Independent melodic metal act Feverhill premiered its debut single this week, along with the song’s video.
The band unveiled its new single, ‘Trapped Under Lies‘ Friday. The song is the lead single from the band’s forthcoming album, Follow Me [Down], which is currently expected for release this spring. The album’s exact release date is under consideration.
The musical arrangement featured in the new single is a blend of melodic hard rock and metalcore. The melodic hard rock leanings are most evident in the song’s chorus and immediately lend themselves to comparison to works from the likes of Sevendust and The Veer Union. The verses blend that melodic hard rock leaning with a more metalcore sound for an overall sound and style that itself is comparable to the sounds and styles from Mushroomhead. It is a unique presentation but works surprisingly well here.
No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the news release announcing the single’s premiere. Lyrics were also not included with the song’s video. In listening to the song, it has to be inferred that the song’s lyrical theme is that of a broken relationship and moving past that toxic situation. Again, that is purely inferred by this critic sans lyrics to reference.
The video for the band’s new single is a simple presentation. It features the band performing its new single in a dimly lit warehouse setting. It is an approach that is nothing new to the music video realm, but still interesting even in this case.
More than four years after the release of its sophomore album, Ignite My Insanity, hard rock super group Projected returned last month with that record’s follow-up, Hypoxia. Released June 24 through Rat Pak Records (which released the band’s first two albums, too), the 13-song (14 in the expanded edition) is an intriguing new offering from the group, which is composed of Sevendust members John Connolly and Vince Hornsby, Alter Bridge drummer Scott Phillips, and Tremonti guitarist Eric Friedman. That is due in large part to its featured lyrical content, which will be discussed shortly. While the record’s lyrical content ensures listeners’ engagement and entertainment, its musical content is sadly imperfect. This will be discussed a little later. The record’s production works with the lyrical content and musical content together to make the record a presentation that while imperfect, is still worth hearing at least once.
Hypoxia, the third studio recording from hard rock super group Projected, is an interesting new offering from the quintet. Its interest comes in large part through its lyrical content. The album’s title track, which comes almost halfway through the record, does well to support that statement. The song is a social commentary about people’s divisive interactions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Connolly talked about the theme and how it related not only to the song but the album in whole, saying, “When the pandemic happened, everybody was on social media all of the time. People were going off on each other and the whole world got crazy. It was 100% hypoxia. Everyone was talking and nobody was listening. I had to get off socials awhile because it messes your mood up.”
This discussion is addressed directly in the album’s title track as Connolly sings, “Why is it every time that I hear you lie/You’ve got nothing to say to make your case/Why is it all the time that I hear you whine/You’ve got no one to blame/You’re sucking out the oxygen/You’re wasting all my oxygen/You’re sucking out the oxygen/You’re wasting all my oxygen/Talking to you makes my head go numb/Bring on your halfwit/Come on, come on with it/Hypoxia/Trying to deal with you makes me come undone/Here comes some bulls***/Come on, come on with it.” This is that back and forth that Connolly was addressing. The commentary continues in the song’s second verse as Connolly continues, “How do you find a way to spew meaningless hate/Youv’e got something to say every day/How can you live this way?” Again, this is that commentary. Just as Connolly said, this type of behavior really has happened ever since the pandemic happened and sadly is still happening to this day. To that end, this is a theme and commentary that is certain to resonate with plenty of audiences.
On another note, ‘Stain,’ which is another of the album’s singles, presents its own engaging lyrical content. In the case of this song, it comes across as being less about social media and more of a familiar commentary about someone who is in a rough place in life. A crossroads so to speak. This is inferred as Connolly sings in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “Love stains an everlasting hope/Hate burns a never-ending hole/Preacher man told me I should pray to God/But heaven seems such a long way to go/So I pray/If I had one last chance to change it/I’d give the world my best to save it/If I had no regrets to stain it/I’d give my everything to love again.” This simple verse pretty much comes right out and makes the inferred theme clear. This is someone who wants to believe people and be happy but finds it difficult to do so because those hopes and dreams have been damaged so much, clearly. The inferred theme is continued in the song’s second verse as Connolly sings, “Spit out just exactly what you want me to be/The road I travel’s getting darker day by day/I don’t want to hear your lies/Take everything I have to give/So I pray.” Yet again this is someone being at the pivotal moment, just wanting to know want someone(s) want him/her to be. This is a situation in which so many audiences have found and find themselves daily. To that point, it is a theme that will resonate just as much with so many listeners, further showing the importance of the record’s lyrical content.
