Demon Hunter’s Debut Compilation Is A Successful Record

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Veteran Christian Metal band Demon Hunter has a new “hits” collection due out Friday.  The 12-song compilation – Songs of Death and Resurrection — is an interesting offering that will mostly to the group’s most devoted audiences.  That is due in part to the record’s featured songs, which will be addressed shortly.  The arrangements in the featured songs are just as important to note as the songs themselves.  They will be discussed a little later.  The songs’ production works with the arrangements to complete the record’s presentation.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the compilation.  All things considered, they make the compilation a presentation that while maybe not necessarily unique, is still a presentation that will appeal to most of Demon Hunter’s audiences.

Demon Hunter’s new acoustic hits collection, Songs of Death and Resurrection, is a presentation that will appeal mostly to the band’s most devoted audiences.  That is due in part to its featured works.  The band’s majority of the band’s 10-song catalog is represented through the course of its 12-song body.  To be precise, eight of the band’s records are represented here.  The only albums that are not represented through the catalog are its 2019 album War, and its 2017 album Outlive.  As an added bonus, audiences also get a new song here in the form of ‘Praise the Void.’  Whether it is actually new per se or just a work that did not make the final cut for one of the band’s albums is unknown.  Regardless, it is still an addition that the noted listeners will like.

Adding to the appeal here is that speaking technically, Songs of Death and Resurrection is Demon Hunter’s first actual compilation record.  The band has released two dual-album sets in the form of Double Take and Death, A Destination.  The problem is that the sets actually only offer audiences a  total of  three of the band’s 10 albums.  Summer of Darkness is featured in each set while The Triptych features in Double Take and the band’s self-titled 2002 is featured in Death, A Destination.  So in reality, audiences are still limited through those collections.  This set meanwhile, gives listeners a rich overall picture of the band’s catalog as it pulls from almost every one of the band’s records.  So while yes, the record is just a compilation, the fact that it pulls from so much of Demon Hunter’s catalog is its own undeniable positive.  It is just one of the album’s positives, too.  The arrangements themselves make for their own appeal.

The arrangements featured in Songs of Death and Resurrection are important to the compilation’s presentation because of their accessibility.  While each arrangement is itself an acoustic take of songs from Demon Hunter’s catalog, the reach from full to acoustic was not far.  That is because the songs that the band stripped down were already light (so to speak) to begin with.  Each original song was one of the band’s “ballads.”  They are much softer and introspective in comparison to the band’s clearly much heavier works.  To that end, the change from full song to acoustic did not take much effort.  Now keeping that in mind, it would have been easy for the band to just phone it in so to speak.  Thankfully it is clear that the band did not completely go that route.  The arrangements here mostly stay true to their source material.  ‘I Am a Stone’ for instance is laden with strings alongside front man Ryan Clark’s vocals.  It is already a soft work.  The updated take is soft in its own way, what with Clark’s vocals set against the acoustic guitar and drums.  It is still a soft ballad in comparison to the original work.  Ironically enough, the acoustic take could actually be argued to be heavier than the original because of the addition of the guitar and drums, even still being a soft ballad.

‘My Throat is an Open Grave,’ by comparison, is softer than its source material, but still heavy even in its softer approach.  The original song is best described as a melodic hard rock style composition, complete with vocal harmonies, heavy drums, and equally heavy guitars (at moments).  The acoustic take featured here replaces the guitars with much lighter string arrangements and piano.  The drums and bass are as heavy as ever, but set alongside the noted strings and piano, and Clark’s mournful vocal delivery, make for quite the contrast.  The whole presents itself as a unique take on the song that while softer than the original, is still as heavy as the original in its own way.

Another example of how this record changes the band’s works successfully comes in the form of the acoustic take of ‘Loneliness.’  The chorus segments are equally heavy, though the verses sees the sharp, layered guitars are replaced with string arrangements and another piano line.  The sense of melancholy established in the original work through Clark’s vocals permeates the song just as much here as in the original composition.  The whole, which runs more than a minute longer than the original, is another strong addition to the record that follows the compilation’s overall stylistic approach, and does so just as well even adapting itself from what is one of Demon Hunter’s heaviest ballads.  When it is considered along with the other songs noted here and the rest of the record’s re-workings, the whole shows why the collection’s featured arrangements are just as important as the compilation’s chosen songs.  The two items together make for plenty of reason for audiences to take in the record.  They are just a portion of what Demon Hunter’s most devoted audiences will appreciate about this recording.  Its production rounds out its most important items.

