Atreyu Debuts ‘Warrior’ Remix

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Atreyu premiered an updated take of its song ‘Warrior‘ this week.

The updated take features guest appearances by Travis Barker (Blink-182) and Zero 9:36. The original song is featured in Atreyu’s latest album, Baptize, which was released in June through Spinefarm Records.

The updated take of ‘Warrior’ does show some differences from its source material. For starters, the remix is shorter than the original take by less than only 20 seconds. The original runs approximately three minutes, five seconds while the remix runs two minutes, 48 seconds. The remix is shorter as it omits part of the breakdown and replaces it with some brief rapping from Zero 9:36 (a.k.a. Matthew Cullen). Other than that, the two arrangements are largely the same.

‘Warrior’ is just one of the songs that serves as a single for Baptize. The album has also produced the singles, ‘Save Us,’ ‘Underrated,’ and ‘Catastrophe.’

In other news, Atreyu has expanded its upcoming tour schedule. The band’s initial tour schedule was set to launch Nov. 9 in Dallas, TX with support from Tetrarch, Crown the Empire, Saul, and Defying Decay. Its new, updated schedule is set to launch Sept. 3 in Green Bay, WI with Nonpoint, Tetrarch, and Another Day Dawns.

Following its brief run with Nonpoint, Tetrarch, and Another Day Dawns, Atreyu now also has dates scheduled with Eighteen Visions, Dragged Under, and Dying Wish on Oct. 5 & 6 in Phoenix, AZ and Los Angeles, CA.

The band’s updated tour schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

ATREYU ON TOUR:
WITH NONPOINT, TETRARCH, + ANOTHER DAY DAWNS:

9/3 — Green Bay, WI — Epic Event Center

9/4 — Newport, KY — Ovation

9/5 — Madison, WI — The Sylvee

9/7 — Wichita, KS — Temple Live

9/8 — Fort Smith, AR — Temple Live

9/10 — Danville, VA — Blue Ridge Rock Fest

WITH EIGHTEEN VISIONS, DRAGGED UNDER, + DYING WISH:

10/5 — Phoenix, AZ — The Marquee

10/6 — Los Angeles, CA — 1720
 

WITH CROWN THE EMPIRE, TETRARCH, SAUL, + DEFYING DECAY:
11/9 — Dallas, TX  — Gas Monkey Bar And Grill 
11/10 — Houston, TX  — The Warehouse 
11/11 — New Orleans, LA  — Republic NOLA
11/13 — Daytona, FL  — Welcome to Rockville 
11/15 — Atlanta, GA  — The Masquerade
11/16 — Charlotte, NC  — The Underground
11/17 — Baltimore, MD  — Rams Head Live
11/19 — Pittsburgh, PA  — The Roxian
11/20 — Sayreville, NJ  — Starland Ballroom
11/21 — New York, NY  — Webster Hall
11/22 — Albany, NY  — Empire Live 
11/23 — Hartford, CT  — The Webster
11/24 — Worcester, MA  — The Palladium 
11/26 — Detroit, MI  — The Majestic
11/27 — Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall 
11/30 — Cleveland, OH  — The Agora 
12/1 — Grand Rapids, MI  — The Intersection 
12/2 — Joliet, IL  — The Forge
12/3 — Belvidere, IL  — The Apollo Theater AC
12/4 — Minneapolis, MN  — Skyway Theatre 
12/6 — Kansas City, MO  — The Truman
12/7 — Denver, CO  — The Summit 
12/9 — Salt Lake City, UT  — The Depot
12/10 — Boise, ID  — Knitting Factory
12/11 — Portland, OR  — Roseland
12/12 — Seattle, WA  — The Crocodile 
12/14 — Santa Cruz, CA  — The Catalyst
12/15 — San Diego, CA  — House of Blues 
12/16 — Santa Ana, CA  — The Observatory 

More information on Atreyu’s new ‘Warrior’ remix, new tour dates, and album is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

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Nonpoint Front Man Elias Soriano Talks Touring, Making Music In New Interview

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Nonpoint will launch its new nearly month-long tour Sept. 11 in Easton, PA, but it seems like an off-cycle tour so to speak.  Typically, acts tour on the backs of new albums and/or EPs, but it’s been three years since the band released its then latest album, X  Given, you guys have your new hit single, ‘Ruthless’ and its video.  So talk to me about the decision to launch the tour.

Elias: Traditionally speaking that is definitely the case.  But we are in untraditional times and if this EP’s cycle hasn’t taught everyone about our latest string of decisions it’s that we are rewriting the way we are doing things here on Team Nonpoint.  As well as how we tour and even perform.  We have an extensive catalog and over 160 published songs.  So we got ways to change up our sets and plan to do just that.  In this upcoming set list we’re playing songs that we haven’t played in 20 years in some cases.  Our fans will get a taste of some of our catalogs that will make true fans of the band happy they came.  As well as getting a taste of Ruthless and who knows what else from the EP.  For now Ruthless is our focus and seems to be enough to keep fans excited about our next steps.

