Fear Factory’s Latest LP Is A Mostly Successful New Offering

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Fear Factory has been in the news quite a bit this year.  Early last month, it was announced that founding member and guitarist Dino Cazares had joined Soulfly for its latest tour in place of Marc Rizzo.  That announcement was followed up with the release of the new companion piece to the band’s latest album, Aggression Continuum.  The companion piece in question is the isolated instrumental tracks from that album. Why the band would go that route is a headscratcher when audiences can hear the instrumentals just as clearly in the original album.  Speaking of the album, the 10-song record was released June 18 through Nuclear Blast Records.  The 48-minute collection is an interesting addition to the band’s extensive catalog.  That is due in large part to the album’s featured lyrical content, which will be discussed shortly.  The musical arrangements that feature alongside the album’s lyrical content make for more interest and will be discussed a little later.  The production that went into this record rounds out its most important elements.  When it is considered along with the album’s content, the collective items make the album maybe not the band’s best work, but still worth hearing at least once.

Fear Factory’s most recent album, Aggression Continuum, is a mostly successful offering from the band.  Not knowing whether the band will continue now that former front man Burton C. Bell (whose vocals are featured in the record) and founding member Dino Cazares was recently announced as part of Soulfly’s current lineup, it is a positive potential final offering from the band.  The album’s success comes in this record, primarily through its lyrical themes.  The lyrical content in this case is actually quite different from that featured in the band’s existing catalog.  While so much of the band’s catalog focuses largely on the issue of technology taking over the planet, this album seems less focused on that matter.  Right from the album’s opener, ‘Recode,’ the album seems more focused on general defiance and belief in self than on technology’s role in mankind’s fate.  Bell – again he recently parted ways with the band – goes so far as to sing in the song’s chorus, “Why deny life you dream about/Why deny your dream?”  Considering comments that Bell shared in recent interviews about his time with Fear Factory, audiences are left to wonder if these statements are somewhat autobiographical.  The mention of a generation being “left behind” and the encouragement to “open your eyes” serves even more, to bring about that sense of defiance.  It is a statement about taking control of one’s life.  That overarching theme continues through the album’s first few tracks just as clearly, too. 

On a separate note, ‘Manufactured Hope’ takes the band in another direction, though one that is still familiar within the hard rock and metal community.  In this case, Bell seems to take on the issue of religious hypocrisy.  This is inferred he Bell directly sings in the song’s chorus, “I am hypocrisy of faith/I will not believe/My mind will never be enslaved/I will not believe.”  His call of “ignore the facts in front of you/Deny the logic and the truth/Conform to mediocrity/You know it’s manufactured hope” in the song’s second verse serves just as much to infer the noted message.  He goes on to go so far as to note, “Faith is a weapon and a tool/Creating manufactured hope” makes the noted message seem even more the case.  Again, this is slightly new territory for Fear Factory, but not for the hard rock and metal communities.  That Bell and company would again, show that willingness to try something new at least for itself as a group, is welcome even in its larger familiarity.

‘End of Line’ meanwhile takes the band back to more familiar ground while also taking it in a slightly different direction again.  In this case, the song comes across lyrically as a sociopolitical statement about the state of the world today.  This is inferred right from the song’s lead verse and chorus as Bell sings, “Avoid the bloody streets/We’re living in domestic war/Gunmen in uniform/Murdering innocents at your door/This can’t be real/Assault on my senses/Depriving me of sanity/Fractured/Damned images/Praying for the final reckoning/End of life/End of time/End of line.”  The seeming message continues in the song’s second verse in which Bell sings, “Beaten to crush my soul/To silence me in shackled chains/Your lies like gasoline/Living every day in tragedy.”  All of this comes across as a commentary of sorts on police brutality.  That is just this critic’s interpretation.  It is inferred through the mention of armed gunmen at the door.  It conjures thoughts of what law enforcement officers did to Brianna Taylor.  The images being seen are in fact still damning.  It and so much more leaves many praying for the final reckoning.  The matter of being “beaten to crush my soul/To silence me in shackled chains” points even more toward the matter of police brutality, especially considering this year’s headlines.  Again, this is all this critic’s interpretation.  If in fact that is the case, then it is another example of how Fear Factory on this album, really strayed from its own norm and opted instead for something more widely accessible, lyrically speaking.  When it is considered along with the other lyrical themes noted here and the rest of the album’s lyrical themes, the whole makes clear why the album’s lyrical themes are so important to its presentation.  They are just a part of what makes the album interesting.  The musical arrangements that accompany the record’s lyrical themes are more familiar from the band and add to the record’s success.

