Dry Kill Logic Debuts New Single, ‘Don’t See Ghosts’

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Dry Kill Logic debuted its new single this week.

The band debuted its new single ‘Don’t See Ghosts‘ Thursday through Revolver Magazine.  The song is the band’s first new music since the release of its single ‘Vices‘ last year.

The video is a very simple presentation.  A man sits in a chair, wearing a suit and tie, but his head is covered by a bear head.  The camera zooms in slowly over the course of the song’s nearly five-minute run time.  As the camera zooms in, images of protests and civil unrest flash very quickly over the serenity of the main scene.  The contrast of the imagery is meant to illustrate the song’s lyrical content, which front man Cliff Rigano discussed with the Revolver magazine staff.

“We’ve always tried to write songs that come from a personal place, but frame them in a way that can be interpreted to mean something different and unique to each listener,” said Rigano. “Don’t See Ghosts” was recorded last year, right after we put out “Vices”, but we were unsure of when to release it. After looking at the lyrics recently, the song actually started to mean something different to us as well, and we realized that this was the right time to put it out.”

The song’s featured musical arrangement is everything that fans have come to expect from the band, what with its heavy melodic metal approach.  At the same time, there are moments in this song that lend themselves to comparisons to works from Hatebreed, too.  That combination of sounds and styles makes the song’s arrangement in whole its own powerful reason for audiences to hear this song.

‘Don’t See Ghosts’ was produced by Dry Kill Logic guitarist Jason Bozzi and mixed by Greg Thomas (Misery Signals, Shai Hulud).  The song was recorded at Intension Studios in Astoria, NY and at Silver Bullet Studios in Burlington, CT.

More singles are expected from Dry Kill Logic through its own label, Psychodrama Records in partnership with eOne Music.  ‘Don’t See Ghosts’ is available to stream and download here.

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Econoline Crush Released Updated Take Of Its 2008 Song ‘Get Out Of The Way’

Courtesy: Amalien Records

Econoline Crush is back.

The band released its first “new” music in more than a decade Friday with its single ‘Get Out Of The Way.’  The song is an update on the original song which the band previously released on its 2008 album Ignite, its then most recent album.

The veteran outfit debuted the companion lyric video for the updated composition Friday through Revolvermag.com.  The debut of the re-worked song and its new video comes just under a month after the band announced their forthcoming release.

The song’s musical arrangement is similar stylistically to the band’s biggest hits, ‘All That You Are,’ ‘You Don’t Know What It’s Like,’ ‘Make It Right,’ and ‘Dirty.’  This song’s arrangement is a blues-rock based composition that fits well on any mainstream rock radio programmer’s playlist without sacrificing the sound that made it a fan favorite in its heyday.

Front man Trevor Hurst talked about the song’s release and the song’s lyrical theme in a recent interview.

“We felt this song was the perfect track to kick open the doors and announce to the world that the band is back,” he said. “Unfortunately as we began work on this recording the COVID pandemic started. The song took on a life of its own as we saw it as a battle cry for front line workers. “Get us the equipment and gear we need and Get Out of The Way and we’ll take care of business”

“We decided to re-record “Get Out of The Way’ (2008) to launch our deal with Amalien Records,” he added.  “We think the song suits the times we live in, and helps amplify the voices of those trying to build a better world for everyone. It just felt like the perfect song for this moment in time. There’s still the industrial sound, but it’s drifted towards more classic elements of rock. We’re evolving into a more organic direction. The songs are taking a lead role.”

Econoline Crush’s updated take of ‘Get Out Of The Way’ is available to stream and download by itself here.  The song is expected for inclusion in the band’s as-yet-untitled new album

The forthcoming release of Econoline Crush’s new album is just one of the projects that fans have to anticipate from the band.  Hurst also noted that he is working on a documentary titled Flatlander that focuses on what kept him busy following the release of Ignite.  The documentary is scheduled for release in 2021.

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Mushroomhead Debuts ‘The Heresy’ “Making Of” Video

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Mushroomhead is taking audiences behind the scenes of its latest music video.