One thing that I’ve noticed about your past tours is that Hooligans in Jacksonville, NC is a favorite place for you to play live.  What is it about that venue and/or the city that draws you so much there?

Elias: 90% of the time its the fans.  The other 10% is usually how nice the venue employees are that is just the icing on the cake.  We can’t always anticipate a perfect stage or the people who work locally.  But when both the venue is respected and the people working there are friendly it makes for those comeback spots like Hooligans for sure.

Nonpoint isn’t going out alone for its upcoming tour.  You are bringing along for the ride, Dropout Kings, which is well-known in its own right, Any Given Sin and Saul, both of which are up-and-coming acts.  What is it about those bands that made you decide to bring them along?

Elias: As we always have a list of bands we wish we could have that always varies due to availability of bands and of course timing. But outside of availability, for the most part we try to bring out bands we feel like our fans will enjoy seeing and carry a similar energy onstage.  Dropout Kings have that swag we like in a support act.  Our styles are similar so that’s always nice.  Saul has a powerful sound and coincidently were an up and comer who’s schedule lined up with our plans as well as a suggestion from our agent.  When we heard their music we immediately gave the thumbs up.  Any Given Sin have a great buzz in spaces we also see lots of success not to mention they are under the FM Management umbrella as is Nonpoint, so it was a good fit and invited them to join us as well.  It’s gonna be a great lineup for our fans all night which is the most exciting thing for the band members.

Speaking of other bands, now that Nonpoint has launched its new independent label, 361 Degrees Records, have you started looking for bands to sign or will the label be more for the band’s own releases?  If you are looking at other bands to sign, can you give any hints as to which ones are getting consideration?

Elias: No one just yet.  Though we are seeing success through our strategies, model and process, all of these things happen the way they do because of the team we have, their commitment to the plan and process, ability to pivot and move quickly, to have patience and understanding of their audience base and most importantly have the work ethic to follow through.  It’s a lot to ask of people just looking to just perform and sleep all day.  Not to mention people looking to change the way they think about the music industry in a traditional sense.  It’s a big ask so we’re going to be extremely selective on our additions to the label.  But anything is possible right?

Staying a moment longer on the matter of your new label, you made the announcement some time ago.  In that time, has the reality and enormity of that move had time to settle in?  What is your reaction to your fans’ support for your new venture?

Elias: It’s definitely settled in and it’s as expected.  Some triumphs and some goals we fell short on.  What we have found is what’s sustainable and what we needed to adjust.  But nothing that has us turning tail and running from the independent route.  Quite the contrary, every triumph and every lesson learned is driving our next ideas into lower risk realities and ultimately wins for our camp.  So we say, “Bring on the mistakes.”

Switching gears back to touring, fans have always come out in a big way to see Nonpoint when it comes to town.  Looking at the 361 Degrees – All things Nonpoint group page on Facebook, fans’ reaction to this upcoming tour make it sound like this run will be no exception to the rule.  What does that continued support mean to you as a band?

Elias: It’s everything to our band.  At the end of the day our livelihood is a career where success and failures rest on the opinions of others vs just effort and ability.  We are under a microscope and at the same time broadcast around the world.  So when you have that kind of support that you can count on its irreplaceable. 

On a related topic, live music finally returned this year following almost a year (if not a year) shut down due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  I’m not trying to jinx anything, but with all the reports coming out about the virus’ Delta variant spreading, are there any concerns about the possibility of live music getting shut down again?

Elias:  Who wouldn’t be concerned?  I have fellow musicians reaching out that I haven’t spoken too in quite some time reaching out, gauging our thoughts seeing that we’re about to head out.   So I can’t say I’m feeling any better about it.  But as always we have a plan to keep our fans going if for any reason we get grounded again.  Eventually we hope NONPOINT AIRLINES will fly again.

Speaking specifically to Elias and Robb, you two are the only original members of the band to date.  You’ve seen other musicians come and go from the band, the most recent change being that of Jason Zellstra replacing B.C. Kochmit, who himself replaced Dave Lizzo in 2014.  Jason is now the band’s fifth lead guitarist.  You’ve also had now two bassists.  What I’m getting at is that lineup changes always have an impact on a band especially when performing live and living together on the road.  Has it ever impacted you two, mentally or emotionally, having to break in so many new members?  It can’ be easy going out on the road and recording with new members so seemingly constantly.

Elias:  It’s never fun losing a member or feeling like you have to part ways from someone because of creative chemistry, personal issues, lifestyle or even in some cases substance abuse.  Again, we roll with the punches, hope for the best, try to give people the benefit of the doubt and get ourselves back on our feet.  But what’s the point holding grudges or bitching about it?  We’re all human and shit happens.  Get up and get back on the horse.

Getting off that topic, your fans are constantly polling each other on their dream set lists (and band lineups) for your tours.  Going back again to the All Things Nonpoint group on FB, do those interactions play any role in your own decisions on your set lists or even the bands that you bring with you on tour?

Elias:  Of course we do!  Honestly, who wouldn’t want to know what their fans want to hear?   It’s like a cheat sheet for a test you gotta take.  Our goal is to get an A and impress the teacher.  So let me get your answer to #12 homie.

I wanted to go back to the launch of your new label again for a bit.  Nonpoint nation as a family is clearly excited about the band launching 361 Degrees Records.  When you first hinted at the announcement, there was rampant speculation that the band was going to announce it was calling it a career.  I’m sure you read the comments.  So what was your reaction to your fans’ reactions to the then cryptic statement ahead of the big announcement?  What does that reaction mean to you as a band?

Elias:  Honestly you’re the first person to mention it to me so I truthfully don’t have an answer to that particular moment.  If you want me to address it on our current timeline I guess I’d simply say, SIKE! 

Staying on that topic, I and thousands of others watched the video that made the announcement of the label’s launch.  Nonpoint obviously is not the only band to launch its own label.  Dropkick Murphys has Born & Bred Records.  Dry Kill Logic has Psychodrama Records.  The list goes on from there.  Just as with anyone reaching that point at which they decide to make a career change, I imagine there was a specific point at which you as a band made the decision to go independent.  Maybe I missed it in the video, but what was it that led to the decision?  What was that proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back?  When did that moment, that realization happen?

Elias: We did address it in the documentary, so I’d say you definitely want to watch it for the details to that answer.  But simply put, we saw an opportunity to do so during a very lucrative time in our careers.  So we took it.

Expanding from there, ‘Ruthless,’ your new single and its video have gotten only positive reaction from audiences and radio stations alike.  Audiences are already chomping at the bit for the band’s next single.  Can you offer an update on a time frame for its release?

Elias:  Our timeline is based on what our team and our audience can absorb in a given time.  When we take our next step it will be as thought out as Ruthless.  That took time and attention.  Seeing there is still much to be accomplished with our Ruthless Pre-Order going out, the tour and our next release already on deck, there will be plenty to chew on in the very near future.

One last question and I will close this out.  Since we’re talking music, we know the band is working on a new EP that is sue out sometime late this summer or during fall.  Can you offer an update on its progress or release date?  Is a new album coming, too?

Elias: Plans as we mentioned in the documentary series are to give fans a full presentation of the EP song by song and video by video, repeating for 2 more EP’s till we deliver a final body of work (full LP) containing all the EP’s and an entire new grouping of songs.  It will be our most ambitious project ever and our fans will be along for the ride every step of the way.

Thank you again for all your time.  Best of luck on your tour, guys.  I for one as a loyal member of the Nonpoint Nation family am looking forward to what’s to come from you all.

The full schedule for Nonpoint’s upcoming tour is noted below. Tickets are available here. The announcement of the new tour comes more than two months after it premiered its latest single, ‘Ruthless.’ The band premiered the song’s video last month.

I’m About To Explode Tour Pt. 1 with special guests: Saul, Dropout Kings, & Any Given Sin

09.11.21 – One Centre Square – Easton, PA

09.12.21 – House of Independents – Asbury Park, NJ

09.14.21 – Wallys – Hampton Beach, NH

09.15.21 – Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY

09.16.21 – Beachland Ballroom- Cleveland, OH

09.17.21 – Music Factory – Battle Creek, MI

09.19.21 – Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN

09.21.21 – Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, IN

09.22.21 – Rock City Bake Company – Charleston, WV

09.23.21 – Shagnastys Grubbery And Pour House – Huntsville, AL

09.24.21 – Amos – Charlotte, NC

09.28.21 – Capones – Johnson City, TN

09.29.21 – Hooligans – Jacksonville, NC

10.02.21 – Club LA – Destin, FL

Dates with Atreyu, Tetrarch & Another Day Dawns:

09.03.21 – Epic Event Center – Green Bay, WI

09.04.21 – Ovation – Newport, KY

09.05.21 – The Sylvee – Madison, WI

09.07.21 – Temple Live – Wichita, KS

09.08.21 – Temple Live – Fort Smith, AR

Dates with Seether & Plush:

09.30.21 – House of Blues – Mrytle Beach, SC

10.01.21 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA

10.10.21 – Marquee – Tempe, AZ

Nonpoint will be appearing at the following festivals:

09.10.21 – Blue Ridge Rock Fest – Danville, VA

09.18.21 – Fall Fling – Peoria, IL

09.25.21 – Rebel Rock – Orlando, FL

January 22-27, 2022 ShipRocked

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

Websitehttps://www.nonpoint.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/nonpointworld

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/nonpoint

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Nonpoint Announces New Live Dates

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Nonpoint will head back out on the road later this summer for a full-length tour

The band made the announcement Friday. It will launch what it has dubbed the “I’m About to Explode Part I” Tour Sept. 11 in Easton, PA. The tour is scheduled to run through Oct. 10 in Tempe, AZ and features performances in cities nationwide, such as Jacksonville, NC; Green Bay WI and Destin, FL.

Front man Elias Soriano was upbeat as he talked during a recent interview, about getting back on the road.

“We’re coming out of the pandemic swinging!,” he said. “The bands and the shows will leave fans talking for weeks.. Production is new, show is BRAND NEW, deep cuts from our catalog and our most Ruthless Setlist ever. ITS ABOUT TO EXPLODE, Part 1 is the swing of the bat and first contact”

The band had previously announced a handful of live dates for this month and September, as well as the schedule for its 2022 appearance on the ShipRocked Cruise. It makes this announcement the band’s first big tour announcement of the year.

Dropout Kings, Saul, and Any Given Sunday will serve as support throughout much of the tour. Joining the band for other dates are the likes of Tetrach, Seether, Atreyu, and Plush.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here. The announcement of the new tour comes more than two months after it premiered its latest single, ‘Ruthless.’ The band premiered the song’s video last month.

I’m About To Explode Tour Pt. 1 with special guests: Saul, Dropout Kings, & Any Given Sin

09.11.21 – One Centre Square – Easton, PA

09.12.21 – House of Independents – Asbury Park, NJ

09.14.21 – Wallys – Hampton Beach, NH

09.15.21 – Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY

09.16.21 – Beachland Ballroom- Cleveland, OH

09.17.21 – Music Factory – Battle Creek, MI

09.19.21 – Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN

09.21.21 – Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, IN

09.22.21 – Rock City Bake Company – Charleston, WV

09.23.21 – Shagnastys Grubbery And Pour House – Huntsville, AL

09.24.21 – Amos – Charlotte, NC

09.28.21 – Capones – Johnson City, TN

09.29.21 – Hooligans – Jacksonville, NC

10.02.21 – Club LA – Destin, FL

Dates with Atreyu, Tetrarch & Another Day Dawns:

09.03.21 – Epic Event Center – Green Bay, WI

09.04.21 – Ovation – Newport, KY

09.05.21 – The Sylvee – Madison, WI

09.07.21 – Temple Live – Wichita, KS

09.08.21 – Temple Live – Fort Smith, AR

Dates with Seether & Plush:

09.30.21 – House of Blues – Mrytle Beach, SC

10.01.21 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA

10.10.21 – Marquee – Tempe, AZ

Nonpoint will be appearing at the following festivals:

09.10.21 – Blue Ridge Rock Fest – Danville, VA

09.18.21 – Fall Fling – Peoria, IL

09.25.21 – Rebel Rock – Orlando, FL

January 22-27, 2022 ShipRocked

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

Websitehttps://www.nonpoint.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/nonpointworld

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/nonpoint

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Saul Debuts ‘Looking To Fight’ Video; Announces New LIve Dates

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Saul premiered the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its song, ‘Looking to Fight’ Tuesday. The song is featured in the band’s debut album, Rise as Equals (2020). The musical arrangement featured in ‘Looking to Fight’ is a heavy, melodic hard rock composition very much in the vein of Breaking Benjamin.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Looking to Fight’ is a deeply contemplative message, according to front man Blake Bedsaul.

“‘Looking to Fight’ is a moment of introspection,” said Bedsaul. “Ask yourself this: Am I the hero or the villain in any given situation? After a long hard look into how I was dealing with my emotions, I realized that I was the villain of my own story. But don’t just apologize. Take responsibility for your actions and own up to them. Make the change to be someone to fight for — not against.”

The video for ‘Looking to Fight’ is relatively simple. It features in one part, the band performing its new single in a specially lit studio setting. That footage is paired with video of a man dealing with the ramifications of an argument that he had with a woman suggested to be his girlfriend. The visuals are meant to help translate the message that Bedsaul noted in his discussion on the song’s lyrical theme.

In other news, Saul is scheduled to launch a new tour in support of Rise as Equals, which also spawned the single, ‘King of Misery,’ Sept. 7 in Sturgis, SD. Some of its dates will find the band performing as support for Nonpoint’s “I’m About To Explode Tour.”

The scheduled for Saul’s upcoming tour is noted below.

SAUL ON TOUR:

8/7 — Sturgis, SD — Iron Horse Saloon (Sturgis)*
8/8 — Fort Madison, IA — RiverFestFM*
8/10 — Minot, ND — The O’Riginal Bar & Nightclub
8/11 — Fargo, ND The Hall — Fargo Brewing Company
8/14 — Council Bluffs, IA — KIWR Riot Fest*
8/19 — Kansasville, WI — 1175
8/20 — Glen Flora, WI — Northwood Rock Rally*
8/21 — Beaver Dam, WI — Stormy’s Music Venue
9/10 — Appomattox, VA — Blue Ridge Rock Fest*
9/11 — Mansfield, OH — Inkcarceration Festival*
9/24 — Orlando, FL — Rebel Rock Festival*
*Festival Dates

WITH ATREYU, CROWN THE EMPIRE, + MORE:
11/9 — Dallas, TX — Gas Monkey Bar And Grill
11/10 — Houston, TX — The Warehouse
11/11 — New Orleans, LA — Republic NOLA
11/13 — Daytona, FL — Welcome to Rockville           
11/15 — Atlanta, GA — The Masquerade
11/16 — Charlotte, NC — The Underground
11/17 — Baltimore, MD — Rams Head Live
11/19 — Pittsburgh, PA — The Roxian
11/20 — Sayreville, NJ — Starland Ballroom  
11/21 — New York, NY — Webster Hall
11/22 — Albany, NY — Empire Live
11/23 — Hartford, CT — The Webster
11/24 — Worcester, MA — The Palladium
11/26 — Detroit, MI — The Majestic
11/27 — Columbus, OH — Newport Music Hall
11/30 — Cleveland, OH — The Agora
12/1 — Grand Rapids, MI — The Intersection
12/2 — Joliet, IL — The Forge
12/3 — Belvidere, IL — The Apollo Theater AC
12/4 — Minneapolis, MN — Skyway Theatre  
12/6 — Kansas City, MO — The Truman
12/7 — Denver, CO — The Summit
12/9 — Salt Lake City, UT — The Depot
12/10 — Bosie, ID — Knitting Factory
12/11 — Portland, OR — Roseland
12/12 — Seattle, WA — The Crocodile
12/14 — Santa Cruz, CA — The Catalyst
12/15 — San Diego, CA — House of Blues
12/16 — Santa Ana, CA — The Observatory

More information on Saul’s new single, video, and tour dates is available now along with all of Saul’s current live dates and more at:

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Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/saulbandofficial

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/saulband

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Tetrarch To Serve As Support For Atreyu’s “Baptize U.S. 2021 Tour”

Courtesy: Napalm Records/Adrenaline PR/Atom Splitter PR/Spinefarm Records

Tetrarch has been tapped to join Atreyu for its forthcoming “Baptize U.S. 2021 Tour.”

The band’s upcoming run is in support of its new album, Unstable, which is available now through Napalm Records. The tour is scheduled to start Nov. 9 in Dallas, TX. It features performances in cities, such as Charlotte, NC; Detroit, MI and Seattle, WA.

Guitarist Diamond Rowe said the band is looking forward to joining Atreyu for the tour.

“We are very excited to be hitting the road with Atreyu,” said Rowe. “It’s a great bill of bands and we are more than excited to finally get back in front of fans all over the country. We have some extremely exciting things planned for this run.”

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

The band’s tour schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

ATREYU ON TOUR:
WITH CROWN THE EMPIRE, TETRARCH, SAUL, + DEFYING DECAY:

11/9 — Dallas, TX  — Gas Monkey Bar And Grill 
11/10 — Houston, TX  — The Warehouse 
11/11 — New Orleans, LA  — Republic NOLA
11/13 — Daytona, FL  — Welcome to Rockville 
11/15 — Atlanta, GA  — The Masquerade
11/16 — Charlotte, NC  — The Underground
11/17 — Baltimore, MD  — Rams Head Live
11/19 — Pittsburgh, PA  — The Roxian
11/20 — Sayreville, NJ  — Starland Ballroom
11/21 — New York, NY  — Webster Hall
11/22 — Albany, NY  — Empire Live 
11/23 — Hartford, CT  — The Webster
11/24 — Worcester, MA  — The Palladium 
11/26 — Detroit, MI  — The Majestic
11/27 — Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall 
11/30 — Cleveland, OH  — The Agora 
12/1 — Grand Rapids, MI  — The Intersection 
12/2 — Joliet, IL  — The Forge
12/3 — Belvidere, IL  — The Apollo Theater AC
12/4 — Minneapolis, MN  — Skyway Theatre 
12/6 — Kansas City, MO  — The Truman
12/7 — Denver, CO  — The Summit 
12/9 — Salt Lake City, UT  — The Depot
12/10 — Boise, ID  — Knitting Factory
12/11 — Portland, OR  — Roseland
12/12 — Seattle, WA  — The Crocadile 
12/14 — Santa Cruz, CA  — The Catalyst
12/15 — San Diego, CA  — House of Blues 
12/16 — Santa Ana, CA  — The Observatory 

Also joining the tour as support are Saul, Crown The Empire, and Defying Decay.

More information on Tetrarch’s upcoming live run and its new album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.tetrarchmusic.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tetrarchmusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tetrarch

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Atreyu Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: Spinefarm Records

Atreyu will hit the road this fall in support of its new album.

The band made the announcement Wednesday through a news release. The document states the band will launch its “Baptize U.S. Tour 2021” Nov. 9 in Dallas, TX. The tour, which features performances in cities, such as Charlotte, NC; Detroit, MI and Seattle, WA, is in support of the band’s new album, Baptize.

