Unearth Debuts ‘Incinerate’ Video; Announces Fall Tour Schedule

Unearth debuted the video for its latest single Friday.

The video for the band’s new single ‘Incinerate‘ is a familiar stylistic presentation for audiences across the board.  It features live footage of the band coupled with shots of the band’s members in non-live settings, but still performing. The song is taken from the band’s 2018 album Extinction(s).

Produced by KREACT and directed/edited/filmed by Daniel Vandal, the video was recorded during a stint in Canada with Darkest Hour.  Alexandre Charron, Soufiane Benrqiq and Christoph Thivierge provided additional cinematography.

Courtesy: Century Media Records

The debut of the band’s ‘Incinerate’ video comes eight months after the band debuted the lyric video for Extinction(s)‘ lead single ‘Survivalist.’

Unearth will perform ‘Incinerate,’ ‘Survivalist’ and many other songs featured on Extinction(s) across Europe this fall. The band is scheduled to launch its European tour Sept. 17 in Wurzburg, Germany.  The month-long tour is scheduled to run through Oct. 19 in Leipzig, Germany and features performances in cities, such as Milan, Italy; Stockholm, Sweden and Vienna, Austria.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

UNEARTH will be heading to Europe for a Fall tour with As I Lay Dying and Chelsea Grin in September.

w/As I Lay Dying / Chelsea Grin / Unearth
27.09.19 Würzburg, Germany – Posthalle
28.09.19 Hamburg, Germany – Sporthalle
30.09.19 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
01.10.19 Stockholm, Sweden – Arenan
02.10.19 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
03.10.19 Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
04.10.19 Prague, Czech Rep – Forum Karlin
05.10.19 Munich, Germany – Zenith
06.10.19 Vienna, Austria – Gasometer
07.10.19 Budapest. Hungary – Barba Negra
09.10.19 Milan, Italy – Fabrique
10.10.19 Zurich, Switzerland – Volkshaus
11.10.19 Lyon, France – Le Transbordeur
12.10.19 Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
13.10.19 Madrid, Spain – San Miguel
15.10.19 Paris, France – Bataclan
16.10.19 Brussels, Belgium – AB
17.10.19 Tilburg, Netherlands
18.10.19 Cologne, Germany – Palladium
19.10.19 Leipzig, Germany -Haus Auensee

As I Lay Dying and Chelsea Grin will serve as support for the upcoming tour.

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

 

Website: http://www.unearth.tv

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Unearthofficial

 

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Amon Amarth Completes ‘Berserker’ Video Trilogy; Continues Tour Schedule

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Amon Amarth finished off the video trilogy from its latest album last week.

The band debuted the video for its single ‘Mjolner, Hammer of Thor‘ on May 31.  The song is the latest to come from the band’s new album Berserker, which was released May 3 through Metal Blade Records.

The video completes the trilogy that was started March 20 with the video for ‘Raven’s Flight‘ and continued with the video for the album’s second single, ‘Crack The Sky‘ on April 17.  The trilogy’s finale finds Amon Amarth leaving the club where it had performed and where an epic battle took place between the Berserker and a demonic female figure.  Before the Berserker can return to his realm, there is still one last battle between him and that evil demonic female.

Amon Amarth is touring in support of Berserker.  The band is scheduled to perform June 8 in Germany as part of the European leg of its tour.  That tour is scheduled to run through July 4.

Once the European leg of the tour wraps, the band will take the rest of the summer off before returning to North America for more live dates starting Sept. 26 in Seattle, WA.  That leg of the band’s worldwide tour is scheduled to run through Oct. 26 in Los Angeles, CA.  The tours’ schedules are noted below.

