Bullet For My Valentine Announces New Album Details; Premieres Album’s Lead Single, Video

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Bullet For My Valentine kicked off the weekend with some good news.

The band announced through a news release distributed Friday, it is scheduled to release its next album Oct. 22 through Spinefarm Records/Search & Destroy. Pre-orders are open now. In anticipation of the self-titled album’s release, the band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘Shatter‘ and its companion video Friday.

The musical arrangement will appeal to the band’s established fan base as well as newer listeners. The heavy, crunching guitars and the blend of clean vocals and screams go back to the sound that made the band a fan favorite early in its life. Those less familiar with the band and its catalog will find the song appealing because of the clear influence from and comparison to works from bands, such as Machine Head, Wage War, and Of Mice & Men.

The lyrical theme featured alongside the single’s heavy, infectious musical arrangement comes across as a familiar matter of dealing with so many heavy, internal thoughts and feelings. That is inferred through the lyrics provided with the video, as no information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the debut of the song and its video.

The ‘Shatter’ video is one part video and one part lyric video. The song’s lyrics are presented over the visualization of front man Matt Tuck sings through a variety of camera angles and effects.

More information on Bullet For My Valentine’s new single, video, and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://bulletformyvalentine.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bfmvofficial

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Atreyu Debuts ‘Warrior’ Remix

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Atreyu premiered an updated take of its song ‘Warrior‘ this week.

The updated take features guest appearances by Travis Barker (Blink-182) and Zero 9:36. The original song is featured in Atreyu’s latest album, Baptize, which was released in June through Spinefarm Records.

The updated take of ‘Warrior’ does show some differences from its source material. For starters, the remix is shorter than the original take by less than only 20 seconds. The original runs approximately three minutes, five seconds while the remix runs two minutes, 48 seconds. The remix is shorter as it omits part of the breakdown and replaces it with some brief rapping from Zero 9:36 (a.k.a. Matthew Cullen). Other than that, the two arrangements are largely the same.

‘Warrior’ is just one of the songs that serves as a single for Baptize. The album has also produced the singles, ‘Save Us,’ ‘Underrated,’ and ‘Catastrophe.’

In other news, Atreyu has expanded its upcoming tour schedule. The band’s initial tour schedule was set to launch Nov. 9 in Dallas, TX with support from Tetrarch, Crown the Empire, Saul, and Defying Decay. Its new, updated schedule is set to launch Sept. 3 in Green Bay, WI with Nonpoint, Tetrarch, and Another Day Dawns.

Following its brief run with Nonpoint, Tetrarch, and Another Day Dawns, Atreyu now also has dates scheduled with Eighteen Visions, Dragged Under, and Dying Wish on Oct. 5 & 6 in Phoenix, AZ and Los Angeles, CA.

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

ATREYU ON TOUR:
WITH NONPOINT, TETRARCH, + ANOTHER DAY DAWNS:

9/3 — Green Bay, WI — Epic Event Center

9/4 — Newport, KY — Ovation

9/5 — Madison, WI — The Sylvee

9/7 — Wichita, KS — Temple Live

9/8 — Fort Smith, AR — Temple Live

9/10 — Danville, VA — Blue Ridge Rock Fest

WITH EIGHTEEN VISIONS, DRAGGED UNDER, + DYING WISH:

10/5 — Phoenix, AZ — The Marquee

10/6 — Los Angeles, CA — 1720
 

WITH CROWN THE EMPIRE, TETRARCH, SAUL, + DEFYING DECAY:
11/9 — Dallas, TX  — Gas Monkey Bar And Grill 
11/10 — Houston, TX  — The Warehouse 
11/11 — New Orleans, LA  — Republic NOLA
11/13 — Daytona, FL  — Welcome to Rockville 
11/15 — Atlanta, GA  — The Masquerade
11/16 — Charlotte, NC  — The Underground
11/17 — Baltimore, MD  — Rams Head Live
11/19 — Pittsburgh, PA  — The Roxian
11/20 — Sayreville, NJ  — Starland Ballroom
11/21 — New York, NY  — Webster Hall
11/22 — Albany, NY  — Empire Live 
11/23 — Hartford, CT  — The Webster
11/24 — Worcester, MA  — The Palladium 
11/26 — Detroit, MI  — The Majestic
11/27 — Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall 
11/30 — Cleveland, OH  — The Agora 
12/1 — Grand Rapids, MI  — The Intersection 
12/2 — Joliet, IL  — The Forge
12/3 — Belvidere, IL  — The Apollo Theater AC
12/4 — Minneapolis, MN  — Skyway Theatre 
12/6 — Kansas City, MO  — The Truman
12/7 — Denver, CO  — The Summit 
12/9 — Salt Lake City, UT  — The Depot
12/10 — Boise, ID  — Knitting Factory
12/11 — Portland, OR  — Roseland
12/12 — Seattle, WA  — The Crocodile 
12/14 — Santa Cruz, CA  — The Catalyst
12/15 — San Diego, CA  — House of Blues 
12/16 — Santa Ana, CA  — The Observatory 

