Saint Asonia Scores Another Success With ‘Extrovert’ EP

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Hard rock super group Saint Asonia is keeping itself busy this year, and if the band’s scheduled winter 2023 tour schedule is any indication, it is going to be keeping itself busy into the new year, too. The band’s busy schedule started in July with the release of its debut EP, Introvert through Spinefarm Records. Its release was followed up last week, less than five months later, with the release of its second EP, Extrovert. The band is tentatively scheduled to release both EPs together next month in one complete package, less than two months after the band is scheduled to launch its next tour. Extrovert is another interesting offering from Saint Asonia that will appeal to audiences just as much as its companion record. As with Introvert, Extrovert‘s appeal comes in part through its musical arrangements, which will be discussed shortly. The lyrical themes that accompany the record’s musical content are accessible in their own right, making for just as much appeal. They will be discussed a little later. The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements and will also be examined later. Each item noted is key in its own way to the whole of Extrovert. All things considered they make Extrovert one more of this year’s top new EPs.

Extrovert, Saint Asonia’s second EP (and fourth overall studio recording behind the band’s two albums, Saint Asonia (2015) and Flawed Design (2019) ) is another largely successful offering from the band. The record’s success comes in part through its featured musical arrangements, which once are once again just as radio ready as any heavy melodic hard rock song that is run on America’s mainstream active rock stations. Just as in the case of the heavier works featured in Introvert, the arrangements in this EP boast a sound and style that is very similar to that of works from the likes of The Veer Union, Otherwise, and A Killer’s Confession. Even with those comparisons in mind, the songs here still boast their own identity separate from those bands’ works and from other worse that Saint Asonia has already crafted. Even in more contemplative moments, such as in ‘Better Now’ and ‘Over It’ the band still does not pull back but so much, but still manages to translate the emotion in the song’s lyrical theme so well through their musical arrangements without being too schmaltzy at any point. Keeping all of this in mind, the musical content that is featured throughout this EP does plenty in its own right to keep audiences engaged.

While the musical arrangements featured in Extrovert are positive additions to the EP in their own way, they are just part of what makes the record worth hearing. The lyrical themes that accompany the arrangements make for their own appeal. Case in point is the fully accessible theme featured in ‘Over It.’ This song finds front man Adam Gontier (ex-Three Days Grace) singing from the standpoint of a person battling an all too familiar inner battle with himself/herself. The person in this case is battling that sense of depression and doubt of self worth. That is clearly inferred as Goutier sings in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “I’m addicted to the pain that I’ve created for myself/Alone and on the outside/Always trying to be someone else/This weight on my shoulders/Where did I go wrong/My soul is so cold/And I hate what I’ve become/If I don’t find a way is it over/If I don’t blame myself is it gone/All of this time I’ve wasted/Or will I make it out from under this world before it falls/I’m over it all/I’m over it.” This is that clear sense of self doubt that so many people battle daily. Goutier continues the message in the song’s second verse as he sings, “I’ll admit that I’m ashamed/’Cause I’ve been lying to myself/My throne is rusted from the years/Of Living in this hell/I take so much ****/Is this where I belong/My heart is so charred/And I hate what I’ve become.” Yet again here is that inner battle that is so familiar to audiences. It seems quite melancholy on the surface, but on a deeper level, it is a theme that is certain to resonate with plenty of audiences. That is especially the case considering the manner of its delivery.

Another theme that is certain to resonate with audiences comes in Extrovert‘s opener, ‘Devastate.’ In the case of this song, there is a certain level of depth in its own right as The song’s subject seems to be addressing someone who is really his or her own worst enemy. In the process of being his or her own enemy, that person is apparently making others strongly dislike that person. There is even an inference that maybe that overall dislike was caused by addiction. The inference starts in the song’s lead verse and chorus, which state, “Down in the dark/You live on the bottom/You fooled them all/Looks like you got ’em/When all is lost/Who will you follow/When all the same **** will be here tomorrow/You fall for anything/All for nothing/You never cared for anyone at all/Well, I hate every word you say/Even when you breathe/I can’t stand to see you medicate/Fake/It’s all one and the same/Nothing to believe/All you ever do is devastate.” The seeming message is furthered in the song’s second verse, which states, “Nothing to use/End of the bottle/We fooled ’em all/Like a role model/No matter the cost/Beg, steal or borrow/’Cause all the same **** will be here tomorrow.” The message is finalized in the song’s breakdown, during which Goutier sings, “All your lies/Under your disguise/When the weight comes down/You’ll be underground.” Once more, what audiences seem to be getting here overall is that apparent theme of someone addressing another subject who is being fake not only to others but also to himself/herself and the impact thereof. It is not a unique theme, but still welcome and accessible to a wide range of audiences in its own right.