While the lyrical content featured throughout Fear Factory’s new album finds the band seemingly move into new territory, the record’s musical arrangements keep the band in familiar territory.  From beginning to end, audiences will find that the arrangements pull from various points in the band’s catalog.  Right from the record’s outset, the band take audiences back to the sounds crafted for its 1998 album, Obsolete.  As the album progresses, the arrangements are more akin to works from The Industrialist, Genexus, and Archetype.  Simply put, the arrangements that are featured throughout the album are everything that audiences have come to expect from Fear Factory from one song to the next.  To that end, they will appeal easily to the band’s established audience base, and to more casual fans of the industrial metal realm.  Keeping that appeal in mind along with the interest that the album’s lyrical themes are sure to generate, the collective content goes a long way toward making the album successful.  Even with that in mind, there is still one more item to examine, that last being the record’s production.

The production that went into Aggression Continuum is important to examine because of how much is going on in each song.  The guitars and bass, each of which were recorded by Cazares, are so heavy and rich.  Bell’s vocals are just as powerful here as ever, too, as are the drums, which were handled by current drummer Mike Heller.  Considering the energy in each composition and the richness of each line, it would have been so easy for the songs to get bogged down in themselves, but thankfully that did not happen.  Rather, each line complimented the others.  The result is a record whose presentation succeeds just as much for its aesthetic value as for its content.  To that end, all things considered here make the album overall that much more certain of a success.

Fear Factory’s latest album, Aggression Continuum is a record that is certain to appeal mostly to the band’s established audiences, and just as much to casual industrial metal fans.  That is proven in part through the record’s lyrical themes.  The themes in question find the band seeming to go in a different direction at least for itself, than that for which it has been known.  By contrast, the musical arrangements featured throughout the record are more familiar from one to the next.  That familiarity, paired with the new direction taken in the song’s lyrical content, makes for plenty of interest here.  When the record’s production is taken into consideration, it puts the finishing touch to the presentation, ensuring the noted engagement and entertainment for the mentioned audiences even more.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make the album a work that regardless of the band’s fate from here, is mostly a success.

Aggression Continuum is available now. More information on Fear Factory’s new record is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Alien Weaponry Debuts ‘Hatupatu’ Video

Courtesy: Napalm Records

Alien Weaponry premiered the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single, ‘Hatupatu‘ Friday. The single is the third from the band’s new album, Tangaroa. The album, which is available now through Napalm Records, ahas also produced the singles, ‘Tangaroa‘ and ‘Buried Underground.’

The video for ‘Hatupatu’ features the band — Lewis de Jong, Henry de Jong, and Ethan Trembath — performing its new single in a forest setting as a young Maori warrior faces off a beast. The story of that young warrior is tied directly to the song’s lyrical content.

Henry de Jong talked about that lyrical content in a prepared statement.

“The story of ‘Hatupatu’ is one Lewis and I grew up with – our father was the first person to tell us as children,” he said. “Having a family connection with it only made creating a song more intriguing for us. Traditionally, Māori legends were passed down through families by re-telling them, not by having them written down in books. It only makes sense for us to be re-telling this story as our tūpuna (ancestors) did for generations. We cannot wait to share with the rest of the world.”

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Hatupatu’ is a heavy, rich, guitar-driven composition. Its sound and stylistic approach is similar to that of much of the songs from the band’s debut album, Tu.

In other news, Alien Weaponry is scheduled to launch a new tour alongside Gojira and Knocked Loose beginning Oct. 8 in Boise, ID. The tour features performances in cities, such as Asheville, NC; Cleveland, OH and Tucson, AZ.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

ALIEN WEAPONRY Tour Dates with Gojira & Knocked Loose:
^ = ALIEN WEAPONRY ONLY/HEADLINER


October 8 – Boise, ID @ Revolution Center
October 9 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock (festival)
October 11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Union
October 13 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
October 14 – Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
October 15 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
October 16 – Houston, TX @ Bronze Peacock @ House of Blues^
October 17 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre *SOLD OUT*
October 19 – Tampa, FL @ Jannus Live
October 20 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
October 22 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works *SOLD OUT*
October 23 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium *SOLD OUT*
October 25 – Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
October 26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus^
October 27 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
October 28 – Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory
October 29 – Cleveland, OH @ The Agora *SOLD OUT*
October 30 – Albany, NY @ Albany Capital Center
November 1 – Richmond, VA @ The National
November 2 – Knoxville, TN @ Civic Auditorium
November 3 – Chattanooga, TN @ The Signal *SOLD OUT*
November 5 – Madison, WI @ The Sylvee
November 6 – St. Louis, MO @ The Factory at The District
November 7 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ The Clyde Theatre
November 9 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line^
November 10 – Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge^
November 12 – Cincinnati, OH @ Madison Live^
November 13 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl^
November 14 – Daytona Beach, FL @ Welcome To Rockville (festival)
November 16 – Austin, TX @ 3 Ten @ ACL Live^
November 17 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill^
November 19 – Tucson, AZ @ Encore^
November 20 – Window Rock, AZ @ Navajo Nation^
November 21 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater^