‘My Addiction’ is yet another example of that importance. As the song’s title indicates, it is a song about dealing with addiction. This is yet another familiar theme in so much rock and hard rock that encourages listeners to conquer their addictions. Connolly sings in the song’s lead verse, “Somehow I found what’s mine/I’m not a victim of it/I’m gonna rise above it/Some moments lost in time/I try to push on through it/And now I never lose it/Now I never lose it/I push through the end/Till I cross that line/Because when they bury me/Won’t lose this time…” The last two lines of the chorus are difficult to decipher sans lyrics, but more than enough of the verse and chorus is understandable that audiences can easily note that the song clearly is in fact that of conquering whatever addiction one has. The song’s brief second verse follows in similar fashion adding its own touch to the whole. In the end, Connolly sings, “I won’t let go” before singing again about pushing on through it all. The whole here is a powerful statement about determination to get through “this endless race.” It all collectively is just as certain to resonate with listeners. When it and the other themes examined here are considered along with the rest of the record’s lyrical content, the whole makes even clearer why the lyrical content featured in the album is so important to its presentation. It more than makes up for the slight shortcoming of the album’s musical content.
The arrangements that make up the record’s body are infectious. There is no denying that aspect. At the same time though, so much of what audiences get in this record is what listeners have gotten from Sevendust for so many years. There is even a clear Alter Bridge influence late in the record in the form of ‘My Addiction.’ From the heaviness and harmonies in the guitar and bass lines to the very specific vocal styling in each song, the whole of so much of this record really is nearly identical, again, to so much of what Sevendust has crafted in each of its albums. If any of the arrangements featured here were to be played on the radio without announcement from the on-air talent, audiences would very likely think this was content from Sevendust. Add in that this is hardly the first time that the band has taken this creative avenue just as in its existing catalog, and it hurts the record to a certain point that much more. That is not to say that the record’s musical content dooms it by any means but taking that safe route certainly did not do much to help the band grow in its latest outing.
While the album’s musical arrangements seem to counter a statement made by Connolly made during a recent interview that he felt the record showed evolution and growth from the band, the production of those arrangements helps to keep listeners engaged, even despite the overt familiarity. The production that went into the record ensured that as heavy as so much of the record is throughout, each musician’s performance is expertly balanced by that of his band mates. The richness of each performance comes together from one song to the next to make each composition so hard hitting and in turn enjoyable even despite being so overly familiar. To that end, it still manages to make the album mostly successful when considered with everything else. To that end, the album proves itself worth hearing at least once.
Hypoxia, the latest album from hard rock super group Projected, is an intriguing new offering from the group. The album’s interest comes in large part through its featured lyrical content, which is certain to resonate with audiences from one song to the next. From social commentaries to more personal stories and more, the themes here are content that is completely relatable. As much as the record’s lyrical content does to make it engaging and entertaining, the record’s musical content is a little more questionable. Once again audiences get musical arrangements throughout that really are overly familiar. For the most part what audiences get here are compositions that are more along the lines of content from Connolly and Hornsby’s main band, Sevendust, than anything that really takes any chances. In other words, it once again finds the group largely playing it safe. Yes, the arrangements are infectious and engaging, but it would have been nice to have heard something less familiar. The record’s production works with the arrangements to ensure each arrangement, even being so overly familiar, is still fully immersive. It does this by making sure the instrumentation is properly balanced in each work and that the vocals are just as clear as the instruments. It puts the finishing touch to the whole. Each item examined is important in its own way to the whole of the record. All things considered they make Hypoxia maybe not perfect but still worth hearing at least once.
Independent rock band Saturate is planning the release of its new EP, Feed The Fire, and in anticipation of its release, the band released the record’s second single, ‘Thank You‘ and its lyric video this week.
The band released the single and its video Tuesday through MVK Music Group. The band premiered the EP’s lead single, ‘Light The Match‘ Oct. 1.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Thank You’ is a heavy melodic hard rock composition. The crunching, down-tuned guitars used in the verses are a direct contrast to the more melodic hard rock sound and style of the choruses. That approach in the choruses lends itself to comparison to works from Sevendust while the verses present a more aggro-rock approach in the vein of Korn and Breaking Benjamin. The overall dichotomy of sounds and styles in this song is similar to that of ‘Light The Match’ and is certain to engage and entertain audiences from beginning to end.
On a side note, there are moments in ‘Light The Match’ that also conjure thoughts of Leprous and others that conjure thoughts of Mushroomhead thanks to the combination of the instrumentation and the vocal delivery styles of front man Jimmy Miller.
The lyrical theme featured in ‘Thank You’ is literally a show of appreciation for the band’s fans. This is pointed out in a press release announcing the premiere of the song and its lyric video. It is meant as a gratitude to the band’s fans for their support.
