Stone Broken Announces New Album Release Date; Premieres Album’s Lead Single, Video

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Stone Broken will release its new album this spring.

The band is scheduled to release its third album, Revelation April 15 through Spinefarm Records. In anticipation of the album’s release, the band debuted the album’s title track/lead single and its companion video Friday.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Revelation’ is a change of pace for Stone Broken from its existing works. Where the band’s existing works take the band in more of a straight forward rock and roll approach, this song is more comparable to works from the likes of Muse and Imagine Dragons what with its edge and infectious groove. At the same time, there is still some similarity to works from Theory of a Deadman.

Front man Rich Moss talked about the change in the band’s sound in its new song and its album in a prepared statement.

“We had a completely different approach on this record compared to our previous records,” said Moss. “We wanted to try everything. We wanted to experiment, we wanted to build our sound from the ground up and totally re-imagine the ‘Stone Broken Sound’ — but without losing what we already had. It wasn’t easy, not in the slightest. But we managed to break down a few walls to get there, and along the way had some awesome discoveries, like [drummer] Robyn now having more vocal duties across the whole record. It really works well and brings a whole new dynamic to our songs.”

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the album’s release date and the premiere of the new single and video. Looking through the lyrics provided with the video, the theme comes across as something of a social commentary.

The ‘Revelation’ video finds the band performing its new single on a soundstage. Meanwhile, Ross plays the part of what seems to be a patient/prisoner in a hospital setting trying to get out. Just as he thinks he has escaped his captors, the video ends with a surprise that will not be revealed here.

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

Websitehttp://www.stonebroken.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/OfficialStoneBroken

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/StoneBroken_

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Dayseeker Announces Dates For Spring 2022 Tour

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Dayseeker will tentatively head back out on the road next spring.

The band made the announcement Tuesday through a news release.  The document states the tour is scheduled to launch April 2 in Los Angeles, CA and to run through May 13 in Anaheim, CA.  The tour also features stops in cities nationwide, such as Columbus, OH; Greensboro, NC and Seattle, WA.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.  Tickets are available through the band’s official website and through Soundrink.

DAYSEEKER ON TOUR:
WITH HOLDING ABSENCE, THORNHILL, + CASKETS:

4/2 — Los Angeles, CA — Teragram
4/3 — San Diego, CA — SOMA
4/5 — Mesa, AZ — Underground
4/6 — Albuquerque, NM — Launchpad
4/8 — San Antonio, TX — Rockbox
4/9 — Dallas, TX — The Loft
4/10 — Houston, TX — Warehouse (Studio)
4/12 — Tampa, FL — Crowbar
4/13 — West Palm Beach, FL — Respectables
4/14 — Orlando, FL — Soundbar
4/15 — Atlanta, GA — Masquerade (Purgatory)
4/16 — Greensboro, NC — Blind Tiger
4/17 — Richmond, VA — Canal Club
4/19 — Worcester, MA — Palladium
4/20 — Montreal, QC — Bar Le Ritz
4/21 — Toronto, ON — Velvet Underground
4/22 — Pittsburgh, PA — Crafthouse
4/23 — Brooklyn, NY — Knitting Factory
4/24 — Asbury Park, NJ — House of Independents
4/26 — Columbus, OH — Skully’s
4/27 — Detroit, MI — The Shelter
4/28 — Lakewood, OH — Foundry
4/29 — Chicago, IL — Subterranean
4/30 — Milwaukee, WI — Miramar Theatre
5/1 — St. Paul, MN — Amsterdam
5/3 — Denver, CO — Larimer Lounge
5/4 — Salt Lake City, UT — Loading Dock
5/6 — Seattle, WA — El Corazon
5/7 — Portland, OR — Hawthorne Theater
5/8 — Vancouver, BC — Biltmore
5/10 — Roseville, CA — Goldfield Trading Post
5/11 — Berkeley, CA — Cornerstone
5/12 — Santa Cruz, CA — Catalyst
5/13 — Anaheim, CA — Chain Reaction

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

Websitehttps://dayseekerband.co

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/dayseeker

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Saint Asonia Debuts Cover Of The Weekend’s ‘Blinding Lights’

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Saint Asonia is taking on a hit song from The Weekend.