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

Websitehttps://alienweaponry.com

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‘Tangaroa’ Shows Promise For Alien Weaponry’s Future

Courtesy: Napalm Records

Up-and-coming metal outfit Alien Weaponry is scheduled to release its sophomore album, Tangaroa Friday.  Set for release through Napalm Records, the 12-song record will come Friday more than three years after the release of its debut album, Tu.  The band’s forthcoming album is, for the most part, everything that audiences have come to expect from the band following the release of Tu, as is evidenced in the album’s already released singles.  At the same time, the album does show some growth from the band in its latest outing.  One of those points of growth is exhibited late in the album’s approximately hour-long run time in the form of ‘Crooked Monsters.’  This song will be discussed shortly.  The brooding ‘Unforgiving’ is another example of the growth that the band presents in its latest album.  It will be discussed a little later.  ‘Down The Rabbit Hole,’ which closes out the album, is yet another example of how the band has changed things up in its latest album.  It will also be discussed later.  All three songs noted here are important in their own right, as they show that audiences are not going to get completely the same thing as in the band’s debut album.  When they are considered along with the album’s more familiar content, the whole makes Tangaroa a mostly positive sophomore outing for Alien Weaponry.

Tangaroa is a strong second offering from the up-and-coming hard rock/metal band, Alien Weaponry.  The album’s strength comes through its familiar content, and through some content that exhibits a certain growth and development from the band.  ‘Crooked Monsters,’ which comes late in the album’s run, is just one of the songs that serves to support the noted statements.  ‘Crooked Monsters’ presents a deep, rich musical arrangement that is not just more of the Soulfly-esque content that made the band so popular in Tu.  In the case of this song, it comes across as a two-movement opus of sorts.  The nearly four-and-a-half-minute composition starts off in very brooding fashion with just the instruments doing the talking.  The subtlety in the drums as the song builds through the song’s first two minutes or so works with the equally subdued, contemplative guitars to fully immerse audiences in the song.  By the time front man Lewis De Jong comes in and adds in his vocal talents, the impact at that point hits even harder.  The pairing of his vocal delivery style here along with the instrumentation lends itself to comparison more to works from Crowbar than from Soulfly or even Sepultura.  It makes for an interesting moment.  It is just one part of what makes this song notable.  The song’s lyrical theme adds its own layer of interest to the presentation.

Much of the song’s lyrical content is difficult to decipher without lyrics to reference.  However from what can be deciphered, there are mentions throughout of items, such as anger felt inside, the sky falling, and trying to fill the void, while the “mind keeps playing every single day” would seem to hint that the song is focused on the familiar topic of mental health.  If indeed that is what the band is attempting to convey here, it has done so in a way that will definitely connect with listeners.  What’s more, it will hopefully help listeners get through their own struggles, again, if that is indeed what is being addressed here.  The pairing of that seeming message along with the song’s equally heavy (literally and figuratively) musical arrangement makes the song in whole even more engaging and entertaining and just one example of what makes Tangaroa stand apart from Tu.  It is just one of the songs that helps the album succeed.  ‘Unforgiving’ is another example of what makes Alien Weaponry’s new album stand out.

‘Unforgiving’ stands out in part because of its musical arrangement just as much as ‘Crooked Monsters.’  Clocking in at seven minutes, 11 seconds, it is the album’s longest song.  The subtle guitar line alongside the sound of thunder and falling rain as the arrangement opens lends itself lightly to comparison to works from Tool.  As the song progresses, it gradually builds, eventually reaching its peak more than four-and-a-half minutes in.  That gradual building is a reflection of the growing emotion felt by the song’s subject who is himself dealing with some heavy thoughts and emotions, once again.