More information on Saturate’s new single, lyric video, and EP is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:
The band will serve as support for Sevendust’s “Animosity 21st Anniversary Tour” from March 4 in Oklahoma City, OK to March 27 in Nashville, TN alongside Dead Poet Society. Tetrarch’s run with Sevendust also featured scheduled performances in cities in the Midwest and West Coast, such as Minneapolis, MN; Dallas, TX and San Diego, CA.
The tour’s schedule is noted below.
Sevendust 2022 U.S. Tour Dates with TETRARCH & Dead Poet Society: 3.04 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Diamond Ballroom 3.05 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues 3.07 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre 3.08 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues 3.11 – San Diego, CA – SOMA 3.12 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades 3.13 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst 3.15 – Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues 3.18 – Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater 3.19 – Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater 3.20 – Wichita, KS – The Cotillion 3.22 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre 3.23 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues 3.25 – Kansas City, MO – The Truman 3.26 – St. Louis, MO – The Factory 3.27 – Nashville, TN – Wildhorse Saloon
Tetrarch’s run with Sevendust comes on the heels of a tour in support of Atreyu for its headlining tour last fall. That tour and the band’s upcoming tour are in support of the band’s latest album, Unstable. The band debuted the album’s latest single, ‘Stitch Me Up’ and its video Aug. 23.
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The band announced Wednesday, it will close out 2021 with a pair of performances in support of Sevendust. The band is scheduled to perform as support for Sevendust Dec. 29 in Orlando, FL and on Dec. 30 in Mobil, AL.
After taking a little time off to rest and recharge, the band will tentatively head back out on the road for another string of live dates beginning Jan.2 in Sauget, IL. The band’s January live run is scheduled to run through Jan. 16 in St. Joseph, MO and features performances across the Midwest.
The Lonely Ones will take some more time off to rest up again following its January tour before heading back out on the road again in April. The band’s April run, which is another run through the Midwest, is scheduled to launch April 8 and to run through April 23 in Akron, OH.
The Lonely Ones’ upcoming live schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.
Dec 29 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live Dec 30 – Mobile, AL- Soul Kitchen
2022 Jan. 2 – Sauget, IL – Pop’s Jan. 4 – Columbia, MO – Rose Music Hall Jan. 5 – Omaha, NE – Reverb Jan. 7 – Salt Lake City – The Royal Jan. 8 – Green River, WY – Green River Island Pavilion Jan. 9 – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater Jan. 11 – Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge Jan. 14 – Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios Jan. 15 – Denver, CO – Herman’s Hideaway Jan. 16 – St. Joseph, MO – Cafe Acoustic April 8 – Battle Creek, MI – Music Factory April 9 – Huntington, WV- The Loud April 10 – Louisville, KY – Diamond Concert Hall April 15 – Cheviot, OH – Legends April 16 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall April 22 – Marietta, OH – Adelphia April 23 – Akron, OH – Empire
The Lonely Ones’ upcoming dates with Sevendust follow an extensive summer/fall tour that launched Aug. 19 in Indianapolis, IN and wound down Oct. 16 in Winchester, VA.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Remember The Living’ is a heavy melodic hard rock style composition. It is comparable in its sound and stylistic approach, to early works from Sevendust. It also features a guest appearance by Tara McLeod, of Kitty.
The song’s lyrical theme is meant to remind listeners that life is worth living, according to a statement from front man Corey Glover.
“Despite the darkness you feel, the fact that you can draw breath is a gift,” he said.
In other news, the band has announced a brief tour scheduled for this fall in support of its new album. The tour’s schedule is noted below.
DISCIPLES OF VERITY 2021
10.20.21 OUR WICKED LADY BROOKLYN, NY
10.21.21 SCANDALS LIVE VA. BEACH, VA
10.25.21 HAMILTON STREET PUB SAGINAW, MI
10.26.21 LOONEY BIN BRADLEY, IL
10.27.21 TOKEN LOUNGE WESTLAND, MI
10.29.21 THE TOURIST INN HELLAM, PA
10.30.21 VAULT MUSIC HALL NEW BEDFORD, MA
10.31.21 DINGBATZ CLIFTON, NJ
More information on Disciples of Verity’s new single, album, and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news is available online at:
Gears returned with its latest single and video over the weekend.
The band premiered its new single, ‘Wasteland‘ and its video Friday. The pair’s premiere comes more than two months after the release of the band’s then latest single, ‘See Me‘ and its lyric video.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Wasteland’ takes Gears in a direction not typical of most of its music. Rather than the Sevendust style melodic hard rock compositions for which it has come to be known, this song lends itself more to comparison to works from Skindred.
