‘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:

Website: https://theceoband.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/theceoband

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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:

Website: https://lydiacantbreathe.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lcbmusic

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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:

Websitehttps://www.gearsofficial.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/gearsofficial

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/OfficialGears1

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Fire Follows Debuts New Single, ‘Home,’ Companion Video

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Independent hard rock band Fire Follows debuted its latest single and video over the weekend.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Home’ and its companion lyric video Friday. The song’s musical arrangement is a heavy, melodic hard rock composition. At points, it lends itself to comparison to works from Sevendust. At others, the rapping gives the song a more nu-metal style sound and approach. The combination of those two elements makes the composition an interesting presentation in whole.

The lyrical content featured alongside the song’s musical arrangement comes across as addressing the familiar topic of a person’s inner struggles. At the same time, it also seems to hint at another’s mental abuse being the cause of the subject’s struggles. This is a familiar theme across the musical universe.

The lyric video for the band’s new single presents the band performing its new single in a warehouse setting. Additionally, there is footage of a burning building, what looks like a barn, and a river. Meanwhile the song’s lyrics are presented in a unique font, allowing audiences to follow along as they take in the video and song.

‘Home’ is just the latest single from Fire Follows. The band most recently debuted its single, ‘Cant Get You Out Of My Head‘ in April along with its lyric video. Their premiere was preceded by that of the band’s debut single, ‘Glass Grenade‘ and its video.

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

Websitehttps://www.firefollows.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/firefollowsmusic

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/firefollowband

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Gears Debuts New Single, ‘Game,’ Companion Video

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

The band premiered its single ‘Game‘ and its companion lyric video April 30. The premiere of the single and its video came more than a month after the premiere of its predecessor, ‘So What‘ and its lyric video.

As with much of Gears’ existing work, the musical arrangement featured in ‘Game’ is easily comparable to works from Sevendust. That accessible hard rock approach and sound plays over the song’s lyrics in the song’s lyric video. Those lyrics are paired with pictures of the band members performing and images of skulls.

The lyrical theme featured along with the band’s new single and video is accessible in its own right.

Front man Trip Six noted in a prepared statement, the song’s lyrical content focuses on the topic of making one’s name in the music industry.

“The most difficult thing that I have ever set out to accomplish has been to “make it” in the music industry,” he said.  “Gears has come a long way in a rather short amount of time and while I’m not sure if we will ever become “successful” in this industry so that we are able to make a comfortable living doing what we love, what I do know is that I feel most alive when I’m on that stage.:

Added Trip Six, “Watching the crowd not only enjoying the music but singing along right there with us, meeting our fans after the show at the merch table, listening to how much they enjoy our music. I love everything about it. The hugs, hearing how much our music has done for them, in some cases even saving their life. For me, that is success, point-blank. So for now, we will continue to play this game. The music will go on and not only because it’s my passion, but because of you, our FAMZ. Your happiness will always be important.” 

More information on Gears’ new single is available along with all of the band’s latest news is available online at:

Websitehttps://www.gearsofficial.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/gearsofficial

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/OfficialGears1

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Ill Nino Debuts ‘All or Nothing’ Video; Summer Tour Dates Scheduled

Ill Nino debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band premiered the video for its new single, ‘All or Nothing’ Wednesday through Loudwire. The song, which tackles the topic of immigration, features a guest appearance by P.O.D. front man Sonny Sandoval and comes approximately five months after the band premiered the video for its then latest single, ‘Mascara,’ which also premiered through Loudwire.

Both songs are expected for inclusion in Ill Nino’s forthcoming album IllMortals, which is scheduled for release later this year through Break Silence Music. The album’s release date is under consideration.

Front man Marcos Leal address the lyrical theme of ‘All or Nothing’ and working with Sandoval in a prepared statement.

“‘All or Nothing’ was written as a challenge to myself. I knew the moment I joined Ill Nino, I would face negativity, scrutiny and possibly ridicule,” said Leal. “It caused me to question myself, and even question if I was good enough to embrace this opportunity. I challenged myself as I’m challenging all of you, what would you do if the opportunity of a lifetime was within your grasp? I chose to go ‘All or Nothing.’”