More information on Atreyu’s new ‘Warrior’ remix, new tour dates, and album is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttps://www.atreyofficial.com

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Saul Debuts ‘Looking To Fight’ Video; Announces New LIve Dates

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Saul premiered the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its song, ‘Looking to Fight’ Tuesday. The song is featured in the band’s debut album, Rise as Equals (2020). The musical arrangement featured in ‘Looking to Fight’ is a heavy, melodic hard rock composition very much in the vein of Breaking Benjamin.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Looking to Fight’ is a deeply contemplative message, according to front man Blake Bedsaul.

“‘Looking to Fight’ is a moment of introspection,” said Bedsaul. “Ask yourself this: Am I the hero or the villain in any given situation? After a long hard look into how I was dealing with my emotions, I realized that I was the villain of my own story. But don’t just apologize. Take responsibility for your actions and own up to them. Make the change to be someone to fight for — not against.”

The video for ‘Looking to Fight’ is relatively simple. It features in one part, the band performing its new single in a specially lit studio setting. That footage is paired with video of a man dealing with the ramifications of an argument that he had with a woman suggested to be his girlfriend. The visuals are meant to help translate the message that Bedsaul noted in his discussion on the song’s lyrical theme.

In other news, Saul is scheduled to launch a new tour in support of Rise as Equals, which also spawned the single, ‘King of Misery,’ Sept. 7 in Sturgis, SD. Some of its dates will find the band performing as support for Nonpoint’s “I’m About To Explode Tour.”

The scheduled for Saul’s upcoming tour is noted below.

SAUL ON TOUR:

8/7 — Sturgis, SD — Iron Horse Saloon (Sturgis)*
8/8 — Fort Madison, IA — RiverFestFM*
8/10 — Minot, ND — The O’Riginal Bar & Nightclub
8/11 — Fargo, ND The Hall — Fargo Brewing Company
8/14 — Council Bluffs, IA — KIWR Riot Fest*
8/19 — Kansasville, WI — 1175
8/20 — Glen Flora, WI — Northwood Rock Rally*
8/21 — Beaver Dam, WI — Stormy’s Music Venue
9/10 — Appomattox, VA — Blue Ridge Rock Fest*
9/11 — Mansfield, OH — Inkcarceration Festival*
9/24 — Orlando, FL — Rebel Rock Festival*
*Festival Dates

WITH ATREYU, CROWN THE EMPIRE, + MORE:
11/9 — Dallas, TX — Gas Monkey Bar And Grill
11/10 — Houston, TX — The Warehouse
11/11 — New Orleans, LA — Republic NOLA
11/13 — Daytona, FL — Welcome to Rockville           
11/15 — Atlanta, GA — The Masquerade
11/16 — Charlotte, NC — The Underground
11/17 — Baltimore, MD — Rams Head Live
11/19 — Pittsburgh, PA — The Roxian
11/20 — Sayreville, NJ — Starland Ballroom  
11/21 — New York, NY — Webster Hall
11/22 — Albany, NY — Empire Live
11/23 — Hartford, CT — The Webster
11/24 — Worcester, MA — The Palladium
11/26 — Detroit, MI — The Majestic
11/27 — Columbus, OH — Newport Music Hall
11/30 — Cleveland, OH — The Agora
12/1 — Grand Rapids, MI — The Intersection
12/2 — Joliet, IL — The Forge
12/3 — Belvidere, IL — The Apollo Theater AC
12/4 — Minneapolis, MN — Skyway Theatre  
12/6 — Kansas City, MO — The Truman
12/7 — Denver, CO — The Summit
12/9 — Salt Lake City, UT — The Depot
12/10 — Bosie, ID — Knitting Factory
12/11 — Portland, OR — Roseland
12/12 — Seattle, WA — The Crocodile
12/14 — Santa Cruz, CA — The Catalyst
12/15 — San Diego, CA — House of Blues
12/16 — Santa Ana, CA — The Observatory