The band debuted the “Making of” video for its latest single ‘The Heresy’ July 1 through Revolver Magazine.  The video comes less than a month after the band premiered the “Making Of” video for its single ‘Seen It All.’

The singles are from the band’s latest album A Wonderful Life.  Mushroomhead debuted the official video for ‘Seen It All’ April 21 and the video for ‘The Heresy‘ on June 5.

The new “Making Of” video for ‘The Heresy’ runs just under six minutes at five minutes, 34 seconds.  Through the course of the video, its director and Mushroomhead founder Steve “Skinny ” Felton discusses the video’s look, including whether vocalist J Mann would be featured with his mask or makeup.

Additionally, new vocalist Jackie Laponza (a.k.a. Ms. Jackie) talks about the dangers of shooting the video and how that item connected to her makeup for the shoot.  She also assures audiences that the baby featured in the video was safe throughout the entire process.  As if that is not enough, Ms. Jackie additionally sings the praises of the crew who assembled the set for the video during her brief interview segment in this video.

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Disciples Of Verity Debuts ‘The Flow’ Lyric Video

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Disciples of Verity gave audiences another preview of its new album this month.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘The Flow‘ June 18.  The song is featured on the band’s forthcoming debut album Pragmatic Sanction, which is scheduled for release Aug. 7 through The Label Group and INgrooves.  Pre-orders for the album are open now.

The album’s third single, it comes more than five months after the band debuted the album’s second single, ‘Lying To Myself.’  That song featured a guest appearance by Phil Demmel (BPMD, ex-Machine Head, Vio-lence) on guitar.

The band debuted the album’s lead single ‘Worthy’ last year through a partnership with Revolver magazine.  The song featured a guest appearance by Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, Nevermore) on guitar.

‘The Flow’ features a guest appearance by Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose, who said he was excited to be included in the song.

“Any time you get an opportunity to track music with a legend, you jump,” he said.  “The track f’n rips. Corey sounds better than ever.”

Rose’s addition to the song, coupled with the band’s members — Corey Glover (Living Colour, Bowie Experience), George Pond (ex-Negative Sky), Dannny Puma (Negative Sky), Corey Pierce (Ex-God Forbid) and Mark Monjoy (Sekond Skyn) — the song bears those hints of a Sevendust influence.

The song’s lyrical theme is heavy in its own right, according to a statement from Glover.

“The idea that the world isn’t giving you what you deserve is universal,” Glover said. “Given the unrest in the world, today it’s more than an idea.”

‘The Flow’ is available to stream and download here.

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Seether Announces New Album Release Date, Specs; Debuts Video For Album’s Lead Single

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Seether is giving audiences their first preview of its new album

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Dangerous’ Wednesday through Revolver magazine.  The song is the lead single from the band’s forthcoming album Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum.  Roughly translated, that means “If You Want PeacePrepare for War.

The album is scheduled for release Aug. 28 through Fantasy Records.

The single’s video takes the classic story of Little Red Riding Hood and turns it on its ear with a dark new interpretation.  The song’s musical arrangement is its own dark, brooding composition that serves to help translate the song’s seeming social commentary contained within its lyrical content.

Pre-orders for Seether’s new album are open now.  It will be available on CD, vinyl and digital.  The record’s track listing is noted below.



Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum track listing:
1.   Dead And Done
2.   Bruised And Bloodied
3.   Wasteland
4.   Dangerous
5.   Liar
6.   Can’t Go Wrong
7.   Buried In The Sand
8.   Let It Go
9.   Failure
10.  Beg
11.  Drift Away
12.  Pride Before The Fall
13.   Written In Stone



Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum was produced by Seether front man Shaun Morgan and mixed by Matt Hyde (Deftones, AFI).  Corey Lowery (ex-Saint Asonia, Stuck Mojo, Dark New Day, Stereomud) joins the band as its newest member on this album.  Lowery also engineered the record.