Added Leal, “I wanna thank one of my heroes, Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D. for lending his freshness to this track and being a constant inspiration.”

Sandoval, shared Leal’s positive thoughts as he talked about working with Ill Nino on the song and video.

“Like P.O.D., ILL NIÑO have always incorporated their culture, roots and heritage into their music and sound, which have set them apart in this metal scene for over two decades,” said Sandoval. “It was my honor and privilege to have contributed to this record. After knowing them for 20 years now, I don’t know why we didn’t do this sooner.”

The video for ‘All or Nothing’ features Ill Nino and Sandoval performing the band’s new single in what is meant to resemble an alleyway in an urban setting, what with the graffiti on the wall behind the band. That imagery pairs with visuals of an Hispanic woman praying, a factory, and information about the role of immigrants in America perhaps equating Leal’s comments about taking a major chance in life to what Immigrants do every day.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘All or Nothing’ takes listeners back to Ill Nino’s infancy, with its sharp guitars, driving vocals and heavy bass. It sounds like it would fit well in the band’s 2001 debut album, Revolution, Revolucion.

‘All or Nothing’ will be available to stream and download by itself beginning May 14.

Courtesy: Ill Nino

In other news, Ill Nino is scheduled to launch the “Ill Texas Familia Tour” in July. The tour is scheduled to run from July 8-11 and September 11-12. The tour’s information is noted below. King 810, Upon a Burning Body, Incite, Evolution Empire, and Born in Blood are scheduled to join the band for the brief run.

ILL NIÑO tour dates:

July 8 – Corpus Christi, TX – Brewster Street

July 9 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live

July 10 – El Paso, TX – Rock House *Also feat. Upon A Burning Body

July 11 – Lubbock, TX – Jake’s Sports Cafe

September 11 – Orlando FL – Warlando *Festival

September 12 – Lynchburg, VA – Blueridge Rockfest *Festival

Ill Nino will join the likes of Limp Bizkit, Five Finger Death Punch, P.O.D., and Sevenust at the noted festival shows.

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

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Hindsight Takes On Fake Friends In New Single, Lyric Video

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Independent rock band Hindsight unveiled its latest single last week, along with its companion video.

The band debuted its new single, ‘Rhythm of Fate’ March 26, along with its companion lyric video. The single is available to stream and download through Spotify, Bandcamp, Apple Music, and Amazon. The debut of the song and its video follows that of the band’s then latest single, ‘Where We Found Hope’ and its video last year. Both songs are featured in the band’s forthcoming EP, Catalyst.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Rhythm of Fate’ is a melodic hard rock style composition that fits well into any active rock radio programmer’s play list. Immediate comparisons can be made here, to works from the likes of Three Days Grace, The Veer Union, and Sevendust.

The lyrical theme that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement deals with a concept which will resonate with many listeners, according to information provided about the single.

According to that information, “The song involves dealing with the bitterness of those who are unable to deal with the success of others around them who they claim to care about while at the same time not coming to terms with their own fears that have prevented them from succeeding themselves. In general, the band feels that this is a common occurrence in many areas of society but in particular, it is one that plagues music and the arts in general.”

The lyric video for Hindsight’s new single features the song’s lyrics presented next to the artwork for Catalyst while the song plays over the whole.

More information on Hindsight’s new single and forthcoming EP is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.hindsightrock.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Hindsightrock

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/Hindsightrock

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Don’t Believe in Ghosts Inks New Record Deal; New Single, Album Coming

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Don’t Believe in Ghosts has signed a new record deal.

The band has signed with Imagen Records/ADA Warner. The signing makes the band label mate to bands, such as 3 Years Hollow, Framing Hanley, and Journey front man Arnel Pineda.

Additionally, the new deal will see the band release its next single, ‘Put Your Head Back’ April 16 and next album, Solutions May 14 through the label.

Imagen Records President Bob Winegard spoke warmly of the band in a prepared statement.

“As a big fan of DBIG for a few years, I am thrilled to sign them to Imagen Records and excited for everyone to hear their new record ‘Solutions,” he said.

Sevendust dummer/Imagen Records A&R Head Morgan Rose shared Winegard’s positive sentiments.