The production that went into Songs of Death and Resurrection is important to address especially because so many of the arrangements follow a similar stylistic approach, as already noted.  That approach typically involves the use of strings and Clark’s vocals with the addition of a rich percussion and bass backing.  Again, the arrangements each sound different from song to song, but the stylistic approach is relatively the same.  That means that the utmost attention had to be paid to each work to ensure that the record did not become redundant.  What’s more, those individuals had to make sure that none of the elements within the songs overpowered one another.  That includes even the most subtle additions to each arrangement. Those behind the glass are to be commended for their efforts, considering that necessary attention to even the minutest detail.  The stylistic approach, and all of its melancholic feel is there, but the songs’ identities come out well in each work.  The result is a record whose content sounds almost identical to its source material, just toned down some.  When this positive impact of the production is considered along with that of the stylistic approach to the arrangements and the very choice of songs, the whole becomes a presentation that Demon Hunter’s most devoted   fans will appreciate.

Demon Hunter’s new acoustic hits compilation is an interesting presentation that will appeal to plenty of the band’s audience base.  It will especially appeal to the band’s most devoted audiences.  That is proven in part through the record’s featured songs.  The songs in question represent nearly every one of the band’s albums.  That means that they collectively give audiences a rich representation of the band’s body of work.  The arrangements featured in the record’s chosen songs maintain the identity in each work while giving each work a unique sound and overarching stylistic approach.  That familiar stylistic approach, together with the unique sound of each arrangement prevents the record from becoming monotonous.  The production of the arrangements puts the final touch to the whole. It ensures that each arrangement’s instrumentation is expertly balanced, thus making sure one last time, that the compilation keeps listeners engaged and entertained.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the record.  All things considered, they make Songs of Death and Resurrection a positive first full compilation from Demon Hunter.  Songs of Death and Resurrection is scheduled for release Friday through Solid State Records.  More information on the compilation is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://demonhunter.net

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

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Demon Hunter Debuts Second Single From Forthcoming Acoustic Compilation

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Demon Hunter has premiered another song from its forthcoming acoustic hits compilation.

The band debuted its acoustic take of its song ‘Loneliness‘ Friday. Its debut comes less than a month after the band debuted the compilation’s lead single, an acoustic take of its song ‘I Will Fail You.’ Both songs are featured in the band’s forthcoming compilation record Songs of Death and Resurrection, which is scheduled for release March 5 through Solid State Records.

Front man Ryan Clark discussed the updated take of ‘Loneliness’ in a prepared statement.

“When we played this song live in 2019—during the acoustic portion of the night—we pushed the limits of how slow we could do it,” he said. “The slower we got, the more bleak it felt, and this only added to the vibe. After all, we were trying to channel a feeling of despair, allowing the song to truly embody its namesake. On the studio version of this ‘Resurrected’ track, you’ll hear my mom sing with me. My mom is my inspiration for singing in the first place, so it was very heartwarming to finally capture our voices together on a Demon Hunter record.”

The track listing for Songs of Death and Resurrection is noted below.

Tracklist:
1. My Throat is an Open Grave (Resurrected)
2. Dead Flowers (Resurrected)
3. The Heart of a Graveyard (Resurrected)
4. Praise the Void (Resurrected)
5. Blood in the Tears (Resurrected)
6. Loneliness (Resurrected)
7. I Will Fail You (Resurrected)
8. I Am a Stone (Resurrected)
9. Deteriorate (Resurrected)
10. Carry Me Down (Resurrected)
11. The Tide Began to Rise (Resurrected)
12. My Heartstrings Come Undone (Resurrected)

More information on Demon Hunter’s forthcoming compilation and livestream is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.demonhunter.net

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Twitterhttps://twitter.com/demonhunterband

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Demon Hunter Debuts Acoustic ‘I Will Fail You’ Take

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Demon Hunter kicked off the weekend with some “new” music.

