Ovtlier Debuts ‘All I Need’ Video

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Ovtlier premiered the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single, ‘All I Need‘ Wednesday. The video’s premiere comes less than a week after the band premiered the song by itself.

The video features the band performing its new single in what looks like a darkened warehouse setting. That footage is paired with what is assumed to be a semi-autobiographical presentation of front man Joey Arena’s childhood.

That is assumed considering comments made by Arena in a prepared statement in a press release announcing the song’s premiere over the weekend.

“I was raised on unstable grounds,” the statement reads. “Therapy taught me to stop making excuses for those that have abused and abandoned me. A man that distantly titled himself as a “father” but neglected every simple duty of being one. A stepfather who looked for excuses to beat on me or throw me out for years. I accept that this is the hand that I am dealt. I respect and appreciate the journey I have been shaped and designed to travel. I am all I need”

It should be noted that some viewers may find some of the content in that main story unsettling. In other words, viewer discretion is advised. That imagery in question involves scenes of domestic disputes and one of the main characters flogging himself.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘All I need’ is of some interest. That is because the primary guitar line featured in this arrangement lends itself easily to comparison to that featured in Deftones’ hit song’ My Own Summer (Shove It).’ A close listen to each song reveals the similarity in sound. It is not precise, but is there.

As the arrangement progresses though, that guitar line gradually evolves and offers a heavy, dark sound that is complimented just as well by the song’s bass line and vocals from Arena.

In other news, Ovtlier is scheduled to serve as support for Gemini Syndrome on its upcoming headlining tour. Ovtlier’s dates with Gemini Syndrome are noted below.

GEMINI SYNDROME ‘Initiation’ USA Fall 2021 tour dates:
10/28 – Chippewa Falls, WI – Joel’s 4Corners #
10/29 – Green Bay, WI – EPIC Event Center #
10/30 – Racine, WI – Rt 20 (WIIL Rock Halloween Bash) #
10/31 – Battle Creek, MI – The Music Factory #
11/02 – Lakewood, OH – The Winchester Music Tavern #
11/04 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop #
11/05 – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Iron Works #
11/06 – Liverpool, NY – Sharkey’s #
11/07 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance #
11/08 – New York City, NY – Mercury Lounge ####
11/09 – Albany, NY – Empire Underground #
11/10 – Reading, PA – Reverb #
11/12 – Johnson City, TN – Capones #
11/13 – Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger #
11/14 – Huntsville, AL – Sidetracks ###

Direct support is Ovtlier #
Smile Empty Soul, Ovtlier, Sunflower Dead, Pushing V, Tommy Gibbons ###
GEMINI SYNDROME and Ovtlier only ####

‘All I Need’ is just the latest single from Ovtlier. The band most recently premiered its single, ‘Bulletproof‘ and a companion video. The band has also released the singles, ‘Who We Are‘ and ‘Buried Me Alive.’

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

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/ovtlier

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/OvtlierBand

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Gemini Syndrome Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Gemini Syndrome is scheduled to head back out on the road next month in support of its new album.

The band is scheduled to launch its new headlining tour in support of 3rd DegreeThe Raising, Oct. 28. The album is scheduled for release Oct. 15 through Century Media Records. Ovtlier, Oh! The Horror, Pushing Veronica, and Them Damn Kings are scheduled to serve as support throughout the nearly month-long run.

Front man Aaron Nordstrom spoke about the upcoming tour in a prepared statement.

“We’re very excited to be back out in the road again this fall,” said Nordstrom. “It’s a time of transformation on our planet and our lives in preparation for the rebirth of the approaching solstice. We’re grateful to share this INITIATION with all you Spiritual Soldiers on the frontline helping to bring music back to this f***** up world.”

Added Nordstrom, “Our hope is that through sharing our experiences, lessons learned, and battles overcome, that we can help others to examine their own consciousness. Their role in the world in its almost infinite capacity, and to help remind each other that we are ALL in this together. We are a family, and when we are United in our commonality, we can achieve things worthy of the attention of the GODS. If you want to change the world, quietly go to work on yourself.” 

Drummer Brian Steele Medina expanded on Nordstrom’s comments.

