Tallah Debuts ‘Cottonmouth’ Video

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Metal outfit Tallah has debuted the video for its latest single.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Cottonmouth’ today via Loudwire.  The song is taken from the band’s debut EP No One Should Read This. Its video features some rather unsettling imagery that may not be suitable for all audiences.

That imagery could also potentially cause epileptic seizures with its flashes and its rapid transitions from one scene to another.  So some viewer discretion is advised in more than one angle.

The band addressed that imagery in a brief collective statement saying the imagery was intentionally chosen, offering little other explanation.

“We purposely went with the most extreme song on the EP for our latest video,” the band said.  “And the video is just as brutal visually as the song is musically.”

Musically speaking, the song boasts a distinct death metal style arrangement complete with matching vocals from front man Justin Bonitz.

‘Cottonmouth’ is the second video and single from the band’s new EP.  It comes approximately three months after the debut of the video for the EP’s lead single, ‘Placenta.’

 

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No One Should Read This is available now via iTunes.  The band is touring now, supporting A Killer’s Confession (which features ex-Mushroomhead front man Waylon Reavis) on its headlining tour. More information on Tallah’s tour schedule, its new video, EP and more is available online now at:

 

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NBC’s ‘The Good Place’ Shows Impressive Growth In Its Second Season

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On September 27, NBC’s quirky new comedy The Good Place returns for its third season.  The renewal came as a surprise to many when it was originally announced, and now the show’s heads are promising plenty of surprises from the series in its upcoming season.  While audiences wait for Season Three’s premiere, they can catch up with the story so far thanks to the recent release of the series’ second season on DVD.  Season Two proves to be a notable improvement from Season One, despite the clear ratings drop between the two seasons.  That is proven in part through the series’ writing, which will be discussed shortly.  The work of the series’ cast is just as notable as that of the series’ writers.  It will be discussed later.  While writing and acting anchor the second season of The Good Place, the two-disc set’s average price point does just as much to make audiences appreciate this season as its content.  When it is considered alongside said content, the whole of this season’s home release proves to be a presentation that is an enjoyable installment of The Good Place.

The second season of NBC’s the Good Place is an enjoyable new installment of what is one of the network’s most notable series, and now thanks to Shout! Factory, it is available on DVD.  Season Two is actually an improvement over the series’ debut season, despite what the ratings may lead some to think.  That is proven in part through the season’s writing.  This season launches with Michael struggling to constantly reboot his project because Eleanor, Chidi, Jason and Tahani keep figuring out that they’re really in the bad place instead of the good place.  Seeing Michael’s reaction each time is worth its own share of laughter, so compliments to the writers are deserved there.  His reaction at trying to cover up his constant failures is just as entertaining as another of the town’s demons basically blackmails him on one side and then the humans blackmail him on the other side, only to befriend him.  That reaction ties into another element of the writing that stands out this season – the character development – which will be discussed momentarily.  Staying on the matter of the story development, audiences see Michael and company eventually leave “The Good Place” and make their way to a “limbo” of sorts and eventually to “Bad Place Headquarters” before even being sent back to Earth, not to give away too much.  This is all important to note because it shows the writers’ ability to keep the story progressing, knowing that if they kept the whole thing in “The Good Place,” that it wouldn’t take long for ideas to dry up and in turn for the show to end.  Considering this, the way in which the writers progressed the story, moved it away from the “Good Place” and into other venues in itself keeps the story fresh and interesting, showing the show’s promise.  It’s just one part of what makes the writing stand out this time.  The character development, as noted earlier, plays into the writing, too.