The band debuted a stripped down, acoustic take of its song ‘I Will Fail You‘ Friday. The song is featured in the band’s forthcoming compilation record Songs of Death and Resurrection, which is scheduled for release March 5 through Solid State Records.

The song’s debut comes less than two months after the band held a livestream acoustic performance to promote the new compilation of stripped down takes of its music.

Front man Ryan Clark talked about the stripped down take of ‘I Will Fail You’ during a recent interview.

“The original album version of “I Will Fail You” is one of our doomiest ballads,” he said. “At the time, I found myself immersed in the bleak heaviness of bands like Omnium Gatherum, Swallow The Sun, and Katatonia. I’m naturally drawn to that place where heavy and sad collide.

Reimagined for Songs of Death and Resurrection, the song takes on a haunting vibe, replacing heavy chugs with hypnotic repetition of the lead guitar,” added Clark. There’s a trance-like cadence to it, which feels just as appropriate as the original crunch.”

This version of the song also features the amazing talents of longtime Demon Hunter collaborator, Chris Carmichael,” he continued. “Chris has arranged and performed the strings for many DH songs, such as “Sixteen,” “Driving Nails,” “I Am a Stone,” and “Slight the Odds.” I’ve never had to give Chris direction, and I’ve never asked him to change anything beyond his first attempt. He just gets it… and makes us sound like a million dollars every time he touches a track. 

The album’s track listing is noted below.

Tracklist:
1. My Throat is an Open Grave (Resurrected)
2. Dead Flowers (Resurrected)
3. The Heart of a Graveyard (Resurrected)
4. Praise the Void (Resurrected)
5. Blood in the Tears (Resurrected)
6. Loneliness (Resurrected)
7. I Will Fail You (Resurrected)
8. I Am a Stone (Resurrected)
9. Deteriorate (Resurrected)
10. Carry Me Down (Resurrected)
11. The Tide Began to Rise (Resurrected)
12. My Heartstrings Come Undone (Resurrected)

More information on Demon Hunter’s forthcoming compilation and livestream is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.demonhunter.net

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/demonhunter

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/demonhunterband

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Norma Jean’s Eighth LP Presents Heavy Musical, Lyrical Content

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Metalcore outfit Norma Jean officially returned in October with its latest album All Hail.  The band’s eighth full-length studio recording, it came more than three years after the release of the band’s seventh album, Polar Similar.  The band’s latest offering, All Hail is a record whose musical and lyrical content together make for a presentation that will grow on audiences with each listen.  That ability to grow on listeners means it has considerable staying power, and in turn proves a successful new offering from the Georgia-based band.  One of the most notable entries featured in the record’s 45-minute run time comes late in its run in the form of ‘/with_errors.’  It is just one of the songs that exhibits the album’s strength.  ‘Anna,’ which comes even later in the 14-song record’s run is another clear example of the album’s strength.  It will be addressed a little later.  ‘Safety Last’ is yet another example of how the album’s songs serve to give the record a certain longevity among listeners and will also be addressed later.  When this song is considered along with the other two songs noted here and the likes of ‘If [Loss] Then [Leader],’ ‘Landslide Defeater,’ the album’s brief but still blistering opener ‘Orphan Twin,’ and the rest of its works, the end result is a work that is one of Norma Jean’s best albums to date.

Norma Jean’s latest full-length studio recording All Hail is a work that is certain to resonate with metalcore fans and with the band’s longtime fans.  That is proven throughout the course of the 14-song record in a variety of ways.  ‘/with_errors,’ which comes late in the record, is just one of the works that serves to show that appeal.  The song’s musical arrangement immediately presents a clear influence from Tool.  Yes, it seems odd, a “dark progressive rock” band influencing a metalcore outfit, but it is there, and it works.  This is obvious through front man Corey Brandan’s vocal delivery and through the work of guitarist Grayson Stewart.  Brandan’s ability to couple that influence with his own delivery style makes for a hybrid that stands solidly on its own merits here.  Drummer Ryan Leger’s choice of cymbals and drums works with his work in general to add even more punch to that very Tool-esque sound.  What is most interesting here is that while the song’s musical arrangement very clearly exhibits an influence from Tool, the band still creates an identity all its own for the song, thus ensuring the song’s originality.  That unique musical presentation is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  Its lyrical content adds to its interest.