Baptize is scheduled for release Friday through Spinefarm Records. The album has produced the singles, ‘Warrior,’ ‘Save Us,’ ‘Underrated,’ and ‘Catastrophe.’ It features guest appearances by Papa Roach front man Jacoby Shaddix, Trivium front man Matt Heafy, and drummer Travis Barker (ex-Blink 182).

The band’s tour schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

ATREYU ON TOUR:
WITH CROWN THE EMPIRE, TETRARCH, SAUL, + DEFYING DECAY:

11/9 — Dallas, TX  — Gas Monkey Bar And Grill 
11/10 — Houston, TX  — The Warehouse 
11/11 — New Orleans, LA  — Republic NOLA
11/13 — Daytona, FL  — Welcome to Rockville 
11/15 — Atlanta, GA  — The Masquerade
11/16 — Charlotte, NC  — The Underground
11/17 — Baltimore, MD  — Rams Head Live
11/19 — Pittsburgh, PA  — The Roxian
11/20 — Sayreville, NJ  — Starland Ballroom
11/21 — New York, NY  — Webster Hall
11/22 — Albany, NY  — Empire Live 
11/23 — Hartford, CT  — The Webster
11/24 — Worcester, MA  — The Palladium 
11/26 — Detroit, MI  — The Majestic
11/27 — Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall 
11/30 — Cleveland, OH  — The Agora 
12/1 — Grand Rapids, MI  — The Intersection 
12/2 — Joliet, IL  — The Forge
12/3 — Belvidere, IL  — The Apollo Theater AC
12/4 — Minneapolis, MN  — Skyway Theatre 
12/6 — Kansas City, MO  — The Truman
12/7 — Denver, CO  — The Summit 
12/9 — Salt Lake City, UT  — The Depot
12/10 — Boise, ID  — Knitting Factory
12/11 — Portland, OR  — Roseland
12/12 — Seattle, WA  — The Crocadile 
12/14 — Santa Cruz, CA  — The Catalyst
12/15 — San Diego, CA  — House of Blues 
12/16 — Santa Ana, CA  — The Observatory 

Tetrarch, Saul, Crown The Empire, and Defying Decay will serve as support throughout the tour.

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

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Saul’s New LP Shows This Band’s Star Is On The “Rise”

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You can do anything that you put your mind to.  Everybody knows that old adage, and independent hard rock band Saul is proof that the noted words of wisdom are in fact true.  While the band got its start during the high school years of its founding members, brothers Blake and Zach Bedsaul, the band wasted little time chasing its dream, eventually hitting the road and releasing its debut studio recording Aeons last March.  Now less than two years after its release, the band released its debut album, Rise as Equals.  The 14-song record is a positive second studio offering and equally strong full-length debut for the band.  That is proven in part early on in the song ‘Brother.’  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Rise as Equals,’ the album’s title track is another example of what the album has to offer audiences.  It will be addressed a little later.  ‘Sticks and Stones’ is yet another example of what makes Saul’s new album stand out.  It will be addressed later, too.  All three songs noted here do their own part to make this record worth hearing.  When they are considered along with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole becomes a work that is the beginning of Saul’s rise to equal fame with the band’s more well-known counterparts.

Saul’s debut full-length studio recording Rise as Equals is the beginning of this band’s rise to fame equal to that of its contemporaries.  That is proven in part early on in the album’s run in the form of the song ‘Brother.’  The band’s members waste no time launching into the nearly four-and-a-half-minute song’s musical arrangement, taking off right from the song’s outset.  The crunching guitars, bass and drums couple with front man Blake Bedsaul’s vocal delivery to instantly conjure thoughts of Hellyeah, Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin.  It doesn’t let up until late in the song’s run, either.  That moment when the song’s energy pulls back is well-placed, too.  That is because it helps to heighten the emotion in the song’s lyrical theme right at that moment.

Speaking of the song’s lyrical content, Bedsaul explained in an interview about the song’s topic.  “Lyrically, this song defines what I should have said to my brother in his last moments,” Bedsaul said in the interview.  “This song cuts deep for me, and it’s a constant reminder that life is fleeting.  Tell the people in your life that you love them.”  This message is delivered clearly as Bedsaul sings in the lead verse, “I write this letter/It’s a letter I’ll never send/Words I’d never say/Would you read it anyway/Tell me brother, what’s my fate/Did you see the sunrise/Did you see the rain/We’ve come so far/Penniless in pain/This is my fate/The world awaits/Hold my hands and tell me that it’s alright/Are you proud of everything I’ve done in my life.”  From here, Bedsaul goes on to sing in the song’s chorus asking pleadingly to his brother “Are you still proud of me after everything that I’ve done?”  Bedsaul continues in similar fashion in the song’s second verse.  Ultimately what this comes across as (at least to this critic) is a person who is dealing with a lot of personal guilty and heavy feelings in general.  Those thoughts and feelings are translated very well.  When it is considered alongside the companion that is the song’s musical arrangement, the song in whole becomes a work that easily holds its own against its more well-known noted counterparts, and proves easily that it could just as easily be played on any mainstream/active rock station along with songs from those bands.  It is just one of the songs featured in this EP that makes the record appealing for its noted audiences. ‘Rise as Equals,’ the album’s title track is another example of its strength.

