INK, FATN Partnering For “March Into Madness Tour”

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Ice Nine Kills announced a new slate of live dates this week.

The band announced on Thursday, that it will launch the “March Into Madness Tour” on March 27 in Syracuse, NY alongside From Ashes To New.  The tour is scheduled to run through April 18 in Colorado Springs, CO.  Its current schedule is noted below.

TOUR DATES:
ICE NINE KILLS, FROM ASHES TO NEW, PALISADES + AFTERLIFE:

3/27 — Syracuse, NY — Lost Horizon
3/28 — Pittsburgh, PA — Rex Theater
3/29 — Grand Rapids, MI — Elevation
3/30 — Angola, IN — Eclectic Room
3/31 — Belvedere, IL — Apollo Theater
4/2 — St. Louis, MO — Ready Room
4/3 — Springfield, MO — The Riff
4/4 — Oklahoma City, OK — Diamond Ballroom
4/6 — Champaign, IL — City Center
4/9 — Nashville, TN — Cannery
4/10 — Johnson City, TN — Capone’s
4/11 — Richmond, VA — Canal Club
4/12 — Greenville, SC — The Firmament
4/13 — Jacksonville, NC — Hooligans
4/15 — Dallas, TX — 2513 Deep Ellum
4/17 — Lubbock, TX — Jakes
4/18 — Colorado Springs, CO — Black Sheep

Palisades, Afterlife and Hawk will serve as support throughout the course of the tour, which is in support of Ice Nine Kills’ latest full-length studio recording The Silver Scream.  It has so far, produced the singles ‘American Nightmare,’ ‘Thank God It’s Friday,’ ‘A Grave Mistake‘ and ‘Stabbing in the Dark.’

INK front man Spencer Charnas said in a recent interview, that he was looking forward to the tour.

“We have been itching to get back on the road and play the most requested songs from The Silver Scream,” Charnas said.  “The fans can be sure that INK and FATN have some killer surprises up our sleeves for a tour that will most certainly be remembered.”

From Ashes To New front man Matt Brandyberry shared Charnas’ anticipation.

“Spencer and I have been talking about FATN and INK getting together for a tour for a few years now,” Brandyberry said.  “Now the stars have aligned and we’re able to bring it to life.  this tour is going to be beyond sick!”

From Ashes To New’s upcoming live performances are in support of its most recent album, 2018’s The Future.  The album produced the hit singles ‘Crazy‘ and ‘Broken.’

More information on Ice Nine Kills’ upcoming dates, its new album, videos and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://iceninekills.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ICENINEKILLS

 

More information on From Ashes To New is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.fromashestonew.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/FromAshesToNew

 

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Nonpoint Debuts ‘Wheel Against Will’ Video

Courtesy: Spinefarm Records

Nonpoint released its latest music video this week.

The band debuted the video for its latest single ‘Wheel Against Will‘ on Wednesday. The song is the fourth single to be released from the band’s new album X since the album’s release on Aug. 24 via Spinefarm Records.

The band debuted the album’s first two singles, ‘Chaos & Earthquakes‘ and ‘Dodge Your Destiny‘ in June. The album’s third single ‘Fix This‘ debuted only weeks later in July via Loudwire, while the official video for ‘Chaos & Earthquakes’ followed in August.

The new ‘Wheel Against Will’ video places the up-tempo opus and its seeming sociopolitical commentary against a visualization of the band at work in the studio.  Mixed into the video is footage of front man Elias Soriano up close and personal reciting the song’s lyrics while friends recite the song’s chorus and drummer Robb Rivera practices his part in what looks like a hotel room.

Eagle-eyed audiences will note Rivera sporting a Machine Head pullover in some of the scenes as a bonus of sorts.  It is not known if these scenes were shot before or after Machine Head announced its breakup over the summer.

Nonpoint is currently wrapping its tour with P.O.D., which is touring in support of its own new album, Circles.  The remaining live dates on the bands’ tour are noted below.

NONPOINT ON TOUR:
12/11: Lynchburg, VA @ Phase 2
12/12: Greensboro, NC @ Cone Denim
12/14: Destin, FL @ Radio Show Club LA

More information on Nonpoint’s new video is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.nonpoint.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/nonpoint

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Atreyu Leaves A Positive, Lasting Impact With ‘In Our Wake’

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Veteran metalcore band Atreyu is wrapping up the current leg of its North American tour in support of its current album In Our Wake.  The band’s tour is currently scheduled to wrap Dec. 13 in Anaheim, California before the band takes some time to rest and recharge for the annual Shiprocked cruise that launches Jan. 26 from Galveston, Texas.  While the band’s current tour schedule is winding down, audiences can still hear the band’s new album when they order it or buy it in store.  The 10-song record is a record worth hearing, too, whether one is a longtime fan of the Orange County, CA-based band or just a metalcore fan in general.  That is proven in part through the album’s opener/title track.  ‘The Time Is Now,’ which also comes relatively early in the album’s run, also supports that statement, both musically and lyrically.  ‘Safety Pin,’ which comes later in the record’s run, is yet another of the works featured in this album that exhibits the album’s strengths, and is certainly not the last of the songs featured throughout the 45-minute record that makes the album so appealing.  Any of the other works included in the album can just as easily be cited in showing the album’s strengths.  Between those songs and the works more directly noted here, the album in whole proves to be another positive offering from Atreyu that will appeal just as much to the band’s fans as it will metalcore fans.

Atreyu’s latest full-length studio recording In Our Wake is another strong new offering from the veteran metalcore outfit that is certain to appeal just as much to the band’s most devoted fans as it will metalcore fans in general.  As the album’s title notes, its songs are works that look back on life in all of its positives and negatives, examining those outcomes.  Those ruminations make for a record to which plenty of audiences will be able to relate.  The album’s opener/title track is just one of the songs that serves to support those statements.  That is proven in part through the song’s musical arrangement, which is a radio-ready metalcore arrangement that instantly lends itself to comparisons with other similar acts, such as Ice Nine Kills, Set It Off and Bullet For My Valentine, just to name a few.  The more upbeat, melodic metalcore style here is driven by the time keeping of drummer Brandon Saller, who keeps the song moving forward solidly throughout the three-minute-plus opus.  The dual guitar approach of Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel strengthens the foundation formed by Saller while front man Alex Varkatzas and bassist Porter McKnight put the finishing touch to the work.  The arrangement’s brooding sound is a good compliment to the song’s lyrical content, which finds Varkatzas asking outright, “Who will we leave in our wake?”  That opening line leads to an even deeper introspective presentation that is certain to generate plenty of discussion among listeners.

Varkatzas asks in the song’s lead verse, “Could I be more than flesh/Can I leave more than bones/Will these words have an impact/Can they be carved into stone/Force yourself to remember/Or choose to forget/You can leave this world as a lion/Or just fall asleep in it.”  This is someone asking, ‘what will I leave behind when I am gone?’ before going on to remind listeners that they can do one of two things – make the most of life or let it pass them by.  This is emphasized in the song’s second verse, in which Varkatzas sings, “We break like the ocean/We rise like the tide/We drown in emotion but reach for the sky/We’re moving the mountains/We’re making a change/Drink youth from the fountain before it’s too late.”  Again, this is the song’s subject reminding listeners that if they want to leave a positive, lasting legacy, then they need to make the most of life.  That way, those who we leave in our wake will have been impacted positively by us during our lives and theirs.  It is actually a very deep and positive lyrical concept.  When it is coupled with the song’s noted introspective musical arrangement, the whole proves to be a strong start for In Our Wake and just one of the album’s works that proves the album’s appeal.  Just as positive an addition to the record’s whole is ‘The Time Is Now.’

‘The Time Is Now’ is one of the best, if not the best addition to In Our Wake.  That is due in part to the song’s arrangement, which expertly balances the talents of each band member for a work that is certain to become a fan favorite both on record and in person.  Saller’s pulsing drum line immediately conjures thoughts of an audience pumping its fists collectively in the air as it sings along to Varkatzas’ singing while Jacobs and Miguel’s infectious guitar line couples with McKnight’s bass line.  The whole of the band’s lines creates a nearly three-and-a-half minute opus that moves fluidly from start to finish.  It is so enjoyable that it feels like it ends before it should.  That is meant in the best way possible.  Simply put, it leaves listeners wanting more in the best way possible.  It is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  The song’s uplifting lyrical content couples with the musical arrangement to make it even more appealing for audiences

The lyrical theme at the center of ‘The Time Is Now’ is another statement that centers on someone celebrating life.  This is inferred as Varkatzas sings in the song’s lead verse, “Here at the starting line/Never-ending race/What I’ve got inside is commonplace/I’ve been dreaming ‘bout/Hope for better days/Time for dreaming’s done/Time to face the sun.”  Right off the bat here, Varkatzas is singing (seemingly) about someone who wants to make the most of life, singing, “Time for dreaming’s done/Time to face the sun.”  This inference is strengthened even more as he goes on to sing in the song’s chorus, “Flying high above the world/It’s a new life/It’s a new mind/And I will never fall.”  This is a statement of optimism, flat-out.  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “I cannot stop/See another way/Am I looking for another cheap escape/I’ve been pushing forward/Crushing everything/It’s a push and pull/It’s a give and take.”  From there, he goes on to reprise the chorus, yet again emphasizing that positive outlook on life.  It’s a view that continues on through the second half of the song, right to its finale.  That positive lyrical theme, coupled with the song’s infectious musical arrangement is certain to put a bright smile on any listener’s face while proving once again its strength, and even more, the strength of In Our Wake.  Even with that strength noted, it still is not the last of the album’s most notable additions.  ‘Safety Pin’ is yet another important addition to In Our Wake.  It shows the other side of the noted ruminations on the impact that we and others have on one another, and does so in quite the fiery fashion.

Unlike ‘The Time Is Now’ and ‘In Our Wake,’ ‘Safety Pin’ is a fiery work that addresses the negative impact that another has had on someone else.  As with the album’s other works, this song’s arrangement is more of a melodic metalcore style work than standard screamo-style work in regards to its musical arrangement.  It is an upbeat work, yet maintains a certain middle ground that helps to illustrate the song’s lyrical content.  That content seems to focus on some wrong that has been done to the song’s subject.  That alleged wrongdoing has not beaten the song’s subject, though.  This is proven as Varkatzas sings, “I can feel you in the back of my skull/On my best days/Worst ways/I don’t wanna talk about it/I can see you waiting for me to fall/Casting black rays, wasting/I don’t wanna talk about it/I won’t let you in/No, I won’t let you in/I will rise to walk again/I won’t keep on listening/The sorrow, I won’t let it in/My life held by a safety pin.”  This comes across as the song’s subject saying life is fragile and he/she is not going to let another’s wrongdoing take advantage of that fragility, but rather will push on.  This is inferred even more as Varkatzas sings in the song’s second verse, “try to cut me from a walk to a crawl/I will get up, stand up/And now I wanna talk about it/Try to break me/I can still take a shot/I will wake up, stay up/Now I wanna talk about it/Let’s f***ing talk about it.”  That defiant declaration leads to a reprise of the song’s chorus, which again strengthens that sense of defiant optimism against life’s negativity.  It is another way in which the album addresses the question of who we will leave in our wake and how they will be left, just in a different fashion from the other noted songs.  When it is considered along with those other songs – both those noted here and those not directly noted – the whole of the album becomes a record that sends an important message, and hopefully leaves listeners contemplating a lot of things in their own lives.  To that end, this record is both musically and lyrically a solid new offering from Atreyu that is certain to appeal just as much to the band’s most devoted fan base as it will to metalcore fans in general.

Atreyu’s latest full-length studio recording In Our Wake is a strong new offering that is certain to appeal just as much to the band’s most devoted audiences as to metalcore fans in general.  As has been noted above, that is due in part to the album’s overall theme of considering the impacts of our and others’ actions on one another throughout life.  Thus the title, In Our Wake.  It presents that theme in plenty of varying ways from start to finish as has been pointed out in the discussions presented here.  When those discussions are coupled with those that will be generated from examining the album’s other songs, the end result is a record that listeners will agree, is a welcome return from Atreyu.  It is available now.  More information on In Our Wake is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.atreyuofficial.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/atreyuofficial

 

 

 

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Sleep Signals Touring With Memphis May Fire, Ice Nine Kills As Support For Atreyu’s “In Our Wake” Tour

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

Sleep Signals has hit the road with Atreyu for its “In Our Wake” tour.

The band is serving as support for Atreyu for the tour, which launched Friday and is currently scheduled to run through Dec. 13 in Anaheim, California.  Also joining the tour as support are Memphis May Fire and Ice Nine Kills.

Sleep Signals is touring in support of its most recent release, its six-song EP At The End of the World, which was released independently  by the band on Sept. 8, 2017.  The band recently premiered the video for the EP’s latest single, ‘Edge of My Sanity.’ The song is streaming now via Spotify.

The schedule for Atreyu’s “In Our Wake” tour is noted below.  The tour is sponsored by Monster Energy and Spinefarm Records.  Tickets for Sleep Signals’ dates are available here.

Dates with Atreyu, Memphis May Fire, Ice Nine Kills:

11.9 Phoenix, AZ The Van Buren
11.10 Albuquerque, NM El Rey Theater
11.12 San Antonio, TX The Aztec Theatre
11.13 Houston, TX House of Blues
11.14 Baton Rouge, LA The Varsity Theater
11.16 Fort Lauderdale, FL Revolution Live
11.17 Tampa, FL The Ritz
11/18 Destin, FL Club L.A.
11.19 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theater
11.20 Greensboro, NC The Cone Denim Entertainment Center
11.21 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Sound Stage
11.23 Harrisburg, PA Capitol Room
11.24 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
11.25 Boston, MA Paradise
11.27 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
11.28 Rochester, NY Anthology
11.30 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre
12.1 Fort Wayne, IN Pierre’s
12.2 Chicago, IL House of Blues
12.4 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
12.5 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
12.7 Seattle, WA El Corazon
12.8 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
12.10 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
12.11 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
12.12 San Diego, CA House of Blues
12.13 Anaheim, CA House of Blues

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Website: http://sleepsignals.net

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/sleepsignals

 

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Anti-Flag Debuts Video For ‘For What It’s Worth’ Cover

Courtesy: Spinefarm Records

Punk band Anti-Flag has debuted the video for its cover of Buffalo Springfield’s fame protest song ‘For What It’s Worth.’

The video, which originally debuted online at Democracy Now!, presents the band’s slightly amped up take on the classic tune alongside live footage of the band from its 2018 European tour, the March For Our Lives and images of firearms with statistics about gun violence in America.  It is a partnership with Everytown, “a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities.”

Anti-Flag’s cover of ‘For What It’s Worth’ is included in the band’s forthcoming album American Reckoning, which is currently scheduled to be released Sept. 28 via Spinefarm Records.

The record, which was mixed and mastered by Justin Francis, features acoustic re-workings of songs from the band’s previous two albums American Spring (2015) and American Fall (2017) along with a handful of covers including this song.  Pre-orders are open now.  The record’s full track listing is noted below.

 American Reckoning Track Listing
1. The Debate Is Over (If You Want It)
2. Trouble Follows Me
3. American Attraction
4. When The Wall Falls
5. Racists
6. Set Yourself On Fire
7. Brandenburg Gate
8. Gimme Some Truth (John Lennon cover)
9. For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield cover)
10. Surrender (Cheap Trick cover)

The band explained in a written statement that while this is the first time that the band has covered ‘For What It’s Worth’ in whole, it’s not the first time that it has used elements of the song in its music.

“Inspiration and the energy to keep fighting for social and economic justice comes in all forms,” the band said.  “Many would not expect a punk rock band to take an inspiration from an artist like Buffalo Springfield, but they’d be wrong.  We have been influenced by the power of this song for years.  We have used portions of the groove and drum beat on Anti-Flag records, and now have created this version of the song.”

Additionally, the band praised Democracy Now! for its part in premiering the its new video.

“To premiere this video via Democracy Now! is an absolute honor and privilege,” the band said.  “When people ask us how they can become informed, be better citizens of the world, find news predicated upon empathy and the truth, we tell them to listen to Democracy Now!  To be featured on this life-changing and undeniable for for truth and positive change in the world is incredibly special to our band.”

Anti-flag is touring now with Rise Against and AFI.  The band will launch a UK/European tour this fall with Silverstein, Cancer Bats and Worriers.  The tour will include two ANTIfest indoor shows,  The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

Courtesy: Spinefarm Records/Brixton Agency

Tour Dates:
9/15 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amp^
9/16 – Salt Lake City, UT – Complex^
9/17 – Boise, ID – Revolution^
9/19 – Bozeman, MT – Brick Breeden Fieldhouse^
9/20 – Calgary, AB – Grey Eagle^
9/21 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Expo Center^
9/23 – Vancouver, BC – PNE Forum^
9/24 – Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater^
9/25 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom^
9/27 – Reno, NV @ Cargo Concert Hall
9/28 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
9/29 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl^
9/30 – Irvine, CA – Five Point Amphitheater^
10/11 – Vienna, AT – Flex*
10/12 – Wels, AT – Alter Schlachthof*
10/13 – Salzburg, AT – Rockhouse*
10/14 – Prague, CZ – Meet Factory*
10/16 – Hannover, DE – Pavillon*
10/18 – Berlin, DE – SO36*
10/19 – Hamburg, DE – Fabrik*
10/20 – Köln, DE – Live Music Hall*
10/21 – Stuttgart, DE – Longhorn*
10/23 – Munich, DE – Backstage Werk*
10/25 – Saarbrucken, DE – Garage*
10/26 – Haarlem, NL Patronaat – ANTIfest*
10/27 – Hasselt, BE Muziekodroom – Groezrock Indoor*
10/28 – Wiesbaden, DE – Schlachthof – ANTIfest*
10/30 – Birmingham, UK – Asylum#
10/31 – Bristol, UK – SWX#
11/1 – London, UK – Heaven#
11/2 – Manchester, UK – Academy 2#
11/3 – Glasgow, UK – Garage#
11/5 – Belfast, UK – Foundry#
11/6 – Dublin, IE – Whelan’s#

^ = w/ Rise Against, AFI
* = w/ Silverstein, Cancer Bats, Worriers
# = w/ Cancer Bats,Worriers

Courtesy: Spinefarm RecordsBrixton Agency

26 OCT 2018
city: Haarlem, Netherlands
venue: Patronaat
line-up: Anti-Flag, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Silverstein, Cancer Bats, Prestige, Black Peaks, Culture Abuse, Worriers, Tusky, Drones

28 OCT 2018
City: Wiesbaden, Germany
venue: Schlachthof
line-up: Anti-Flag, Silverstein, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Cancer Bats, Black Peaks, Worriers, Tusky

More information on Anti-flag’s upcoming live dates, its upcoming album and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://anti-flag.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/anti.flag.official

Twitter: http://twitter.com/anti_flag

 

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Musical, Lyrical Changes Make ‘Deep Cuts’ Another Interesting LP From The Temperance Movement

Courtesy: Snakefarm//Spinefarm Records

Early last month, rock outfit The Temperance Movement released its third full-length studio recording to the masses to American Audiences via Snakefarm/Spinefarm Records.  The band’s third album overall, it was originally released overseas  Feb. 16 via Earache/Concord Music Group. The 12-song collection presents a slight change of pace from the band in comparison to the band’s previous albums, but even with that in mind, will still impress American audiences.  That is in fact due in part to that change of pace in the record’s overall musical approach.  It will be addressed shortly.  In direct connection, the album’s sequencing plays its own important part to the whole of the album.  It will be discussed a little bit later.  The album’s production rounds out its most important elements.  Each item is important in its own way, as will be pointed out here.  All things considered, the album in whole proves to be its own “deep” presentation that audiences will thoroughly enjoy.

The Temperance Movement’s latest full-length studio recording A Deeper Cut is its own “deep” musical offering that audiences are certain to enjoy just as much as the band’s first two albums.  That is due in part to the fact that the band has taken a slightly different approach to this album than its predecessors.  While the band’s familiar, pure rock and roll sound is just as evident as ever throughout the album, there are also some more noticeably toned down entries added to the mix, too.  The album’s title track, which comes early in the album’s run is just one of those more mellow entries included here.  Musically speaking, it boasts (at least to this critic) hints of the Eagles and Simon & Garfunkel.  In regards to its lyrical content, it offers just as much interest as front man Phil Campbell sings, “A deeper cut to draw my blood/So you can feel the wonder stuff/Who’ve I been kidding/Who am I kidding/That’s enough/’Cause we’re supposed to be beautiful/And all this time it’s been ludicrous/There’s always something in the way/A deeper cut than what you got/Before you know the ins and outs/A sweeter death than all the rest/That’s not how it works.”  This comes across as a pretty deep topic.  No pun was intended this time.  It comes across as someone addressing another person who is on that edge.  It could be a completely incorrect interpretation, and if so, then so be it.  Either way, the melancholy nature of the song’s musical arrangement and even the lyrical content is a direction that the band has rarely delved into previously.  It’s not the only song included in the record that takes that more subdued route.  The southern rock/country vibe of ‘Another Spiral,’ the record’s midpoint, is another of the record’s more subdued moments.

Whereas the album’s title track was a rather brooding type of work, this song, lyrically, is more positive.  This is inferred as Campbell sings over the record’s Jamey Johnson/Zac Brown Band style arrangement, “Gentle is the love I breathe for you/Tiny whispers on your eyes/Now I’m hoping and I’m open to anything/And when you fall into another spiral going under/Hold on.”  He goes on to sing over the song’s subdued musical arrangement, “Precious is the kiss of innocence/In the shadows of your mind/When you’re haunted, and unwanted images terrify/And when you fall into another spiral going under/Hold on.”  This comes across as someone telling another not to give up no matter how bad things might get.  The gentle approach shows again that more mellow approach that the band decided to try more so in this record.  It’s more proof of why that approach helps the album, too and most certainly not the last.  ‘Beast Nation,’ which immediately follows ‘Another Spiral’ is another way in which the album’s more mellow approach shows itself.

‘Beast Nation’ is not the subtle, subdued work that ‘A Deeper Cut’ and ‘Another Spiral’ are, but it still is more reserved than much of what the band has done before.  The best description that can be given to the song’s musical arrangement is that its like crossing the best elements of the Eagles with Aerosmith.  It sounds like quite the interesting combination, but it works, and its subtle approach shows once again the band’s directed attempt to give audiences something different this time around.  The song’s lyrical content works well with that musical approach as Campbell seems to sing about a war veteran.  This is inferred as he sings in the chorus, “When all you got left is a medal and a worn memory/Then the clarity comes and sediment settles/And you fly, fly away/And your wings are strong for all the right and wrong, you live to fight another day/Come inside and dry your eyes.”  Veterans are known to have strong memories, so reading through this, one can’t help but think this must be addressing a veteran fighting with those memories.  He sings of the figure having “no peace, no love, no money, no chief belief, no feeling, no wonder, no room, no space to breathe in and out, no end, no new beginning, no wonder.”  One can imagine these thoughts going through a soldier’s head as he fights in a war, being overcome with just one thought – survival.  That theme continues in the same fashion in the song’s second verse.  It all comes together with the song’s moving chorus to make ‘Beast Nation’ a powerful work in its own subtle way.  That is even though the song might not be as subtle and mellow as the other noted songs.  It certainly is not the last of the album’s more mellow entries, either.  ‘The Way It Was and The Way It Is Now’ and ‘Higher Than The Sun’ present that change of approach in this record, along with ‘Children,’ ‘There’s Still Time’ and ‘The Wonders We’ve Seen.’  Simply put, there’s a very noticeable change of tone from The Temperance Movement this time out, and it is a change that shows the band can still entertain even with a more reserved musical and lyrical approach overall.  Keeping this in mind, the record’s more reserved approach is just one of the elements that makes the album stand out.  Its sequencing plays into its presentation, too.

While this record is largely rounded out by noticeable reserved musical compositions and lyrical themes, those arrangements and themes are not all that listeners get here.  The album opens with a rollicking number with ‘Caught in the Middle’ that will instantly have listeners on their feet.  The energy exuded in that song carries on into ‘Built-In Forgetter,’ the record’s second song and then straight into ‘Love and Devotion.’  This trio of songs instantly conjures thoughts of Royal Blood and similar acts before the album starts to pull back.  Even as the band pulls back throughout the rest of the record, the album’s musical and lyrical energies never pull back too much at any one point.  Case in point is the Allman Brothers Band style ‘Backwater Zoo’ that breaks up the much more reserved nature of the record’s title track and ‘Another Spiral.’  ‘The Way It Was and The Way It Is Now’ is another of those moments that while mellow in its own right, changes the album’s overall vibe again.  The result is more insurance that listeners will remain engaged in the record.  ‘Higher Than The Sun’ also helps to keep things from getting too reserved for too long, even though it is also more mellow than the high energy songs that open the album.  As the album moves through its final trio of songs, its overall energy pulls back quite noticeably again.  The thing is that the subtlety in the songs’ musical arrangements and lyrics still makes for its own power to the end that once again listeners’ engagement will remain certain.  When this balance of energies is considered overall with the overall more mellow approach to this record, listeners will understand even more why this record proves so interesting.  It still is not the last of the record’s most important elements.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements.

The production of this record stands out because of its impact to the record’s sound.  Considering the overall change in the album’s approach, even more attention than perhaps normal was needed to each song so as to make each work more emotionally impacting.  That attention to detail is exhibited in each song, too with not one part overpowering the others.  This applies both in the album’s high energy works and its more mellow and even emotional moments.  Because of that attention to detail throughout the album, the overall result is an album whose musical arrangements ensure listeners’ engagement and entertainment.  Just as important to note is that the balance also means it is that much easier to understand what Campbell sings in each song.  On the surface that might not mean much, but in trying to interpret songs sans a lyrics sheet, it becomes very important.  Keeping that in mind, the record’s overall production took everything possible into consideration with the end result being a record that gives every member of the band his own credit.  The result of that is more appreciation for the album’s stylistic change and its sequencing.  That leads ultimately to more appreciation overall for the album and the band.

 

The Temperance Movement’s latest full-length studio recording A Deeper Cut is a record that lives up to its name from start to finish.  That is due in part to a stylistic change that shows the reach of the band’s talents and abilities.  The sequencing does plenty to put those talents and abilities on talent as does the record’s sequencing.  Each element is important in its own way to the album, as has been discussed here.  All things considered, the album proves to be a record with plenty of musical and lyrical depth and in turn another good effort from the band.  It is available now via Snakefarm/Spinefarm Records.  More information on A Deeper Cut is available online now along with all of The Temperance Movement’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Atreyu Announces New Album Release Date; Debuts Two New Songs, New Video

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Atreyu will release its next album this fall, and in anticipation of its release, the veteran rock band has released not one, but two singles from the forthcoming record.

In Our Wake, the band’s seventh full-length studio recording, is currently scheduled to be released October 12 via Spinefarm Records.  In anticipation of its release, the band has debuted two songs from the album — the record’s title track and the song ‘Anger Left Behind.’

The title track is streaming through various online outlets now and can be ordered online now here.  Its video is streaming via YouTube. Front man Alex Varkatzas talked about In Our Wake‘s title track recently, saying that it was inspired by the loss of fellow rockers Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington.

“It’s a deep one,” Varkatzas said of the song.  “We looked up to Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, and their deaths were fresh during the writing process.  It made us think of what we’ll leave in our wake.  We have a choice to change the lives of others for the better.”

Bassist Porter McKnight explained the concept behind the ‘In Our Wake’ video.

“With this music video, we wanted our longtime director friend Sean Stiegemeie to come up with something completely unlike anything we’ve done before,” McKnight said.  “We wanted to leave the viewer with a feeling of “What the f*** did I just watch?” and then play it again to deduce what went down.”

McKnight added that the video’s visual concept mirrors the overall theme of the album’s title.

“Most of our videos have been story-based or life-based, but with this, we just wanted the subtle thread of humanity’s growth and decline,” McKnight said.  “It starts with water, then earth, nature, cityscapes then slowly decaying humanity.  We have a choice as a species to to start giving a s*** about ourselves and the world around us, and what we choose to make of this life.”

Drummer Brandon Saller agreed and expanded on McKnight’s thoughts.

“This album is sort of a happy place for Atreyu,” Saller said.  “We’ve gone down many roads.  We’ve always been a diverse band that tried new things, but this is different.  This is a whole new level.”

The release of In Our Wake will come a little more than a year after the release of its most recent album Long Live (2015).  That album was also released via Spinefarm Records.

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