Brandan sings in the song’s lead verse, “No need for dirt/I’m already still/I outweigh the orbit/I’ve never been around the sun/Always beside it/The burn is a reaction/Repeat the strokes that will bring the water to my neck/The tears over my head/The conflict is an illusion/Just get as close to the reflection/Eyes into the fractured glass/The bounce back/The cross over/Over.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Break bread with the ally adversary/Backwards and forwards/Blinded by the shadows below/All of you and everything/And it’s never-ending/It never started anyway.”  He adds in the song’s final verse, “Truth will be the first prey amid the raid/And you’ll see the smoke before you feel the flames/You’re an enemy of speech/Your legacy is a furnace spawning generations of hell.”  There is a lot of metaphorical language here.  What it amounts to is what seems to be a commentary of sorts.  That is inferred with the mention of looking into the “fractured glass” and “the bounceback” over.”  The statement about breaking bread “with the ally adversary” hints at making friends of enemies. Again this is all the interpretation of this critic and should not be taken as gospel.  This interpretation could very easily be completely incorrect.  The added mention in the song’s third and final verse that ‘the truth will be the first prey amid the raid/And you’ll see the smoke before you feel the flames” comes across as an addition to the initial statement about what has happened.  Once again, this is all this critic’s interpretation, but the whole seems to come across as a statement encouraging people to not let their biases separate them despite everything going on around them.  Whether this is correct, the fact that so much metaphor leaves wide open, room for dialogue on the topic adds to the song’s impact on the album’s whole, proving that much more, its importance to the record’s presentation.  It is just one of the songs that serves to show why All Hail has such staying power.  ‘Anna,’ which comes even in the album, does its own part to put the album’s strength on display.

‘Anna’ presents a unique musical arrangement that holds its own against its counterparts in this record, and proves itself just as strong as those works in the process.  That is thanks to Stewart’s heavy, plodding guitar line, Brandan’s powerhouse vocals and John Finnegan’s bass work.  While the song is a metalcore composition at its core, one could just as easily argue that there is a certain heavy, doom sound exhibited here, too.  The combination of those elements makes the song in whole a powerful melodic hard rock song that stands out on its own positive merits.  That heavy composition is just one part of what makes the song so notable.  The song’s lyrical theme offers listeners plenty of interest, too.

The song’s lyrical content comes across as a work about a really bad breakup.  Of course again, that could be completely out of the proverbial ballpark.  The manner in which the lyrics are presented do lead to that interpretation, though.  Brandan sings in the song’s lead verse, “Haven’t seen a word in a span of days/Listen for the slow and steady hum/Saying you’re everything to everything you’re saying/It’s not the answer you devoured/Or the quest to find the question/Just the sound that came before the first step and never turned around again/I don’t want to freeze inside/I fell in love with the burn out here/But a little on the lighter side/I’m here alone and you don’t ask why.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Write it down, Anna/Can you hear me now/Autograph and send it through the air/Say you’re everything because you’re everything I’m not/The knife won’t cut the rope tied to me/It breaks and frays to nothing/Comfort sorrow and you’ll hold that weapon by the jagged blade.”  This in itself seems to hint at something having to do with personal relationships.  Things take an interesting turn in the song’s third and final verse, as he sings, “Caught between a dream and a dream/I pulled at the seams/We’re always between trading the dawn for dusk/Exchanging rot for rust/I’ll testify with a torch/Burning black from the mouth/Of a night-stained sky/I’ll stand in the sun/I’ll stand in the sun/Cutting shapes into shade/You can hold the hilt/I’ll be the blade/You’re the reason/You’re the sound that lights the way/before the first step that never turned around again.”  There is a lot of heavy emotion here and by connection, heavy thought.  Regardless of whether this cong centers on the all-too-familiar element of broken relationships or something else, the fact of the matter is that it is certain to generate plenty of its own among listeners, along with the song’s musical arrangement.  The discussion generated through the two elements together makes the song that much more important an addition to the album.  It still is not the last of the album’s most notable additions.  ‘Safety Last,’ which comes early in the album’s run, is another key entry to the album.