This time out, the writers created far more character development not only for Michael, but also for Chidi, Eleanor, Jason and Tahani. It’s nice to see all five figures grow and interact together throughout the course of this season.  One of the most notable moments of the group’s interactions comes as Michael has an existential breakdown after realizing what humans deal with on a philosophical level.  It’s such a brief moment, but so entertaining to see the ability to use philosophy to generate laughs and also to show the reach of star Ted Danson’s acting abilities (which will be discussed later).  Staying on that same page (and not to give away too much), when Michael “turns” and “shows his true colors” it’s nice to see that the writers didn’t take the usual route, but instead leave viewers wondering which side he is on at first.  Of course it does become obvious which side he’s on as the demons tear down the town, but the overall execution of that part of that story arc is to be commended, too.  It shows that Michael really has the potential (and maybe even hidden desire) to be good just like his human friends.  This plays out even more later in the season, leaving audiences to see even more development from Michael that is certain to be a key point in Season Three.  That character development aspect won’t be given away here for the sake of those who have yet to see Season Two.  It is a nice element, though and is certain to entertain audiences plenty.  On a lesser note, Janet develops as a character this time out, too, and while at first this development is somewhat annoying – considering it takes that all-too-familiar romance story line – it’s good to see that said story line isn’t allowed to take over the season’s developments.  The same goes to the relationship between Eleanor and Chidi.  If either of these story lines had been allowed to have any more prominence than they did, they would have ruined Season Two.  Luckily though, they were kept under control, so compliments to the writers for keeping those story elements to a minimum.  Each writing element does its own part this season to entertain audiences.  When they are joined, they form a strong foundation for Season Two that gives audiences plenty to appreciate.  Of course the writing is just that, a foundation.  The work of the cast on camera strengthens that foundation even more.

As has already been noted, Ted Danson’s “Michael” is given more development over the course of Season Two.  That development also leads to some of the best acting this season.  His noted existential breakdown late in the season’s run is one of the season’s funniest moments.  That is especially the case as audiences see the result of that breakdown.  Not to give away too much, but it leads Michael to have something of a mid-afterlife-crisis that includes Janet and a sports car.  These moments are some of Danson’s shining moments in Season Two, but not his only highlights.  His subtle cues to his human friends during the roast make this moment entertaining, too.  That’s because he doesn’t go over the top in pointing out his clues.  Even viewers who pay the closest attention might miss them, adding to the enjoyment later after they are revealed.  The moment in which he reveals the truth of his plan to get the humans to the real “Good Place” is another wonderful moment in which Danson’s acting shines this time out.  It would have been so easy for him to ham it up in this clearly key emotional moment, yet he handled the moment expertly, revealing to viewers just as much to the humans that maybe, just maybe there is a desire to be good.  It’s a moment that makes him much more of a sympathetic character.  When it is considered with all of his laugh riot comedic moments, the whole of those moments (including those not noted here), they make Danson’s performances one of the best this season of any of the cast.

While Danson’s performance throughout Season Two stands out, one cannot ignore the performance of William Jackson Harper.  Harper’s presentation of the high-strung ethics professor Chidi is another highlight of the season’s performances.  His reaction at trying to teach his counterparts (and even Michael) different ethical and philosophical topics makes for just as much reason to watch as Danson’s work on camera.  This is especially apparent in his interactions with fellow co-star Manny Jacinto (who plays Jason).  The juxtaposition of Jason’s less than intelligent mindset to Chidi’s too-smart-for-his-own-good persona hints back at the likes of Laurel and Hardy or even the Skipper and Gilligan (which was in its own way, an updated take on Laurel and Hardy).  One could even make a comparison with this pairing to Abbott & Costello’s back and forth.  Every time the pair interacts, each man puts on his best face, giving such a wonderful performance and plenty of laughs.  This is just part of what makes Harper’s performance memorable this season.  His deadpan reaction to Michael as Michael gives a rather incorrect remark about the trolley predicament is another great moment.  Again, no to give away too much, but what he makes Michael do as punishment will have any grownup laughing.  On another note, when Chidi reveals his feelings to Eleanor, it shows Jackson’s ability to handle dramatic acting just as well as comedic acting.  It would have been easy for him to ham up the moment way too much, but he didn’t let the scene get away from himself.  Rather, he made the most of the moment, and truly made the revelation one of the season’s most shocking and powerful moments.  Considering this and his outright comedic prowess (which hints somewhat at his work on PBS’ short-lived reboot of The Electric Company – yes, Mr. Harper, this critic appreciates that work, too), Jackson’s performance is another highlight this season.  It still is not the last of the performances worth noting.  D’Arcy Carden’s (Broad City, Barry) is another notable performance.