“We love nothing more than performing and creating a sacred space for transmutation with our brothers and sisters,” he said. “Now more than ever, it feels like everything is trying to pull us apart and perpetuate the illusion that we are separate. That we are not ONE. It’s all b*******. Give us your pandemics, your Pentagon UFO videos, and your barriers… It’s all f****** noise, but we’re louder and we will rise above it all.”

3rd Degree The Raising has produced five singles to date:  ‘Broken Reflection,‘ ‘Abandoned,‘ ‘Die With Me,’ ‘IDK‘ and ‘Reintegration.‘

The schedule for Gemini Syndrome’s upcoming live run is noted below. The tour comes on the heels of another tour that the band recently ran, and most recently, a performance at the Blue Ridge Rock Festival on Sept. 10. Tickets and VIP packages for the band’s upcoming tour are available here.

GEMINI SYNDROME ‘Initiation’ USA Fall 2021 tour dates:

10/28 – Chippewa Falls, WI – Joel’s 4Corners *

10/29 – Green Bay, WI – EPIC Event Center *

10/30 – Racine, WI – Rt 20 (WIIL Rock Halloween Bash) *

10/31 – Battle Creek, MI – The Music Factory *

11/02 – Lakewood, OH – The Winchester Music Tavern *

11/04 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop *

11/05 – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Iron Works *

11/06 – Liverpool, NY – Sharkey’s *

11/07 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance *

11/08 – New York City, NY – Mercury Lounge ****

11/09 – Albany, NY – Empire Underground *

11/10 – Reading, PA – Reverb *

11/12 – Johnson City, TN – Capones *

11/13 – Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger *

11/14 – Huntsville, AL – Sidetracks ***

11/16 – San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box **

11/17 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey **

11/20 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar

11/22 – El Paso, TX – Rockhouse **

11/23 – Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock **

11/24 – West Hollywood, CA – Whiskey a Go Go **

11/26 – Las Vegas, NV – Backstage Bar **

11/27 – Reno, NV – Reno Brewhouse ** 

* Direct support is Ovtlier

** Direct support is Oh! The Horror

*** Show with Smile Empty Soul, Ovtlier, Sunflower Dead, Pushing V, Tommy Gibbons

**** GEMINI SYNDROME and Ovtlier only

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

Websitehttps://geminisyndrome.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/GeminiSyndrome

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/GeminiSyndrome

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Another Lost Year Announces New Tour Dates

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Courtesy: EM Label Group/Mirage M’Hal Records

Another Lost Year has added more dates to its current tour schedule.

The Charlotte, North Carolina-based band announced this week that it has added six more dates to its current tour schedule.  Those dates, in support of the band’s new album Alien Architect, run from Friday, August 5th – Friday, August 19th.  After finishing that run the band will take some time off to rest and prepare for a tour with Death Division that launches Thursday, August 25th in Sauget, IL.  That tour schedule runs through Saturday, September 10th in Yorkville, Illinois.  ALY’s updated live schedule is noted below.

 

Another Lost Year Tour Dates:
Aug 5th – Fayetteville NC @ Drunk Horse Pub
Aug 12th – Algona, IA @ LoCO Fest w/ EVE6, Smile Empty Soul
Aug 13th – Varna, IL @ Lake WIldwood Pavillion
Aug 14th – Joliet, IL @ The Tree of Joliet
Aug 18th – Ironton, OH @ Rally On The River w/ Bobaflex
Aug 19th – Morgantown, WV @ Schmitts Saloon w/ Bobaflex

Dates w/ Death Division

Aug 25th – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
Aug 26th – Keokuk, IA @ L-Tryn’s
Aug 27th – Clarksville, TN @ O’Connor’s
Aug 28th – Jackson, TN @ Empourium
Aug 30th – Tupelo, MS @ Goodtime Charlies
Sep 1st – Slidell, LA @ Corner Pub
Sep 2nd – San Leon, TX @ 18th St. Pier
Sep 3rd – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
Sep 7th – Omaha, NE @ Shamrocks
Sep 9th – Dubuque, IA @ Diamond Jo Casino
Sep 10th – Durand, IL @ Durand Biker Bash
Sep 10th – Yorkville, IL @ The Revival @ Hide A Way Lakes

More information on Another Lost Year’s tour schedule is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.whoisALY.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Official_ALY

 

 

 

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Romantic Rebel Added To Smile Empty Soul’s “Shapeshifter Tour 2016” LIneup

Courtesy: O'Donnell Media Group

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

Romantic Rebel is headed back out on the road.