‘Safety Last’ presents a musical arrangement that couples the band’s familiar metalcore sound with a distinct djent element.  The complimenting of the two elements, with the down-tuned guitars and screaming vocals makes this song’s arrangement a work that stands out if only for its fiery musical content.  Of course its musical content is not its only content.  It also boasts its own thought (and discussion) provoking lyrical content.

Brandan sings (screams) in the song’s lead verse, “I’ll burn every bridge in the world/I am the wreck that you’ve been waiting for/The dream is real/The nightmare is fictional real/I’m telling you I’ve seen the serpent lose/A rush of poison from the fangs/Snap its tail/Fall into the lake and take a breath/Pull the root from the interlacing vines/Then end swims away to added end/I swear to God/The price to pay/The price you’ll pay/I’ll burn every bridge in the world/’Cause I never want to cross them again.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “I am infinitely bankrupt again/Aid to ruin is even more ruin/Rush in/Be the savior to us all/I’ll believe every damned word/Just take a moment here and introduce yourself/No, no truly/Can you introduce yourself/Loveless/Take a moment/Introduce yourself/Desperate life/Every damned word/So pray for this.”  Again, there is much metaphorical speak here that will certainly lead to lots of discussion among audiences.  The story’s song comes across here as someone reaching a certain point in his or her life where things are not at their best and that person is just desperate to find some meaning and direction.  Once more, this is only this critic’s interpretation and should not be taken as the only interpretation.  Keeping that in mind, the possible meaning behind these lyrics, coupled with the song’s fiery musical arrangement makes the song in whole, yet another very powerful addition to the album.  When it is considered along with ‘/with-errors,’ ‘Anna’ and the other songs noted here, the end result is another record from Norma Jean that audiences will salute.  Yes, that awful pun was intended.

Norma Jean’s eighth full-length studio recording All Hail is a powerful new entry from the veteran metalcore outfit that shows despite numerous label and lineup changes, the band is still as strong today as it was years ago in its inception.  That is proven through all three of the songs noted here and the rest of the album’s offerings.  All things considered, they make All Hail a work that will appeal easily to metalcore fans and those most devoted fans of Norma Jean.  More information on All Hail is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.normajeannoise.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/NormaJeanBand

 

 

 

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Demon Hunter Announces ‘Outlive’ Release Date, Track Listing

Courtesy: Solid State Records

Courtesy: Solid State Records

The wait is almost over for Demon Hunter’s next record.

The band announced this week it will release its next full-length studio recording this spring.  The record, Outlive, is the band’s eighth studio recording, will be released Friday, March 31 via Solid State Records.  It can be pre-ordered online now here.

Along with announcing the record’s release date, the band also unveiled the record’s track listing and cover art this week.  The record will be presented with two separate cover designs.

The primary design, pictured above, will be used for the record’s digital and physical release.  The second design, pictured below, will be exclusive to the record’s 2-LP vinyl release.

Courtesy: Solid State Records

Courtesy: Solid State Records

Along with its physical and digital releases, Demon Hunter will also release Outlive in a limited edition deluxe box set.  The box set will feature the album in its entirety.  The record will be complimented with two bonus tracks, behind-the-scenes DVD, photo cards, booklet, poster, bandana, ring and more.  The whole thing is contained in a drawer-style box with metallic gold detail.

The record’s track listing features 12 songs including its lead single, ‘Cold Winter Sun.’  Audiences can check out the song online now here.  Front man Ryan said of the single’s debut early last December that he was happy to be able to share the song with the band’s fans.

“After the longest wait between Demon Hunter albums ever, we are so proud to share the first full song from our new album,” Clark said.  It feels amazing to finally unleash a piece of this album to the world.  ‘Cold Winter Sun’ is a perfect example of where we’re at today, maintaining an element of classic Demon Hunter but not so much as to be resting on our laurels.  It’s always been my desire to pull a healthy amount of inspiration from our past, but to also incorporate enough forward progress to keep things interesting.”

‘Cold Winter Sun’ is available online now via iTunesAmazonSpotifyGoogle Play and Apple Music.  Outlive’s full track listing is noted below.