Drummer Jimmy Wooten talked about the song’s arrangement during a recent interview.
“There’s something for everyone,” said Wooten. “It’s heavy. It’s soulful. It’s melodic. The band’s versatility is our strength. We’ll bring R&B and hip-hop into rock, but we’re doing it in our own tight and cohesive way, and what more could you ask from music than a sound the brings all rockers together to love what they are hearing?
According to a comment from front man Trip Sixx, the song’s lyrical content addresses a matter of mental health.
“It’s about being trapped in a mindset you don’t see any way out of,” he said.
Wooten expanded on Trip Sixx’s comments.
“It encompasses a lot of things,” said Wooten. “It’s easy to become trapped in continuous circles in life where you’re doing the same things over and over again. As a band, you have to reach outside of the box, work with someone new, try something different, and change the sound. Following the pandemic, it’s like a rebirth for GEARS in a weird way, so we decided to push the envelope.”
No mention was made in the press release announcing the song and video’s premiere as to whether ‘Wasteland’ will feature in the band’s forthcoming EP. The EP in question is expected for release before the year’s end. Its release date, title and more is under consideration.
More information on Gears’ new single, video, EP, and all of its latest news is available online at:
Performance times for the festival were announced Wednesday through a news release distributed to the media. The festival’s unofficial start is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. ET Thursday with a performance by Devium IV on the Deb Concerts Stage.
Thursday night’s kickoff continues at 8:05 p.m. with a performance by Dead Metal Society. The Iron Maidens follow at 9:30 p.m. Stephen Pearcy, the voice of RATT will headline the evening’s events at 10:50 p.m.
Friday’s official launch opens at 11 a.m. on the Deb Concerts Stage with a performance by Straight Six. Lovesick Radio, Outlaw Devils, Travis Bond & The Rebel Souls, and Color of Chaos keep things moving from 11:50 a.m. through 2 p.m.
Liliac closes out the performances on the Deb Concerts Stage at 5 p.m., but before that, Plush will take the stage at 4 p.m. on the Renegade Stage. Half an hour later at 3:30, From Ashes To New will open the action on the Renegade Stage.
Performances from the likes of Tremonti, Candlebox, and Sevendust are also scheduled for Friday. Rob Zombie is scheduled to headline Friday’s events at 10:45 p.m. on the Freedom Stage.
Slipknot is scheduled to headline Saturday’s events at 10:45 p.m. on the Freedom Stage. Prior to its performance, other bands, such as John 5 and the Creatures, Zero 9:36, and Pop Evil are also scheduled to perform.
Also scheduled to perform Saturday are the likes of Butcher Babies, School of Rock, and Falling in Reverse.
Sunday will see its own wide array of acts scheduled to perform. Among those scheduled to perform Sunday are The Hu, Puddle of Mudd, and Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals.
The full rundown of performance times for this weekend’s festival is noted below.
Thursday, September 2
DEB CONCERTS STAGE
10:50 PM – Stephen Pearcy The Voice Of Ratt
9:20 PM – The Iron Maidens
8:05 PM – Dead Metal Society
7:00 PM – Devium IV
Friday, September 3
10:45 PM – Rob Zombie
8:45 PM – Chevelle
6:55 PM – Sevendust
5:40 PM – Candlebox
4:30 PM – Ayron Jones
3:30 PM – From Ashes To New
9:55 PM – Grandson
8:05 PM – Tremonti
6:20 PM – Austin Meade
4:00 PM – Diamante
3:00 PM – Plush
DEB CONCERTS STAGE
5:00 PM – Liliac
2:20 PM – Color Of Chaos
1:30 PM – Travis Bond & The Rebel Souls
12:40 PM – Outlaw Devils
11:50 AM – Love Sick Radio
11:00 AM – Straight Six
Saturday, September 4
10:45 PM – Slipknot
8:45 PM – Anthrax
6:55 PM – Pop Evil
5:40 PM – Badflower
4:30 PM – Bones UK
3:30 PM – Butcher Babies
9:55 PM – Falling in Reverse
8:05 PM – Jelly Roll
6:20 PM – Zero 9:36
4:00 PM – All Good Things
3:00 PM – School Of Rock
DEB CONCERTS STAGE
5:00 PM – John 5 And The Creatures
2:20 PM – Rocket Science
1:30 PM – Fist Of Rage
12:40 PM – 90LB Wrench
11:50 AM – Mind Of Fury
11:00 AM – The Rumours
Sunday, September 5
8:45 PM – Halestorm
6:55 PM – Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals
5:40 PM – Motionless In White
4:30 PM – Steel Panther
3:30 PM – Stellar Ascent
9:55 PM – The Hu
8:05 PM – Andrew W.K.