‘Better Now’ is another song that shows the accessibility of Extrovert‘s lyrical themes. In the case of this song, it is clearly that of a broken relationship and the aftermath on at least one side. This is made clear as Goutier sings in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “Look at my face/I hope it haunts you ’till the end/You left me here for dead/when you walked away/How does it taste/To know that you were wrong/And now I get to watch you crawl/All the way back to me/Guess I let you get away with everything/Never called you out on anything/Had your back because you needed me/Now I’m standing here alone/Every time I think about it/You were a perfect mistake/Lesson learned/It was never forever/I can do better/Every time I think about it/Know that you were just in my way/Now I know/It was never forever/I can do better now.” This is unquestionably someone who is angry and deeply hurt by the result of that toxic relationship, yet who is also realizing he or she is better and is in the process of moving forward. It is a theme that will resonate with its own share of listeners. The realizations continue in the song’s second verse, which states, “Look at this place/Scattered with an empty silence/Every scream and every crisis/It stays with me/How can you face yourself/Knowing how you were so evil/Like poison in a needle/And the vein was me.” The overall revelation and reaction here will have such a powerful impact on plenty of listeners. It is just one more example of the importance of this record’s lyrical content. When this theme and the others examined here are considered along with the EP’s other themes, the whole leaves no doubt as to the importance of the record’s lyrical content. When it and the record’s musical content are considered jointly, the whole makes for all the more engagement and entertainment for audiences.

The sequencing of that collective musical and lyrical content makes that engagement and entertainment even stronger. From beginning to end of the 20-minute record, the heaviness and energy barely lets up, even when it does pull back. Those subtle pull backs are expertly placed in the bigger picture of the arrangements. The lyrical themes change up just enough to keep audiences engaged and entertained, too. Clearly plenty of thought and time went into the sequencing, and the result was success there, too. The end result is a positive general effect that is enhanced through the overall content. All things considered, the sequencing and content together make Extrovert another strong addition to Saint Asonia’s catalog.

Extrovert, the latest addition to Saint Asonia’s catalog, is another strong offering from the band. The band’s fourth overall studio recording and second EP, it offers much for audiences to appreciate, beginning with the record’s musical arrangements. The heaviness and energy in each arrangement is once again ready for any active rock radio station. That is especially the case considering how similar the arrangements are in sound and style to so many of the band’s hard rock counterparts. The lyrical themes that accompany the record’s musical arrangements are accessible in their own right, making for even more engagement and entertainment. The sequencing of that overall content rounds out the EP’s most important elements, completing its presentation. Each item examined is important in its own way to the whole of the EP. All things considered they make Extrovert one of the best of this year’s new EPs.

Extrovert is available now through Spinefarm Records. More information on the record is available along with all of Saint Asonia’s latest news at:

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Saint Asonia’s Debut EP Will Appeal To Most Modern Mainstream Hard Rock Audiences

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Hard rock super group Saint Asonia announced this week, it is set to release its new EP, Extrovert Nov. 18 through Spinefarm Records.  In anticipation of the six-song record’s release, the band debuted the video for the EP’s lead single, ‘Wolf’ Thursday.  When it is released just after Thanksgiving, Saint Asonia’s new EP will have come more than four months after the band’s debut EP, Introvert, which was released July 1 (also through Spinefarm Records).  The two EPs are currently expected for joint release Dec. 9 as a complete collection, much like of Mice & Men combined its 2021 EPs, Timeless, Bloom, and Ad Infinitum last year into the album, Echo.  Considering that these two EPs are allegedly going to be released as one joint recording in December, those who might not own either record would be well advised to wait for that planned release.  While audiences await its release, they can take in Introvert now through all digital platforms and on CD.  The record will appeal to the band’s established audiences in part through its musical arrangements, which will be discussed shortly.  The lyrical themes that accompany the EP’s musical arrangements play their own part into that appeal and will be examined a little later.  The sequencing of that collective content rounds out its most important element and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the record.  All things considered they make Introvert a presentation that gives audiences at least some reason to anticipate its coming companion record.