Summer European Festival Tour
June 6 – Sweden Rock – Solvesborg, Sweden
June 8 – Rock Im Park – Nuremberg, Germany
June 9 – Rock Am Ring – Nürburgring, Germany
June 11 – Incheba Expo – Bratislava, Slovakia
June 12 – Barba Negra Track – Budapest, Hungary
June 13 – Nova Rock – Nickelsdorf, Austria
June 14 – Greenfield – Interlaken, Switzerland
June 16 – Download UK – Donington, England
June 17 – King John’s Castle – Limerick, Ireland
June 20 – Knotfest at Hellfest – Clisson, France
June 21 – Graspop – Dessel, Belgium
June 22 – Copenhell – Copenhagen, Denmark
June 25 – Mystic Fest Poland – Krakow, Poland
June 27 – Sonic Park – Bologna, Italy
June 29 – Download Madrid – Madrid, Spain
July 1 – Le Bikini – Toulouse, France
July 2 – La Belle Electrique – Grenoble, France
July 4 – Rock Harz Festival – Ballenstedt, Germany

Berserker World Tour – Raid Of North America tour dates
w/ Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, At The Gates, Grand Magus 

September 26 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
September 27 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
September 28 – Vancouver, BC – PNE Forum
September 30 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Convention Centre
October 1 – Calgary, AB – Grey Eagle
October 3 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
October 4 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
October 6 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
October 7 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theater
October 9 – Toronto, ON – Rebel
October 10 – Montreal, QC – M Telus
October 11 – Montreal, QC – M Telus
October 12 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
October 13 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
October 15 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
October 16 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
October 18 – New Orleans, LA – The Fillmore
October 19 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
October 20 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre
October 22 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
October 23 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
October 25 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
October 26 – Los Angeles, CA – The Palladium

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Website: http://www.amonamarth.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/amonamarthband

 

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John 5, The Aristocrats Announce Co-Headlining Performance

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John 5 will release his new album next month, and in celebration, has announced a special new live performance.

The famed guitarist — and his backing band The Creatures — will co-headline a special performance with The Aristocrats — Guthrie Govan (guitar), Bryan Beller (bass) and Marco Minnemann (drums) — on Sept. 1 at 1720 in Los Angeles, CA.  The performance will be the first for John 5 and The Creatures following the release of the group’s new album Invasion on July 31.

John 5 (a.k.a. John William Lowery) and The Creatures debuted the video for Invasion‘s lead single ‘Zoinks!‘ in January. He talked about his anticipation for the upcoming performance in a recent interview.

“John 5 and The Aristocrats — It doesn’t get much better than that,” Lowery said.  “It’s one show only and you’re not going to want to miss it.  It’s going to be a very exciting night, and definitely one to remember.”

The Aristocrats shared Lowery’s thoughts in a separate statement.

“We always say that anything can happen onstage at an Aristocrats show — and that goes double for a John 5/Aristocrats double bill!,” the band said.  “We’re psyched because the Aristocrats and John 5 are obviously coming at the instrumental rock thing from just completely different angles, and neither one of us is playing it straight down the middle.  Should be a fun night for anyone in L.A. who likes their music loud and bent.”

Tickets for the concert are available here.  VIP packages are available here.

The Travis Larson Band will serve as the opening act for the concert.

More information on the upcoming concert is available online now along with all of John 5 and The Creatures’ latest news at:

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/john5guitarist

 

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Bloodywood Debuts ‘Expect A Riot’ Video; Announces New Live Dates

Bloodywood debuted its latest video this week.

The India-based hard rock band debuted the video for its song ‘Machi Basad (Expect A Riot)‘ on Tuesday.  The video presents the band performing its single on a crowded street in what is assumed to be in a town in India while audiences look on. Meanwhile footage of people dancing to the song are coupled with shots of people from the area to round out the video.

Courtesy: TAG Publicity

Musically, the song boasts a very aggro-rock that will appeal to fans of the rap-rock realm.  Lyrically, the song presents a familiar message to listeners.  The band explained the song’s lyrical content in a news release.

“Originally created for the upcoming Ubisoft game “Beyond Good and Evil 2,” ‘Machi Basad’ is a track with a political message that celebrates the power of a new generation and its potential to be better than the last,” the statement reads.  “Outside the context of the game, this song is intended both as a tribute and a call to action.  It’s a tribute to musicians and leaders who inspired people like ourselves to think and act in a way that will benefit everyone; to question an unjust system that serves a few at the cost of many.  It’s a call to action for our generation to finish the work started by all those who came before us; to become the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back, and change the world for the better.”