More information on Saul’s new single, video, and tour dates is available now along with all of Saul’s current live dates and more at:

Websitehttps://saulofficial.com

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Atreyu Is As Strong As Ever On Its Latest LP

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Atreyu is officially joining the growing ranks of acts planning a return to the road now that the world is turning the corner in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.  The band made it official Wednesday through a press release.  The band’s forthcoming tour, which is scheduled to start in November, is in support of its forthcoming album Baptize.  Scheduled for release Friday through Spinefarm Records, the 15-song record is a strong new offering from the veteran metalcore act.  That is proven in part through the album’s musical arrangements.  They will be discussed shortly.  The lyrical content that accompanies the record’s musical arrangements adds its own appeal to the album’s presentation.  It will be discussed a little later.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make the record in whole one of the best of this year’s new hard rock and metal albums.

Atreyu’s latest album, Baptize, is a positive new offering from the band.  Coming approximately three years after the release of its then latest album, In Our Wake (and two years after that album’s re-issue), the record proves a positive follow-to that record.  What’s more, it is another positive addition to the band’s overall catalog.  That is proven in part through its featured musical arrangements.  The arrangements in question take the sound and stylistic approach that the band used in In Our Wake and build on them in this case.  There is even more balance here between the more melodic elements and hard rock/metal elements.  What’s more, the band even goes nu-metal to a point again in ‘Untouchable,’ which fittingly features a guest appearance by nu-metal band Papa Roach’s front man Jacoby Shaddix.  The growth exhibited through the musical arrangements in this record has resulted in an album that has already produced four infectious singles and even more singles possible.  Case in point is the moving, melodic ‘No Matter What,’ the intense ‘Broken Again,’ and the aforementioned anthemic ‘Untouchable.’  Between the catchy, infectious arrangement here, the moving arrangements in the other noted songs, those in the already produced singles and the content in the album’s other songs, the overall musical approach to this record forms a solid foundation for the album.  It gives audiences reason enough to hear the album.

Building on the foundation formed by the musical arrangements is the lyrical content that accompanies that musical content.  The songs are, for the most part, messages of hope and determination.  Not to bring it up again, but that message is clear in ‘Untouchable.’  Shaddix and Atreyu front man sing here, “We’re untouchable.”  This is a defiant message that when paired with the rest of the song’s lyrical content, delivers a powerful statement in itself.  The song’s lead verse is proof of that, as it states, “Watch out/Or you won’t even see me coming/Hands up…Sit down/Or you might end up starting something/They don’t know what they can’t see/And they don’t know ‘bout you and me/They don’t live in misery/Oh, no/But we don’t/We’re untouchable.”  The statement continues, “Watch out…Hands up.I’m stealing moments of protection/Sit down/So come and witness my deception.”  This message overall is one of defiance.  It is saying that “we” are stronger than “haters” and naysayers want to believe.  Thus the phrasing, “We’re untouchable.”  Shaddix even screams at one point, “Don’t step to me!”  So again, here is that defiant message of self-confidence and assurance.  This is a message that will resonate with a wide range of audiences.  It is just one example of how the album’s lyrical content proves so important to its presentation.  ‘Dead Weight’ is another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical content.

While much of the album’s lyrical content delivers messages of confidence and self-assurance, it is not the album’s only theme.  ‘Dead Weight’ is one of so many songs out there that focuses on the matter of a broken relationship.  That is made clear as the song presents the subject as someone who is feeling “like dead weight.”  The inner battle is made even more obvious as the subject sings about being “lost in the smoke” and life being “so cold.”  The mention of the subject saying he would apologize to someone else “for the last time…trying to find the reason” shows that even more. That inner turmoil brought on by the broken relationship is, again, a common lyrical theme in the rock community.  In the case of this song, it is a song that is just as welcome as in songs from other bands.  That accessibility of the message and its delivery shows why it is just one more example of the importance of the album’s lyrical themes.  It is just one more way in which the lyrical themes prove so important to the album’s presentation.  The content featured in ‘Catastrophe,’ the album’s latest single, is another example of that importance.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Catastrophe’ is a commentary about the statement of the world while also being a love song of sorts.  The band made that clear in a prepared statement when it released the single last month. 

