Gears Takes On Mental Health Concerns In New Single, Video

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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:

Websitehttps://www.gearsofficial.com

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Twitterhttps://twitter.com/OfficialGears1

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Rocklahoma Performance Times Announced

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The 2021 Rocklahoma Festival will go on for now.

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

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.

SATURDAY

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

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

FREEDOM STAGE

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

RENEGADE STAGE

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

FREEDOM STAGE

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

RENEGADE STAGE

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

FREEDOM STAGE

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

RENEGADE STAGE

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.

More information on Rocklahoma is available along with all of the festival’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.Rocklahoma.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rocklahoma

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Tremonti Premieres Live ‘A World Away’ Clip

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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:

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Lydia Can’t Breathe To Take Over Heavy Metal Television Saturday

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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:

Websitehttps://lydiacantbreathe.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/lydiacantbreathe

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/lcbmusic

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Ra Announces New Live Dates

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Ra has extended its “Intercorrupted Tour.”

The band made the announcement through a press release distributed Monday. The document states the new dates are scheduled to run from Nov. 4 in Akron, OH to Nov. 18 in Iowa City, IA. The new schedule also features performances in cities, such as Clifton, NJ; Hampton Beach, NH and Flint, MI.

Along with the new dates, the band also has a series of dates to finish this month between Aug. 20 and 29. That run includes a performance at this year’s Metal in the Mountains festival on Aug. 28.

Front man Sahaj Ticotin said in a prepared statement, he and his band mates are looking forward to the band’s new and current dates.

“We are super excited to have all these dates lined up!,” said Ticotin.  “It’s been 7 years and we have 5 records to pick songs from. Gonna be a great time with great bands and we can’t wait to see all the beautiful faces both past and new! Lets’ Goooo!!”

Ra’s latest tour dates are in support of its latest album, Intercorrupted, which was released March 19 through Wake Up! Music. The album features guest appearances from Sevendust front man Lajon Witherspoon, and Starset’s Dustin Bates. It produced the single,  ‘Armageddon‘ and its lyric video.

The band’s current live schedule is noted below. Any Given Sin and Killakoi will serve as support for Ra’s upcoming November shows.

Leg I:

Fri, Aug 20 – Madison, WI – The Annex 

Sat, Aug 21 – Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s 

Sun, Aug 22 – Joliet, IL – The Forge 

Tue, Aug 24 – Des Moines, IA – Lefty’s 

Wed, Aug 25 – Racine, WI – Rt 20 

Thu, Aug 26 – Columbus, OH – King Of Clubs 

Fri, Aug 27 – Marietta, OH – The Adelphia 

Sat, Aug 28 – Pipestem, WV – Metal In The Mountains  

Sun, Aug 29 – Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub 

Leg 2:

Thu, Nov 4 – Akron Ohio – Empire Concert Club

Fri, Nov 5 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall

Sat, Nov 6 – Hampton Beach, NH – Wally’s

Sun, Nov 7 – Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall

Mon, Nov 8 – Albany, NY – Empire Underground

Tue, Nov 9 – Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz

Wed, Nov 10 – Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse

Fri, Nov 12 – Battle Creek, MI – The Music Factory

Sat, Nov 13 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop

Tue, Nov 16 – Sioux City, IA – The Marquee

Wed, Nov 17 – Lincoln, NE – The Royal Grove

Thu, Nov 18 – Iowa City, IA – Wildwood

In other news, Ticotin recently worked with A Killer’s Confession and Mudvayne/Hellyeah front man Chad Gray on A Killer’s Confession’s new single, ‘Tell Your Soul,’ producing the single. The single was accompanied by a companion video, which debuted Thursday alongside the single.

More information on Ra’s new tour dates is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://raband.net

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/OfficialRA

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/RATHEBAND

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Tremonti Premieres ‘Marching In Time’ Video

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Tremonti premiered the video for the lead single from its forthcoming album this week.

The band debuted the video for the title track to its new album, Marching in Time Tuesday. The song and its video are the album’s second and come barely more than a week after the band premiered the video for the album’s lead single, ‘If Not For You.’

Marching in Time is scheduled for release Sept. 24 through Napalm Records. Album pre-orders are open, and audiences who pre-order the album now will get ‘If Not For You’ as an instant grat download.

The album will release on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below.

Marching In Time will be available in the following formats:
-CD Digipak      
-Digital Album  
-2LP Gatefold Black      
-2LP Gatefold Pink Transparent (Napalm Mailorder Only – limited to 500)
-Die-Hard Edition: 2LP Marble Transparent Black + Guitar Pick + Print (Napalm Mailorder Only – limited to 500)  
-Deluxe Box: Flag, Wristband & More! (Napalm Mailorder Only – limited to 500)

The video for ‘Marching in Time’ is a black and white presentation. It features footage of band front man and namesake Mark Tremonti and his band mates performing, and pairs that with a variety of artistic imagery, such as a rose and random video effects.