‘Machi Basad’ is available now via iTunes.  It is just the latest of the band’s songs.  Bloodywood debuted the video for its song ‘Endurant‘ on Jan. 15.  The band debuted the video for its song ‘Jee Veerey‘ in July and for ‘Ari Ari‘ in May.

 

Courtesy: TAG Publicity

Along with the debut of its latest video, Bloodywood also announced this week, it will launch the “Raj Against The Machine Tour” in July.  The tour is scheduled to start July July 13 in Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany and to run through Aug. 3 in Krasnodar, Russia.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Raj Against The Machine Tour Dates:
07/13 @ Dong Open Air – Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany
07/14 @ Chez Heinz – Hanover, Germany
07/19 @ Backstage – Free & Easy Festival – Munich, Germany
07/20 @ RnP – Wiesloch, Germany
07/21 @ Bastard Club – Osnabrück, Germany
07/24 @ The O2 Academy 2 – London, England
07/25 @ Rescue Rooms – Nottingham, England
07/26 @ Rebellion – Manchester, England
07/28 @ Craufurd Arms – Milton Keynes, England
07/29 @ The Exchange – Bristol, England
08/01 @ Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany
08/03 @ Taman Festival – Krasnodar, Russia

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Carlos Santana Speaks Volumes With His New LP’s Latest Single

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Early this year, famed guitarist Carlos Santana and his band released a new EP to the world in the form of In Search of Mona Lisa.  While an enjoyable record in its own right, that five song (technically three-song, since two of its songs are just radio edits of two of the three originals) sadly was not as timeless as the famed painting, which was reportedly the inspiration for the EP’s originals.  That is because of those radio edits.  This summer, Santana will follow-up the release of In Search of Mona Lisa with a new full-length studio recording titled Africa Speaks.  Research into the 11-song record reveals its release date as June 7.  In anticipation of the album’s release, its debut single and album opener, ‘Breaking Down the Door (ft. Buika)’ is set to hit radio stations nationwide May 5.  The song is everything that audiences have come to expect from Santana and company in terms of its musical arrangement, which will be addressed shortly.  The song’s lyrical content is just as easily accessible as the song’s musical content, and will be addressed a little later.  Each item noted here plays its own important part to the whole of ‘Breaking Down The Door (ft. Buika).’  All things considered, they make the song a strong first impression for Santana’s new LP, and hopefully not the only positive part of the forthcoming album.

‘Breaking Down The Door (ft. Buika)’ is a positive first impression from Carlos Santana’s forthcoming album Africa Speaks.  It is everything that audiences have come to expect from the veteran performer and his fellow musicians with its Latin-tinged sound.  The horns, bongos, congas, cabasa, drums and guitar and accordion are expertly balanced throughout the song thanks to the work of famed producer Rick Rubin (Johnny Cash, Run DMC, The Dixie Chicks), who helmed the album.  The song’s early bars create visions of nights in Havana which does somewhat go against the album’s theme of following African influences, but even with that in mind, still sets the song’s stage quite well.  The rest of the composition is certain to keep listeners engaged and entertained as the noted instruments join together for a work in whole that is quite easy on the ears.  It is just one of the song’s notable elements.  The song’s lyrical content is just as worth noting in examining the song as its musical content.

The song’s lyrical content is sung by famed Grammy®-nominated and Latin Grammy® Spanish artist Buika (pronounced BWEE-KA), who comes in as a guest performer on this track.  Some of the lyrics are slightly difficult to decipher sans lyrics sheet, but enough is understood to realize the story in the song centers on a group of individuals’ relationships.  Buika starts out singing about a woman named Tina.  “Tina was no deceiver/Few were inclined to believe her/She was lucky to marry a rich, rich man/Handsome like Harry/Harry was a charmer/No one believed he would harm her.”  She continues in the song’s second verse, “The wedding was the talk of the town/The girl went down in a long white gown/They said she wanted to marry above her/All she wante was someone to love her/News came first/They called her a liar/Had no sound/Mouth full of wire.”