More information on Seether’s new album, single and video is available along with all of of the band’s latest news at:


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Lamb Of God’s Self-Titled LP Lives Up To Expectations And Then Some

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Lamb of God is one of the leading names in the metal and hard rock communities today.  The band did not earn that title overnight, either.  It took more than 25 years, nine albums and lots of touring around the world.  With the forthcoming release of its 10th overall album – and eighth under the Lamb of God moniker (the band was previously known as Burn the Priest, and has released two records under that name) – the band cements its reputation even more so.  The 10-song record is some of the band’s best work to date.  That is proven in part through the record’s musical content, which will be discussed shortly.  The album’s lyrical content does its own part to show what makes this record so strong.  It will be discussed a little later.  The record’s production and mixing put the final touch to its presentation.  Together with the noted content, all three elements make the album’s overall presentation such that it easily makes a place for itself among this year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.

Lamb of God’s forthcoming self-titled album is one of the most anticipated hard rock and metal albums of this year.  The album lives up to expectations, too, as is evidenced in part through the record’s musical arrangements.  From beginning to end, this album’s musical content throws back to the sounds of the band’s 2003 breakout album As The Palaces Burn.  There is even some growth exhibited in the album in ‘Bloodshot Eyes.’  That song actually presents more of a melodic metal sound than the full-throttle, chainsaw-sharp sounds for which the band has come to be known throughout its albums.  Front man Randy Blythe even goes so far as to provide some actual clean vocals in the song alongside his trademark screams.  Meanwhile, the team of guitarists Willie Adler, Mark Morton and bassist John Campbell create the noted melodic hard rock sound that is a welcome change of pace here.  New drummer Art Cruz (Prong, Winds of Plague) adds his own distinct touch to the song, showing that he can play slow and controlled just as easily as he can while keeping time in the album’s more up-tempo works.  The whole makes this song one of the album’s most engaging songs, but definitely not its only notable addition to Lamb of God.  Campbell’s subtle bass intro in ‘Reality Bath’ does well to help set the searing tone that is revealed in the rest of the song.  It does that because of how contradictory it is to the sound in the rest of the song’s arrangement.  It serves as a sort of precursor or calm before the storm that is unleashed throughout the rest of the song.  That storm is intense, too.  Blythe’s vocal delivery gives audiences something rare as it feels and sounds so more focused than ever.  Speaking of focus, the band’s ability to switch so seamlessly between its trademark thrash/groove sound to the more hardcore sound of Hatebreed when that band’s front man Jamey Jasta joins in on ‘Poison Dream’ serves as another example of how focused the band is on this album. What has led the band to gel so well throughout this record is anyone’s guess.  Maybe it is the fact that Morton has recently been allowed to spread his own creative wings through his own solo recordings – Anasthetic and Ether.  Maybe that allowed him to come into the recording sessions with a clearer and more open mind.  Maybe it is that front man randy Blythe recently got sober, as is discussed in an interview that he recently conducted with Revolver magazine.  Audiences can read that whole interview here.  Maybe it is something else or even a combination of those elements and something else.  Whatever the case may be, the fact remains that the musical content featured throughout Lamb of God’s 45-minute run time builds a solid foundation for the record’s presentation.  It is just one of the elements that makes this record so appealing.  The record’s lyrical themes play into the album’s appeal, too.

The lyrical themes featured throughout Lamb of God largely address issues going on with society the world over.  Blythe addressed this, too in his noted interview with Revolver magazine.  He was cited late in the interview as saying that getting sober played directly into his approach to songwriting this time out.  Audiences will be left to read his comments for themselves, but the short and simple of his statement is that in getting sober, he had a clearer mind and realized the importance in the impact of the band’s music, so he took a more active approach to writing each song.  The result of his focus is clear from beginning to end.  ‘Gears’ is just one example of the positive payoff of Blythe’s sobriety.  He writes in this song’s lead verse and chorus, “You suffer from a manufactured sickness and envy by design/Pre-calculated status and patterns of desire/ Accumulation and adoration/Built to feed your ostentation/Perpetually unsatisfied, but you never question why/So hang it on the wall of your golden cage/Tell yourself that it means something/Empty actions to fill the time/Commercial gods keep you in line/Industry and empire thrive/While you’re dying for always more.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Your endless hunger automated/Industry defined/A systematic impulse, parametric lines/Subjugation and degradation the blueprint to your annihilation/You’re assets personified, a product of the times,” before eventually adding in the song’s third and final verse, “So you can’t take it with you but you don’t use it now/A shallow life to crush you, drive you into the ground/So scared to lose the nothings you acquire/Everything must fall, bones on a pyre.”  This takes on the issues of consumerism and social media, and how people allow themselves to be turned into essentially puppets for corporations while also fulfilling their own greedy natures.  Sure, it’s hardly the first time that any act has taken on such matters, but Lamb of God has given the topic a new twist in this case that is certain to resonate and stick with audiences.