The band debuted its cover of The Weekend’s ‘Blinding Lights‘ Thursday. The standalone single is available to stream and download here.

Saint Asonia’s cover of ‘Blinding Lights’ gives the song — which The Weekend premiered back in January — a whole new identity in its presentation. Where The Weekend presented the original with a distinctive 80s new wave approach and sound, Saint Asonia took that approach and turned it on its ear with its own melodic hard rock touch. At the same time the band stayed true to the original song’s general sound.

Front man Adam Gontier talked about taking on the song in a prepared statement.

“It’s always interesting deciding on a song to cover,” said Gontier “In this case, I just wanted to do something that people wouldn’t necessarily expect. I mean, any way you look at it, ‘Blinding Lights’ is a GREAT song. It was fun to give it our flavor, and add our style to it. Also, both we and The Weeknd are Canadian, specifically from the Toronto area, so that made it even sweeter. We’re all pumped with how it turned out. It hits hard.”

More information on Saint Asonia’s cover of ‘Blinding Lights’ is available along with all of the group’s latest news at:

Website: https://saintasonia.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/saintasonia

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BFMV Is Sure To Shake Up Many Hard Rock/Metal Critics’ Year-End Charts With Its Latest LP

Courtesy: Spinefarm Records/Search & Destroy Records

Bullet For My Valentine returned this weekend with its latest album.  The self-titled 10-song album was released Friday through Spinefarm Records/Search & Destroy Records.  It came `more than three years after the release of the band’s then latest album, Gravity, which the band has openly said played its own part in the development of this latest offering.  The band stated that BFMV is a hybrid of that record and its predecessor, 2015’s Venom.  That is an interesting comparison because in listening through the record from beginning to end, its musical arrangements are more along the lines of the content featured in Venom than Gravity.  This will be discussed shortly.  The record’s lyrical themes meanwhile, will appeal to fans of that album, but of all of the band’s albums.  This will be discussed a little later.  The record’s production brings everything together and rounds out the album’s most important items.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of Bullet For My Valentine.  All things considered, they make the album a powerful new offering from this veteran metal outfit.

Bullet For My Valentine’s brand new self-titled album, released Friday, is among the band’s best work to date, hands down.  The record’s success is due in no small part to its featured musical arrangements.  As already noted, the band has been cited as saying that the record’s musical arrangements are a blend of the sounds from the band’s two past records.  Interestingly enough though, the heaviness that runs through the album’s musical arrangements seem (at least to this critic) more in line with the musical content featured in Venom than Gravity.  That is evidenced throughout the record’s 49 minute run time.  One of the most notable works featured in this record comes late in the record’s run in ‘Rainbow Veins.’  Where the majority of the arrangements featured in the record are so intense and high-energy, this brooding opus is more of a doom metal style work.  At the same time, there is a certain quality in the sound from the guitars (thanks to the production) that really makes that part of the arrangement comparable to certain works from the likes of Killswitch Engage.  It sounds like an odd comparison/combination, but those influences are there.  The gloomy, brooding approach works especially well here when it is considered along with the song’s lyrical theme, which will be discussed a little later.  As the song progresses, it turns more in a heavy, metalcore sound similar to that of the likes of Atreyu and Of Mice & Men.