In the case of this song, the thoughts and emotions come across as those related to depression.  This is inferred as De Jong sings that “The world keeps crashing down around me/Time and time again…When I look around to find that everything…is temporary…We are mortal beings…”  There is, again, much that is difficult to decipher here without lyrics to reference.  On a related note that is in fact partially because of the almost Kurt Cobain style of vocal delivery that De Jong uses as he sings.  It is that nearly indecipherable, semi-mumbling approach with slurring along the way that made Cobain such a unique vocalist.  Getting back on the matter at hand, the song’s lyrical content, at this point, hints relatively clearly at someone who is in a dark place.  That is even with what little is decipherable without lyrics to reference.  The vulnerability that De Jong and company show here, much as in ‘Crooked Monsters’ will connect with listeners in its own way.  That coupled with the unique musical arrangement here adds to the song’s impact.  The end result is that the song proves even more, the growth and change presented in Tangaroa.  It is just one more of the album’s most notable songs.  ‘Down The Rabbit Hole,’ which closes out the album, is yet another way in which Tangaroa proves mostly successful.

‘Down The Rabbit Hole’ presents one of many Soulfly-esque arrangements that flesh out the album.  In the case of each song (including this one) the arrangement still boasts its own unique arrangement.  The richness and heaviness exhibited throughout the arrangement makes it stand out.  Listeners can hear just as much of an influence from Sepultura (from Max Cavalera’s days as its front man) as from his work with Soulfly.  The thing is that even with those similarities in sound and style, the song still boasts its own work.  In other words the similarity is there, but it is not just a rip-off of any of the noted bands’ works.  As a matter of fact, at one point in the five-minute-plus song, it pulls back some and puts forward the slightest touch of what sounds and feels like a classic rock vibe.  Yes, that was really noted.  It is brief, but really makes things interesting in its own right.  The semi-jam session that breaks out in the song’s closing bars is interesting in its own right, too, showing even more, the originality in the song’s presentation.  All things considered, the arrangement in whole shows in its own way, the band’s growth.  When that is considered along with the song’s lyrical theme, the interest increases.

Once again, much of the song’s lyrical content is difficult to decipher sans lyrics to reference.  At the same time, just enough is understandable that listeners can infer that this song is a commentary about a relationship that has changed over time.  That mention of “you made me what I am” alongside so much else seems to push the song’s lyrical interpretation in that direction.  Additionally, the commentary that “You say you’ve changed/You say you’re sorry/But I can’t help but wonder/Looking back…Apologies/Only go so far/And yet I prosper” adds even more to that inference.  It would help make the song’s title make more sense.  Going down the rabbit hole here is going down the rabbit hole of what has happened in the relationship so to speak.  Again, this is just this critic’s own interpretation and should not be taken as the only interpretation.  Considering this inference and the song’s unique musical arrangement, the whole once again shows real change and willingness to try something different while also making sure the band doesn’t alienate its established audiences here.  When the song is considered along with the other songs examined here and the rest of the album’s entries, the whole of that content makes clear, the album is worth hearing and a mostly successful new offering from Alien Weapony.

Alien Weaponry’s sophomore album, Tangaroa, is an interesting new offering from the up-and-coming hard rock band.  That is proven through its musical and lyrical content alike.  The album offers its established audiences plenty of familiar content in both avenues as well as some new content that shows the band’s willingness to take some risks.  The two sides together make the album well worth hearing and a sign of the bands potential future.  Tangaroa is scheduled for release Friday through Napalm Records.

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

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Marc Rizzo Announces New Project, Solo Album, Live Dates; Group Debuts KISS Cover

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

Marc Rizzo has joined with two well-known friends to form a new band.

The announcement was made Thursday through a press release. Rizzo, Tony Campos (Static-X, Soulfly), and Christian “Opus” Lawrence (Dead By Wednesday, Ellefson) have formed the new super group, Hail The Horns. The group premiered the lyric video for its cover of KISS’ song, ‘God Of Thunder’ Tuesday.

The video features the original song’s lyrics over imagers of skulls and occasional shots of the band. The band’s take on the original song is a presentation that audiences will find interesting. That is due to the stark contrast of the homage that the instrumentation pays to the original work against Campos’ heavy vocals. Campos’ vocals are far heavier and gritter than those of Gene Simmons, who provided vocals to the original song.

In related news, Hail The Horns has announced a brief tour in November. The brief Midwest tour is scheduled to run from Nov. 18 in Lombard, IL to Nov. 21 in Braidwood, IL, with performances in Fort Wayne, IN and Des Moines, IA in between. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

The group have announced Midwest tour dates for November 2021:
Nov 18 – Lombard, IL – Brauerhouse
Nov 19 – Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s
Nov 20 – Des Moines, IA – Venue TBA
Nov 21 – Braidwood, IL – Top Fuel Saloon
More dates to be announced!

In other news, Rizzo is scheduled to release his first ever hits compilation, Living Shred Vol. 1 Sept. 10 through Godsize Records. The 11-song record will pull songs from all four of Rizzo’s solo albums.

Rizzo’s tour dates with Hail the Horns are not his only live dates scheduled this year. He is also scheduled to tour with Whiskeydick this month. The band’s tour dates are noted below.