‘New Colossal Hate’ is another example of the importance of this record’s lyrical themes.  The song addresses the mistreatment of people from ethnic minorities.  This matter has become a hot-button topic ever since Donald Trump rose to power.  His divisive comments about ethnic minority populations have fueled so much division and even criminal activity by white nationalist groups.  Now Blythe has taken on the matter, writing in the song’s lead verse, “The mother of exiles stands there weeping/As her children tear themselves apart/Knives are out, her thoughts are bleeding Blood runs down her welcoming arms/Her feral brood has turned neglectful/The chains she broke are rusting closed/Imprisoned lightning burns forgetful/Spoiled blind to the light that she holds/Lash the tired and kill the poor/The huddled masses ram the door.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Like brazen giants with conquering limbs/The herd manifesting all that she despised/Childish amnesia born of privilege/Selfish mob commits matricide/Her mild gaze gone stern, fire in her eyes/Watching her dreams turn into dust The beacon dropped, her hand raised up to strike/Cast them homeless into the tempest/Lash the tired and kill the poor/The coddled masses slam the golden door.”  The song’s third verse is the most telling in the noted statement as Blythe writes, closing out the song, “The melting pot is melting down/A pool of slag on poisoned ground/Choking from the venom’s sting/Pull the fangs, let freedom ring.”  That ironic statement at the end, “Let freedom ring” is a powerful final comment.  It heightens the sense of anger expressed throughout the rest of the song as it addresses the vile, hateful behavior of so many who want to keep ethnic minorities from coming to America.  It is yet another way in which the record’s lyrical themes prove the importance of the record’s lyrical content.  ‘On The Hook,’ the record’s finale, is yet another way in which the album’s lyrical themes prove so important to the album’s presentation.

‘On the Hook’ is a direct statement about America’s opioid epidemic.  It is a damning indictment of the legal drug industry, pointing out its role in people becoming addicted to drugs.  Blythe also addresses this in his interview with Revolver magazine, noting the song’s inspiration was something personal.  The revelation that he makes here is an eye-opener to say the very least.  He opens the song by writing, “A dead silver spoon with needles in his skin/Rode a pale horse down from Afghanistan/Tears in the suburbs/Mothers praying for their damned/Death has crept into their zone of the promised land/But just before each plague, the clearest prophecies/Pandora’s box in backwoods pharmacies/A contract to die.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Narcotic economics for the miner’s sons/The seams went bust so long ago/With nowhere else to turn/Strip mine the veins, drill the abscess dry/Incentives for the architects of their genocide/We’ve seen this all before in a different shade/The Dark Alliance shifts to the modern age/A contract to die.”  The song’s most damning statement comes again here in its third verse, in which Blythe writes, Hippocratic hypocrites/Breaking oaths and cashing checks/Wrote an oceans worth of ink/Scripting a nation’s disease/A systematic business plan/To broker death increase demand/So flood the ghetto and starve the hills/Kill them all with crack and pills/Kill them all/Vietnam/Iran Contra/Park Avenue/Oxycontin.”  This is a powerful overall statement that audiences will not soon forget.  Along with Psycle’s song ‘Last Chance for the Saints,’ Lamb of God’s work becomes hopefully just the latest in what is hopefully a growing trend of acts addressing the negative impact of the legalized drug industry.  Regardless, it can be said that it is one more hard-hitting example of what makes this record’s lyrical themes so important.  Taking it into consideration along with the other lyrical themes noted here and those in the rest of the album’s songs, the whole of the album’s lyrical content proves itself just as important as the LP’s musical content.  While the record’s musical and lyrical content collectively and completely ensure listeners’ engagement and entertainment, they are only a portion of what makes the record a strong new offering from Lamb of God.  The album’s mixing and production put the final touch to its presentation.