 OUTLIVE TRACK LISTING:
“Trying Times”
“Jesus Wept”
“Cold Winter Sun”
“Died In My Sleep”
“Half As Dead”
“Cold Blood”
“One Step Behind”
“Raining Down”
“The End”
“One Less”
“Patience”
“Slight the Odds”

More information on Outlive is available online now along with all of Demon Hunter’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.demonhunter.net

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/demonhunterband

 

 

 

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Demon Hunter Debuts New Album’s Lead Single

Courtesy: Solid State Records

Courtesy: Solid State Records

Demon Hunter is preparing audiences for its next album in a big way.

The veteran Christian metal outfit has debut the lyric video for its next album’s lead single.  The song is titled ‘Cold Winter Sun’ and the lyric video can be viewed online now here.  It comes from the band’s upcoming album Outlive, which will be released in March 2017.

Front man Ryan Clark was ecstatic about the song’s release, saying it felt great to him to give audiences their first taste of the band’s next record.

“After the longest wait between Demon Hunter albums ever, we are so proud to share the first full song from our new album,” Clark said.  It feels amazing to finally unleash a piece of this album to the world.  ‘Cold Winter Sun’ is a perfect example of where we’re at today, maintaining an element of classic Demon Hunter but not so much as to be resting on our laurels.  It’s always been my desire to pull a healthy amount of inspiration from our past, but to also incorporate enough forward progress to keep things interesting.”

Outlive was produced and engineered by Demon Hunter guitarist Jeremiah Scott (Living Sacrifice, The Showdown) and was assisted by longtime collaborator Aaron Sprinkle (Anberlin, New Found Glory).  The album was mixed by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Queensryche).

‘Cold Winter Sun’ is available online now via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play and Apple Music.  More information on ‘Cold Winter Sun’ and Outlive online now along with all of Demon Hunter’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.demonhunter.net

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/demonhunterband

 

 

 

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Blood of the Martyrs Announce First Tour Dates of 2014

Courtesy:  Persistent Heart Media

Courtesy: Persistent Heart Media

Virginia based metal band Blood of the Martyr has announced that it will hit the road in a few weeks.  The band’s members have announced that the band will hit the road beginning January 10th in Maryland.  It will wrap up  January 26th in North Carolina.  The band will tour in support of its recently released album Completionist.  The band’s upcoming two-week two will be its first of 2014.  Also announced for the tour are Alive in the Dark and Solid State Records’ own My Heart To Fear.  The complete list of the bands’ tour dates is available below.

TOUR DATES

1/10/2014 – Arbutus, MD – Arputus UMC
1/11/2014 – Canton, OH – The Auricle
1/12/2014 – Indianapolis, IN – Hoosier Dome
1/13/2014 – St. Louis, MO – The Mad Magician
1/14/2014 – Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom
1/15/2014 – TBD
1/16/2014 – Dallas Texas – Sons Of Herman Hall
1/17/2014 – Lake Charles, LA – Main Stage
1/18/2014 – Cleavland, TN – Warehouse Venue
1/19/2014 – Orlando, FL – Backbooth
1/20/2014 – TBD
1/21/2014 – New Port Richey, FL – Inomniacs
1/22/2014 – OFF DATE
1/23/2014 – Boynton Beach, FL – Limitless Studios
1/24/2014 – Jacksonville, FL – Murry Hill Theatre
1/25/2014 – Douglasville, GA – TBD
1/26/2014 – Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger

Blood of the Martyrs is a Christian metal act based in Farmville, VA.  The band formed in late 2007.  Its first official full length record, Once More, With Feeling, was released in 2011.  It was released independently and was made available through all major online outlets and retailers.  Between 2011 and 2012, the band toured across the country, performing at a total of 250 dates.  The band will have come close to that number by this year’s end with an expected total of 150 tour dates played.  The band’s members have even more reason to celebrate this holiday season as it will head into 2014 one of the newest signees to the Phoenix Agency.  The Phoenix Agency is also home to: King Conquer (Mediaskare Records), Legend (Rise), The Last Ten Seconds of Life, and In Dying Arms (Artery Records).

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