“‘Catastrophe’ is, in essence, an apocolyptic love song,” the statement reads. “We took a more imaginative approach to the feelings about that we as individuals and the rest of the planet were going through. The world felt like it was falling apart around us. Nothing was certain, and stress and darkness were coming in from every angle. But living through it all with someone who you truly love somehow made it all okay.” 

The message is made clear right from the song’s outset, which states, “Is this life, or just a dream?/Lost it all in this uncertainty/Take my hand, walk with me/As we dance in this catastrophe/Is this life, or just a dream?/Lost it all in this uncertainty/Take my hand, walk with me/As we dance in this catastrophe.”  The song’s second verse furthers that dual commentary/love story as it states, “Our thoughts will rise as cities fall/The ashes raining f****** drown us all/The flames consume all that I know/I will be fine in this uncertainty.”  By now, that duality is clear.  That also means that the understanding of how different this song’s lyrical theme is from that of the other examined themes and those in the rest of the album’s songs.  Keeping in mind that range of lyrical themes presented in this album, and even the varied ways in which the most common theme is presented, the whole of the album’s lyrical content is by now, unquestionably important to the album’s presentation.  When the importance of the lyrical content and its impact is considered along with the importance of the album’s musical content and its impact, the album proves even more why it is a success.  The collective is still only a part of what makes the album a positive presentation.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements.

The production of Baptize is important to examine because of how much is going on in each of the album’s songs.  The arrangements featured throughout the album are fiery for the most part.  That means that much attention had to be paid to balancing the vocals, the dynamics, and the general instrumentation in each song.  It was clearly a time consuming task, and the efforts that went into balancing everything paid off.  Even in some of the most subdued moments, those points expertly bring out the deep emotion and thoughts going through the subject’s mind.  All things considered, the production ensured that the best in each song was brought out, ensuring even more, listeners’ engagement and entertainment.  When this baseline element is considered with the positive impact of the album’s musical and lyrical content, the whole makes Baptize a record that will appeal to all of Atreyu’s audiences.

Atreyu’s new forthcoming album, Baptize is a positive new offering from the veteran metalcore band.  It is a presentation that any of the band’s audiences will appreciate and enjoy.  That is proven in part through its featured musical arrangements.  The arrangements in question bear some similarity to the works from the band’s existing catalog.  At the same time, they also show a certain amount of growth from the band.  That growth makes for its own share of enjoyment and engagement.  The lyrical themes featured alongside the album’s musical content add their own touch to the album, too.  That is because said content is accessible both in itself and its delivery.  The record’s production rounds out the album’s most important elements.  That is because it brings everything together, completing the album’s presentation.  The instrumentation and vocals are expertly balanced in each song.  That makes for its own appeal.  The balance also makes it easier to decipher (and in turn appreciate) the lyrical themes.  To that end, the time and effort that went into completing the album’s presentation is just as positive as the album’s content.  When it is considered along with the album’s content, the whole makes Baptize a successful new offering that is among the best of this year’s new hard rock and metal albums.  Baptize is scheduled for release Friday through Spinefarm Records.

More information on Atreyu’s new album and forthcoming tour is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttps://www.atreyofficial.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/atreyu

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/atreyuofficial

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Tetrarch To Serve As Support For Atreyu’s “Baptize U.S. 2021 Tour”

Courtesy: Napalm Records/Adrenaline PR/Atom Splitter PR/Spinefarm Records

Tetrarch has been tapped to join Atreyu for its forthcoming “Baptize U.S. 2021 Tour.”

The band’s upcoming run is in support of its new album, Unstable, which is available now through Napalm Records. The tour is scheduled to start Nov. 9 in Dallas, TX. It features performances in cities, such as Charlotte, NC; Detroit, MI and Seattle, WA.

Guitarist Diamond Rowe said the band is looking forward to joining Atreyu for the tour.

“We are very excited to be hitting the road with Atreyu,” said Rowe. “It’s a great bill of bands and we are more than excited to finally get back in front of fans all over the country. We have some extremely exciting things planned for this run.”