The production and mixing that went into Lamb of God’s presentation is noteworthy in that so much is going on in each song.  Between Blythe’s screams, Cruz’s powerhouse drumming, Morton and Adler’s double attack and Campbell’s low-end, each band member has something to bring in each song.  Whether in the more radio-ready aggro-rock styling of ‘Bloodshot Eyes,’ the intense ‘Reality Bath,’ which does an admirable job of expressing America’s frustration over all of the recent mass shootings at schools nationwide, the equally intense ‘Poison Dream’ or the arrangements in any of the album’s other songs, the fact remains that each song is expertly produced and mixed.  The fire burns bright in each arrangement, while also allowing each part to show why each said work has such powerful impact.  Producer Josh Wilbur and others involved in this process are to be commended in their own right for this result.  Keeping in mind the positive result of the record’s production and mixing, that element is what makes the record’s arrangements hit as hard as they do.  It is what leads the lyrics and music to come together and translate as well as they do.  To that end, it puts the finishing touch to this record and makes it a must hear for Lamb of God’s fans and metal/hard rock fans alike.  It all comes together to make Lamb of God one of this year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.

Lamb of God’s forthcoming self-titled album is an impressive new offering from the band.  It is a work whose musical arrangements take audiences back in time and whose lyrical themes do their own part to keep audiences engaged and entertained.  The record’s production and mixing put the final touch to its presentation by balancing everything out and in turn making the album that much more appealing.  Each noted item is important in its own way.  All things considered, they make Lamb of God, without argument, one of this year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.  It is scheduled for release Friday through Epic Records.  Pre-orders are open now for Lamb of God.

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‘Live Ritual NYC MMXIX’ Is A Surprisingly Disappointing Live Offering From Soulfly

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

With the COVID-19 outbreak effectively having shut down live music in towns and cities nation and worldwide, music acts of all types are finding every way that they can to bring live music to the masses.  Metallica is airing free concerts every Monday through its official Facebook page.  Many other bands are taking archived concerts that were previously unreleased to their official YouTube channels in whole for everyone to enjoy for free, too.  And now Soulfly is doing its part to give audiences some sense of normalcy with its new live EP Live Ritual NYC MMXIX.  Released digitally over the weekend through Nuclear Blast Records, the performance featured here was originally recorded Feb. 11, 2019 at the Gramercy in New York City.  The concert was part of a larger tour that was in support of Soulfly’s most recent album Ritual.  The recording is a bit of a toss-up, to be honest.  That is due in part to its set, list, which comes in at just under half an hour.  This will be discussed shortly.  This matter plays directly into another issue for this recording, the concert’s audiovisual aspect.  This is another concern that cannot be ignored.  It will be addressed a little later.  The one positive to those this presentation, if one wants to call it a positive, is its availability options.  Each item noted here is critical in its own way to the whole of this recording.  All things considered, they make Live Ritual NYC MMXIX a disappointing presentation from an otherwise great band.  It is difficult to say this about an offering from a band the caliber of Soulyfly, but it is an unavoidable truth.  Whether the band or the label is to blame for this presentation is a discussion for another time.  Regardless, the reality is that this is a live recording that should have stayed shelved.

Soulfly’s new digital live EP Live ritual NYC MMXIX is a disappointing offering from a band that has built quite the successful reputation and resume for itself over the course of 23 years and 11 albums.  That is due in part to the recording’s set list.  Spanning a total of seven songs and just over 27 minutes, the concert, originally recorded Feb. 11, 2019 at the Gramercy in New York City, the band’s performance here is just a glimpse into what is in reality a much larger and longer set.  The full concert runs just short of an hour (approximately 53 minutes to be exact).  The songs featured in the recording are, by connection, only a portion of a much larger set that also featured a cover of Iron Maiden’s hit song ‘The Trooper.’  The other songs featured in that concert that are not featured in this recording are: ‘Arise Again,’ ‘Dead Behind the Eyes,’ ‘Rise of the Fallen’ and ‘Babylon.’  Given, the full set list, which also features the opening of ‘Jumpdaf***up” is not exactly an in-depth presentation of the band’s catalog, but is still much more enjoyable than the brief little glance that is featured in this recording. What’s more, the set list featured in this recording do not even go in the same order as the show from which they were lifted.  They are just snippets of the bigger show.  Keeping in mind the problem posed by the shortened set list here, it ties into another important item that cannot be ignored, the availability of the concert’s full, audiovisual presentation.