Carden’s take on Janet as Janet develops presents its own share of interest.  One of her most notable moments comes as she tries to come to terms with the revelation of a previous relationship with Jason.  Again, not giving away too much here, but her deadpan, mechanical reaction (since Janet is supposed to be a robot) as she tries to process the situation and her feelings lends itself to comparisons with Brent Spiner’s take of Data trying to understand human emotions on Star Trek: The Next Generation.  Watching her take in the reality despite knowing that she is an artificial intelligence so casually will definitely keep viewers engaged.  The same applies as she realizes that her glitching is tied to the aforementioned revelation.  On another note, her struggle to become a “Bad Janet” as the group makes its way to the “Bad Place Headquarters” and tries to navigate the party there is worth its own share of laughs.  Seeing her do something that is so out of place for her and seeing her discomfort shows her own growth as a character while also offering plenty of laughs.  She of course finally handles the needed change in a surprise twist that won’t be revealed here.  It is just as surprising as Chidi’s revelation of his feelings for Eleanor and helps the story advance nicely in the process.  When one considers Carden’s acting alongside that of Jackson and Danson (as well as the rest of the cast), it goes without saying that the cast’s work presents its own positives to Season Two’s presentation.  When those positives are coupled with the positives in the season’s writing, both elements show so much overall growth this season.  That growth, in turn, presents plenty of hope for Season Three.  Keeping all of this in mind, the average price point for Season Two’s two-disc set makes all the laughs and overall entertainment worth it.

Using the nation’s biggest retailers – Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart and Amazon – and Shout! Factory’s own store – since the set has been distributed via Shout! Factory – the average price point of The Good Place: Season Two comes in at $14.68.  With taxes, that brings the set’s average price point to just over $15.  That is not an overly expensive price point, considering so many DVD box sets run anywhere from $30 – $40.  Paying on average $15 for two discs means that on average the set is a little more than $7 per disc or roughly $1.25 per episode.  Again that is a relatively affordable price.  Considering how much growth is displayed in this season both in regards to its writing and the cast’s work, that is saying plenty, too.  Keeping all of this in mind, this season’s set is one that clearly proves worth the purchase whether one is a fan of The Good Place or a new viewer.

The second season of NBC’s quirky ethics-based series The Good Place is a welcome new entry to the series.  It is an entry that new fans and those who have watched from the first season will appreciate.  That is due in no small part to the season’s writing.  the writing displays plenty of growth from the characters and in the story itself.  The work of the series’ cast shows its own growth, too, offering just as much entertainment.  The set’s average price point is relatively affordable at $15.  That is not a bad price for the entertainment offered by the noted writing and acting.  Keeping all of that in mind, the second season of NBC’s The Good Place proves worth the purchase for fans of this quirky young comedy. It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct via Shout! Factory’s online store now.  More information on The Good Place is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Soulfly Announces New Album Release Date, Specs; Debuts Album’s Lead Single

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Soulfly returns this fall with another new album, and in anticipation, the band has debuted the album’s lead single.

Ritual, the band’s 11th full-length studio recordingis scheduled to be released in stores and online October 19 via Nuclear Blast Records.  The 10-song record was produced, mixed and recorded by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Gojira, Killer Be Killed).  Soulfly front man Max Cavalera expressed his respect for Wilbur as part of the reason for tapping him to helm the record’s creation during a recent interview.

“Working with Josh Wilbur with Soulfly this time around has been amazing,” Cavalera said.  “He’s a huge fan and added a lot to the record. I would fight for the fast songs and he would always push me to add more groove.  I thin kin the end we created a really cool mix of songs that covers a lot of ground in my career.  Let the Ritual begin!”

Pre-orders are open now for Ritual.  The record features a variety of guest vocal performances including performances from Lamb of God front man Randy Blythe and Immolation front man/bassist Ross Dolan.  The record’s track listing is noted below.

In anticipation of Ritual‘s release, Soulfly has debuted the album’s lead single ‘Evil Empowered.’  The song is streaming online now here.