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

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

ATREYU ON TOUR:
WITH CROWN THE EMPIRE, TETRARCH, SAUL, + DEFYING DECAY:

11/9 — Dallas, TX  — Gas Monkey Bar And Grill 
11/10 — Houston, TX  — The Warehouse 
11/11 — New Orleans, LA  — Republic NOLA
11/13 — Daytona, FL  — Welcome to Rockville 
11/15 — Atlanta, GA  — The Masquerade
11/16 — Charlotte, NC  — The Underground
11/17 — Baltimore, MD  — Rams Head Live
11/19 — Pittsburgh, PA  — The Roxian
11/20 — Sayreville, NJ  — Starland Ballroom
11/21 — New York, NY  — Webster Hall
11/22 — Albany, NY  — Empire Live 
11/23 — Hartford, CT  — The Webster
11/24 — Worcester, MA  — The Palladium 
11/26 — Detroit, MI  — The Majestic
11/27 — Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall 
11/30 — Cleveland, OH  — The Agora 
12/1 — Grand Rapids, MI  — The Intersection 
12/2 — Joliet, IL  — The Forge
12/3 — Belvidere, IL  — The Apollo Theater AC
12/4 — Minneapolis, MN  — Skyway Theatre 
12/6 — Kansas City, MO  — The Truman
12/7 — Denver, CO  — The Summit 
12/9 — Salt Lake City, UT  — The Depot
12/10 — Boise, ID  — Knitting Factory
12/11 — Portland, OR  — Roseland
12/12 — Seattle, WA  — The Crocadile 
12/14 — Santa Cruz, CA  — The Catalyst
12/15 — San Diego, CA  — House of Blues 
12/16 — Santa Ana, CA  — The Observatory 

Also joining the tour as support are Saul, Crown The Empire, and Defying Decay.

More information on Tetrarch’s upcoming live run and its new album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.tetrarchmusic.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tetrarch

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Atreyu Debuts ‘Catastrophe’ Video

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Atreyu premiered the video for its latest single this week.

The band premiered the video for its latest single, ‘Catastrophe‘ Thursday. Its premiere comes more than a month after the band debuted the single by itself.

The debut of the single and its video follow the premieres of the album’s first two singles, ‘Warrior‘ and ‘Underrated.’ All three songs are featured on Atreyu’s forthcoming album, Baptize, which is scheduled for release June 4 through Spinefarm Records.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Catastrophe’ follows the sound and stylistic approach of ‘Warrior.’ That is evidenced through the juxtaposition of the heavier guitar riffs and screams and the more melodic harmonies presented in the choruses. That is not to say that the two songs are identical. There are clear differences in the songs. As a matter of fact, the heavier, screams and guitars conjure thoughts of works from Atreyu’s counterparts, Killswitch Engage, Of Mice & Men, and As I Lay Dying.

The band explained the lyrical theme in a prepared statement.

“‘Catastrophe’ is, in essence, an apocolyptic love song,” the statement reads. “We took a more imaginative approach to the feelings about that we as individuals and the rest of the planet were going through. The world felt like it was falling apart around us. Nothing was certain, and stress and darkness were coming in from every angle. But living through it all with someone who you truly love somehow made it all okay.” 

The new video for ‘Catastrophe’ pokes fun at all of the reaction videos that pollute the internet and the people who produce them. It features guest appearances from figures, such as Hyro The Hero, Trivium front man Matt Heafy, and Ice Nine Kills front man Spencer Charnas.

The track listing for Baptize is noted below.

BAPTIZE TRACK LISTING:
“Strange Powers of Prophecy”
“Baptize”
“Save Us”
“Underrated”
“Broken Again”
“Weed”
“Dead Weight”
“Catastrophe”
“Fucked Up”
“Sabotage Me”
“Untouchable” Feat. Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach
“No Matter What”
“Oblivion” Feat. Matt Heafy of Trivium
“Stay”
“Warrior” Feat. Travis Barker

More information on Atreyu’s new single, album and forthcoming album is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttps://www.atreyofficial.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/atreyu

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/atreyuofficial

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Atreyu Debuts ‘Underrated’ Video

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Atreyu debuted the video for one of its latest singles this week.

The band premiered the video for its new single, ‘Underrated‘ Tuesday. The video’s premiere came less than a month after the band debuted the song by itself. The band debuted the single alongside another song from its forthcoming album Baptize, ‘Warrior.’ Baptize, is scheduled for release June 4 through Spinefarm Records. Pre-orders are open.

The band talked about the ‘Underrated’ video in a prepared statement.

Our video for ‘Underrated’ is an example of how hard we worked to bring a live show to your living room,” the statement said. “This video contains footage from our global livestream event combined with video content created by our very own Porter McKnight.”

In regards to the song’s lyrical theme, the band stated it is a statement about the work that the band has put in over the years.

“We’ve always had to prove ourselves,” the statement said. “We’ve never been handed anything nor have we taken any shortcuts. It’s never been ‘the easy way.’ Over two decades later, we’re still making our mark.”

The track listing for Baptize is noted below.

BAPTIZE TRACK LISTING:
“Strange Powers of Prophecy”
“Baptize”
“Save Us”
“Underrated”
“Broken Again”
“Weed”
“Dead Weight”
“Catastrophe”
“Fucked Up”
“Sabotage Me”
“Untouchable” Feat. Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach
“No Matter What”
“Oblivion” Feat. Matt Heafy of Trivium
“Stay”
“Warrior” Feat. Travis Barker

More information on Atreyu’s new single, album and forthcoming album is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttps://www.atreyofficial.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/atreyu

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/atreyuofficial

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Atreyu Announces Details For New Livestream Concerts

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Atreyu will perform two livestream performances this fall.

The band made the announcement Monday in a news release, dubbing the performances the “Carry The Fire” Livestreams. The document states the first performance is scheduled to take place Nov. 20 and that the concert’s set list will consist of some of the band’s most well-known singles and hits.

The second livestream concert is scheduled to take place Dec. 4. This concert will feature the band performing its classic album Lead Silas Paper Anchor in its entirety. Exclusive merchandise bundles, virtual meet-and-greets, and separate question and answer sessions will be available.

More information about the upcoming livestreams is available here.

In other news, Atreyu debuted its new single ‘Save Us‘ and its companion video Oct. 16.

The song is expected for inclusion in the band’s as-yet-untitled forthcoming eighth album. the band is working on that album.

With the recent departure of now former vocalist Alex Varkatzas from the band, drummer Brandon Saller (who also fronts Hell or Highwater) and guitarist Porter McKnight now share vocal duties for the band on the song (and the rest of the album’s coming works) while Kyle Rosa takes Saller’s place on the drums.

The video for ‘Save Us’ couples footage of Atreyu performing its new single with that of an unidentified woman standing before a fire, a roadside bomb going off in an undisclosed city, and at one point, even a bloody knife.

The musical arrangement featured in the band’s new song is a heavy, plodding, guitar-driven work. There are distinct melodic metal elements within the arrangement, along with some metalcore influence alongside one another for an interesting song from the band.

The clear social commentary featured in the band’s new single couples well with the work’s musical arrangement. It addresses the current state of the world.

The band addressed the song’s musical and lyrical content in a prepared statement.

“‘Save Us’ is not only a reflection of where we are musically, but also a mirror to the world in this ominous moment in time,” the statement reads. “We chose to pair the powerful message with one of the heavier songs we’ve ever written. This song feels like the anthem that we all need right now. To us, it’s a call to action to light the fire in ourselves. We can begin to make great change — but only if we look inside first.”

More information on Atreyu’s new single, album and forthcoming album is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttp://www.atreyofficial.com

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Atreyu Debuts New Single, ‘Save Us,’ Companion Video

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Atreyu is opening the weekend with a new single and video.

The band debuted its new single ‘Save Us‘ and the song’s companion video Friday. The song is expected for inclusion in the band’s as-yet-untitled forthcoming eighth album. the band is working on that album.

With the recent departure of now former vocalist Alex Varkatzas from the band, drummer Brandon Saller (who also fronts Hell or Highwater) and guitarist Porter McKnight now share vocal duties for the band on the song (and the rest of the album’s coming works) while Kyle Rosa takes Saller’s place on the drums.

The video for ‘Save Us’ couples footage of Atreyu performing its new single with that of an unidentified woman standing before a fire, a roadside bomb going off in an undisclosed city, and at one point, even a bloody knife.

The musical arrangement featured in the band’s new song is a heavy, plodding, guitar-driven work. There are distinct melodic metal elements within the arrangement, along with some metalcore influence alongside one another for an interesting song from the band.

The clear social commentary featured in the band’s new single couples well with the work’s musical arrangement. It addresses the current state of the world.

The band addressed the song’s musical and lyrical content in a prepared statement.

“‘Save Us’ is not only a reflection of where we are musically, but also a mirror to the world in this ominous moment in time,” the statement reads. “We chose to pair the powerful message with one of the heavier songs we’ve ever written. This song feels like the anthem that we all need right now. To us, it’s a call to action to light the fire in ourselves. We can begin to make great change — but only if we look inside first.”