The whole of the concert from which this EP was pulled is available now entirely free through Revolver magazine’s official YouTube channel unless it has been pulled by the time this review is posted.  The performance, as a matter of fact, has been streaming through the noted YouTube channel since May 8, 2019. The video clip that the people at Nuclear Blast have released in order to promote this EP was taken from the presentation in question.  In other words, while Nuclear Blast is only giving people a portion of that concert only in audio format, the full audio-visual presentation has been available, and for free since early last year.  Keeping all of this in mind, it would have made more sense for Nuclear Blast and Soulfly to have just released the whole performance to DVD/BD/CD in some format than this essentially abbreviated presentation for those who want to enjoy it any time when they do not have access to the internet or don’t want to go online.  To that end, the overall presentation of Live Ritual NYC MMXIX is sadly, very much a disappointment and is just not worth the download.  For all of the negatives from which this recording suffers, it does have at least one positive.  That positive is the various platforms through which it is available.

Soulfly’s new live EP is available through a variety of platforms for streaming and download.  Those available platforms are: Spotify, Amazon, Deezer, Apple Music, iTunes, tidal, YouTube Music and Pandora.  Gooogle Play and Amazon both price the EP at $6.99.  Apple Music offers previews of the EP’s songs, but does not list a price.  In order to stream the recording thought Tidal, Spotify and Apple Music, audiences have to sign up for those services.  Of course the services are free at the basic level, but still mean being inundated with emails from those services in the long run.  The same applies for those who want to take in the recording through Deezer.  Simply put, audiences have plenty of listening options.  The price for purchase is not that bad, but at the same time, audiences should keep in mind before downloading the recording, that they are not getting the entire concert even in that case.  So in the bigger picture, there are plenty of free streaming options for this recording.  The purchase price of $6.99 is not that bad, either, but either way, audiences are not getting the entire concert either way.  Keeping that in mind, the availability of the concert is a positive, but still has a difficult time overcoming the reality that the concert featured herein is not the whole concert.  Considering this item and the rest of the EP’s concerns, the whole of the recording proves to be a surprisingly disappointing offering from a band that has given audiences so much more over the years.

Soulfly’s new live EP Live Ritual NYC MMXIX is the band’s first major live recording for American audiences, and those elsewhere.  The band did release a live EP titled Tribe in 1999, but that recording was released only in Australia.  Keeping that in mind, this latest live recording is technically the band’s first major worldwide live recording.  Keeping that in mind, it is a disappointing live debut for the band, especially considering Soulfly has existed for more than 20 years.  It is such a disappointment in part because the seven-song set list featured here is only a portion of the bigger 53-minute set that the band held at its Feb. 11, 2019 show at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City.  It is in fact, approximately 27 minutes of that concert, and basically cherry picks from that set.  Adding to that matter is that Nuclear Blast has released this recording solely through digital.  There was not even an attempt to release the concert in any fashion through a full, audiovisual presentation.  Meantime, the full concert can be streamed for free through Revolver magazine’s official YouTube channel.  What this means is that in the bigger picture, Nuclear Blast has given audiences even less motivation here to download Soulfly’s new live EP.  While the EP is available through a variety of streaming services, audiences have to either sign up for the basic level of service through those platforms or they have to pay to download what is not even the entire concert.  So they are paying for only a portion of a whole or they sign up for said services and get inundated with emails, all for the sake of listening to a portion of a bigger concert.  Simply put, it is difficult to find one positive about Soulfly’s new EP Live Ritual NYC MMXIX.  That is even more disappointing, considering this is Soulfly’s first major widespread live recording.  One can only hope that Nuclear Blast and the band will learn from this major misstep and make the band’s next live recording something much better, when and if that happens.  More information on Live Ritual NYX MMXIX is available along with all of Soulfly’s latest news at:




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Demons Debuts ‘Slow Burn’ Video

Courtesy: Spartan Records

Independent aggro-rock group Demons is giving audiences another way to distract themselves from everything going on.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Slow Burn’ Thursday through Revolver magazine.  The video, a lyric video, features the band members — Zach Gehring, Jon Anderson, Drew Orton, and Chris Matthews — performing the song against a multi-colored backdrop.

The song’s musical arrangement is an up-tempo work whose frantic energy alone will keep listeners engaged.  Its lyrical content comes across as a social commentary of sorts, adding to listeners’ engagement.

Gehring talked about the video’s debut during the band’s Revolver interview.

“We were de-railed last year when our drummer almost died in a bike accident, and now the world is on hold dealing with the Coronavirus. We’ve had this song and video done for a while now. No one really knows what’s going on or how long we’ll have to stay inside, so we decided to let this one loose. We’re stir crazy and frustrated, just like everyone else.”

Gehring stressed the song featured in the band’s new video is not the final version of the composition. He pointed out the final cut will be featured in the band’s next album, Privation, which is scheduled for release this fall through Spartan Records.  A precise release date will be announced soon.

More information on Demons’ new single, video and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:


Website: http://demonsband.bandcamp.com

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


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Whitechapel, Revolver Magazine Partner To Debut Three New Live Clips From Recent Whitechapel Concert

Courtesy: Metal Blade Reocrds

Whitechapel released some new live material this week.

The band, in partnership with Revolver magazine, debuted live performances of its songs ‘Forgiveness Is Weakness,’ ‘Brimstone’ and ‘When A Demon Defiles A Witch’ Thursday.  The songs were recorded at the band’s Nov. 19 performance at the Belasco Theater.  The presentation is streaming here.

All three songs featured in the recording are featured in Whitechapel’s most recent album, 2019’s The Valley.  The record is available now through the band’s official Metal Blade Records page here.

More information on Whitechapel is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:


Website: http://www.whitechapelband.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/whitechapelband


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Killcode Unveils ‘Kickin’ And Screamin” Video

Killcode is giving its fans another taste of its latest album.

The New York-based rock outfit released the video for its new single ‘Kickin’ and Screamin’ today.  The video, taken from the band’s upcoming sophomore full-length album The Answer, sets the new single against footage of the band’s performances on the “Spread The Code 2016” and debuted online via Revolver Magazine’s website.

The band released a collective statement, describing the song as “a real deal, classic, straight ahead rock and roll song.”

“It’s the type of rock that we grew up on that makes you want to drive a little faster, scream a little louder, and party a little harder with your fists in the air,” the band’s members said of the song.

Courtesy: High Road Publicity

‘Kickin’ and Screamin’ is available for download and purchase now via Killcode’s website and its Reverb Nation site.  Advanced limited edition copies of The Answer can be purchased online now here.

In anticipation of The Answer’s upcoming release, the band will hit the road next month beginning April 14 in Poughkeepsie, NY.  The tour runs through November 9 and includes a handful of European dates through the summer, too.  The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

Catch KILLCODE Live:

04/14 @ The Chance Theatre – Poughkeepsie, NY
04/22 @ Mulcahys (w/ LA Guns) – Wantagh, NY
07/02 @ ROCK FEST BARCELONA 2017 – Barcelona, ES
07/13 @ Bang Your Head Festival – Balingen, HH, Germany
08/17 @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (w/Queensrÿche) – Englewood, NJ
08/26 @ Hull City Hall – Hull, UK
09/02 @ Switzerland-Riverside Aarburg Open Air Arena Festival – Aarburg, CH
11/09 @ Hard Rock Hell Festival UK – Wales, UK

More information on The Answer, ‘Kickin’ and Screamin’ and all of the band’s latest news is available online now at:




Website: http://killcode.net

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/_killcode_




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