The story seemingly does not have a happy ending, as Buika sings, “In the end, Tina was buried/By the church where she got married/Tina should have outlived us/Now we pray that she will forgive us/Tina was no deceiver/Few were inclined to believe her.”  It would seem that in hindsight, this is a story about a young woman whose desire to be loved led to her being involved with someone who was not so nice.  It is inferred through the line stating Harry was a charmer and that no one thought he would hurt her, that likely he did in fact hurt her.  He apparently hurt Tina fatally.  One could almost argue that with this in mind, this song is a reminder for people to make sure they know who that other person is before getting completely involved with that person.  It’s hardly the first time that a song, such as this one has ever been presented.  Aerosmith, Garth Brooks and Nickelback are among the many acts who have crafted songs centered on the matter of domestic abuse.  The way in which it has seemingly been tackled here though, is a fresh new take on the topic, and just as certain to resonate with listeners.  That is thanks not just to the story, but the song’s arrangement, too.  Keeping all of this in mind, this song is a positive first impression for Africa Speaks and hopefully just one of many more positive impressions to come from the album.

Carlos Santana is set to launch a tour in support of Africa Speaks April 22 in Nashville, TN.  The tour is set to run through Nov. 10 and will include an extensive residency in Las Vegas, NV as well as performances in cities, such as Charlotte, NC; Phoenix, AZ and Los Angeles, CA.  The tour’s schedule is available online now along with another of the Africa Speaks‘ singles, ‘Los Invisibles’ and all of Carlos Santana’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.santana.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/SantanaCarlos

 

 

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PBS Kids’ New ‘Ready Jet Go!’ DVD Is Another “Shining” Offering

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PBS Kids’ hit science-based series Ready Jet Go! has only aired two seasons since its premiere three years ago.  In the short time that the series has been on the air, it has garnered plenty of audiences.  It has also resulted in a series of compilation DVDs along the way, the latest of which – Chasing the Sun – was released just last month.  That latest DVD, released April 9, is another positive offering from PBS Distribution.  That is proven in part through the DVD’s episodes, which will be addressed shortly.  The secondary content contained within the episodes also plays into the DVD’s presentation, and will be discussed a little bit later.  The DVD’s average price point is just as important to note as its overall content.  Each item noted here is important in its own right to the whole of Ready Jet Go!: Chasing The Sun.  All things considered, they make this DVD another collection from the series that while maybe not as hot as the sun itself, is still a collection that shines.  Yes, that awful pun was intended.

PBS Distribution’s new Ready Jet Go! collection Chasing the Sun is another positive offering from the company.  That is due in part to the episodes that are featured in the collection.  Unlike the series’ previous DVDs, this collection features eight episodes instead of four, which was previously the normal for the series’ DVDs.  Featuring double the episodes also means double the entertainment and education for children.  Speaking of that education, the primary content featured within the episodes features mainly on the sun.  At times, it does get slightly redundant with first Mindy not believing the sun is a star in the episode “Just The Right Distance From The Sun” and then another of Jet’s friends believing the Earth’s sun is the only sun in the universe in “Our Sun is a Star.”  The redundancy continues in “Mindy’s Bedtime” and ‘Galileo, Galileo!”  Each episode centers on the Earth’s orbit around the sun, just in a slightly different way.  Luckily that slight variation makes the lessons just new enough that they are not exact mirror images of one another.  There are also episodes whose lessons stand alone from the others, such as “Sunspot’s Sunspot,” “How We Found Your Sun” and “Solar Power Rover.”  “Sunspot’s Sunspot” introduces viewers of all ages to sunspots (and solar flares), how they are created and how they impact Earth. “How We Found Your Sun” explains how signals travel in space while “Solar Power Rover” explains how the sun can power anything from lights on our homes to electronic devices on other planets.  Simply put, even with the slight redundancy that is evident throughout the episodes, the content and lessons are just varied enough that they will keep young viewers engaged and entertained.  That may not apply if they are expected to sit through the DVD’s full 100-minute run time in one sitting, but they will remain engaged and entertained in smaller stints.  The primary content featured in the episodes is just one item that stands out in examining the episodes.  Their secondary content plays its own important part in the DVD’s overall presentation.

The secondary content featured in the DVD’s episodes is important to discuss because of what it adds to the foundation formed by the primary content.  “Galileo, Galileo!” is, on its surface, a history about famed astronomer Galileo.  It presents a brief but accessible lesson about Galileo and his contributions to the science of astronomy.  On another level, it offers a starting point for lessons about overcoming the all-too-familiar issue of stage fright.  It does this by having Jet’s friend focus primarily on that history than on his own fear of performing.  It’s a familiar theme that has been used in so many family friendly TV shows, but having it incorporated into this setting keeps it at least relatively fresh.  “Tree House Observatory” presents a secondary lesson about creating one’s own telescope and doing one’s own star watching.  It makes for a good starting point for families and teachers alike looking for a way to branch out the education presented in the lesson into a who new reach.  “Solar Power Rover” presents a clear message about the importance of using solar power instead of electricity and other non-renewable resources.  The message is not so intentional as it could have been, but it is there.  Again, this can serve as a starting point for a deeper discussion on renewable versus non-renewable resources.  It is just one more example of how the secondary content presented in Ready Jet Go!: Chasing The Sun plays its own key part in the DVD’s whole.  When all of the secondary content noted here is considered along with the rest of the disc’s secondary content and the primary content, the whole of that material gives audiences more than enough to appreciate.  Keeping that in mind, the DVD’s average price proves to be money well-spent.

The average price point for Ready Jet Go!: Chasing The Sun is $9.50.  That price was obtained using listings at PBS’ store, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Amazon and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.  The DVD was not listed at Books-A-Million’s site at the time of this posting.  The most commonly listed – and least expensive — price for the DVD is $8.69, at Amazon, Walmart and Target. The most expensive listing is at PBS’ store, at $12.99, so that is well above the average price point.  Now even though PBS’ price is the most expensive, any money spent at other outlets will still go back in part to PBS.  So regardless of which outlet one uses, a portion of the sales will go back to PBS to help continue providing programming for audiences.  What’s more, regardless of which outlet one uses, the prices listed clearly will not break any viewer’s budget.  Coupling that with the amount of content that is featured throughout the DVD and audiences get a presentation in this disc that is yet another positive offering from PBS Distribution.

PBS Distribution’s latest Ready Jet Go! is another positive offering from the company and the series.  That is due in part to the primary content featured throughout the disc’s eight episodes and the fact that eight episodes are featured instead of four, which was previously the standard for the series’ DVD releases.  The secondary content featured within each episode adds more interest to the DVD’s presentation.  The disc’s average price point proves a value especially considering the amount of content featured throughout the disc.  Each item is important in its own way to the whole of Ready Jet Go!: Chasing The Sun.  All things considered, they make the DVD another “shining” presentation from the series and from PBS Distribution.  It is available now.  More information on the DVD is available online along with more episodes of Ready Jet Go!, games, activities, printables and more at:

 

 

 

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Whitechapel Reaches Its Peak On ‘The Valley’

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Change is something that is never easy in life.  Nor is bearing one’s heart about the past. Yet veteran metal outfit Whitechapel and its front man Phil Bozeman have done both of those things on the group’s latest album, The Valley.  Released March 29 through Metal Blade Records, the 10-song, 40 minute album’s musical arrangements show great change and growth from the band in terms of its sound.  The often painful recollections of Bozeman’s past, voiced in the song’s lyrical content, couples with those powerful arrangements to make The Valley a strong new offering from the Tennessee-based band.  The album’s latest single ‘Hickory Creek’ is just one of the songs that serves to support the noted statements.  ‘Doom Woods,’ the closer on the album’s standard edition release, is another example of the growth and power in this new album.  It will be discussed a little later.  ‘Black Bear,’ which comes just past the record’s midway point, is one more example of the growth and power that is evident in the album’s presentation.  It will also be discussed later.  When it is considered along with the other songs noted here and the seven other songs not directly noted here, the album in whole proves to be some of Whitechapel’s best work to date if not its best work to date.