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Mark Morton Shines Again On His Second Solo Record

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When Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton released his debut solo album Anasthetic last March through Spinefarm Records, he more than showed the expanse of his musical abilities and interests.  The record, which joined Morton with a number of well-known names, such as the late Linkin Park front man Chester Bennington, Alter Bridge front man Myles Kennedy and ex Screaming Trees front man Mark Lanegan, showed Morton as a truly original and creative musician, not just one of the members of Lamb of God.  He followed up that successful offering this past January with his debut solo EP Ether.  The five-song EP, released through Rise Records, will get a second life of sorts June 19 when it is released on vinyl through Rise Records.  Regardless of whether one prefers vinyl, CD or even digital, the fact of the matter remains that Ether is a positive follow-up to Anasthetic.  That is due to the record’s musical and lyrical content.  Its penultimate song ‘Love My Enemy’ is one of the songs that serves to support the noted statement.  It will be addressed shortly.  The EP’s opener ‘All I Had to Lose’ is another way in which Ether shows its strength.  It will be addressed a little later.  Its follow-up ‘The Fight’ is one more way in which Ether shows its strength.  Together with the covers of The Black Crowes’ ‘She Talks To Angels’ and of Pearl Jam’s ‘Black,’ ‘The Fight’ and the other noted songs make Ether a wholly enjoyable follow-up to Anasthetic and one more of this year’s top new EPs.

Mark Morton’s debut EP Ether is a strong follow-up to his debut 2019 album Anasthetic.  Much with that album, this EP shows once again why he is more than just a member of Lamb of God, but rather a talented, creative musician in his own right.  That is evidenced in part through the EP’s penultimate song, ‘Love My Enemy.’  The song, which features vocals by Howard Jones (Killswitch Engage, Blood Has Been Shed, Light The Torch), presents an interesting musical arrangement.  The verses conjure thoughts of Alice in Chains, what with the layered vocal effect and the subdued guitar and drum lines.  The chorus however, boasts more of an Alter Bridge type of sound as the guitars and vocals step up.  The song’s bass line adds its own touch to the whole to make the work’s composition quite engaging and entertaining in its own right.  What is important to note here is the pairing of that duality in the song’s arrangement and its connection to the emotion and message in the song’s lyrical theme.  The song’s lyrical theme serves to make that reason for that juxtaposition clear.

Jones sings in the song’s lead verse, “Open wounds before the start/This is where we fall apart/It’s alright/Eternity can die today/It’s alright/It’s okay.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “We can greet the end alone/Sorrow needs an empty home/It’s alright/Years and pain can fade away/It’s alright/It’s okay.”  In the song’s third and final verse, “Jones sings, “There’s no replacing/The time we’re wasting.”  These verses are deeply introspective, needless to say.  That final verse is relatively clear, as it makes a statement about making the most of the time that we have.  The first and second verses meanwhile will generate their own hare of interest.  Maybe the lead statement of “open wounds before the start/This is where we fall apart” is a statement connected to the note of the wasted time.  It’s as if it is making a note about open wounds being a failure from the beginning.  The statement in the second verse years and pain being able to fade away seems to perhaps be a statement of hope, that the past can be just that.  This is of course all this critic’s own interpretation.  The song’s chorus adds even more impact to the song, as it comes across as perhaps someone battling with him/herself.  The chorus states, “I can’t live on memories/I can’ love my enemy/We cannot repair the past/A broken heart is made of glass/No, I can’t live on memories.”  This seems like someone who is torn with trying to overcome the thoughts of the past and look to the future.  It would explain why the song’s musical arrangement is so much more powerful in the chorus than the verses.  It would serve to illustrate the subject’s heightened emotion in this moment.  This leads the song’s more contemplative counter to those heightened emotions to make more sense along with its musical accompaniment.  Again this is all this critic’s own interpretation and should not be taken as gospel.  Hopefully it is somewhere close to being correct, though.  Keeping all of this in mind, the song’s lyrical content proves just as important as its musical content.  All things considered, the song in whole, with its engaging musical and lyrical content shows well on its own, why Ether is another strong offering from Mark Morton.  It is just one of the songs that serves to exhibit that strength.  ‘All I Had to Lose’ does its own part to keep listeners’ ears and minds.

‘All I Had to Lose’ is important to note because it presents its own unique identity separate from that of ‘Love My Enemy’ and the EP’s other songs.  The song’s fully acoustic arrangement is a radio ready composition that will connect easily to audiences.  The addition of Sons of Texas front man Mark Morales’ vocal delivery adds to that commercial viability for the opus.  The combination of those elements makes the song in whole a work that is comparable to works from so many mainstream rock bands.  The appeal created through the song’s musical arrangement will keep listeners engaged, and in turn, paying attention to the song’s equally engaging lyrical content.