The band announced Monday that it will join Smile Empty Soul on the road this summer for the band’s “Shapeshifter Tour 2016.”  The tour launches this Friday, July 15th in St. Louis, MO.  It will share time on stage as support for Smile Empty Soul alongside The Everyday Losers, Shallow Side, and Beitthemeans on the tour.  Romantic Rebel’s upcoming live dates are in support of its upcoming EP Begin Again.  The band announced Monday that fans who come out to its live shows will be able to pick up Begin Again before its official release date, which has not yet been announced.

Singer KT Paige recently sat down to discuss the EP and what it means not just to her but to the band in whole.  She noted in her discussion the work put into the songs not only by herself but also by guitarist Alex Vincent, who co-wrote the record, and by producer Johnny K (Disturbed, Pop Evil, Finger Eleven, Sevendust, 3 Doors Down, Megadeth, Machine Head, Nonpoint, etc.), who helmed the EP and is also working with the band on its upcoming as yet untitled sophomore album.  “This EP is very special to us,” she said.  “Alex and I wrote these songs from the heart; about past experiences and struggles.  That said, we were very attached to them and didn’t want to see them change.  Johnny, being the multi-talented producer that he is, helped us take the songs we thought couldn’t get any better to a whole new level.  It’s amazing how a simple change in melody can make me feel even more emotional about a song than I had felt previously.”

While waiting for Romantic Rebel’s new EP to be released audiences can purchase the EP’s lead single ‘Too Far’ now online via iTunes.  The single’s companion video is currently streaming on the band’s official YouTube channel now.  More information on Romantic Rebel’s latest tour schedule is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.RomanticRebelBand.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/rr_the_band

 

 

 

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Band Schedule, Pre-Party Announced For Welcome To Rockville Festival

Courtesy:  Ashton-Magnuson Media

Courtesy: Ashton-Magnuson Media

The organizers of the annual Welcome to Rockville festival have announced the complete schedule for this year’s festival, including performance times for each act on the bill.

Courtesy:  Ashton-Magnuson Media

Courtesy: Ashton-Magnuson Media

Digital Summer and World Gone kick off this year’s festival. Digital Summer and World Gone are schedule to open the festival at 11:15am on the Monster Energy Fire Museum Stage and Jagermeister Stage respectively. Cathercist, winner of the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands, is up next at 11:45am ET on the Ernie Ball Stage. Within Reason and Ghost of War will open the festival’s second day at noon on the Monster Energy Fire Museum Stage and Jagermeister Stage respectively. The complete performance schedule for the weekend’s events is included below.

Performance times for Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville are as follows (subject to change):

Saturday, April 26

Monster Energy Fire Museum Stage

11:15 AM         Digital Summer

12:30 PM         Rev Theory

2:00 PM           Adelitas Way

3:30 PM           Hellyeah

5:15 PM           Chevelle

7:15 PM           A Day To Remember

9:40 PM           Avenged Sevenfold

Monster Energy Metropolitan Park Stage

11:45 PM         Gemini Syndrome

1:15 PM           Middle Class Rut

2:45 PM           Chiodos

4:15 PM           Alter Bridge

6:15 PM           Volbeat

8:20 PM           The Cult

Jägermeister Stage

11:15 AM         World Gone

12:30 PM         Silvertung (Jägermeister Band)

2:00 PM           Evergreen Terrace

3:30 PM           Smile Empty Soul

5:15 PM           Memphis May Fire

7:15 PM           We Came As Romans

Ernie Ball Stage

11:45 AM         Cathercist (Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands Winner)