Whitechapel’s seventh full-length studio recording The Valley is some of the veteran Tennessee-based deathcore band’s best work to date if not its best work to date.  That is because of the growth exhibited in the album’s musical arrangements and the power in its lyrical content.  The album’s latest single ‘Hickory Creek’ is just one of the songs featured in the album that serves to support the noted statements.  The song’s arrangement is perhaps the album’s single best example of that noted musical growth.  The melancholy vibe created by the guitars, Bozeman’s vocal delivery, the bass and drums echoes influences of Tool and Slipknot.  As the song reaches its peak and Bozeman presents his brief scream moment, that sound couples with the guitars for a sound that lends itself to comparisons to Dry Kill Logic.  That joining of so many other elements was a clear risk for the band, and a risk that paid off.  It makes this song one of the album’s strongest compositions.  As impressive as the song’s arrangement is, it is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  The song’s lyrical content strengthens the foundation formed by the arrangement.

As has been noted previously by others, ‘Hickory Creek’ allegedly has a link to Bozeman’s relationship with his mother.  What is interesting is that it is difficult to know if this song is delivered from the vantage point of Bozeman as a kid, an adult looking back on himself as a kid or from that of his mother. That actually makes the song’s lyrical side that much more interesting.  Bozeman sings in the song’s lead verse, “It’s so hard to let go/You can hear me but I’m invisible/But if you dig out your eyes/Maybe pain will subside/the worst that could happen is you never see me again/But the worst is yet to come, my friend.”  This is a painful statement.  On the one hand, one could imagine this is Bozeman’s mother, but at the same time, it could be a young Phil talking to his adult self as adult Phil looks back on his past.  That would seem to be the more likely scenario.  It is made even more likely as he sings in the song’s chorus, “This path I walk is comforting/But now I’m left to sing this song alone/I’m fading faster now.”  He sings in the song’s second verse, “I left so long ago/You never noticed I was gone/Now that you don’t have eyes/Maybe now you’ll realize/Within your own head/You’re creating these lies/For what it’s worth/You’re still beautiful/but beauty lies within the eyes.”  Here in this second verse, is someone who seems to be looking back on the past, again, and talking to that someone from the past, wishing some kind of connection could have been made so many years ago.  It is such a painfully powerful story, and when it is joined with the song’s musical arrangement, becomes that much more powerful.  The two elements combine to show clearly why this song stands out as one of The Valley’s strongest entries, and by connection, as just one example of why The Valley is among Whitechapel’s best work yet.  It is just one of the album’s most notable entries.  ‘Doom Woods’ shows just as much as ‘Hickory Creek’ why The Valley is such a notable new offering from Whitechapel.

‘Doom Woods’ stands out, as with ‘Hickory Creek,’ in part because of its musical arrangement.  Unlike so many of the songs featured in this album and the band’s past records, this song is not one of those all-too-familiar blast beat deathcore works.  Rather, it is more of a melodic death metal composition.  Yet even taking a more melodic sound this time out, there is still a certain heaviness that draws listeners in with ease.  In other words, it is a truly accessible composition despite (and because) it isn’t just another hyper speed deathcore work.  It maintains the heaviness of the band’s past and current sound, but in a different fashion, making it that much more notable.  While the song’s arrangement is clearly an important part of its whole, it is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  The song’s lyrical content serves to make it stand out, too.

Once again, the song’s lyrical content seems to focus on Bozeman’s childhood, but in a different fashion.  This time, the song seems to focus on the emotional trauma that Bozeman endured in yet another, but seemingly just as painful experience.  He sings in the song’s chorus, “They say don’t walk to the darker side/But where the light shines, the devil is alive/I’ve seen hell through a child’s eyes/And I know in time, the devil I will find/The devil I will find.”  This is a rather clear-cut statement.  This is Bozeman seemingly looking back, explaining that he has been through…well…hell, adding that thing that so many people call “the light” or the good side, is actually where evil resides.  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “In time I will escape/But in this place, my soul remains encased/The leaves have swallowed the sun/My heart has reached absolute zero/I have no one left/Even my shadow has died on me/She’s gone and I want to disappear, disappear.”  That “she” is likely Bozeman’s mother, on whom he focuses quite a bit in this album.  There is even a mention in the song’s third verse, of a young Bozeman being taken “from his mother’s hands,” with the song’s subject telling Bozeman’s mother, “Don’t you cry for him now…turn this young boy to a man/Now his destiny’s found.”  It is another of the record’s most powerful stories that invokes so much emotion.  That is just as much the case when these hard-hitting lyrics are joined with the song’s musical arrangement.  The two elements together make ‘Doom Woods’ stand out in its own right in the best way possible.  It also is not the last of the album’s most notable entries.  “Black Bear’ is one more of the works that shows the growth and depth of the band’s overall content in this album.

Whereas ‘Doom Woods’ and ‘Hickory Creek’ are so powerful because of the subtleties in their arrangements, ‘Black Bear’ stands out because it is not so subtle.  Rather, this song is a rather intense work.  It starts off some meditative (for lack of better wording) but wastes little time in picking up and launching into a full-on grind/deathcore hybrid arrangement.  The heavy, crunching down-tuned guitars and bass couple with Bozeman’s trademark guttural cookie monster growl to create a sound that will impress even the most hardcore metal head.  That is because it hits listeners like that proverbial ton of bricks and refuses to let up right to the song’s end.  That arrangement is familiar stylistically, but also shows its own certain amount of growth from the band.  To that end, it is yet another example of the growth from the band this time out.  It is just one of the song’s most important elements.  Its lyrical content adds even more strength to its presentation.

Bozeman noted in a recent interview that while not entirely biographical, this song’s lyrical content is loosely based on the impact of his stepfather on his mother.  He does not come right out and say what happened, but allegedly, the impact was notably negative.  That impact is voiced powerfully through Bozeman’s lyrics here, as he sings, “He has come for the blood of my only son/I can sense his heartbeat slowly fade/The sound of my voice is his way to me/I buried my tongue with my family’s bones.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “Sleep my son/Feel my embrace/Please don’t forget my love/As the bullet goes through his brain/I wake up to live it again and again/As I lay me down to sleep/I pray the Lord to put me six feet deep.”  This comes across as a woman who is going through so much emotional pain.  It comes across as inferring this is someone who did something heinous, but out of love for her own child, and the guilt of what she had done made her wish for her own death.  Again, Bozeman stressed the story here is only loosely based on the situation with his mother and stepfather.  Even with that in mind, the song still invokes so much emotion in yet another way.  The power of that emotion is something that will stick with listeners just as much as the emotion expressed in the other songs noted here and throughout the rest of the album.  When it is considered along with the mix of anger and sadness expressed in the song’s musical arrangement, it makes the song in whole that much more powerful and obvious as one of the album’s most notable entries.  When that whole is considered along with the other songs noted here and the rest of the album’s works, the whole displays The Valley as Whitechapel at or near its peak.

Whitechapel’s seventh full-length studio recording The Valley is one of the band’s best works to date if not its best work yet.  That is because of the obvious time and thought put into the creation of each song, both musically and lyrically.  From start to finish, there is not one bad moment.  The emotion invoked by the album’s musical arrangements shows a wonderful coordination between both elements in each song.  That is just as evident in the songs noted here as in those note directly addressed.  Simply put, that time and thought exhibited in each work makes every song its own high point.  The end result is a record that puts Whitechapel at its peak if not very close to its peak.  The Valley is available now.  More information on the album is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news, tour dates and more at:

 

 

 

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