6:20 PM – Knocked Loose
4:00 PM – Cory Marks
3:00 PM – Jeris Johnson
DEB CONCERTS STAGE
5:00 PM – Puddle Of Mudd
2:20 PM – Budderside
1:30 PM – Paralandra
12:40 PM – Severmind
11:50 AM – Jessikill
11:00 AM – Chaotic Resemblance
A three-day pass is required to attend the Roadhouse Pre-Party on Sept. Thursday. Doors for the Roadhouse Pre-Party open at 11 a.m. Festival grounds open for the festival daily at 2 p.m.
Rocklahoma is presented by AEG Presents.
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Audiences are getting another preview of Tremonti’s new album.
The band, fronted by its namesake, Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge, ex-Creed) debuted a live clip of its new single, ‘A World Away’ Tuesday. The song is the third single from the band’s forthcoming album, Marching in Time. Its premiere follows that of the album’s first two singles, ‘Marching in Time‘ and ‘If Not For You.’
The live clip of ‘A World Away’ was captured live in Orlando, FLA. The video offers audiences a glimpse into what they can expect when Tremonti launches its tour this week with Sevendust and Lydia Can’t Breathe. The band plays in darkness, save for a series of flashing lights that work in rhythm with the music.
Speaking of the music, the song opens in a rather contemplative fashion before launching in a distinctly Slipknot-esque breakdown in the bars that follow. The choruses present more of a familiar melodic rock style approach to which audiences have become accustomed from Tremonti. That contrast of the heavier riffs in the song’s verses and its slightly lighter moments in the choruses makes for an interesting presentation in its own right.
No information about the song’s lyrical theme was presented in the news release announcing the debut of the new live clip. What’s more, the audio mix in the clip makes hearing Tremonti’s vocals somewhat washed out. From what one can decipher from it all, it seems the song’s lyrical theme is of the philosophical/existential nature.
More information on Tremonti’s new single, video, album, and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:
Independent hard rock band Lydia Can’t Breathe will some special exposure this weekend.
The band is scheduled to appear on Heavy Metal Television at 2 p.m. Saturday in audiences’ time zones. The appearance is part of a push to promote its upcoming tour with Sevendust and Tremonti, which is scheduled to launch Sept. 3 in at the annual Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, OK.
Front man Kyle Boduc said in a recently released prepared statement, he and his band mates in Lydia Can’t Breathe are looking forward to hitting the road with Sevendust and Tremonti.
“We are super excited!,” he said. “It’s surreal to play with legends in the game like Sevendust and Tremonti that we look up to. Can’t wait to show the people what we have to offer on this tour! Make sure everyone knows the party starts early!
In regards to the band’s appearance on Heavy Metal Television, the company’s CEO, Chris Akin said he was excited.
“We’re extremely pleased to have a great up and coming band like Lydia Can’t Breathe taking over our programming to promote their tour,” he said. “Much like in the old days of music based television, Heavy Metal Television needs to showcase up and coming bands! Hopefully this exposure for Lydia Can’t Breathe will convince a few people to leave the beers in the cooler in their trunks and get in early to those great Sevendust/Tremonti shows!”
The bands’ tour schedules are noted below.
Sevendust/ Tremonti/ Lydia Can’t Breathe Dates:
9/3 – Pryor, Oklahoma – Rocklahoma ^^ 9/4 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theater 9/5 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note 9/7 – Cleveland, OH – The Agora 9/8 – Rochester, NY – Anthology 9/9 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom 9/10 – Danville, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Fest ^/^^ 9/11 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium 9/13 – Albany, NY – Empire Live 9/15 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop 9/18 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection 9/20 – Belvidere, IL – The Apollo Theater AC 9/21 – Joliet, IL – The Forge 9/22 – Angola, IN – The Eclectic Room 9/23 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life ^/^^ 9/25 – Dothan, AL – The Plant 9/26 – Orlando, FL – Rebel Rock ^/^^
^ no Tremonti ^^ no Lydia Can’t Breathe
Lydia Can’t Breathe Solo Shows:
9/10 – Martinsburg, WV – Bad Habits Bar & Grill 9/23 – Clarksville, TN – The Warehouse 9/24 – Huntsville, AL – Shagnasty’s
Lydia Can’t Sleep premiered its most recent single, ‘Sheep‘ in April. The band’s music is available to stream and download here.
More information on Lydia Can’t Breathe’s upcoming appearance on Heavy Metal Television, the band’s live dates and music is available along with all of the band’s latest news at: