Powerman 5000 Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: Pavement Entertainment

Powerman 5000 is heading back on the road again.

The band will embark on the “New Wave 2018 Tour” next month.  The nearly month-long tour, which is in support of the band’s latest full-length studio recording New Wave,  is currently scheduled to start April 10 in Lubbock, TX and run through May 6 in Flagstaff, AZ with performances in Greensboro, NC; Wilmington, NC; Kansas City, MO and other cities along the way.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

New Wave Tour 2018 Dates
4/10 – Lubbock, TX – Jake’s Backroom
4/11 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
4/12 – San Antonio, TX – Rock Box
4/13 – Tyler, TX – Clicks
4/14 – Dallas, TX – Trees
4/15 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
4/17 – New Orleans, LA – Southport Hall
4/18 – Dustin, FL – Club LA
4/19 – Tallahassee, FL – The Warrior
4/20 – Tampa, FL – 98 Rockfest
4/21 – Orlando, FL – Earthday Birthday

4/22 – Cape Coral, FL – Rack ‘Em Billiards
4/24 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
4/25 – Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger
4/26 – Wilmington, NC – The Reel Cafe
4/27 – Baltimore, MD – Fish Head Cantina
4/28 – Philadephia, PA – Voltage Lounge
4/29 – Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
5/1 – Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse
5/3 – Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
5/4 – Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom
5/6 – Flagstaff, AZ – The Green Room
New Wave was released October 27, 2017 via Pavement Entertainment.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on that album, the band’s upcoming live dates, news and more is available online now at:
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Eve To Adam’s New LP Takes Listeners On An Enjoyable Musical Journey

Courtesy: Rocktagon Worldwide Music/High Road Publicity

Hard rock outfit Eve To Adam has been on quite the voyage since originally forming in 2001 in New York.  From lineup and label changes to struggles getting albums released to playing with some of rock’s biggest names past and present, this band has seen the highest of highs and the lowest of lows throughout its life.  So it makes sense that with its latest album—its fifth full length album—the band opted for the title Odyssey.  The 10-song, 37-minute album was released late last month via Rocktagon Worldwide Music, and shows both musically and lyrically how far this band has come in the now 16 years that it has been in existence. Its heavy emphasis on electronics and keyboards presents a sound that will appeal to fans of Orgy, Powerman 5000 and other similar acts.  Its lyrical content is just as varied.  It ranges from a commentary about the life in ‘The Price’ to a statement of self-confidence in the fist-pumping opener ‘Altitude’ to the anthemic closer ‘Day Drinkin’ and more.  Between the varied lyrical themes presented throughout the record and its musical arrangements, the whole of those elements makes Odyssey a musical journey that is well worth taking.

Eve To Adam’s latest full-length studio recording Odyssey is a musical journey that proves well worth taking.  That is exhibited through the record’s musical arrangements and its widely varying lyrical themes.  ‘The Price’ is just one of the songs included in this record that serves to support these statements. The song’s up-tempo, guitar-driven arrangement will instantly have listeners pumping their fists as their blood flows so fast with the music.  The intensity in that arrangement serves well to illustrate the emotion expressed in the song’s lyrical content, which seems to be a commentary of sorts of life.  That is inferred as front man Taki Sassaris sings in the song’s lead verse, “The price is high/You know you were told/Oh darling let me go/Before my body’s cold/And my weary heart grows old/The memory/Now comes to me/So far removed/From a life I used to know/Suddenly you realize it/The time remaining has been bought and sold.”  It is as is Sassaris is saying here, “let me make the most of my life.”  That is inferred even more as he sings in the song’s chorus, “Money all day all day/You gotta get paid/Running around insane/No time to hesitate/Some days, some days/You never get ahead/Well I’m not your slave, no slave/The price will be paid.”  Who precisely Sassaris is addressing as he sings, “I’m not your slave” would be interesting to learn.  That aside, it seems even more through this and the song’s lead verse that he is singing about not letting life get the better of one’s self.  The contrast of that chorus to the song’s second verse seems to hint at that message even more. Sassaris sings in that second verse, “The style instills/It makes this work/Consuming all my thoughts/Inside these fears stand tall/One by one the brave now fall.”  The song’s chorus responds to that message with its message of making the most once again.  When that seeming message of overcoming life’s difficult moments presented in the song’s lyrical content is set against the driving energy in the song’s musical arrangement, the two elements together make this song stand out against the record’s other offerings.  It also serves to help show why this record in whole is a musical journey worth taking, and is just one example of what makes that trip worthwhile.  ‘Altitude,’ the album’s opener, is another example of what makes journey taken through this record so worthwhile.