Much as with ‘Brother,’ the musical arrangement featured in ‘Rise as Equals’ is a very industrial/melodic metal style composition.  What audiences will appreciate that despite having a very similar stylistic approach to that of ‘Brother’ and the album’s other works, it still boasts its own unique, heavy sound that also boasts its own share of melody, too.  The heaviness and the sincerity in the melody serves well to help deliver the message of unity featured in the song’s lyrical content.

The noted message of unity is made clear right from the song’s lead verse, which states, “You are my equals/We bleed when we’re cut/We weep when we’re torn/We love and we lose/We scar and we bruise/From the day that we’re born/We fall and we fight/We’re all damaged inside/Under our skin/We all want to win/We see eye to eye/I will be there for you/You will be there for me.”  It is made just as clear, if not more so, in the song’s second verse, which states, “There is no above/There is no below/We’re willing to bleed for what we believe/We all reap what we sow/I will be there for you/You will be there for me/RISE.”  The song’s chorus adds even more impact, stating, “This is my tribe/These are my people/Sisters and brothers/You are my equals/Live till we die/Together we’re lethal/Sisters and brothers/You are my equals/I won’t let you go/You are my equals/I won’t let you go.”  Once again, audiences get a proud statement of unity even despite the world’s situation.  Together with the song’s noted equally powerful musical arrangement, the two elements jointly make this song its own impacting work and just one more notable addition to Rise as Equals.  ‘Sticks and Stones,’ which comes late in the record’s run, is another of the album’s strongest entries.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Sticks and Stones’ is another industrial style song that also adds in some very distinct hardcore influences a la Hatebreed, Terror, etc.  That is evidenced through the pairing of the heavy, crunching guitars and screaming vocal delivery style.  What makes the arrangement even more interesting is the pairing of the more melodic elements alongside that heavier side.  The contrast is noticeable in the two sounds, yet the band still manages to make the pairing work, and work well at that.  It pairs well with the song’s equally powerful lyrical theme, which focuses on a toxic personality who has caused an otherwise good, controlled person to lose their cool.

The noted theme is inferred right from the song’s outset, as it states, “Sticks and stones won’t break our bones/Close knit failing scene/Watch me live your broken dreams/I said I’d never get low I’d never get petty/You’ve broken the dam and opened the levee/Sticks and stones won’t break our bones/Crooked smiles I’m not your martyr/Want to be me you better try harder.” The song’s second verse hints even more at the noted theme, as it states, “Always doubted me/They stand in disbelief/I knew I’d be the king at the top of the pile/When you see me I’ll be nothing but smiles/Sticks and stones won’t break our bones/Can’t take what you never earned/Can’t fake what you never learned.”  The song goes on to outright call the person in question “Two-faced.”  That speaks volumes when considered alongside the rest of the song’s noted lyrical content.  Taking all of this into account, the heaviness and fire in the song’s musical arrangement becomes even more impacting, especially when coupled with this no nonsense message.  When the song in whole is considered along with the other songs noted here and the rest of the album’s works, the album, in its entirety, proves to be the point at which Saul really starts its rise to fame equal to that of its fellow metal and hard rock acts.

Saul’s debut album Rise as Equals is a record that proves it will not take long before this band is equal to its more well-known counterparts in the hard rock and metal community.  That is evidenced in the record’s musical and lyrical content, as pointed out here.  When the three songs examined here are considered along with the rest of the album’s works, the record in whole leaves no doubt, that Saul’s star is on the rise.

More information on Rise as Equals is available now along with all of Saul’s current live dates and more at:

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Saul Announces Release Date, Specs For Debut Album; Debuts LP’s Lead Single

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Hard rock band Saul will release its debut album next month.

The band is scheduled to release Rise as Equals Oct. 23 through Spinefarm Records.  The album’s release will come more than a year after the band debuted its EP Aeons.  The band signed with Spinefarm Records in April.

The track listing for Rise as Equals is noted below.

RISE AS EQUALS TRACK LISTING:
“Trial By Fire”
“Looking to Fight”
“Brother”
“King of Misery”
“Get It Right”
“Rise As Equals”
“Inside”
“Don’t Close Your Eyes”
“Levee”
“Here and Now”
“The Toll”
“Things Change”
“Sticks and Stones”
“Welcome to the Machine”

Front man Blake Bedsaul talked in a recent interview, about the lyrical themes presented throughout the album’s presentation.

Rise As Equals is the full embodiment of all the trials and tribulations we face as a band, fathers, sons, brothers, and humans,” he said. “We write about everything from our biggest fears in songs like ‘Looking to Fight’ and ‘Don’t Close Your Eyes,’ while the title track is an ode to the wonderful men and women that make up our amazing fan base known as ‘The Equals.'”

