PM5K’s Latest LP Sure To Create A “New Wave” Of Interest In The Band

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Just a few weeks ago, veteran hard rock band Powerman 5000 debuted the latest single from its most recent album, 2017’s New Wave.  The band also announced a new tour — which just launched a few days ago — in support of said single and album.  Needless to say, a number of the songs from the 10-song album are sure to be included in the set list for the band’s new tour, with plenty of said songs proving to make the album worth at least one listen, including that new single.  It is just one of the album’s most notable compositions.  The sociopolitically charged ‘Die On Your Feet’ also serves to make the album an interesting new effort from the band.  It will be discussed shortly.  The equally powerful semi-acoustic ‘No White Flags’ also serves to support that statement. It will be discussed a little later.  ‘Get A Life,’ is yet another of the album’s most notable additions with its arrangement and lyrical theme, which also seems to be something of its own social commentary.  Between this trio of songs and the album’s other entries, the whole of the album proves to be worth at least one listen regardless of audiences’ familiarity with the band and its body of work.

Powerman 5000’s new album New Wave, on the back of which the band is currently touring, is an interesting new offering from the veteran hard rock band.  It is an effort that is worth at least one listen, regardless of audiences’ familiarity with the band and its catalog.  That is thanks both to the album’s musical arrangements and lyrical themes.  The sociopolitically themed ‘Die on Your Feet’ is just one of the songs included in this record that serves to support those statements.  In terms of its musical arrangement, its arrangement is a composition that nu-metal fans are certain to appreciate.  This is evident in the hard-driving, percussive nature of the arrangement as it conjures thoughts of Pop Evil, Saliva, and other similar acts.  That infectious arrangement is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  Its clear lyrical theme couples with that arrangement to enhance the song’s presentation even more.  Front man Spider One “sings” here, “There’s a choice/A f****** line drawn/And a voice/Back off or bring it on/A place/A first class racket/Some f***** up hair and a black leather jacket/(Yes sir! No sir!) You heard me right/Are you gonna?/Yes sir! No sir!) That ain’t no life/Are you gonna die on your feet or live on your knees/Are you gonna become the cure or stay the disease/Are you gonna die on your feet or live on your knees?”  The song’s third verse strengthens its sociopolitical message even more as Spider One notes, “Everybody (stand up)/Assume the position (stand down)/Get back in the line (don’t think)/Carry on with tradition (left, right, left, right).”  That statement is perhaps the song’s most blatant statement.  It comes across as someone in power telling people not to think for themselves and rock the boat, but to carry on as things have always been without question.  This goes back full circle to the initial question of “Are you gonna die on your feet or live on your feet?”  It is a familiar call to action encouraging people to not give in to the status quo and to be themselves.  It’s a message that is always welcome.  When it is coupled with the song’s musical arrangement, the song’s overall presentation is a song that is an instant fan favorite and proof in itself why this album deserves at least one listen.  It’s just one of the songs that serves to show what makes the album worth that listen.  ‘No White Flags’ does just as much as ‘Die On Your Feet’ to support that statement.

‘No White Flags’ stands out because it is one of those songs that is heavy without being heavy.  Due to its somewhat brooding musical arrangement and lyrical theme.  That semi-brooding nature of the song’s arrangement conjures thoughts of songs from Bush, Stone Sour and so many other acts.  That semi-brooding vibe comes through the joining of the song’s guitar line, Spider One’s gravelly vocal delivery style and the supporting string arrangements.  All three elements together create an air that does a good job of illustrating the heavy emotion of the song’s lyrical theme, which comes across (at least to this critic) as a bittersweet statement about not giving up even in the face of the greatest adversity.  That seeming theme is inferred as Spider One notes, “Born into giving in/Taught only listening/Are you afraid to be your own enemy/Thank you, surrender please/Are you afraid to be your own enemy/On broke and bloody knees?”  This seems pretty much to the point.  This is someone asking, “are you afraid to be something that you’re told not to be?”  He goes on to note, “No, that ain’t me/That ain’t me/Non white flags/I’ve had enough/no giving in/No giving up/No white flags/It’s my war/No taking names, no keeping score/No white flags.”  From there the song’s subject points out the “threat” by the powers that be and the defiance to that threat.  Overall, it is a powerful statement.  When it is considered with, again, that aforementioned arrangement, the song in whole is strengthened even more.  That’s because considering the defiance in the song’s lyrical theme, one would think that the song’s musical arrangement would be more fiery, yet it isn’t.  Even though it isn’t more fiery, it is still heavy because it presents someone lost in deep emotional thought about the situation.  Keeping that in mind, it proves in whole to be definitely another of the album’s most notable entries, and even more proof of why New Wave is worth at least one listen.  It still is not the last of the songs that serves to support that statement.  ‘Get A Life’ is yet more proof of what makes this record worth hearing.