‘Rainbow Veins’ is just one example of the power of the album’s musical content.  ‘No Happy Ever After’ is another way in which the album’s musical side shows its importance.  In the case of this song, there is a certain vintage thrash influence in the guitars alongside front man Matthew Tuck’s screams that makes for quite the interesting juxtaposition.  It is an approach and sound that is completely unlike that featured in ‘Rainbow Veins’ and the rest of the album’s works, too.  Drummer Jason Bowld’s solid time keeping and the richness in the drums’ sound (again thanks to the production) adds its own impact to the arrangement.  The whole, along with the work of bassist Jamie Mathias, makes ‘No Happy Ever After’ yet another strong, notable addition to the record’s overall musical body.  It is just another way in which the record’s musical arrangements show their importance.  ‘Death By A Thousand Cuts’ is yet another example of the importance and role of the album’s musical arrangements.

The album’s closer, ‘Death By A Thousand Cuts’ stands out through its musical arrangements because of its own blend of influences.  The familiar metalcore influences of Venom are there once again.  There is no question about that.  At the same time, there are some moments in the song that show a subtle influence from Slipknot.  At the same time, the clean vocals and heavy melodic moments make for their own interesting contrast to the noted mix.  All things considered here, the song is its own unique, heavy addition to the song and yet another example of what makes Bullet For My Valentine’s musical arrangements so important to the record’s whole.  They are diverse throughout and even within themselves from one to the next.  Keeping that in mind, the musical arrangements featured in this album are just a part of what makes the record successful.  The lyrical themes that accompany the record’s musical content add to the album’s success in their own right.

The lyrical themes that are featured in Bullet For My Valentine are important to note because of their own diversity and their accessibility.  From one to the next, the album’s lyrical themes are those of determination, desperation, and defiance.  The theme and the manner in which it is delivered changes from one song to the next.  The most notable of the themes of desperation comes, as already noted, through ‘Rainbow Veins.’  The desperation in this case comes as the result of what would seem to be drug addition.  This is inferred as Tuck sings in the song’s lead verse, “Flying high/I’m still drowning in the chemicals/And now/I just can’t come down/Diving headfirst into a black hole/Becoming unstable mentally/I’m trying hard to ride these tidal waves/Of unfiltered ecstacy.”  The declaration in the song’s chorus that, “Another day/But I don’t wanna face it/And I Don’t wanna feel it now/Another day/But I don’t wanna face it” furthers that inference.  The theme of the dangers of drug use and addiction is nothing new to the rock realm.  It is just as powerful here as in the case of any other song past and present.  The sense of desperation that is exhibited through that powerful wording and the song’s equally powerful musical arrangement does so well to move audiences.  To that end, it is just one of the songs that serves to show the importance of the album’s lyrical themes.  The theme of determination is well exhibited in the song’s predecessor, ‘Bastards.’

‘Bastards’ is certain to become a live favorite among the band’s fans.  That is proven through its powerful, anthemic arrangement and its equally proud, fist-pumping lyrical content.  Tuck delivers a defiant, protest statement against the powers that be here as he sings/half-raps, “Stand with me/We can be an army of minorities/Just believe/Taking on the world with no apologies/Will bring them to their knees/Lies, denial, corruption, criminals/Don’t repeat/See the puppets marching to the beat/No retreat/Fight until the death/In order to proceed/We won’t accept defeat/Waitin’ for our call to arms/F*** ‘em all.”  The chorus’ final statement of “Don’t ever put your future in the hands of the devil/Or you’re history” is just as telling.  It furthers the message of defiance and determination strong and proud.  It is a message of determination and defiance against those in power who would otherwise abuse those below them, especially in the halls of power.  It is certain to connect with audiences as it continues to show the noted diversity in the themes and how they are delivered in its own unique way.  The themes of defiance and determination comes in ye another unique way in the album’s finale, ‘Death By A Thousand Cuts.’