In anticipation of the album’s release, the band debuted its lead single ‘King of Misery‘ over the weekend.  The song, which was co-written by Disturbed front man David Draiman, presents a musical arrangement will appeal to fans of Disturbed, as well as bands, such as Breaking Benjamin and The Veer Union.  That is evident in the combination of the stylistic approach and sound in the guitars and vocals, just as much as in the production of the drums and bass.

The lyrical theme featured in Saul’s new single is that of introspection and facing life’s problems, according to front man Blake.

“‘King of Misery’ is a track that we hope all people can relate to at some point in their lives,” he said. “It’s about being aware that your life is spiraling out of control and warning everyone around you that if they stay, you’ll only drag them down with you. We are the rulers of our own domain but there are certain life lessons that you can only learn in the struggle. At that point, we all become the ‘King of Misery.'”

Guitarist Zach Bedsaul added to his brother’s comments as he talked about creating the song with Draiman.

“It was a very unique experience being able to write a song with someone as influential as David Draiman,” said Zach. “His humble and down-to-earth nature made it such a comfortable experience. It wasn’t ideal having writing sessions over ZOOM. But we definitely made it work. We knew we wanted to write a song that once you heard it, it would give you an emotional concussion.”

“‘King of Misery’ is a blast into reality that most people don’t want to face and spend years running from,” added Zach.”

Draiman offered his own comments about the song and working with the members of Saul on the composition.

“These guys were a pleasure to work with, as they are talented, dedicated, diligent, and already armed with an arsenal of hooks,” he said. “I was honored to be able to contribute.”

More information on Rise as Equals is available now along with all of Saul’s current live dates and more at:

 

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Clutch Announces Second “Live From The Doom Saloon” Streaming Show; Band Wants Fans To Form Show’s Setlist

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Clutch wants fans to help decide the set list for its next streaming show.

The band is scheduled to perform its streaming show live at 5 p.m., Aug. 7.  The band has dubbed the performance “Live From The Doom Saloon — Volume II.”  Tickets for the online show are available here.

The set list for the band’s forthcoming concert will consist of 14 songs.  Fans can cast their votes for their favorite songs here.

The band talked about letting fans decide the set list for their show in a prepared statement.

“The thing that makes this stream unique is that Clutch fans will have the opportunity to create their dream setlist from our entire catalog,” the statement reads. “This means fans can pick from every release starting from our 1991 Pitchfork 7” all the way thru Book of Bad Decisions and the songs from our Vault Series.”

The band will choose one fan’s set list for the show.  The winner will receive a prize pack that features a TremLord 30 combo amplifier from Orange Amps, A stompbox from Creepy Fingers, Jim Dunlop Way Crybaby pedal, a case of Liquid Death mountain water, and Clutch merchandise.  The winner of the prize pack will be announced during the streaming show.

Fans who miss the band’s live streaming show on Aug. 7 can still stream it on-demand up until 11:59 p.m. EST on Aug 9.

Clutch’s “Live From The Doom Saloon — Volume 1” performance took place in May, and also featured performances from Blacktop Mojo, Saul, and Crowbar.  Proceeds from ticket sales for the event benefited Angel Flight West.  Angel Flight West is a network of volunteer pilots that free air transportation for people in need of medical treatment far from their homes, but who cannot afford the flights.

More information on Clutch’s upcoming concert is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

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Clutch To Hold Fundraiser Concert Next Week

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Clutch will hold a special new streaming live event next week.

The band will perform a streamed concert May 27 titled “Live From The Doom Saloon Volume 1.  The concert, which will raise money for the nonprofit agencies MusiCares and Angel Flight, has been produced in conjunction with Sound Talent Group and LiveFrom Events.

Clutch’s concert, which is on the back of its new Weathermaker Series and its 2018 album Book of Bad Decsisions, will be available for On Demand viewing starting at 4 p.m. EST on May 28.  It will be available to watch until May 30.  Tickets are available for the May 27 show here.  The ticket price — $9 — will remain the same for the concert’s On Demand stream as for its live stream.

Crowbar, Blacktop Mojo and Saul will join Clutch as support for the concert.  Their performances will be held remotely.

Blacktop Mojo’s performance will be in support of its forthcoming EP Static, which is scheduled for release May 29.  Crowbar front man Kirk Windstein released his new solo album Dream in Motion Jan. 24 through eOne, while Crowbar’s most recent album The Serpent Only Lies was released Oct. 28 through eOne.  Saul’s performance is in support of its debut EP Aeons, which was released in March 2019.

MusiCares is a nonprofit that provides financial assistance to musicians for items, such as medical bills, rehabilitation resources and general financial aid.

Angel Flight is a network of volunteer pilots that free air transportation for people in need of medical treatment far from their homes, but who cannot afford the flights.

More information on Clutch’s upcoming concert is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.pro-rock.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/clutchofficial

 

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