‘The Price’ is a clear example of what makes the journey taken through Odyssey worthwhile.  That is due to the partnering of the song’s driving musical arrangement and its thought provoking lyrical content.  It is just one of the songs that serves to make the trip taken through this record so worthwhile, too.  ‘Altitude,’ the record’s opener is another example of what makes that journey so worthwhile.  As with ‘The Price’ that is exhibited in part through the song’s musical arrangement.  This song’s musical arrangement is heavy on keyboards.  The combination of the keyboards with the guitars and vocal elements in the mid-tempo rocker makes the song a solid start to the record.  The song’s lyrical content is just as interesting to take in.  Sassaris sings in the song’s lead verse, “It’s now fast approaching/It’s my favorite time you see/The moment right before you reach/You feel this clarity/A painful total freedom/I have no anxiety/Anything that steals from this/Becomes an enemy/You’ll see.  This is a statement of confidence, plain and simple.  Considering the band’s *ahem* odyssey up to the point of this album’s release, it makes sense that it would be the record’s first lyrical statement. It is Sassaris saying, “I’m still here.  Nothing is going to get me down.”  That message is driven home even more as he and the rest of the band sing in the song’s chorus, “Free from me/I’m far above it all/Not a worry in my head/I’m free from me/I’m far above it all/For as long as I can be.”  The song’s second verse solidifies that message of confidence and optimism even more as Sassaris sings, “Don’t you take for granted/This zero gravity/It’s never very easy/To escape captivity/Now try to remember/Why you fought for this release/This elevation’s beautiful/But it’s difficult to breathe/You’ll see.”  He comes across as saying that getting that getting out on one’s own, so don’t’ lose sight of things on that personal journey.  It’s a strong statement, and again is only this critic’s interpretation.  Hopefully it is the correct interpretation, but should not be taking as gospel.  That aside, that seeming message of self-confidence and determination, when coupled with the song’s hard-hitting musical arrangement, makes this song a solid first impression from the band on this latest effort.  The combination of the two elements shows in its own way what makes the journey taken in this record is worthwhile.  It is not the last song that serves to support that statement, either.  The album’s closer, ‘Day Drinkin’’ supports that statement, too.

‘The Price’ and ‘Altitude’ are both songs that serve to show why the musical journey on which Eve To Adam takes listeners on its new album is so worthwhile.  They are only two examples of what makes that journey worthwhile.  The album’s closer, ‘Day Drinkin’ puts the proverbial exclamation mark on that statement.  As with the previously noted compositions, that is due in part to the song’s musical arrangement.  Unlike those songs, this song’s composition is more of a straight forward rock song.  It can be argued that it is the album’s most radio-ready song, too, with its anthemic arrangement.  The song’s lyrical content is just as infectious as Sassaris and company sing, “You know what we need right now/You feel it when we’re hanging out…So we’re day drinkin’/throw ‘em back till the morning light/Day drinkin’/Livin’ hard, but it feels so right/Numb the pain to fight the fire/Day drinkin’/There ain’t no shame in this way of life.”  Such content, coupled with the song’s bombastic arrangement instantly conjures thoughts of Motley Crue.  This should come as no surprise considering said band is one of the acts that ETA has emulated in its previous albums.  It’s just a fun song and an equally fun final statement from the band on this record.  It shows one last time why indeed the journey on which this record takes listeners is well worth taking.

Eve To Adam’s latest full-length album Odyssey sends listeners on quite the musical journey over the course of its 10 songs and 37 minutes.  From the high energy and confidence expressed in its opener to the more contemplative yet still powerful content of ‘The Price’ to the fun, infectious content of the album’s closer and all points in-between, this record offers listeners plenty to appreciate.  All things considered, they make the journey that listeners take this time fully worthwhile.  Odyssey is available now in stores and online.  More information on Odyssey is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:




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Orgy, Powerman 5000 Set To “Stun” Audiences In 2017

Courtesy: Adrenaline PR

Courtesy: Adrenaline PR

Orgy and Powerman 5000 will tour together this winter.