“I’ve been a fan of this band for years,’ he said. “Clever, fun, and songs filled with hooks. It puts me in a good mood every-time I listen to them. I’m so excited to have them on Imagen”

Guitarist Dan DelVecchio spoke on behalf of the band, and stressed the band’s excitement at finalizing the deal.

“We are so incredibly stoked to be signing with Imagen Records, not only are they truly passionate about what they do but they are genuinely great people to have in our corner,” said DelVecchio. “There’s no doubt that the future for Don’t Believe In Ghosts is bright”

Don’t Believe in Ghosts has released a variety of songs leading up to its new record deal. Among those songs are: ‘Still Holding On,’ ‘Living Like This,’ ‘The Chase‘ and ‘Don’t Wake Me Up.’

More information on Don’t Believe In Ghosts’ latest single and video is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.dontbelieveinghosts.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/DBIGhosts

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/DBIGhosts

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Gears’ New Single Takes On Humans’ Hypocrisy With New Single

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Independent hard rock band Gears is taking on humans’ hypocrisy as it relates to religion with its latest single.

The band debuted its new single, ‘So What‘ Feb. 25 along with the song’s companion lyric video through Skope Magazine. The video places the song’s lyrics over imagery of the band performing live as the song plays over.

The musical arrangement featured in Gears’ new single is a heavy nu-metal style work that lends itself stylistically to works from the likes of Skindred and Sevendust. The song was produced by Corey Lowery (Saint Asonia, Steromud, Stuck Mojo) and mastered by Paul Logus.

The lyrical theme that accompanies the fiery arrangement addresses the irony of people who claim to be so pious yet are the first to judge others.

Front man Trip Six addressed the song’s lyrical theme in a prepared statement.

“When we wrote ‘So What?’ two years ago, it was coming from my personal view on how religion has in many ways become its own sort of animal; overriding the concept of love, compassion, family,” he said. “How we’ve gone from loving one another to judging each other and even fighting them based on the religion one practices or doesn’t. Family should be the religion, not the other way around. Of course, anyone who listens to the track can interpret as they wish however, that’s my take.”

The debut of Gears’ new single comes less than four months after the band premiered its cover of Deftones’ hit song ‘Bored.’

More information on Gears’ new single is available along with all of the band’s latest news is available online at:

Websitehttps://www.gearsofficial.com

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Twitterhttps://twitter.com/OfficialGears1

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Madame Mayhem Debuts New Single, ‘Cruel Heart’, Companion Video

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Madame Mayhem returned this week with her latest single and its companion video.

The singer-songwriter (a.k.a. Natalie Ann Cohen) debuted her new single ‘Cruel Heart‘ Friday along with its companion video. Produced by Johnny K (Disturbed, Finger Eleven, Sevendust), the song features a musical arrangement that easily lends itself to comparison to works from Sevendust. The song was co-written by Cohen and Keith Wallen (Breaking Benjamin).

Cohen talked about working with Wallen during a recent interview.

“This was one of the first songs Keith Wallen and I wrote together,” she said. “I always have such a great experience co-writing with Keith. I remember listening to this demo on my way home after we finished writing and just getting so excited to share it. I have been patiently waiting for the right moment to release this single and I think now is as good a time as any! This song is near and dear to my heart and I am excited for the world to hear it!”

She added, “I performed this song live on tour a few times prior to recording it, which only makes this release even more special because of the excitement the crowds had for “Cruel Heart” hearing it for the first time as an unknown song. I remember having conversations with fans after the shows about how much they connected with it, which means so much to me! I hope the song continues to connect with people through this release.”

Wallen performed the guitar line and backing vocals for ‘Cruel Heart’ while Jason “JBomb” Harrison handled drumming duties for the composition.

The debut of Cohen’s new song comes less than six months after she debuted her cover of Aerosmith’s hit song ‘Livin’ on the Edge.’ The cover is available to download here.

Cohen’s take of ‘Livin’ on the Edge’ came, at the time, came more than three months after the debut of her then latest original single, ‘Breaking Down.’ Wallen and Harrison also took part in that song’s creation along with Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Sons of Apollo, Mr. Big).

More information on Madame Mayhem’s new single and video is available along with all of her latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.madamemayhem.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/madamemayhem

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/MayhemOfficial

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