Catch Rizzo Solo on tour this August with WHISKEYDICK :
August 13 – Sioux Falls, SD – Big’s Bar w/ Enuff Z’Nuff
August 14 – New Market, MN – The Doublewide
August 15 – Green Bay, WI – Old School Bar
August 16 – Pekin, IL – Twisted Spoke Saloon
August 17 – Braidwood, IL – Top Fuel Saloon
August 18 – Lombard, IL – Brauerhouse
August 19 – Kansas City, MO – The Westport Saloon
August 20 – Durham, CT -Soft Tail Saloon
August 21 – Syracuse, NY – Outdoor Event
August 24 – Denver, CO – Lion’s Lair
August 25 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Triple Nickel
August 26 – Amarillo, TX – Zombiez
August 27 – Fort Worth, TX – The Rail Club

In other touring news, Rizzo was originally scheduled to tour with Soulfly. However an announcement from Nuclear Blast Records Thursday revealed that Fear Factory founding guitarist Dino Cazares has allegedly taken Rizzo’s place on the tour. The announcement offered no explanation as to whether Cazares was replacing Rizzo and whether Rizzo is still a member of Soulfly.

When he was asked about that matter, Rizzo offered the following brief statement:

“I’m super excited to move foward with my solo project, Hail the Horns, and Revenge Beast!!! These last few years have been too much of a stress on my life and being home this past year focusing on my projects has been super healthy for me. Much love to all the fans and I can’t wait to hang with you guys after my shows and talk more in person!!

More information on Rizzo’s new band is available along with all of its and his latest news at:

Website: https://www.hailthehorns.com

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

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Dino Cazares Joining Soulfly For Upcoming Tour

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Soulfly is getting a helping hand from a big name for its upcoming tour.

The band made the announcement Thursday through a news release. The document states Fear Factory guitarist and founding member Dino Cazares is joining Soulfly for its upcoming North American tour. The press release announcing Cazares’ addition to the band’s lineup gave no reason for his replacement of guitarist Marc Rizzo.

The 33-date tour, which was originally announced in June, is scheduled to launch Aug. 20 in Albuquerque, NM and to run through Sept. 25 in Tempe, AZ. The upcoming tour also features performances in cities nationwide, such as Providence, RI; Houston, TX and Atlanta, GA. Niviane and Suicide Puppets are scheduled to share time as support throughout the tour.

Soulfly front man Max Cavalera spoke highly of Cazares as he discussed Cazares joining the band’s lineup for the tour.

“I’m very excited to be sharing the stage with Dino,” said Cavalera. “He is a true OG riff master, It’s going to sound heavier than Soulfly has ever sounded before! Dino’s legendary Fear Factory crunch guitar sound mixed with Soulfly is going to sound insane.”

Cazares shared Cavalera’s excitement for joining the band on the road through his own comments.

“Over the past 30 years, I’ve guested on a few of Max’s projects and jumped on stage whenever and wherever I could,” he said. “Now it’s a great honor to be doing this tour alongside Max as the second guitarist. It’s going to be amazing for all the fans to see the two of us playing a selection of Soulfly songs and a few familiar extras. Much respect to Max and his family –  thank you for always making me feel at home with the Soulfly Tribe.

Additionally, Cazares recalled warmly, his first meeting between himself and Cavalera.

“The first time I met Max in 1991, I knew we were going to be long-time friends,” said Cazares. “I was standing at the bar, he grabbed my arm and yelled ‘Papa Capado.’ I was like ‘who the F@#% are you? He said “I’m Max’ and from there we just hit it off. That same night I played him the Fear Factory demo tape on his cassette Walkman in his hotel room while we were attending a music convention in Los Angeles. He liked it so much that he wouldn’t give it back, so I had to wrestle him and take it out of his walkman, haha. It was my only copy.

Added Cazares, “Max told Monte Conner, the A&R director from Roadrunner Records, that we had a new demo that he needed to check out, so our manager at the time sent our demo to Monte after many labels turned us down. The rest is history.”

The schedule for Soulfly’s upcoming tour is noted below. Tickets are available here.