The musical arrangement featured in the nearly eight minute opus is a melodic hard rock style composition. Its balance of heaviness, vocal harmonies and rich drums and bass easily lend it to comparison to works from Tremonti’s main band, Alter Bridge and to those from Sevendust.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical content in the press release announcing the video’s premiere. However, a close listen leads to the inference that the song’s lyrical theme delivers a message of someone trying to convince perhaps a friend to not give up on his/her life, despite so much turmoil. This is, as always, just this critic’s interpretation and should not be taken as the only interpretation.

Courtesy: Napalm Records
Courtesy: Napalm Records

In other news, Tremonti has an extensive live schedule planned for the remainder of the year. The band is scheduled to tour with Sevendust and Lydia Can’t Breathe from September 3-26. Following that run, the band will take some time off to rest and recharge Daughtry, Sevendust, and Travis Bracht from Nov. 3 – Dec. 17.

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

Websitehttps://marktremonti.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/MarkTremonti

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/marktremonti

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Tremonti Premiere’s Video For New LP’s Lead Single

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Tremonti premiered the video for the lead single from its forthcoming album this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single, ‘If Not For You’ Thursday. The single is featured in the band’s forthcoming album, Marching in Time, which is scheduled for release Sept. 24 through Napalm Records. Album pre-orders are open, and audiences who pre-order the album now will get the track as an instant grat download.

The album will release on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below.

Marching In Time will be available in the following formats:
-CD Digipak      
-Digital Album  
-2LP Gatefold Black      
-2LP Gatefold Pink Transparent (Napalm Mailorder Only – limited to 500)
-Die-Hard Edition: 2LP Marble Transparent Black + Guitar Pick + Print (Napalm Mailorder Only – limited to 500)  
-Deluxe Box: Flag, Wristband & More! (Napalm Mailorder Only – limited to 500)

‘If Not For You’ is one of the heaviest songs that Tremonti — the brainchild of Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti — has released to date. It is a heavy, melodic hard rock opus that builds on everything that Tremonti himself has composed over the years as a member of Alter Bridge. This is especially evidenced in the song’s bridge, which finds Tremonti offering up a riff that can be argued to present some thrash influence. The contrast of that against the melodic hard rock approach of the rest of the song makes for an interesting overall presentation.

No information was provided as to the song’s lyrical theme in the press release distributed about the video’s premiere. A close listen is certain to generate its own share of discussion and interest. That is especially the case considering the chorus, in which Tremonti sings, “If not for you/Then I might be dead/So run while you can/I will follow from now/Until the end.” Additionally, the mention of leaving “here without a trace” and to “take me far from this place” pairs with the earlier note of someone else trying to “erase me once more” adds to some interest here. It is almost as if the song’s subject is one of those figures that is just completely reliant on someone other, almost to the point of desperation. This is all just the interpretation of this critic and should not be taken as the only interpretation.

The video for ‘If Not For You’ is more simple than the song’s lyrical theme. It features Tremonti and his band mates in a studio setting composed of video walls that play various, random images as the group performs its new single.

Courtesy: Napalm Records
Courtesy: Napalm Records

In other news, Tremonti has an extensive live schedule planned for the remainder of the year. The band is scheduled to tour with Sevendust and Lydia Can’t Breathe from September 3-26. Following that run, the band will take some time off to rest and recharge Daughtry, Sevendust, and Travis Bracht from Nov. 3 – Dec. 17.

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

Website: https://marktremonti.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/marktremonti

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‘Redemption’ Is A Strong First Outing For ‘The CEO’

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Hard rock band The CEO is scheduled to release its debut album this week.  The band, which features Sevendust bassist Vince Hornsby as one of its members – is scheduled to release its new album, Redemption Friday through Rat Pack Records.  The label is also home to King’s X member DuG Pinnick’s side project KXM.  The 12-song record is a positive first impression from the band.  Its success comes in part through its featured musical arrangements, which will be discussed shortly.  The lyrical content that accompanies the record’s musical arrangements adds its own appeal to the album and will be discussed a little later.  The sequencing of that collective content brings that content together and completes the album’s presentation.  It will also be addressed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Redemption a promising start for The CEO.