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‘Ready Jet Go!”s Debut DVD Is A Great Early Halloween Treat For The Whole Family

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The dog days of summer are officially here, and while its unbearably hot out there right now, it won’t be long now before fall sets in.  With the return of fall also comes the annual return of the official start of the holiday season, Halloween.  Many people refuse to accept that Halloween opens the holiday season, but it does.  In anticipation of Halloween’s return, PBS Distribution is getting families everywhere in the holiday spirit a little early with the upcoming release of Ready jet Go!’s debut DVD, Ready Jet Go!: Jet’s First Halloween.  Set for release August 28, this single disc episode collection is another fun Halloween offering for the whole family.  That is due in no small part to the stories featured in the collection.  They will be discussed shortly.  The lessons tied into the stories also play collectively into the DVD’s presentation and will be discussed a little later.  The DVD’s average price point rounds out its most important elements.  Each element noted here is important in its own right to the whole of Ready Jet Go!: Jet’s First Halloween.  All things considered, they make this DVD a presentation that is a great early Halloween treat for the whole family.

PBS Distribution’s debut Ready Jet Go! DVD Jet’s First Halloween is a great early Halloween treat for the whole family.  That is due in no small part to the stories that make up the DVD’s main body.  The story of Jet’s first Halloween is the collection’s central story.  This story follows Jet and his parents as they celebrate Halloween for the very first time on Earth.  From learning about carving jack-o-lanterns to dressing up and crafting a haunted house, Jet and his family have lots of fun in their first holiday experience.  This is all despite Mitchell’s efforts to figure out what the Propulsion family is really up to.  There’s even a “witch” riding a broom in front of the red “harvest” moon as an added treat for Jet and his friends.  If that’s not enough family friendly fun, audiences also get to see Jet and his friends try to dig to the center of the Earth in ‘Digging Earth.’  The group even uses Sydney’s favorite comic book character, Commander Cressida as motivation.  Viewers of all ages will enjoy watching to see how deep the kids can go.  ‘Mindy’s Mystery,’ which is in fact the parent episode to ‘Digging Earth’ – both episodes are from the series’ debut season along with ‘Jet’s First Halloween’ – follows Jet and his friends as they try to figure out what sweet aroma is keeping Mindy awake at night.  The answer is surprising to say the least.  Mitchell also has his own problem as he’s trying to figure out what bright light is keeping him awake.  Given, the latter pair of episodes is not Halloween-themed, but are still enjoyable in their own right, and in turn, add to the DVD’s overall presentation.  They also present lessons that add their own enjoyment to the DVD’s presentation, too.

The lessons tied into the DVD’s stories are so enjoyable in part because of how subtly they are written into the stories.  It’s obvious to older audiences that they are there.  However, their addition to the stories is just subtle enough that younger viewers won’t even know they’re being educated while also being entertained.  Case in point, the lesson in the DVD’s title episode on why the moon turns red.  Viewers will be interested to learn about how the sun’s light is dispersed, leading to the red coloring. What’s more, learning about the moon’s rotation in relation to that of the Earth after the fact helps deepen that understanding even more.  The geology lesson connected to ‘Digging Earth’ and the dual astronomy/botany lesson tied into ‘Mindy’s Mystery’ show the reach of the show’s educational content. This is another positive to note. Simply put, the lessons are so well balanced with the stories themselves that audiences get plenty of education and entertainment all at the same time.  Interestingly enough, some of the lessons, even parents might not know.  To that end, it adds to the importance of the lessons since parents might get educated just as easily as children.  Keeping this in mind, this DVD offers plenty for audiences to appreciate in terms of the content.  They are not the only positives to note in examining the DVD’s whole  Its average price point is just as notable.

The average price point of Ready Jet Go!: Jet’s First Halloween is only $5.98.  That price was reached by averaging the DVD’s price from America’s four biggest retailers – Target, Best Buy, Amazon and Wal-Mart – and PBS’ own online store.  Adding taxes (and not counting shipping), that still puts the DVD’s average price at just over $6.00  Considering the amount of entertaining and educational content presented throughout the DVD’s 55-minute run time, that is not a bad price at all.  Considering that this content is family friendly – meaning parents would be safe leaving kids to watch it themselves or parents could watch with their kids – it suffices to say that this is roughly $6.00 well-spent.  Keeping all of this in mind, Ready Jet Go!: Jet’s First Halloween proves to be a great early Halloween treat for the whole family from PBS Distribution.

PBS Distribution’s debut DVD from its hit animated series Ready Jet Go!: Jet’s First Halloween is a great early Halloween treat for the whole family.  That is due, as noted, in part to the family friendly stories featured in each episode.  The stories will have the whole family laughing and fully engaged from start to end.  The lessons included as part of each story do just as much as the stories themselves to keep viewers engaged.  The DVD’s price rounds out its most important element.  Each element noted here is important in its own way.  All things considered, they make the DVD – again – a great early Halloween treat for the whole family.  It will be available August 28 in stores and online.  It can be pre-ordered online via PBS’ online store.  More information on the DVD is available online along with printables, activities and more at:

 

 

 

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Metal Purists Will Welcome Anialator’s Return On ‘Rise To Supremacy’

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The Texas music scene is by far one of the richest of any across America.  While some may immediately associate the “Lone Star State” with country music – which apparently still happens to this day – Texas has been home to a number of respected acts from across the musical universe.  Those acts include the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Holly Roy Orbison, Don Henley, The Reverend Horton Heat, Bowling For Soup, Pantera, Drowning Pool and so many others.  Those are just some of the state’s more well-known acts.  It has also produced some respected names in its under ground scene.  Metal outfit Anialator – not to be confused with the veteran Canadian metal band Annihilator – is just one of those underground acts from Texas that has gained such fame.  That is even though the band originally only lasted for three years in its original run from 1986 – 1989.  The band reformed in 2015, and early this year released its first real new studio recording since the release of the band’s 1989 EP Anialator II in the form of Rise to Supremacy. This latest effort is an interesting return for the Corpus Christi-based band as compared to its previous studio efforts.  As with those records, this 5-song record once again conjures comparisons to the likes of Slayer and other similar acts, but the sound produced throughout sounds more focused and fine-tuned.  That is just one of the elements worth noting in examining the EP.  The record’s seeming lyrical themes should also be discussed in examining the record.  Its sequencing rounds out the most important of its elements and will be discussed a little later, too.  Each element noted here is important in its own right to the whole of Rise to Surpremacy.  All things considered, they make this EP a hopeful new start for the band.

Veteran metal outfit Anialator’s new five-song EP Rise to Surpremacy is an interesting new beginning for the Corpus Christi, Texas-based band.  That is especially the case considering that it is the band’s first official release since the release of Anialator II way back in 1989.  This new return from Anialator is an interesting return in part because of its songs and their related production.  As with the songs included in the band’s previous pairs of EPs, the songs included in this song once again conjure those familiar comparisons to the likes of Slayer, Terror, Devastation and others of that ilk.  That is nothing new for this band, looking back at the band’s previous EPs from the late 80s.  The production of that sound is what really makes the songs stand out this time.  The production of this EP is so much cleaner and fine-tuned than Anialator II (1989) and its debut self-titled 1988 EP.  Those records, in all honesty sounded like they had just been thrown together – one giant mish mash of sound.  Given, maybe that was because of the recording tech available at the time, but either way, it just sounds here like the record’s songs were so much more focused and fine-tuned.  The attention to every instrument – and even the vocals – makes everything sound so much more balanced.  That in turn gives listeners reason in itself to check out this EP.  It is just one part of what makes the record worth hearing.  The record’s lyrical content makes it just as interesting.

The EP opens with a song titled ‘Embrace the Chaos.’  That alone sounds ominous.  Yet, listening to the song, front man Angel Gonzalez presents what seems like a more familiar topic with a seeming sociopolitical commentary.  That is inferred as he screams of a “world in crisis” and that “all is lost.”  He also makes note that “anger feeds who we are” and “who we will be” in this song.  What’s really interesting here is that as nihilistic as this seems, he goes on to note in the song’s second verse that “Life is full of hate/It will betray/So choose your fate a better way.”  In other words, for all of the pessimism here, he seems to be saying that something better is possible even with all of the negativity in the world.  There’s also mention of “facing this threat” and that “resistance is here to stay.”  It just seems like for all of the seeming negativity in the song’s title, it is in essence a lyrical work encouraging people not to let the world’s chaos get them down, but to embrace it and just live their lives to the best that they can.  As always, that is all just this critic’s interpretation and could be completely wrong.  Hopefully it isn’t.  Either way, it is definitely powerful enough that it will create plenty of discussions among listeners.  That in turn shows clearly the importance of the EP’s lyrical content.

‘The lyrical theme (or seeming them) at the center of ‘Thick Skinned’ is another interesting example of the importance of the record’s overall lyrical themes.  This song also seems like something of a sociopolitical commentary, too as Gonzalez notes of someone being “weak” and “incomplete” and by result, being “obsolete.”  There are also mentions of seeing the world a certain way, etc.  Working the lyrics sans lyrics sheet makes things a little difficult, full discretion.  There is also note of ‘knowing” one’s “place” and choosing one’s “words wisely” here.  It’s all very interesting to be fully honest, and knowing the full story would make it all the more interesting.  Regardless of what Gonzalez is trying to communicate here, it is obvious that it is a commentary of sorts.  The topic in question is what remains in question.  The discussions sure to be generated as a result shows even more the importance of the song’s lyrical content (and that of the EP in whole).

‘All Systems Down,’ the record’s second entry, is another way in which the EP’s lyrical content proves so interesting.  As with the other noted songs, this one also comes across as a commentary of sorts as Gonzalez screams in the song’s chorus, “All systems down/the world is upside down…”  there is also mention of one’s “eyes burning from the visions” and more.  Simply put, this is another rather nihilistic view of the current and potential future of America (and possibly the world).  It fits right in with the rest of the record’s lyrical material considering the seeming frustration at what the world has become.  Again, this is all just this critic’s interpretation working through these songs sans lyrics sheet, so hopefully nothing was misinterpreted here either. That aside, it is just as certain as the other songs to generate plenty of discussion among listeners, and after all, is that not the point of lyrics?  To that end, the discussion that this song is sure to generate (along with that sure to be created by the other noted songs and the remaining pair not noted here) the lyrics in this record prove without doubt to be just as important to its presentation as its musical content.  Those two elements together give any metal purist reason enough to hear this record at least once.  They are still not the last of the reasons for listeners to hear the EP.  The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements.

The sequencing of this five-song record keeps its energy at the highest level while the volume stays right up there, too alongside with the interest in its lyrical themes.  From start to end, listeners get a record that does not let up in its intensity on any level.  It shows that just as much time, thought and effort was put into the sequencing as the creation of the songs and their production.  That is another good sign for the record’s potential and even that of the band being that the band only reunited a few years ago after so much time apart.  Keeping this in mind along with the impact of the EP’s lyrical themes and its much more refined sound in its musical arrangements, the EP proves in whole to be a good re-start for Anialator and a good way to introduce new metal legions to the band.

Anialator’s first new record in nearly three decades is a good return for the band which initially made a name for itself in the 80s thrash metal scene in Texas’ underground scene.  While it is only a five-song record, it stands starkly as an improvement from the band’s first two EPs from 1988 and 1989.  That is thanks in no small part to the musical arrangements in this record and their overall production.  They collectively show quite a bit of focus and refinement in comparison to the band’s previous efforts.  Its lyrical themes are certain to generate plenty of discussion, too, as has been noted in an examination of just three of its songs.  Its sequencing puts the final touch to its presentation, ensuring the EP’s energy and interest never dwindles from one song to the next.  Each element noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the EP.  All things considered, they make Rise to Supremacy a record that could in fact help Anialator rise in the metal community today unlike its past efforts.  It is available now via the band’s bandcamp page.  More information on Rise to Supremacy is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Accept Announces New Tour Dates

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Veteran thrash metal outfit Accept has launched a new slate of live tour dates.

Dubbed the “Rise of Chaos Festivals 2018 Tour,” the tour launched July 26 and is scheduled to run through November 11.  The new series of “festival” shows are in support of the band’s most recent album, The Rise of Chaos (2017).  That record — which has spawned the singles ‘The Rise of Chaos,’ ‘Koolaid‘ and ‘Die By the Sword‘ — can be ordered both physically and digitally now.