Confirmed dates for the Soulfly’s US Tour are:

8/20/2021  Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM **
8/21/2021  Marquis Theater – Denver, CO **
8/22/2021  Sunshine Studios – Colorado Springs, CO **
8/24/2021  Wave Outdoors – Wichita, KS **
8/25/2021  The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS **
8/26/2021  Red Flag – St. Louis, MO **
8/27/2021  Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, IN **
8/28/2021  Metal In The Mountains @ Pipestem Event Center – Pipestem, WV **
8/29/2021  Skully’s – Columbus, OH **
8/30/2021  Rec Room – Buffalo, NY **
8/31/2021  Crafthouse – Pittsburgh, PA **
9/01/2021  Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY **
9/02/2021  Alchemy – Providence, RI **
9/03/2021  Alchemy – Providence, RI **
9/04/2021  The Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY ^
9/05/2021  Diesel Concert Lounge – Chesterfield, MI ^
9/06/2021  WC Social Club – West Chicago, IL ^
9/07/2021  Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN ^
9/08/2021  Diamond Pub Concert Hall – Louisville, KY ^
9/09/2021  Zydeco – Birmingham, AL ^
9/11/2021  Warlando Festival – Orlando, FL *
9/12/2021  Hell @ The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA ^
9/14/2021  Scout Bar – Houston, TX ^
9/15/2021  Come and Take It Live – Austin, TX ^
9/16/2021  Trees – Dallas, TX ^
9/17/2021  Country River Club – Tyler, TX ^
9/18/2021  Vibes Event Center – San Antonio, TX ^
9/19/2021  Rockhouse Bar & Grill – El Paso, TX^
9/21/2021  Encore – Tucson, AZ *
9/22/2021  Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA *
9/23/2021  Alex’s Bar – Long Beach, CA *
9/24/2021 The Whisky – Los Angeles, CA  *
9/25/2021 Marquee Theater – Tempe, AZ+
* = No Support
** – 8/20 – 9/3 – NIVIANE
^ – 9/4 – 9/19 – SUICIDE PUPPETS
+ – With INCITEGO AHEAD & DIE, HEALING MAGIC

Soulfly’s upcoming live dates are in support of its latest album, Ritual and its latest EP, Live Ritual NYC MMXIX. Cavalera announced in January, that he is working on Soulfly’s next album, but has offered no update on the album’s progress in the months since.

More information on Soulfly’s next record is available along with all of Soulfly’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.soulfly.com

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Alien Weaponry Announces New Album’s Release Date, Specs; Premieres Album’s Lead Single, Video; Announces New Tour Dates

Courtesy: Napalm Records

Alien Weaponry will release its sophomore album this fall.

The band made the announcement Wednesday through a news release distributed to the media. The document states the band will release its new album, Tangaroa Sept. 17 through Napalm Records. Its release will come more than two years after the release of the band’s debut album, Tu, which was also released through Napalm Records.

Front man Lewis De Jong offered brief explanation about the album during a recent interview that the band held.

“The album is drawn from some new experiences we’ve had as well as some ancient Māori tales,” he said. “I think we have stepped things up from the last album.”

De Jong’s brother Henry expanded on those comments, noting that the songs featured in the band’s new album “are about some of our first tūpuna (ancestors) who were here in Āotearoa (New Zealand).”

Added De Jong, one of those figures is “Hatupatu, who is very famous in Māori history, as well as Īhenga, who named a number of places in Āotearoa during his travels.”

The album will be available on a variety of platforms noted below.

Tangaroa will be available in North America in the following formats:
-4 page CD Digipack
-4 page CD Digipack + Patch
-2LP Gatefold Black
-2LP Gatefold Turquoise
-2LP Gatefold Marble Light Blue/Cream (Napalm Mailorder only – limited to 500)
-2LP Gatefold Marble Orange/Transparent Black (Napalm Mailorder only – limited to 500)
-Wooden Box Edition: CD Digipack, pendant, patch, cover flag, canvas tote bag (Napalm Mailorder only – limited to 500)
-Die-Hard Edition: 2LP Gatefold Marble Crystal Clear/Curacao, hand numbered with guitar pic set and back patch (Napalm Mailorder only – limited to 400)
-Digital Album

The record’s track listing is also noted below.

Tangaroatracklisting:
1. Titokowaru
2. Hatupatu
3. Ahi Kā
4. Tangaroa
5. Unforgiving
6. Blinded
7. Kai Whatu
8. Crooked Monsters
9. Buried Underground
10. Dad
11. Īhenga
12. Down The Rabbit Hole

In anticipation of the album’s release, the band debuted the record’s debut single — its title track — and the song’s companion video Wednesday. The song is an environmentally conscious work, according to the De Jong brothers.

Said Lewis about the song, “We decided to write this song about how the ocean is being suffocated by humans and their waste. The ocean is an important part of my life, and it’s important to protect it.”

Henry added, “‘Tangaroa’ is a heavy and angry message about how we are destroying the ocean with pollution and overfishing. The video ties in with this message, with us drowning in plastic conveying the struggle of ocean life.”