‘Get A Life’ stands out because it is perhaps the closest that this record gets to PM5K’s older material at least in terms of its musical arrangement.  The keyboards, drums and guitars join with Spider One’s vocal delivery to create a whole that will easily take audiences back to the days of ‘When Worlds Collide’ and other classic PM5K songs.  In regards to the song’s lyrical content, it would seem to present another commentary, this time about people’s obsessions with anything and everything other than their own lives.  This is inferred right from the song’s lead verse, which notes, “Well you can chase the rat or you can chase the tail/We love the latest fashions/We love the latest trends/they keep us all distracted while we all pretend/To get a life.”  The song goes on to state, “Well they can make you sweat/They can make you bleed/Too late, it’s not just scenery/You’re part of the machine/So take another picture and send it to your friends/Show them what they’re missing/While you still pretend/To get a life.”  This is pretty straight forward.  “You’re part of the machinery…take another picture and send it to your friends/Show them what they’re missing/While you still pretend to get a life” is a commentary on how we as people have lost our individuality (perhaps even sacrificed it) because of our obsession with social media and competing with one another’s lives, trying to one up one another.  From there, Spider One repeats many more times, the phrase, “Get a life” as a means to drive home the point that we need to…well…get a life.  We need to reclaim our individuality and not be part of the machine created by social media and that obsession with celebrity.  We need to have our own lives rather than trying to live vicariously through others.  It’s a strong statement that definitely hits home.  When it is coupled with the song’s driving musical arrangement, the two elements join to show why the song in whole is yet more proof of why New Wave deserves at least one listen.  When it is joined with the other songs noted here (and those not directly mentioned), the whole of the record turns out to be a presentation that deserves at least one listen regardless of audiences’ familiarity with the band and its catalog.

Powerman 5000’s latest full-length studio recording New Wave is an interesting new offering from the veteran hard rock band.  Since its release late last year, it has proven to be a divisive record, with opinions carrying from love to hate to even in-between.  Love it or hate it, it is still a record that deserves at least one listen as is proven through the sociopolitically charged nu-metal opus ‘Die On Your Feet.’  The musical and lyrical depth of ‘No White Flags’ supports that statement even more, considering how much it stands out from the rest of the album’s entries.  Much the same can be said of ‘Get A Life,’ with its biting social commentary and familiar musical arrangement.  When those songs are considered together and with the rest of the record’s songs, the whole of the album proves to be a record that regardless of love or hate, listeners will agree deserves at least a chance.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on Powerman 5000’s new single, tour schedule and more is available online now at:

Websitehttp://www.powerman5000.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/officialpowerman5000

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/therealpm5k

 

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Powerman 5000 Releases New Single From ‘New Wave,’ Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: Pavement Entertainment

Powerman 5000 has released more music from its latest album.

The band released its new single ‘Footsteps and Voices’ just recently.  The song is just the latest to be released from the band’s most recent album, 2017’s New Wave.  It can be streamed now via Spotify and downloaded via Apple Music and Amazon. The song takes a decidedly rap rock vibe while lyrically, it seems to take on the matter of someone who is paranoid.

Front man Spider One notes in the song’s lead verse, “3:45, still staring at the ceiling/Locked up tight, but still you got that feeling/You’re not alone/There’s someone in your home/They’re breathing down your neck/They’re tapping in your phone/Ring, ring, ring/Now it’s 7 a.m./The sun’s coming up/And here we go again/All the people on the street/They been following you/Government conspiracies, they all coming true.”  That seeming theme of paranoia continues in the second verse as Spider One notes, “tell yourself/That it’s all in your head/They couldn’t find you here/They couldn’t want you dead/But they do/They did it before/They’ll do it again/Shadows more fast/And I wouldn’t recommend/Running/And begging for your life’s unbecoming/The beat that you hear/Is not just from the drumming/You know that they’re close/From the stomp of their feet/You checked the back door/But not the back seat/They know your name/They’ve got your number/You’re not insane/Just going under.”  The song’s third and final verse follows in similar fashion with note of whatever forces knowing “what you’re thinking when you’re trying not to think” and of doors being knocked down.

The combination of that lyrical content, coupled with the heavy, infectious musical arrangement at the center of the song makes this song another interesting offering from Powerman 5000. Audiences will get to hear this latest single and more songs from New Wave as the band continues its tour in support of the album.

The band will launch the next leg of its current New Wave tour next month, beginning July 13 in Dubuque, Iowa.  It will run though August 3 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma before the band takes some more time off to rest again.

Once the band is rested up, it will head back out again September 2 in Los Angeles, California and tour through September 15 in Chicago, Illinois.  The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

 

7/13 – Dubuque, IA – Q Casino
7/14 – Cadott, WI – Rock Fest
7/15 – Belvidere, IL – The Apollo Theatre
7/17 – Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s Entertainment Center
7/18 – Surgis, MI – Nikki’s
7/20 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
7/21 – Findlay, OH – All American Rock House
7/22 – Akron, OH – Empire Concert Club
7/24 – Amityville, NY – Revolution Bar & Music Hall
7/25 – Cambridge, MA – The Middle East
7/26 – Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall
7/28 – Bangor, ME – Impact Music Festival
7/30 – Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse Stage and Gril
7/31 – Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall
8/2 – Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom
8/3 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
9/2 – Los Angeles, CA – 1720
9/4 – Orangevale, CA – Boardwalk
9/5 – Portland, OR – Dantes
9/6 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
9/7 – Billings, MT – Pub Station
9/8 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
9/9 – Denver, CO – The Roxy Theater
9/11 – Shawnee, KS – Aftershock Live Music Venue
9/12 – Waterloo, IA – Spicoli’s
9/13 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
9/15 – Chicago, IL – Patio Theater

 

More information on Powerman 5000’s new single, tour schedule and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.powerman5000.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/officialpowerman5000

Twitter: http://twitter.com/therealpm5k

 

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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

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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:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.evetoadam.rocks

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/EVETOADAMMUSIC

 

 

 

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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:

 

 

 

Website: http://hailsaganofficial.com

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

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:

 

 

Website: http://www.cage9.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Cage9

Twitter: http://twitter.com/cage9

 

 

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