1:15 PM           Monster Truck

2:45 PM           We As Human

4:15 PM           Devour The Day

6:15 PM           Fozzy

Sunday, April 27

Monster Energy Fire Museum Stage

Noon                Within Reason

1:15 PM           Sick Puppies

2:35 PM           Black Label Society

4:15 PM           Seether

6:25 PM           Five Finger Death Punch

8:50 PM           Korn

Monster Energy Metropolitan Park Stage

12:35 PM         The Pretty Reckless

1:55 PM           Black Stone Cherry

3:25 PM           Theory of a Deadman

5:15 PM           Staind

7:35 PM           Rob Zombie

Jägermeister Stage

Noon                Ghost Of War (Jägermeister Band)

1:15 PM           Kyng

2:35 PM           Lacuna Coil

4:15 PM           Emmure

6:25 PM           Motionless In White

Ernie Ball Stage

12:35 PM         Twelve Foot Ninja

1:55 PM           Nothing More

3:25 PM           Butcher Babies

5:15 PM           Trivium

Courtesy:  Ashton-Magnuson Media

Courtesy: Ashton-Magnuson Media

Before the bands take to their respective stages, audiences will be treated to Monster Energy’s Welcome to Rockville Official Pre-Party Friday, April 25th. The Pre-Party is presented by X102.9 and Bud Light and will feature performances by Rev Theory and more. It will be held at 1904 Music Hall (19 N. Ocean Street in downtown Jacksonville, FL). It is free to ticketholders that are 21 and older. Ticketholders that want to attend the Pre-Party must show their festival tickets at 1904 Music Hall to get a Pre-Party wristband in advance. Wristbands are in limited quality. So they will be first come first serve beginning at 12pm ET on Friday, April 25th. Doors open at 8pm. The show will start at 9pm.

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Smile Empty Soul’s new album will make fans smile

California based Smile Empty Soul is getting ready to release its sixth full length studio release.  The band’s new album, “3’s”, hits store shelves May 22nd.  This new album is everything that fans have come to expect from the band.  It carries that familiar mix of Puddle of Mudd and Linkin Park throughout all without missing a step. 

The album opens with the solid, hard rocking song, ‘Carve.’  ‘Carve’ comes across lyrically as another song dealing with personal relationship issues.  And the music does a good job reflecting that.  It’s a perfect fit for any mainstream hard rock radio station.  From there, the album lets up just a little bit with ‘Ugly’, but not too much.  That little break is just enough to let listeners catch their breath before the band starts kicking things back into gear with ‘Warning’ and ‘Sleep Deprivation.’  That pair of songs was well placed in the album’s overall tracking in that it makes for a nice build to ‘Hiding Places.’  ‘Hiding Places’ is one of the standout songs on this album.  It starts off subdued, and builds to a solid rock feel that will get listeners’ horns in the air before landing them back on the ground in a manner just as subdued as the song started.  That easy end is another example of smart tracking, as it lets listeners catch their breath just enough before slamming them in the face again with ‘Let Go.’ 

The remainder of ‘3’s’ is just as solid as the first three quarters.  There really is nothing bad about this album.  As already noted, ‘3’s’ is everything that Smile Empty Soul’s fans have come to expect from the band.  Any number of songs on this release could be used as radio singles.  That’s a very good thing for this band, six albums in.  It shows that the band is doing something right.  And this Summer, even more fans will get to hear that for themselves not just because of the band’s new album.  Smile Empty Soul heads out on the road tomorrow to start touring in support of the album.  The tour kicks off in Riverside, California.  It’ll take the band along the west coast before swinging back up to the northwest.  From there, the band will take its tour across the midwest and up to the northeast before heading down the eastern seaboard and into the southeast by mid-June. Smile Empty Soul’s North Carolina fan base hasn’t been forgotten.  The band will stop at the Berkeley Cafe in Raleigh Monday, June 4th.  It will perform at Hooligan’s in Jacksonville Tuesday, June 5th. 

Fans can follow the band’s tour and even buy tickets through the band’s website, http://www.smileemptysoul.com.  Fans can also interact with each other and the band on the band’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/smileemptysoulmusic and on the band’s Twitter page, http://twitter.com/_smileemptysoul.