While the current schedule only takes the band through November of this year, a number of European dates are currently being scheduled for Spring 2019.  That tour will include an orchestra to back up the band on the to be announced dates.  The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

ACCEPT live:

26.07.  H         Székesfehérvár – Fezen Festival
28.07.  A         Vienna – Stadthalle (w/ JUDAS PRIESTBATTLE BEAST)
 
28.09.  USA     Agoura Hills, CA – The Canyon
29.09.  USA     Pasadena, CA – The Rose
30.09.  USA     Santa Clarita, CA – The Canyon
 
06.10.  MEX    Monterrey – Tecate México Metal Fest
10.10.  BR       Belém – Botequim
12.10.  BR       Fortaleza – Complexo Armazém (w/ KORZUSMATANZA)
14.10.  BR       São Paulo – Carioca Club
16.10.  BR       Belo Horizonte – MG
01.11.  D         Köln – Live Music Hall
02.11.  D         Weissenhäuser Strand / Ostsee – Metal Hammer Paradise
03.11.  D         Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
04.11.  D         Obertraubling – Eventhall Airport

As an added bonus for fans, the band has also announced it is working on a new live recording, Symphonic Terror — Live at Wacken 2017.  That recording will be released this fall.  Its official release date will be announced soon.  More information on Symphonic Terror — Live at Wacken 2017 is available online now along with all of the band’s latest tour news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.acceptworldwide.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/accepttheband

 

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Judas Priest Reminds Listeners To Have ‘No Surrender’ With New Video

Courtesy: Columbia Records

Judas Priest is giving audiences another taste of its new album with another brand new music video.

The band debuted the video for its single ‘No Surrender‘ on July 23.  The video sets the adrenaline-fueled single against footage of the band rehearsing in the studio and animated shots of the cover art from the band’s new album Firepower.  the band explained in a collective statement that the song’s lyrical theme is a call to action and unity of sorts.

“‘No Surrender’ captures the true metal fighting spirit, and metalheads around the world find a united voice within the message of this song,” the band said.  “When you honestly believe in yourself and live your life the way you have the right to, with no surrender, then nothing will ever stop you from living your dream.”

Along with the debut this week of its new video, Judas Priest also has announced an upcoming North American summer/fall tour with Deep Purple.  The tour is scheduled to launch Aug. 21 in Cincinnati, Ohio and to run through Sept. 30 in Wheatland, CA.  It includes stops in Charlotte, NC; Detroit, MI; San Diego, CA and many other cities nationwide.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

JUDAS PRIEST TOUR DATES:

8/21 — Cincinnati, OH — Riverbend Music Center
8/22 — Chicago, IL — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/24 — Detroit, MI — Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
8/25 — Mt. Pleasant, MI — Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort
8/27 — Hamilton, ON — FirstOntario Centre
8/29 — Montreal, QC — Bell Centre
8/30 — Quebec City, QC — Centre Videotron
9/1 — Wantagh, NY — Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
9/2 — Bethel Woods, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
9/5 — Darien Center, NY — Darien Lake Amphitheater
9/6 — Holmdel, NJ — PNC Bank Arts Center
9/8 — Virginia Beach, VA — Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
9/9 — Camden, NJ — BB&T Pavilion
9/11 — Charlotte, NC — PNC Music Pavilion
9/12 — Jacksonville, FL — Daily’s Place
9/14 — Atlanta, GA — Verizon Amphitheatre
9/16 — Biloxi, MS — Mississippi Coast Coliseum
9/18 — Kansas City, MO — Starlight Theatre
9/20 — Welch, MN — Treasure Island Casino
9/21 — Council Bluffs, IA — Harrah’s Council Bluffs
9/23 — Denver, CO — Pepsi Center
9/26 — San Diego, CA — Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
9/27 — Irvine, CA — FivePoint Amphitheatre
9/29 — Mountain View, CA — Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/30 — Wheatland, CA — Toyota Amphitheatre

More information on Judas Priest’s new video, tour schedule and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.JudasPriest.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/judaspriest

 

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