The CEO’s debut album, Redemption, is a positive first outing for the up-and-coming hard rock band.  That is proven in part through the musical arrangements that make up the album’s 45-minute body.  The arrangements boast an overall sound and stylistic approach that easily lend themselves to comparison to works from Sevendust, as well as The Veer Union and Alter Bridge.  That applies even in the album’s one softer moment, ‘Black Hearts.’  It should be noted that while the album’s arrangements bear the noted similarity to works from the aforementioned bands, the works here still boast their own unique identity.  That is due not only to the work of Hornsby, but also that of his band mates – Chase Brown and Beau Anderson (guitars), Mack Mullins (vocals), and Joseph Herman (drums). Case in point is the album’s closer, ‘Alone and Dead.’  The heaviness of the noted bands is on full display throughout this song thanks to the band’s work and that of those behind the boards.  At the same time, there is also a certain late 80s/early 90s hair metal sound infused into the arrangement in the verses.  The subtlety of that element alongside the heavier, modern hard rock sound here makes the song its own strong presentation.

‘Dirty Tragic,’ which comes just before the album’s midpoint, is another example of the importance of the album’s musical arrangements.  As with ‘Alone and Dead,’ the noted hard rock influences are on full display here.  At the same time though, the band also presents an evident blues-rock type sound and stylistic approach to pair with that hard rock influence.  It is comparable to works from the likes of Shinedown and Three Days Grace.  The whole of the arrangement is a rich, engaging and enjoyable work that does its own part to show the ability of the band to make its own unique songs, even with the evident influence of other more well-known bands.

‘Alive’ is yet another example of the expert fashion in which the members of The CEO balanced its heavier influences with its own approach.  The depth of the bass, guitars, and drums is on full display once more here.  At the same time, there is something in the staccato nature in which the group plays and the melodic choruses that give the arrangement even more of its own identity.  It is an interesting dichotomy of sound and style that because of its subtlety, makes the song just as notable as the others examined here.  When these songs and the others featured throughout the album are considered together, they make the album’s overall musical content reason enough for audiences to hear the album.  Of course the album’s musical content is only part of the reason that audiences will enjoy the album.  Its lyrical content is familiar and accessible, making for even more reason to hear the record.

The familiarity and accessibility in the album’s lyrical content is made clear in the album’s lead single/title track.  The song features what comes across as a discussion about the importance of taking accountability for the choices we make in life.  This is inferred right from the song’s outset as Mullins sings in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “Divide and conquer us in two/Feed the hate to the starved that you rule/Thy will be done/And now we’re done/Rise of the dead/The love, the hate, the sex, the truth/The jealousies that make us fools Redemption/Redemption.”  Here Mullins comes across as addressing how we separate ourselves and allow ourselves to be controlled by extraneous forces, which in itself plays into the choices we make.  The statement grows and evolves in the second verse, which finds Mullins singing, “Blind faith judgement is for fools (fools)/Control and trust are the enemies’ tools (fools)/Fake is the trend/This time it ends/Rise of the dead/The love, the hate, the sex, the truth/The jealousies that make us fools/Wake up this time/The choice, the chance, the last to lose Our legacy is our choice.”  That final statement, telling audiences to “wake up this time/The choice, the chance, the last to lose/Our legacy is our choice” is a strong reminder that we make our own decisions in what we do, and we need to hold ourselves accountable for those choices.  This is of course just this critic’s interpretation.  If in fact it is somewhere in the proverbial ball park, then that familiar theme will certainly resonate with audiences, in a unique fashion at that.  It is just one example of the importance of the album’s lyrical themes. 

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Black Hearts’ is another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical themes.  In the case of this song, it takes on the all-too-familiar topic of a broken relationship.  This is made clear right from the song’s outset as Mullins sings, “This was never good/And we knew/But I wasn’t built for goodbyes/I turn and walk away/Just for you/’Cause I know we won’t change our minds/We have to hold on/It’s time to go/Love doesn’t stay/Where it don’t belong/Meeting you was my first mistake.”  What is interesting here is the mournful manner in which these lyrics are delivered.  Normally, such content conjures thoughts of frustration, but instead, Mullins and company opted to present this in such more emotional fashion.  It presents the song’s subject as placing the blame for the relationship’s end on his own shoulders. The song’s subject even keeps the blame on himself here.  It really makes for an interesting approach to an all-too-familiar lyrical theme.  That it is presented more in a rueful fashion than the more fiery delivery that audiences might expect makes it that much more interesting.  It makes the theme just one more example of the importance of the album’s lyrical content. 