The bands will share stage time on a co-headlining tour dubbed the “Set To Stun Tour.” The tour launches January 4 in Sioux Falls, SD and runs through February 3 in Sacramento, CA .  Once that run winds down, the bands will take a few weeks off to recharge for the European leg of their tour.

The European leg of the bands’ tour launches February 23 in Manchester, UK and runs through March 23 in Amsterdam, Netherlands .  Unzucht and Death Valley High will join the tour as support acts for the European leg of the tour.

The full schedule for the tour is noted below.

ORGY in Las Vegas
11/19 Las Vegas, NV @ Count’s Vamp’d
ORGY / POWERMAN 5000 Co-Headline “Set To Stun Tour 2017”
1/4 Sioux Falls, SD @ The District
1/5 Waterloo, IA @ Reverb Rock Room
1/6 Mundelein, IL @ Loaded Buffalo
1/7 Detroit, MI @ Harpos  
1/8 Cincinnati, OH @ Mad Frogs
1/10 Toronto, ON, Canada @ The Rock Pile
1/11 Ottawa, ON, Canada @ The Brass Monkey
1/12 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
1/13 Long Island, NY @ The Revolution
1/14 Providence, RI @ Freak Fest at Fete Music Hall 
1/15 Lawrence, MA @ Cladagh Hall  
1/17 Louisville. KY @ Diamond Ballroom
1/18 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
1/20 Dallas, TX @ Trees
1/21 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
1/22 Lubbock, TX @ Jakes Backroom
1/24 Phoenix, AZ @ Joes Grotto
1/26 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick 
1/28 West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky (ORGY & DVH Only)
1/31 Portland, OR @ Bossanova Ballroom
2/1 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
2/3 Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
ORGY Europe / UK Tour 2017
w/ Unzucht, Death Valley High
2/23 Manchester, UK @ Ruby Lounge
2/24 Bristol, UK @ Fiddlers
2/25 London, UK @ Garage
2/26 Southampton, UK @ Talking Heads
2/28 Pratteln, Switzerland @ Z7
3/1 Montpellier, France @ Secret Place
3/2 Barcelona, Spain @ Bòveda
3/3 Valencia, Spain @ Sala Rock City
3/4 Madrid, Spain @ Sala Caracol
3/6 Frankfurt, Germany @ Das Bett
3/7 Munich, Germany @ Backstage Club
3/8 Vienna, Austria @ Viper Room
3/10 Milan, Italy @ Black Hole
3/11 San Donà di Piave, Italy (Venice) @Revolver
3/12 Budapest, Hungary @ Dürer Kert Roon 041
3/14 Prague, Czech Republic @ Futurum
3/15 Berlin, Germany @ Lido
3/16 Hamburg, Germany @ Headcrash
3/17 Roeselare, Belgium @ De Verlichte Geest
3/18 Bochum, Germany @ Matrix Rockpalast
3/20 Leipzig, Germany @ Werk 2 
3/21 Cologne, Germany @ Underground
3/23 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg

Orgy is touring in support of its latest effort, its 2016 EP Talk Sick while Powerman 5000 released its latest album Builders of the Future in 2014.  Death Valley High will release its new album CVLT (AS FVK) Nov. 25.  Unzucht will tour in support of its album Neuntoter, released Sept. 2.

Audiences can watch  a video announcing the tour now here.

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Hail Sagan Signs To Ellefson’s EMP Label Group

Courtesy: EMP Label Group

Courtesy: EMP Label Group

Dave Ellefson’s EMP Label Group is expanding again.

The independent rock label announced this week that it has added rock outfit Hail Saganto its roster.  The Los Angeles, California-based band is made up of Sagan Amery (vocals), Nick Quijano (guitars), and Andrew Weissberg (guitar).  Quijano is also known for his work with Powerman 5000.  The band originally formed in 2015 and has already garnered a strong following.  The band’s followers top 125,000 across its social media outlets.  The video for its new single ‘Dark Cloud’ already has more than 83,000 views at the time of this posting and continues to garner even more.  The clip originally premiered late last month via Revolver. The extremely powerful video tackles the issues of abuse and bullying.  Viewer discretion is advised with the video as some of its imagery is somewhat explicit.  Amery discussed the video’s concept in a recent interview, noting the intent in displaying that content to illustrate the song’s message.  “It’s been a great experience being able to broach the subject of bullying and abuse with the lyrics of this song,” she said.  “We chose to mask the members of the band in an effort to show the world that anyone can be a part of this, you never know who will be under there, maybe even a fan or someone who needs music to save them.”

The band will release its self-titled debut EP via EMP Label Group this fall. Pre-orders for the record will open soon.  More information on Hail Sagan’s new EP is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:




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Twitter: http://twitter.com/hailsaganband




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Cage9 Set To Enlighten Audiences With Its New Album, ‘Illuminator’

Cage9 has officially been released.

One of the latest additions to Dave Ellefson’s EMP Label Group, the band released its new album Illuminator this past Friday, June 3rd.  The album was released via eOne in the United States and Triple Vision Entertainment in Japan.  It is schedule for release later this year in Europe via SPV.  The band unveiled the video for the album’s lead single ‘Everything You Love Will Someday Die’ earlier this spring.  The video is streaming online now via YouTube.  It features footage of the band’s members and fans singing the song.


Courtesy:  EMP Label Group

Courtesy: EMP Label Group


Front man Evan Rodaniche discussed the video in a recent interview.  He noted the song’s family roots in the interview and the video’s recording process.  “This song is dedicated to my father, who passed away about a month ago after a two year battle with cancer,” he said.  “But even when I first wrote these lyrics at the onset of his terminal diagnosis as a sort of comforting mantra, in the back of my mind I believed my dad was indestructible.  I never thought I’d be adding an “in loving memory” dedication at the end of this video.  But then he was gone.  And that’s what this is all about.  We spend our modern lives wrapped up in our first world problems, completely disconnected with the natural cycles of the planet around us.”

In discussing the video’s production, Rodaniche noted the cameras that were used and the band’s general approach to making the clip.  We shot the video DIY with a couple Canon DSLR cameras, a black sheet in our rehearsal room and about forty non-actor friends, fans, and family who showed up one sunny Los Angeles afternoon in 2015 to mouth the lyrics to a song they’d never heard.  We aimed to bring home the message that no matter who you are we’re all in this together.”  He went on to not the song’s roots and sound in his discussion, too noting, “As for the song itself, it’s a little bit of old school thrash mixed with something more melodic and a little piano and acoustic guitar wankery to push it over the 6 minute epic-metal-song mark. (Yes, there’s a radio edit.)  He linked this in to a discussion on [Dave] Ellefson discovering Cage 9 through ‘Everything You Love Will Someday Die.’  I was the 14 year old kid running around with a worn out cassette of Peace Sells in his Walkman, he said.  “So having the dude that brought us pretty much THE most recognizable bass riff of my (and half the planet over 30’s) youth dig our band is a huge honor.”  He went on further noting, “Cage 9 originated in Panama where I grew up playing in a band yet having pretty much never experienced famous bands performing live to learn from, not to mention any of our idols like Megadeth or Metallica.  This definitely makes this chance to work with Dave in a mentor/label situation that much more amazing.  Very excited to be releasing our new album Illuminator with EMP this summer.”

Ellefson shared his thoughts on the band and its song in a discussion of his own even echoing the Megadeth/Metallica influence in the band’s new single noted by Rodaniche.  “Cage9 is definitely the real deal,” he said.  When I first heard ‘Everything You Love Will One Day Die,’ it instantly struck me as the closest I’ve heard to a song with a true Metallica/Megadeth core, with the radio accessibility to really connect with a modern rock audience.  And with the band’s history, and everything they’ve accomplished, they were a perfect fit for what we were doing at EMP.”