The lyrical content featured in ‘All I Had to Lose’ generates its own engagement because of its own contemplative nature.  Morales sings in the song’s lead verse, “We were reckless for a season, now/Restless with a reason/I can’t tell/If we were victims of the vices/Or addicted to the crisis/Lived through hell.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “We laid with it/Dead and dying/Told ‘em all we were just trying/To be alive/Closed our eyes/I know that we could leave/The lies we didn’t want to leave behind.”  He adds in the song’s third and final verse, “Watched the colors fade away/Reached out by the sun/left her for another day/Prayed it would never come.”  The precise concept here is not clear at least to this critic.  It comes across as something of a statement about perhaps someone taking things for granted in life.  Whether that is in relation to a personal relationship or something else is up for discussion.  It would be interesting to learn the exact relation of that seeming message.  That Morales sings in the song’s chorus, “And when you came up for breath/I knew there wasn’t nothing left to do but choose/And everything I lost/Wasn’t much compared to all I had to lose” adds to the argument that the song’s lyrical theme is a personal message about taking for granted what one has in life.  Again, what exactly was being taken for granted – whether it be a personal relationship or something else – is something that is left for interpretation.  Either way, the fact that this seems to be the message makes the song’s musical content couple well with this half of the song’s content.  Taking everything noted here into account, the whole of the song shows even more why Ether will keep listeners engaged from start to end.  It is just one more way in which Ether proves its appeal.  ‘The Fight’ is one more way in which the EP shows its strength.

‘The Fight’ is an interesting addition to Ether.  That is due in part to its overall musical arrangement.  This composition is so starkly opposite of any of the other songs featured in this record.  The verses are distinctly subtle, but not necessarily reserved per say.  There is a certain Sevendust-esque sense to the song from the band’s more recent works, in listening closely to the arrangement.  The chorus meanwhile pack a little bit more of a punch, but it’s not a knockout punch.  Even in this case, there is a certain amount of control.  It makes for a very interesting listen.  It is not necessarily a radio ready work, but still is worth hearing.  That unique arrangement couples well with the song’s equally engaging lyrical theme, which comes across as one of those songs about someone driving along and having enough time to contemplate a lot of life matters.

Moontooth front man John Carbone provides the vocals for this song.  His vocal delivery is comparable to that of Sevendust front man Lajon Witherspoon as he sings in the song’s lead verse, “Thundering down the cold, dark desert road/It ain’t the miles you’re looking at/Ain’t the pavement you see/But its ghost/And all the trials that lay ahead/Yeah, it becomes your only friend.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Rumbling ground/It shakes from the load/the burden that you live to bear/Deafening sound, it rings in your soul/Make you forget what brought you here/Now the ending ain’t so clear.”  While the song’s musical arrangement doesn’t quite do so, this portion of the song leaves one making comparisons to Bob Seger’s hit song ‘Turn The Page.’  It seems to have that same kind of lyrical approach; someone on the road, lots of thoughts on the mind, etc. etc. etc.  It is an interesting sort of update, although it likely was not intended.  The comparison is strengthened even more as Carbone sings in the song’s chorus, “When you live for the fight for too long/You burn for the bloody way out/But the only hope for a victory/Is to learn to lay it down.”  It’s as if he is saying, even with all the thinking and things on a person’s mind, a person may want a certain outcome, but the outcome we want may not always be the best outcome.  Again, this is all this critic’s interpretation.   Hopefully it is in the proverbial ballpark.  That aside, all of this is sure to generate its own share of discussion among listeners.  Together with its accompanying musical content, the engagement and entertainment ensured through the song’s musical and lyrical content shows once more why Ether succeeds overall.  Together with the two covers that join this work and the EP’s two other originals, the record overall proves itself to be a complete work and a complete success for Morton and company.

Mark Morton’s recently released EP Ether is a strong follow-up to his debut solo album Anasthetic (2019).  That is because it continues to exhibit Morton’s talents as more than just another metal guitarist, but a widely-versed musician and songwriter.  That is evidenced through all three of the record’s original works and its two covers.  The musical and lyrical content in each original as well as the adaptation of the covers do well to support those statements.  All things considered, Ether can be considered in whole, to be one of this year’s top new EPs.

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