Moms (And Families) Everywhere Are Sure To Enjoy Cheri Magill’s Latest LP

Courtesy: Red Shoe Records

Being a mother is a special experience for so many women.  From the most stressful moments to the most heartfelt, the lowest of lows and the highest of highs, mothers are there for their children and families.  So in return for all that mothers do and all that they are, singer-songwriter Cheri Magill will release a new tribute to mothers everywhere next week in the form of her new album Tour Guide.  It goes without saying that this 10-song record is a tribute that mothers everywhere will appreciate.  That is thanks in part to the accessibility of its lyrical themes.  This will be discussed shortly.  The varied musical arrangements presented in the songs play their own collectively important part to the record’s whole, and will be discussed later.  The record’s sequencing plays into its appeal by its target audiences, too.  That is because it is just as certain as the record’s musical and lyrical content to keep those audiences engaged and entertained.  When it is joined with that musical and lyrical content, the whole of those elements makes Tour Guide in whole, a work that will appeal not only to mothers, but to grandmothers as well.  Keeping this in mind, it goes without saying that Tour Guide is easily one of this year’s top new family albums.

Cheri Magill’s forthcoming album Tour Guide is a work that, in whole, is certain to appeal not only to mothers, but also to their mothers.  That is due in no small part to the accessibility of its varied lyrical themes.  From start to end, Magill touches on topics to which every mother can relate in the noted themes.  From the stresses of dealing with picky eaters and cleaning up after those adorable little ones in ‘Crazy’ to the emotional growth that a mother experiences as her child/children grow in ‘Brave’ to the love that a mother shows by trying to balance schedules and keep up with her kids in general in ‘Don’t Forget,’ and beyond, the themes presented throughout the album are wholly relatable to any mom.  For those who hope for that standard over-the-top emotional ballad, Magill has included that here in the form of ‘Unconditional,’ in which she sings about…well…a mother’s unconditional undying love for her children.  No doubt this one, with its overly saccharine sweet lyrics and musical arrangement, will leave not a dry eye in the house.  That and other arrangements included in the album will be discussed shortly.  Staying on the topic of those relatable lyrical themes, the reality of said themes and their ability to connect to mothers everywhere in itself forms a solid foundation for this record, making for a great starting point for its presentation.  The arrangements strengthen that foundation through their variety and through their impact on the songs themselves.

As noted already, the arrangement at the center of ‘Unconditionally’ is a gentle, saccharine sweet, piano-driven arrangement that makes the song quite the powerful composition.  Making a comparison here, it’s the kind of composition that will appeal to fans of Paula Cole and other similar singers.  It’s just one example of why the album’s arrangements are so important to the whole of Tour Guide.  For those wanting something a little more light-hearted, Magill offers the decidedly “poppy” ‘Lasso The Moon,’ which is certain to appeal to fans of Michelle Branch and other similar acts.  The arrangement that forms the foundation of ‘Crazy’ is a fun, light-hearted indie-pop style composition that is certain to put a smile on any listener’s face just through that arrangement.  Anyone that’s a fan of Maroon 5 and Andy Grammar will enjoy the equally light, airy arrangement at the center of ‘Better.’  As if all of that isn’t enough, the gentle, flowing piano-driven arrangement at the center of ‘Tour Guide’ conjures thoughts of a certain song from the soundtrack of Disney/Pixar’s Up.  Given, it’s not exactly the same, but there’s something in the two arrangements that invariably connects them.  That is meant in the best way possible.  The arrangement at the center of ‘Brave’ is one that will appeal just as easily to any mainstream pop fan, too, with its brooding keyboard and strings.  Between these arrangements and the others not directly noted here, it should be clear at this point just how important the album’s musical arrangements are to its whole.  They offer just as much variety and entertainment as the songs’ lyrical themes.  Keeping this in mind, the lyrical and musical elements of this album collectively go a long way toward making it a truly enjoyable musical gift for moms everywhere.  Even as much as they do for the album’s whole, they are not its only key elements.  The album’s sequence rounds out its most important elements.

