, and the growth of your soul may one day depend upon whether or not you can turn your back on toxic situations. Those of you who dabble in tarot know that the Queen of Swords is not to be f***** with. She is the kind of person you want on your side. She is very loving until you put her in a position where she must choose between toxicity and her own self-love-she will always choose herself. Because my heart is so pure I didn’t always see the bad and malicious intentions of others headed towards me.”

Added Rebel, “Sometimes being so naive and following your heart blindly can lead you off a cliff. Not every person comes to the table with love in their hearts and that is why you always need to pay attention to the red flags and be ready to make your well-being your greatest priority. Like the airline safety cards say, “Your oxygen mask first”. I have overcome a great deal of pain and tragedy in my life, and if I could tell you two words that I needed to hear, in my greatest hour of need —those words are: “Get up.” I want you to see yourself in the boxing ring of life and I want you to scream these words like your life depended on it. May this song be just the rocket fuel you need.”

More information on typhoid Rosie’s new single and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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TesseracT Announces Home Release Date, Specs For ‘Portals’ Performance

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TessaracT is bringing its PORTALS livestreaming concert to the masses again.

The band is scheduled to release the concert, which it livestreamed Dec. 12, to a variety of platforms Aug 27 through KScope Records. The label also released the band’s then latest album, Sonder in 2018.

The career-spanning 2020 concert featured songs from across the band’s catalog, which spans four albums and one EP. The 14-song set ran more than two hours.

Bassist Amos Williams said during a recent interview, the concert was a positive experience for the band.

“It is only with hindsight and some time to appreciate it that we realize what this show meant to us,” said Williams. “P O R T A L S as a show was an experiment afforded to us in a time when anything was possible because nothing of our previous life was possible. The overwhelming acceptance of such an approach to our music, and the stories contained within it, has shown us a potential path forward for TesseracT. It was exciting to connect with our fan base in such a difficult time for everyone, and it was powerful to see how it allowed some respite and escapism. These things were the gifts that this show gave to us, a direction and a drive, as we use this show’s example to forge a new path for TesseracT.” 

Pre-orders are open for the forthcoming recording through band’s official website while other retailers will open re-orders Friday. It will release through a variety of platforms noted below. A trailer for the recording is streaming here.

LIMITED EDITION DELUXE 4 DISC BOOK EDITION:
Blu-ray & DVD includes: P O R T A L S main feature • Behind the scenes documentary Live In The Lockdown • P O R T A L S hi res audio only version (all BD/DVD audio 48/24 PCM Stereo) • 2-CD P O R T A L S soundtrack • All presented in a lavish set with 40-page book containing exclusive pictures • Extensive liner notes from Amos Williams • Individually numbered art print

The band webstore will exclusively sell a limited number of this set with the art prints signed by TesseracT – available from June 17.
 
BLU-RAY EDITION:
 P O R T A L S main feature • Behind the scenes documentary • Live In The Lockdown • P O R T A L S hi res audio only version (48/24 PCM Stereo)
 
3LP GATEFOLD/2CD EDITION/DIGITAL:
 The soundtrack to the stunning cinematic live experience P O R T A L S featuring tracks spanning the band’s career to date including “Nocturne,” “Seven Names,” and “King.”

The recording’s track listing is noted below.

P O R T A L S TRACK LISTING:
1. “Of Matter” (P O R T A L S) [13:55]
2. “King” (P O R T A L S) [06:28]
3. “Concealing Fate Parts 1, 2 & 3” (P O R T A L S) [18:15]
4. “Tourniquet” (P O R T A L S) [04:30]
5. “Beneath My Skin/Mirror Image” (P O R T A L S) [05:44]
6. “Orbital (P O R T A L S) [02:06] 
7. “Juno” (P O R T A L S) [06:11]
8. “Cages” (P O R T A L S) [05:28]
9. “Dystopia” (P O R T A L S) [06:43]
10. “Phoenix” (P O R T A L S) [04:18]
11. “Nocturne” (P O R T A L S) [04:21]
12. “Eden” (P O R T A L S) [06:30]
13. “Of Energy” (P O R T A L S) [11:05]
14. “Seven Names” (P O R T A L S) [05:02]

More information on TesseracT’s upcoming home release of its PORTALS concert is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Voltagehawk Gets Existential In New Single, Video

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Independent rock band premiered its new single, ‘Neon‘ and its companion video this month.

The band premiered the pairing June 9. The song, which comes approximately five months after the band’s then latest single, ‘Straight Razor,’ is featured in the band’s concept album, Electric Thunder. The album center’s on a young woman’s journey through space and time. During the course of her journey, the woman finds out she plays a pivotal role in the future of mankind.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Neon’ is an interesting composition that blends the heavily fuzzed sounds of the stoner rock realm with an equally evident industrial metal sound to create a unique whole that is certain to keep listeners engaged and entertained. The lyrical concept that accompanies that musical content meanwhile gets somewhat existential.

It comes across as a sort of allegory about the contradictory nature of the human condition. This happens through the examination of the normalization of sex in society, and how that contradicts with how we as humans are far less accepting of ourselves. That is this critic’s own interpretation and should not be taken as gospel.

The band explained the song’s lyrical concept in a prepared statement.

“‘Neon’ is a vision of a dystopian skid row, a glimpse into the future through blurred white lines on neon-lit streets,” the statement reads. “The truth is we all have sex for money, sex for love, and sex to pass the time. In some way or another, we’re just like the woman in the song screaming in a final moment of frustration “Pay me my money and go!”, all the while fed up with whatever part of ourselves we’ve sold to get by in this life.”

The video that is used alongside the new single is meant to help translate the seeming message. Information provided about the video states: “Meet Kenzeon, a transdimensional sex worker on the Cosmic Highway just outside ‘The Land of No One.’ A vision of a dystopian skid row, she offers a glimpse into the future through blurred white lines on neon-lit streets, ripping through the fabric of space-time to be paid what she is owed. The weary version of this astral being reminds us that we have all had sex for money, sex for love, and sex to pass the time, fed up with whatever part of ourselves we’ve had to sell in order to survive the worlds we were born into.”

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

Website: https://www.voltagehawk.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/voltagehawkband

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