Since moving to Los Angeles the band has released a total of six albums and more than one hundred songs.  One of those albums was completely in Spanish.  The band has sold 25,000 copies of its albums worldwide in that time and played over 50 dates across America just last year.  It has also toured Japan and Central America as direct opener for Ozzy Osbourne, Bad Religion, Seether, and In This Moment.  The band has also shared stage time with the likes of Sevendust, Hellyeah, Karnivool, and others.  Even Rodaniche himself spent some time in the past as a member of Powerman 5000.  He also helped to co-write, record, and mix some of PM5K’s most recent albums.  That isn’t Rodaniche’s only production credit.  He also worked on ex-Flyleaf singer Lacey Sturm’s new album and work from Boy Hits Car, and others.  As if all of this isn’t enough credit to Cage9, the band has also received glowing reviews from its much more well-known counterparts including: Pop Evil, Korn, Saving Abel, Asking Alexandria, Devil You Know, and 9Electric just to name a handful of acts.

More information on Cage9’s new album is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:



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Everybody Panic! Tapped To Join 2016 Storm Warning Tour

Courtesy: O'Donnell Media Group

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

Everybody Panic! is extending its current tour schedule.

The Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-based band announced recently that it has been added to the 2016 Storm Warning Tour.  The tour kicks off May 6th in Sauget, IL and runs through May 31st in Pittsburgh, PA.  Also on board for the upcoming tour will be Hed (p.e.) which is currently touring alongside Everybody Panic! on its current tour, and The Veer Union.  Everybody Panic! is currently serving as a support act for Powerman 5000 on its current headlining tour.  That tour wraps Saturday, April 30th.  The current schedule for the Storm Warning Tour is noted below along with its current dates alongside Powerman 5000 and Hed (p.e.).

Tour dates:
With Powerman 5000 and Hedpe
4/28 Dubuque, IA @ The Venue
4/29 Algona, IA @ Afterlife Lounge
4/30 Des Moines, IA @ Woolys
With Hedpe and The Veer Union

5/6 – Sauget, IL @ Pops
5/7 – Toledo, OH @ Realm
5/8 – Louisville, KY @ Trixie’s Entertainment Complex
5/10 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
5/11 – Sanford, FL @ West End Trading Company
5/12 – St Petersberg, FL @ State Theater
5/14 – Jacksonville, FL @ The Green Room
5/15 – Fayetteville, NC @ Drunk Horse Pub
5/16 – Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
5/17 – Beckley, WV @ Munchies
5/18 – Baltimore, MD @ Fish Head Cantina
5/19 – Reading, PA @ Reverb
5/20 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
5/23 – Cambridge, MA @ Middel East Downstairs
5/24 – Stanhope, NJ @ Stanhope House
5/25 – Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
5/26 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution
5/27 – Providence, RI @ Fete Ballroom
5/28 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
5/29 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
5/30 – Brockway, PA @ Camaseli Bar
5/31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
June 17/18 Laconiafest with Sevendust, Ted Nugent and more.





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Everybody Panic! Joins PM5K On Tour

Courtesy:  Cavigold Records

Courtesy: Cavigold Records

Everybody Panic! is back on the road again.

The up-and-coming Oklahoma City, OK-based band is currently touring alongside veteran hard rock act Powerman 5000.  The tour is in support of the band’s 2015 EP Attack.  The band’s current tour April 30th in Des Moines, IA and also includes performances in Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana.  Following its current tour the band will join forces with Hed (pe) and The Veer Union for The Storm Warning Tour beginning May 7th.  Dates for that tour will be announced soon.  Everybody Panic’s current tour schedule is noted below.

Tour dates:
With Powerman 5000 and Hedpe

March 31 – Waterloo, IA @ Reverb

April 1 – La Crosse, WI @ Cavalier Theater

April 2 – Belvidere, IL@ Apollo Theater

April 3 – Danville, IL @ Vintage Villains

April 5 – Ringle, WI @ Q & Z Expo Center

April 6 – Chippewa Falls, WI @ Everybody’s Bar

April 7 – South Bend, IN @ Cheers

April 8 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection

April 9 – Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa

April 10 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater

April 20 – Pekin, IL @ Twisted Spoke

April 24 – South Bend, IN @ Cheers

April 30 – Des Moines, IA @ Woolys


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