The album’s sequencing is so critical to its enjoyment because without the thought and time put into the sequencing, the songs would still be enjoyable, but not as engaging.  Right from the album’s outset, listeners get an up-tempo arrangement in its title song.  The energy of that song continues on into ‘Lasso the Moon’ (on a side note, one can’t help but wonder if Magill was watching the classic James Stewart movie It’s A Wonderful Life when she developed that song’s title.  Getting back on the topic at hand, Magill pulls back, but only minimally as the album progresses into its third song, ‘You Are Here.’  This song, by the way, is certain to generate plenty of smiles, laughs and tears of joy through its flowing musical arrangement and vivid lyrical picture.  Things pick right back up after ‘You Are Here’ with the previously discussed arrangement in ‘Crazy.’  This light-hearted, bouncy arrangement is infectious to say the very least, and is certain in itself to keep listeners engaged.  As the album moves into ‘Brave,’ its mid-point, it moves into a much more dramatic sound and feel, which definitely changes things up and keeps the album interesting.  The energy gradually builds back from here over the course of the album’s next few entries – ‘Still,’ ‘Don’t You Forget’ and ‘Better.’  As the album moves through its last two songs, ‘Unconditionally’ and ‘Chopsticks Lulllaby,’ its energy again becomes reserved, finish off in very gentle fashion.  That gentle, flowing finale is a direct contrast to the energy in the album’s opening and first half in general.  Obviously, this was done intentionally.  It shows, once more, the time and thought put into the album’s sequencing for the utmost impact.  Taking this into consideration along with the time and thought put into the rest of the album’s sequencing, the whole of that element proves to do just as much for the album as the songs themselves.  When all three elements are joined together, they make Tour Guide a record a wonderful, moving musical trip for moms (and even families) everywhere.

Cheri Magill’s latest album Tour Guide is a wonderful musical trip for moms (and families) everywhere that is also without doubt one of this year’s top new family albums.  That is proven in part through its completely accessible lyrical themes.  Those themes are topics to which every mom (and even dad, believe it or not) can relate.  The diverse range of musical arrangements presented throughout the album do plenty to make this record enjoyable, too.  The obvious time and thought put into the album’s sequencing puts the finishing touch to the album’s overall presentation.  Each element is, again, clearly important in its own way, as has been pointed out here.  All things considered, they make Tour Guide not only fun for the whole family, but in turn, one of this year’s top new family albums.  It will be available May 4 via Red Shoe Records.  More information on Tour Guide is available online now along with Magill’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Fates Warning Announces ‘Live Over Europe’ Release Date, Specs

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Fates Warning has a new live recording on the way.

The veteran progressive rock act announced Thursday that it will release its new live recording Live Over Europe on June 29 via InsideOut Music.  The 2-CD, 23-song recording culls performances from eight stops along Fates Warning’s run through Europe this past January in support of its latest album Theories of Flight — Aschaffenburg, Germany; Belgrade, Serbia; Thessaloniki and Athens, Greece; Rome and Milan, Italy; Budapest, Hungary and Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The double-disc set, which spans the band’s 30 year-long life, was mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Kreator, Symphony X) and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden.  It will be available as limited edition 2-CD deluxe mediabook, 3LP/2CD combo pack, and digitally.  The recording’s full track listing is noted below.

Front man Ray Alder said in a recent interview that he was looking forward to the recording’s release.

“We would like to thank each and every one of our fans that helped us make Live Over Europe,” Alder said.  “We had a great time making this album, and we hope that you enjoyed the shows as much as we did playing them!”

FATES WARNING  “Live Over Europe“

CD 1:
1. From the Rooftops
2. Life in Still Water
3. One
4. Pale Fire
5. Seven Stars
6. SOS
7. Pieces of Me
8. Firefly
9. The Light and Shade of Things
10. Wish
11. Another Perfect Day
12. Silent Cries
13. And Yet it Moves

CD 2:
1. Still Remains
2. Nothing Left to Say
3. Acquiescence
4. The Eleventh Hour
5. Point of View
6. Falling
7. A Pleasant Shade of Gray, Pt. IX
8. Through Different Eyes
9. Monument
10. Eye to Eye

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‘Kentucky’ Is One Of BSC’s Best And Most Important Albums To Date