The musical arrangement that is featured in the song will appeal to Alien Weaponry’s established audience base. That is due to the heaviness and fury in its sound and stylistic approach. It is just as similar in that sound and stylistic approach to works from Sepultura and Soulfly as the songs featured in Tu.

In other news, Alien Weaponry also announced a new tour in support of its new album. The tour is scheduled to launch Oct. 9 in Sacramento, CA and to run through Oct. 29 in Cleveland, OH. The nearly month-long tour features performances in cities, such as Asheville, NC; Oklahoma City, OK and Cleveland, OH.

The band’s tour schedule is noted below.

October 9 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock (festival)
October 11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Union
October 13 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
October 14 – Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
October 15 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
October 17 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre
October 19 – Tampa, FL @ Jannus Live
October 20 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
October 22 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
October 23 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
October 25 – Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
October 27 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
October 28 – Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory
October 29 – Cleveland, OH @ The Agora

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

Websitehttps://alienweaponry.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/AlienWeaponry

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/AlienWeaponry

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Soulfly Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Soulfly is headed back on the road.

The made the announcement Thursday through a news release distributed to the media. The tour is scheduled to launch Aug. 20 in Albuquerque, NM and to run through Sept. 24 in Los Angeles, CA. It features performances in cities, such as Atlanta, GA; Indianapolis, IN and Dallas, TX.

Front man and founder Max Cavalera said in a prepared statement, he and his band mates are looking forward to get back in front of audiences.

“Hello SoulflyTribe! We are finally heading back on the road in the US,” he said. “After being isolated by the pandemic we are ready to let it all out in the mosh pit with the Tribe! All the anger, frustration, and passion will come out of all of us with a killer new setlist and probably a new song from our 12th studio album! So let’s get ready to pit and destroy this fucking place. As always, fuck shit up and bring the shot. We cannot wait.”

Niviane and Suicide Puppets will share time as support throughout the tour. Tickets for most of the shows are on sale. Tickets for the Denver and New York shows go on sale at noon ET today.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Confirmed dates for the SOULFLY‘s US Tour are:

8/20/2021  Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM **
8/21/2021  Marquis Theater – Denver, CO **
8/22/2021  Sunshine Studios – Colorado Springs, CO **
8/24/2021  Wave Outdoors – Wichita, KS **
8/25/2021  The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS **
8/26/2021  Red Flag – St. Louis, MO **
8/27/2021  Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, IN **
8/28/2021  Metal In The Mountains @ Pipestem Event Center – Pipestem, WV **
8/29/2021  Skully’s – Columbus, OH **
8/30/2021  Rec Room – Buffalo, NY **
8/31/2021  Crafthouse – Pittsburgh, PA **
9/01/2021  Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY **
9/02/2021  Alchemy – Providence, RI **
9/03/2021  Alchemy – Providence, RI **
9/04/2021  The Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY ^
9/05/2021  Diesel Concert Lounge – Chesterfield, MI ^
9/06/2021  WC Social Club – West Chicago, IL ^
9/07/2021  Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN ^
9/08/2021  Diamond Pub Concert Hall – Louisville, KY ^
9/09/2021  Zydeco – Birmingham, AL ^
9/11/2021  Warlando Festival – Orlando, FL *
9/12/2021  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA ^
9/14/2021  Scout Bar – Houston, TX ^
9/15/2021  Come and Take It Live – Austin, TX ^
9/16/2021  Trees – Dallas, TX ^
9/17/2021  Country River Club – Tyler, TX ^
9/18/2021  Vibes Event Center – San Antonio, TX ^
9/19/2021  Rockhouse Bar & Grill – El Paso, TX^
9/21/2021  Encore – Tucson, AZ *
9/22/2021  Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA *
9/23/2021  Alex’s Bar – Long Beach, CA *
9/24/2021 The Whisky – Los Angeles, CA  *
* = No Support
** – 8/20 – 9/3 – NIVIANE
^ – 9/4 – 9/19 – SUICIDE PUPPETS

Cavalera announced in January that the band had returned to the studio to work on its next album. He had the following to say of the work on the band’s new album:

“I’ve been working on this record with my son, Zyon, since June of last year,” he said. “We are in the studio now with producer Arthur Rizk, creating a really wild record. Expect the unexpected! No rules, no limits, not holding anything back, just pure SOULFLY!”

More information on Soulfly’s next record is available along with all of Soulfly’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.soulfly.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/SoulflyOfficial

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheSoulflyTribe

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Soulfly Working On Its Next Album

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Soulfly is officially back in the studio.

The announcement was made Friday through a news release distributed to the media. The document states the band is now working on the follow-up to its 2018 album Ritual. Additionally, it states the band is working with producer Arthur Rizk (Cavalera Conspiracy, Code Orange, Power trip) on the album. Expectations are that the album will release in late 2021.

According to front man Max Cavalera, work on the album was already underway prior to getting back into the studio.

“I’ve been working on this record with my son, Zyon, since June of last year,” he said. “We are in the studio now with producer Arthur Rizk, creating a really wild record. Expect the unexpected! No rules, no limits, not holding anything back, just pure SOULFLY!”

More information on Soulfly’s next record is available along with all of Soulfly’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.soulfly.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/SoulflyOfficial

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheSoulflyTribe

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Woyote To Debut New Single, Video Friday; Announces New Vocalist

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

Independent hard rock band Woyote made a big announcement this week.

The band announced it will release its new single this week and that it has a new, well-known front man.  The band announced it will release its new single ‘Alternate Reality’ Friday through Intercept Music, and that now handling vocals for the band is none other than Gemini Syndrome front man Aaron Nordstrom.

Woyote founding member Mikey Doling (Soulfly, Snot, Channel Zero) confirmed in a prepared statement that the video for the band’s new single will be a lyric video.

“Being that there are travel limitations these days we decided that the lyric video was the way to go on this release,” he said.

Woyote is the brainchild of Doling.  He is joined by — Quentin Cornet (guitar), Jari De Roover (guitar), Sebastiaan Verhoeven (bass) and Charles Degolla (drums) — to round out the band’s lineup.  The band released its debut single ‘The Hard Way‘ early this year.  It was followed by the debut of two more singles, ‘Way of the Wolf‘ and ‘And You Know.’

Information provided by the band about its new single and front man does not identity the band’s original front man, who performed on the noted singles, but does note that after working with the unidentified vocalist, Doling felt it necessary to move in a different direction, leading to the connection with Nordstrom.  The information stresses that even with his new duties, Nordstrom is still fronting Gemini Syndrome along with this new project.

Nordstrom himself stressed he has no intention of leaving his post with Gemini Syndrome in his own statement.

“You never know when your time is up so I plan on doing as much as I can, and I am very excited about being a part of Woyote!,” he said.

The noted provided information states that Doling and Nordstrom have known each other for approximately 12 years, and that Doling previously produced records by Gemini Syndrome.

More information on Woyote’s new single and front man is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://woyote-official.com

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

 

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Mark Morton Plots Release Of New EP, ‘Ether’

Courtesy: Rise Records/BMG

Mark Morton has another record on the way.

Morton, who spends most of his time with metal outfit Lamb of God, is scheduled to release his new EP Ether in January through Rise Records/BMG. The EP’s release date will be announced soon. The five-track record’s lead single ‘All I Had To Lose,’ which features a guest appearance by Mark Morales (Sons of Texas) is scheduled to debut Jan. 10.

The EP’s release comes almost a year after the release of his solo debut Anasthetic, which was released March 1 through Spinefarm Records.

Morton talked about the EP’s impending release in a recent interview.

“I’m thrilled to announce the upcoming release of my new, five-song EP Ether on Rise Records!,” he said.  “Once again I’ve had the great pleasure of working with some amazingly talented artists and friends to assemble this collection of tunes, all of which feature a strong acoustic guitar component.  Inspired by the acoustic sets I had the opportunity to perform last spring and summer in support of Anasthetic, I began writing some new songs to reflect that more mellow vibe.  I’m stoked with the results and I can’t wait for everyone to hear what we’ve been putting together.  I’ll be debuting these tunes on my upcoming U.K. acoustic tour, so you can hear them live before they’re released anywhere else!”

Morton also discussed working with Morales and the EP’s other guests — Lizzy Hale, John Carbone and Howard Jones — on the EP.

“I continue to be honored to have the chance to work with so many incredibly talented people and I remain beyond grateful to the fans that have come alongwith me and supported these projects.  Thanks so much, everyone!”

Ether‘s track listing is noted below.  The record was produced by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Soulfly, Gojira).

Ether tracklisting:
1. All I Had To Lose (featuring Mark Morales)
2. The Fight (featuring John Carbone)
3. She Talks To Angels (featuring Lzzy Hale)
4. Love My Enemy (featuring Howard Jones)
5. Black (featuring Mark Morales)

The U.K. dates that Morton mentioned are listed below.

MARK MORTON UK tour dates:
1/8 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
1/9 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 3
1/10 – Glasgow, UK @ Cathouse
1/11 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy 2
1/12 – London, UK @ Camden Underworld

More information on Morton’s new EP, tour dates and more is available online at:

 

Websitehttp://markmortonmusic.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/markmortonmusic

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/MarkDuaneMorton

 

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