Along with ‘Black Hearts’ and ‘Redemption,’ ‘Alive’ is yet another strong example of the importance of this album’s lyrical content.  Not having a lyrics sheet to reference makes deciphering the song’s lyrics somewhat difficult.  However, just enough can be understood that it can be inferred that this song is meant to deliver an uplifting message of confidence and hope.  This is inferred as Mullins sings in the song’s chorus, “It don’t/Matter who you are/Believe and you’ll go far/When fear/You decide to face….”  Again much of the song’s lyrics are tough to understand without a lyrics sheet to reference, but this brief statement in itself to know this song is meant to be something positive.  The mention of dying with “memories/Not just hopes and dreams/You were born with all you need” adds even more to that interpretation.  Considering all of this, the more than likely uplifting nature of this song’s lyrical content serves even more to show the importance of the record’s lyrical themes.  When it is considered along with the other noted lyrical themes and those not directly examined here, the whole leaves no doubt as to the importance of the record’s lyrical content.  When the record’s lyrical and musical content are combined, they make for even more reason for audiences to hear this record.  The sequencing of that content brings everything together here and completes the record’s presentation.

Redemption’s sequencing is important to note because of its role in keeping the record’s content varied.  From beginning to end, the sequencing ensures the record’s lyrical themes change just as much as the stylistic changes in the album’s musical arrangements.  That in itself ensures listeners’ engagement and entertainment.  At the same time, the sequencing also keeps the album’s overall energy stable from beginning to end.  There are brief moments within certain songs in which the album pulls back, but those moments are very brief at the most.  Even in the album’s most reserved moment in ‘Black Hearts,’ the energy doesn’t pull back but so much.  Overall, what audiences get thanks to the sequencing is a record whose energy remains high and stable.  Keeping that in mind along with the album’s overall content, the album in whole proves itself to be an impressive addition to this year’s field of new hard rock and metal albums that deserves to be heard.

The CEO’s debut album Redemption is a positive start for the band.  That is proven in part through its musical arrangements.  The arrangements in question bear noticeable influence from some more well-known hard rock counterparts of the band.  The thing is that the band does not just rip off those bands’ sounds.  Rather it successfully blends those influences with its own sounds and approaches to make the record’s musical content in whole reason enough to take in the album.  The lyrical themes that accompany the album’s musical arrangements are diverse in their own right, and are also accessible.  That makes for even more engagement and entertainment.  The sequencing of that overall content brings everything together and completes the album’s presentation.  It ensures that the album’s content changes from one song to the next while also keeping the album’s energy stable from beginning to end, putting the final touch to the album’s presentation.  Each item examined here is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make Redemption a strong addition to this year’s field of new hard rock and metal albums.  The album is scheduled for release Friday through Rat Pack Records.  More information on Redemption is available along with all of The CEO’s latest news and more at:

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Lydia Can’t Breathe Tapped To Support Sevendust, Tremonti On Upcoming Tour

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Independent hard rock band Lydia Can’t Breathe will join Sevendust as support for its joint headline tour with Mark Tremonti this fall.

The tour is scheduled to launch Sept. 3 in Pryor, OK and to run through Sept. 26 in Orlando, FL. It features performances in cities, such as Joliet, IL; Cleveland, OH, and Flint, MI.

Along with the support shows, Lydia Can’t Breathe also has a brief series of shows by itself between Sept. 10 and Sept. 24. The announcement of the band’s appointment comes less than two months after the band premiered the video for its latest single, ‘Sheep.’

Front man Kyle Boduc said in a 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!

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

More information on Lydia Can’t Breathe’s upcoming live dates and music is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Gears Debuts New Single, ‘See Me,’ Lyric Video

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Independent hard rock band Gears premiered its latest single and video this month.

The band premiered its new single, ‘See Me‘ and its lyric video June 10. The band premiered the song’s lyric video through Ghost Cult Magazine. The premiere of the new single and video comes less than two months after the band premiered its then latest single, ‘Game‘ and its lyric video.

The musical arrangement featured in Gears’ new song will appeal to the band’s established audience base. That is evidenced through the infectious melodic hard rock approach and sound presented throughout the song. As with the band’s existing works, it easily lends itself to comparison to works from Sevendust.

The lyrical theme featured alongside the song’s musical arrangement is meant to serve as a reminder to audiences to never judge a book (or person) by its cover.

“‘See Me’ is about being wise enough to know that one’s expectations influence their perceptions,” he said. “What we believe to be true about someone or a situation may be our perspective and not the actual reality.”‘

‘See Me’ is expected for inclusion in Gears’ forthcoming EP, which is scheduled for release this year. The EP’s release date, title and more is all under consideration. It is known that along with ‘See Me,’ the EP will also feature ‘Game,’ ‘So What?‘ and other songs from the band.

More information on Gears’ forthcoming EP, its new single and video, and all of its latest news is available online at:

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