Courtesy: Mascot Records

The wait is almost over for Black Stone Cherry’s return.  The veteran Kentucky-based blues-rock based band returns this Friday with its sixth full-length studio recording, Family Tree.  Before that album hits stores, this critic is going to take a look back at some of the band’s most recent releases, beginning today with the band’s most recent album, 2016’s Kentucky.  Originally released April 1, 2016 via Mascot records, the album was the band’s debut for Mascot Records.  Its previous four albums up to that point had been released via Roadrunner Records.  It is also one of the band’s most important albums to date because of the growth that it displays throughout the course of its 13-song, 52-minute body.  That growth is evident in arrangements that audibly move away from the band’s familiar southern rock sound in favor of a heavier sound a la Alter Bridge and other similar bands as well as its lyrical themes.  This change is clear right from the album’s outset in ‘The Way Of The Future,’ which will be discussed shortly.  The band’s cover of Edwin Starr’s ‘War’ is another example of that growth.  It will be discussed later.  ‘Feelin’ Fuzzy,’ with its infectious hooks and choruses is yet another example of the growth presented in this record.  Of course, for all of the growth shown throughout the album, there are still some hints of the band’s prior works here such as in the gentle album closer ‘The Rambler,’ ‘Long Ride’ and ‘Cheaper To Drink Alone.’  Those songs will appeal to the band’s more seasoned audiences while the newer (at the time) sound presented throughout will reach an even wider swath of listeners.  Between all of those works and those not noted here, the whole of Kentucky proves to be a record that is not only the band’s most important album to date (at that point), but one of its best albums to date.

Black Stone Cherry’s 2016 album Kentucky is one of the band’s most important and best albums to date.  That is because it proves to have been a creative turning point for the band.  In place of the familiar southern rock fare which audiences had come to know from the band up to that point are harder-edged composition more akin to the likes of Alter Bridge than Lynyrd Skynyrd.  The album’s lyrical themes are deeper, too.  The album’s opener, ‘The Way of the Future’ is one of the examples of those changes that made the album so impressive.  The song’s musical arrangement starts off with a heavy, grinding, almost Black Label Society style riff from guitarist Ben Wells that goes on to form the foundation of the arrangement.  John Fred Young’s solid time keeping in the mid-tempo rocker, coupled with Jon Lawhon’s bass line strengthens that foundation even more.  Front man Chris Robertson’s powerhouse vocal delivery of the song’s socially conscious lyrics puts the finishing touch to the song’s arrangement.  Speaking of those lyrics, they do their own part in making this song so strong.  Robertson sings in the song’s lead verse, “Wake up/Hope ya don’t get shot/Step out/Hope ya don’t get robbed/There’s children killin’ their selves/Who killed whom else for killing ourselves/Watch out/Devil’s gotta get rich/Better stop fallin’ for these tricks/We’re all killing ourselves/Who killed whom else for killing ourselves/It’s the way of the future/There’s no place to hide/You promise to listen/I’ll promise you life/though these perfect politicians/They’re smothered in grease/It’s the way of the future that don’t work for me/Take back control/Fight for your soul.”  This verse leaves little to no question as to its message.  It’s a commentary on the current state of the world.  Given, this is hardly the first time that a band or act of any genre has gone down that road, but even considering that, it’s still a strong statement thanks to the way in which it is worded.  Robertson doesn’t stop here with his scathing indictment, either.  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “Hang on, let’s all get offended/Keep on poisoning the system/There’s just wrong and there’s right/No black and no white/No right in this fight/Throw away everything you’ve been told to believe/Break away from these chains/We’re supposed to be free/Yeah, free.”  Again, little to no doubt is left here.  This is the song’s subject addressing how far the world has fallen from where it once was, with everyone getting offended about everything and refusing to see the shades of grey in life.  It’s a harsh, yet true statement.  The power in the song’s musical arrangement couples with that strong, scathing indictment of society’s descent to make this song one that is certain to resonate with listeners.  Keeping this in mind, it makes sense why it was chosen to open the album.  It is a bold statement about the direction that the band took on this album, and only the first.  The band’s cover of Edwin Starr’s ‘War’ is an equally bold statement about the band’s direction this time out.

Black Stone Cherry’s cover of Edwin Starr’s 1970 hit single ‘War’ is another important addition to Kentucky because it shows just as much in its own way the new direction that the band took on this album.  It perfectly compliments the album’s opener because it, too is a social commentary as well as a protest.  Comparing this version to Starr’s original and even to the re-imagined take that Bone Thugs-N-Harmondy did with Henry Rollins, Flea and Tom Morello, BSC’s take is honestly the best take on the song to come along in quite a while.  That is because it largely stays true to the source material while also giving the song a nice, new update, musically speaking.  The addition of the saxophone and trumpet line to BSC’s arrangement is a nice new touch because of their subtlety.  Robertson’s vocal delivery is also just as strong as Starr’s was in the song’s original take almost five decades ago.  That’s saying a lot.  Add in the fact that the band didn’t try to add any new lyrics to the song in this take – unlike in the aforementioned 1998 super group take included in the Small Soldiers soundtrack – and the song becomes even stronger in its presentation.  The coupling of the song’s updated arrangement that still stays true to its source material and lyrical content that also stays true to the original makes this song one more of the album’s highest points.  It shows once more the band’s growth in this album, and in turn why this album is, two years later, still among Black Stone Cherry’s most important and best albums to date.  Even with all of this in mind, the band’s cover of ‘War’ is not the last of the album’s high points.  ‘Feelin’ Fuzzy’ is one more example of what makes Kentucky such a standout offering from Black Stone Cherry.

‘Feelin’ Fuzzy’ is an important addition to Kentucky in part because of its musical arrangement.  What’s interesting to note here is that a close listen to the arrangement reveals at least some hint of the band’s southern rock roots.  At the same time, the solid, hard rock leanings that are so much more prevalent throughout the album is just as obvious.  What audiences will appreciate here is the balance of the old and new.  It shows that the band didn’t want to alienate its established fan base, but also wanted to once again show the growth that is evidenced throughout the rest of the album’s run.  The band is to be commended for that thought and effort, as it clearly paid off in the song’s arrangement.  Looking at the song’s lyrical content, this song shows just as much growth here.  Robertson sings in the song’s lead verse, “Took a trip and might’ve slipped and fell into a hole/Might be magic/Might be tragic/The way this all unfolds/I’m feelin’ fuzzy/Spinning around/The trees keep laughing while they hit the ground/They know something we don’t/Feelin’ fuzzy/Spinning around.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “Took a sip and burned my lips/But love the way you taste/Catch the habit, gotta have it/If we’re gonna escape/Things you’re fearing disappearing/Never seen before/House of reasons fall to pieces/A new king is born.”  Even this critic is at a loss for interpretation here.  On one hand, one would assume this is perhaps a lyrical illustration of the song’s subject going through the effects of drugs and/or alcohol.  That is inferred as Robertson sings through the chorus, “I’m feelin’ fuzzy/Spinning around/The trees keep laughing while they hit the ground/They know something we don’t.”  The seeming Alice in Wonderland reference in the lead verse adds even more interest here.  Between that and the wording in the song’s second verse, it almost seems as the song’s subject is singing about life changing, and is doing so through deep metaphorical language.  Of course this could be a completely incorrect interpretation.  Either way, it is certain to generate plenty of discussion, if it hasn’t already done so since the album’s initial release.  Keeping this in mind, the whole of this song – joined with the whole of the other discussed songs and those not directly noted here – makes Kentucky a “rock” solid (yes, this critic went there) record from Black Stone Cherry and one of the band’s best and most important offerings to date.

Black Stone Cherry’s 2016 album Kentucky is one of the veteran band’s best and most important albums to date.  That is evidenced from start to end of the 13-song, 52-minute record’s body in the record’s hard rock-styled musical arrangements and content heavy lyrical themes.  From the heavy social commentary of ‘The Way of the Future’ and its equally heavy musical arrangement to the equally musically and lyrically heavy cover of ‘War’ that stays largely true to its source material to the extremely heavy and deep content in ‘Feelin’ Fuzzy,’ there is plenty of example of what makes this record stand out.  Add in the depth of ‘The Rambler,’ ‘Long Ride,’ ‘Cheaper To Drink Alone’ and the rest of the album’s offerings, and audiences get in whole here a record that stands tall among its current offerings.  It proves in whole through its overall musical and lyrical content to be – once more – one of Black Stone Cherry’s best and most important albums to date.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on Kentucky is available online now along with all of Black Stone Cherry’s latest news at:

 

 

 

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‘NOVA: Killer Volcanoes’ Is A “Hotly” Entertaining And Engaging Watch

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Volcanoes are among Earth’s most stunning and awe-inspiring geographical features. From giving birth to new islands to their ability to disrupt and even destroy life around the world, it’s no wonder that they have been the subject of so many documentaries and major Hollywood blockbusters. Luckily, those blockbusters, which are largely fictitious, have flopped while the docs have been far more successful. This past December, PBS released what was at the time just the latest in that long flow (yes, that awful pun was intended) of volcano docs on DVD in the form of NOVA: Killer Volcanoes. Originally having aired Oct. 4, 2017, this roughly hour-long program is an interesting look at what is just one of history’s most cataclysmic eruptions. It is a story that is certain to engage and entertain audiences just as much as those flash-in-the-pan big screen flicks without worrying about being forgotten. This will be discussed shortly. Considering that the program focuses on just one volcano in particular, its title is of course, a little problematic. Even as problematic as it is, it is not enough to make the program unwatchable. It’s just something of an annoyance that was obviously overlooked. It will be discussed later. Staying on the matter of the program’s aesthetic elements, its cinematography and editing give audiences just as much reason to watch as the story itself. They will be discussed later, too. Each element noted here is important in its own way to the whole of NOVA: Killer Volcanoes. All things considered, this episode, while perhaps somewhat reminiscent of previous, similar programs from PBS, still is its own “hotly” (yes, that pun was intended, too) entertaining and engaging program.

NOVA: Killer Volcanoes is an interesting new addition to PBS’ rich history of programs centered on what is easily one of Earth’s most stunning and awe-inspiring geographical features. While not the first doc of its kind from PBS, the story at the center of this episode of NOVA is an original, giving audiences plenty of reason in itself to watch this doc. The story follows a group of researchers as they try to find the volcano (or volcanoes) responsible for a cataclysmic event that happened in the 13th Century. It was an event that impacted life around the world, even causing countless deaths because of its impact on global weather patterns. The lengths to which the researchers go — including traveling to a far-flung corner of the world — and the research and efforts undertaken in that process, coupled with the mystery at the heart of the story makes this overall story one that is just as engaging as any major Hollywood disaster flick, if not better. That is a telling statement, showing once more the value of PBS’ programming. It is programming that easily holds its own against so much mainstream material, and stands the test of time at that. Keeping this in mind, it becomes clear why the story at the center of NOVA: Killer Volcanoes is so important to its whole. While the program’s story overall forms a solid foundation for its presentation, it’s a story that doesn’t entirely match up with the program’s title.

The title of this episode of NOVA is Killer Volcanoes. However, the focus of the whole program is the search for just one killer volcano. Given, the whole search starts by trying to figure out which of the world’s many volcanoes was the one responsible for the cataclysm at the heart of the story, but once the specific location of the volcano is pinpointed ,the search turns to one volcano in particular. Not to give away too much, but the volcano in question doesn’t even exist today. The surprise in that revelation is another key piece of the story. Getting back to the issue of the title, very fact that roughly 90 percent of the story is spent focusing on the Indonesian volcano in question, the program’s title really does not fit here. In defense of the program’s creative heads, maybe the thinking was to point out that killer volcanoes could be anywhere in the world. Even with that in mind though, the program should have focused more on the other, more briefly noted, cataclysmic eruptions. That being the case, either re-naming the episode or simply titling it Killer Volcano instead of Killer Volcanoes would have been more fitting in the case of this episode of NOVA. Having discussed all of this, the title of Killer Volcanoes does take some points away from the episode, it is hardly enough to make the program unwatchable. It’s just something that really should be taken into account with future episodes of NOVA (and even with PBS’ other programs). The collective cinematography and editing exhibited throughout the program do just as much as the program’s story to keep audiences engaged and entertained.

From start to end of this episode of NOVA, audiences are treated to so many sweeping shots of the Indonesian islands and their volcanoes. The visuals of the tropical landscapes and the volcanoes that gave rose to the islands is in itself more than enough reason to watch. Viewers will be amazed by the wide aerial footage (and related editing of that footage) of the crater left by the suspect volcano. The work put in by the camera crews and editors is certain to leave viewers in awe. The timing of each stunning shot is a tribute to the effort put in by those responsible for the program’s editors. Just enough time is spent in each shot to keep viewers engaged. One could even argue that something as simple as the timing of the skeleton footage in companion to the footage of the volcanoes early on has its own impact, too. Between moments such as those noted here and so many others, the overall cinematography and editing proves itself to be just as critical to this program’s presentation as the program’s central story. When those elements — the story, cinematography and editing — combine into one, they prove NOVA: Killer Volcanoes to be its own “hotly” entertaining and engaging doc.

NOVA: Killer Volcanoes is a “hotly” entertaining and engaging and engaging program that will easily appeal to any lover of the earth sciences. That is the case even with the program bearing a title that doesn’t exactly fully fit the episode. That is thanks in no small part to a story that is just as gripping as any major Hollywood disaster flick. The collective cinematography and editing exhibited throughout the program does just as much to keep viewers engaged and entertained as the story itself. Each element is important in its own way to the whole of this program’s presentation, as has been explained here. All things considered, they are certain to keep viewers completely engaged and entertained throughout the roughly hour-long program. Keeping this in mind, this episode of NOVA is sure to appeal to every student and lover of the earth sciences. it is available now and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store. More information on this and other episodes of NOVA is available online now at:

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D.O.A. Announces New Album Release Date, Cover Art

Courtesy: Sudden Death Records

Veteran punk band D.O.A. has another new album on the way.

The band is scheduled to released its next album, Fight Back, May 1 via Sudden Death Records.  The 13-song record is the band’s 17th full-length studio recording and comes three years after its most recent album, 2015’s Hard Rain Falling.  It covers a wide range of topics throughout those songs including police brutality and police-involved shootings in ‘Killer Cops,’ control by the political elite in ‘State Control,’ standing up for one’s own rights in ‘You Can’t Stop Me’ and much more.

The full track listing for Fight Back is noted below.

FIGHT BACK Track Listing

  1. You Need An Ass Kicking Right Now
  2. Killer Cops
  3. Time To Fight Back
  4. We Won’t Drink This
  5. Just Got Back From The USA
  6. You Can’t Stop Me
  7. Gonna Set You Straight
  8. State Control
  9. The Last Beer
  10. The Cops Are Comin’
  11. I’m Desperate
  12. Wanted Man
  13. World’s Been Turned Upside Down

Fight Back comes as the band celebrates its 40th anniversary.  In celebration of its anniversary, the band has announced a new live schedule — dubbed the “Men Of Action Tour” — which starts May 21 in Salt Lake City, Utah and runs through July 27 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

US TOUR DATES (w/ MDC as main support):
5/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
5/22 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
5/23 – Fort Collins,CO @ Hodi’s Half Note
5/24 – Denver, CO @ Streets Of London Pub
5/26 – Las Vegas, NV @ Punk Rock Bowling Festival
5/29 – Laguna Niguel, CA @ Karmann Bar
5/30 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Viper Room
5/31 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
6/02 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
6/03 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
6/04 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
6/05 – Harlingen, TX @ Hop Shop
6/06 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
6/07 – Houston, TX @ The Secret Group
6/08 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
6/09 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar and Grill
6/10 – Tulsa, OK @ Shrine
6/12 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
6/13 – Des Moines, IA @ Lefty’s Live Music
6/15 – Billings, MT @ The Pub Station
6/16 – Spokane, WA @ The Pin!

US & CANADA TOUR DATES (w/ Down By Law + Kevin Seconds (of 7 Seconds) playing solo:

07/06 – Vancouver, BC @ First Annual Fight Back Festival, Rickshaw Theater
07/11 – Regina
07/12 – Winnipeg
07/13 – Thunder Bay
07/14 – Minneapolis
07/15 – Green Bay
07/16 – Madison
07/17 – Milwaukee
07/18 – Chicago
07/19 – Detroit
07/20 – Cleveland
07/21 – Buffalo
07/22 – Brooklyn
07/23 – Philly
07/24 – TBA
07/25 – Toronto
07/26 – Ottawa
07/27 – Montreal ¹77 Festival

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Lamb Of God Announces Release Date, Specs For New Burn The Priest Covers LP

Courtesy: Epic Records

Before it was Lamb of God, Lamb of God went by another name — Burn The Priest, and this May, Burn The Priest will mark its 20th anniversary with a new covers album.

LegionXX is scheduled to be released Friday, May 18 via Epic Records.  The 10-song record will features covers of hits from the likes of Cro-Mags, Bad Brains, Big Black, Ministry, Melvins, Quicksand and others.  In anticipation of the album’s release, the band is currently streaming the video for its cover of the album’s lead track, ‘Inherit The Earth,’ originally composed by The Accused, online now here.

The album’s full track listing is noted below.

Legion: XX track listing:
1. Inherit The Earth (originally performed by The Accused)
2. Honey Bucket (originally performed by Melvins)
3. Kerosene (originally performed by Big Black)
4. Kill Yourself (originally performed by S.O.D.)
5. I Against I (originally performed by Bad Brains)
6. Axis Rot (originally performed by Sliang Laos)
7. Jesus Built My Hotrod (originally performed by Ministry)
8. One Voice (originally performed by Agnostic Front)
9. Dine Alone (originally performed by Quicksand)
10. We Gotta Know (originally performed by Cro-Mags)
Audiences might get to hear some of these covers live starting May 10 when Lamb of God hits the road as support for Slayer on that band’s farewell tour.  The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.
LEG ONE
(In addition to support from LAMB OF GOD, Slayer leg one headline dates will also feature support from Anthrax, Behemoth, and Testament.)
 
MAY
10   Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, CA
11   FivePoint Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA SOLD OUT
**12   Fox Theater, Pomona, CA – LAMB OF GOD headliner + Behemoth
13   Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
16   Pacific Coliseum Vancouver, BC
17   South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton, BC
19   Big Four, Calgary, AB   SOLD OUT
20   Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, AB   SOLD OUT
22   Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB
**23   The District, Sioux Falls, SD – LAMB OF GOD headliner + Behemoth
24   The Armory, Minneapolis, MN   SOLD OUT
25   Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL
27   Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, Detroit, MI  SOLD OUT
29   Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON   SOLD OUT
30   Place Bell, Montreal, QC   SOLD OUT
JUNE
1   Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT   SOLD OUT
2   PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
**3   The Dome at Oakdale, Wallingford, CT – LAMB OF GOD headliner + Behemoth
4   Santander Arena, Reading, PA   SOLD OUT
6   Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
7   Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, OH
9   KeyBank Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
10   Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
**11 The Ritz, Raleigh, NC – LAMB OF GOD headliner + Behemoth
12   Veteran’s United Home Loans Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, VA
14   PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC
15   Orlando Amphitheater, Orlando, FL
16   Montebello Rock Fest, Montebello, QC – FESTIVAL DATE/LAMB OF GOD ONLY
17   Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, Houston, TX   SOLD OUT
19   The Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX   SOLD OUT
20   Austin360 Amphitheater, Austin, TX
LEG TWO
(In addition to support from LAMB OF GOD, Slayer leg two headline dates will also feature support from Anthrax, Testament, and Napalm Death.)
 
JULY
26   Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford, NH
27   Impact Music Festival, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor, ME
29   Northwell Health at Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY
31   The Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA
AUGUST
1   Times Union Center, Albany, NY
3   Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Lake, NY
4   Lakeview Amphitheater, Syracuse, NY
6   Budweiser Gardens, London, ON
7   Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
9   Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, St. Louis, MO
10   Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA
12   Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN
13   Walmart AMP, Rogers, AR
15   Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, TX
16   The Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City, OK
18   Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Denver, CO
19   USANA Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City, UT
21   Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater, Boise, ID
23   Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, Portland, OR

26   SAP Center, San Jose, CA

Tickets and VIP packages are available online now here.

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Reality Grey Take Listeners Into ‘The Void’ As It Prepares Its Next Album

Independent metalcore act Reality Grey is getting audiences excited about its next album with the video for the as-yet-untitled album’s latest single.

The band this week the Italian rock act unveiled the video for the single ‘The Void.’  Musically, the song exhibits influences of As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage and other similar metalcore acts.  Guitarist Anto Addabbo explained in a recent interview that the song’s lyrical theme centers on personal growth throughout life.

“‘The Void’ is one of the album’s songs that we feel more emotionally attached to both musically and visually,” Addabbo said.  “It is about the struggle of finding ourselves in the different phases of our life.  We all have been there, and it’s a song that most of the people can easily relate to.”

Audiences can get the song’s full lyrics online via the band’s official bandcamp page.

Reality Grey The Void Vid Grab

Courtesy: High Road Publicity

‘The Void.’ is available for purchase via the band’s website now.  It is the second single to be released so far from the band’s next as-yet-untitled album.  The band unveiled the album’s lead single ‘Daybreakers‘ and its video late last year.

More information on Reality Grey’s latest single and upcoming album is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://realitygrey.bandcamp.com

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

 

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