The noted theme comes as Tuck sings in the song’s chorus, “When hope is all but gone/There’s nothing more to give/Look deep inside yourself/And carry on.”  One could argue that this short, simple statement is in fact its own message of hope even despite the mention of hope potentially lacking in a person.  The contrast in that brief but powerful statement to the sense of misery and hopelessness strengthen Tuck’s reminder to listeners to not lose hope and to keep on keeping on even when one feels so much negativity is powerful and unique in its own presentation while again, presenting one of the noted theme.  When it is considered along with the themes presented in the other examined songs and how those themes are presented – as well as with those of the album’s other songs – the whole leaves no doubt as to the overall importance of the album’s lyrical content.  When the musical and lyrical content is considered together, the whole gives audiences more than enough reason to hear the album.  It is only a part of what makes the album successful, too.  The record’s production rounds out its most important items.

The production that went into Bullet For My Valentine is important to note because of the overall impact that it has one the record’s general effect.  As noted already at points here, the production gives a richness and fullness to the sound of the instruments from point to point within the songs and from song to song.  At the same time, it ensures that the instruments never overpower one another or even the vocals.  Considering how heavy this record is from start to end, that is extremely important.  Clearly, plenty of time and effort went into balancing the instrumentation of each arrangement.  As a result, each song ensures listeners’ engagement and entertainment in its own way.  When the impact of that work is considered along with that of the content itself, the whole leaves the album that much more successful.  All things considered, Bullet For My Valentine proves to be among the band’s best works to date.

Bullet For My Valentine’s brand new self-titled album is a powerful new offering from the band.  It is a successful presentation from start to end.  That is proven in part through the album’s musical arrangements.  The arrangements are important to note because of their subtle diversity and their heaviness.  The lyrical themes that accompanies the album’s musical arrangements are important to its whole, too.  That is because of their own diversity and accessibility.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements.  That is because of its impact on the album’s general effect.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make Bullet For My Valentine one of the band’s best albums to date.

Bullet For My Valentine is available now through Spinefarm Records/Search & Destroy Records.  More information on the 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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Scorpions Announces New Album Details; Debuts Album’s Lead Single

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Veteran rock band Scorpions is scheduled to open the new year with a new album.

The band is scheduled to release its new album, Rock Believer Feb. 25 through Spinefarm Records. The announcement was made through a news release distributed Thursday. In anticipation of the album’s release, the band debuted the album’s lead single, ‘Peacemaker‘ Thursday.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Peacemaker’ is a composition that any guitar rock purist will appreciate. Its bass line is most prominent here while the lead guitar plays more of a supporting role. The steady time keeping and vocals work with the bass and vocals to give the arrangement in whole a sound and stylistic approach that is comparable to some works from the likes of Iron Maiden, believe it or not. At the same time there is also plenty of general classic guitar rock flare added to the mix to enhance the song even more.

Front man Klaus Meine, in talking about the song’s lyrical theme, stated that the song’s theme is a commentary on the state of the world.

“The first thing that came to my mind was the hook line,” he said. ‘Peacemaker, peacemaker / Bury the undertaker.’ I was just playing around with those words. At a time when so many people have died and are still dying of COVID, from devastating wars and other senseless crimes, it makes you feel that the undertaker must be working overtime. In a peaceful world after the pandemic, it will be time for the peacemaker to rule… that’s an image that really appeals to me.”

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

Website: https://www.the-scorpions.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/scorpions

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Tetrarch Announces Live Dates With Atreyu

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Tetrarch is scheduled to join Atreyu for that band’s headlining tour this fall.

The band made the announcement Friday. It is scheduled to join Saul, Crown The Empire, and Defying Decay as support for Atreyu’s headlining tour starting Nov. 9 in Dallas, TX and through Dec. Dec. 16 in Santa Ana, CA. Atreyu’s tour is in support of its latest album, Baptize while Tetrach’s new live dates are in support of its new album, Unstable, which was released April 30 through Napalm Records.

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

TETRARCH Tour Dates with Atreyu, Crown The Empire, Saul and 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 Festival*

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 @ Upstate Concert Hall

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 Tetrarch’s upcoming live dates with Atreyu 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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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

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/atreyu

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/atreyuofficial

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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

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Atreyu Is As Strong As Ever On Its Latest LP

Courtesy: Spinefarm Records

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:

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