Introvert, the debut EP from hard rock super group Saint Asonia, is an interesting addition to this year’s field of new hard rock records and EPs in general.  It is a presentation whose six total songs will appeal easily to the band’s established audiences. They are each also an easy fit for any mainstream, active rock radio station’s daily play list.  Their collective musical arrangements prove these statements by themselves.  Each arrangement is easily comparable to works from front man Adam Gontier’s primary project, Three Days Grace.  That is not just because of his vocals, either.  The specific melodic hard rock approach the he and his band mates – Mike Mushok (Staind), Cale Gontier (Art of Dying), and Cody Watkins (Art of Dying) – take in each song is so similar to the works that Three Days Grace have created.  At the same time, audiences could just as easily to more recent works from Atreyu, which makes them even stronger.  Stylistically, the songs are very close to one another.  The thing is that there are some subtleties in the overall sound from one song to the next.  When audiences actively listen to each song, they will immerse themselves in the songs and catch those subtleties, thus appreciating, again, each arrangement.  To that end, it shows the strength of the arrangements in the bigger picture of Introvert.

The lyrical themes that accompany the record’s musical arrangements add to the EP’s interest in their own way both by themselves and paired with that musical content.  The apparent theme of perseverance presented in the EP’s opener, ‘Above It All’ will resonate easily with any listener.  The message is delivered with relative clarity as Gontier sings in the song’s chorus, “It’s time to take a stand and save our lives/Rise before we fall/There’s no more second chance/It’s do or die/Rise above it all.”  This is a clear message of overcoming adversity and pushing through it.  ‘Better Late Than Never,’ which immediately follows, somewhat continues that theme.  In the case of this song, it finds its subject essentially talking about having pushed through that adversity and having come out on the other side stronger.  This is noted as Gontier sings in the song’s chorus, “I know I was meant for something more/More than beaten, bloody, blacked out on the floor/But I’m here and it’s forever/It’s better late than never.”

From here, the record takes a more existential turn in ‘Chew Me Up’ as the song’s subject seems to address becoming his own self despite being told so many lies about certain things as he grew up.  The song doesn’t note specifically the lies that the subject was told, but one can imagine they likely centered on so many aspects.  The overarching theme here is one that is so common with rock and hard rock songs.  It is that semi-angry introspection about the negative role that someone played in the past and how in hindsight, the subject has overcome that impact to be better than that other person.

From here, Gontier turns more introspective alongside his band mates, presenting songs of someone battling those all too familiar inner demons in the next pair of songs.  There is some self-hatred, etc. in the songs, which will serve to help people going through such situations to know they are not alone.  The record’s closer, ‘Blinding Lights’ is another all too familiar topic, thematically speaking.  It focuses on the topic of a broken romantic relationship.  So simply put, what audiences get here and in the rest of the EP’s lyrical content is material that is familiar and accessible in its own right.  When it is all collectively considered alongside the record’s musical arrangements, that collective shows what makes the EP worth hearing even more.

The EP’s production puts the finishing touch to its presentation.  That is because of the fullness that it brings out of each composition.  That fullness is brought out through the balance of the songs’ instrumentations and vocals.  The result of all of this is a general effect that ensures listeners’ maintained engagement and entertainment from beginning to end of the record.  Taking this into account alongside the EP’s overall content, the whole makes Introvert an interesting new presentation from Saint Asonia that gives reason for audiences to anticipate its coming counterpart.

Introvert, Saint Asonioa’s recently released debut EP, is a presentation that the band’s established audiences will find interesting.  It is a record whose six total songs are easy additions to any modern, active rock radio station’s play lists, too.  That is proven in part through its musical arrangements, each of which is its own interesting melodic hard rock composition.  The lyrical themes that accompany that musical content find themselves quite accessible and familiar.  That makes them just as important to the record as their musical counterparts.  The record’s production gives the EP an overall positive general effect, bringing everything full circle and completing the record’s presentation.  Each item examined here is important in its own way to the whole of the EP.  All things considered they make Introvert a presentation that gives the band’s reason to anticipate its coming companion EP, Extrovert.

Introvert is available now through Spinefarm Records.  More information on the EP is available along with all of Saint Asonia’s latest news at:

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Bullet For My Valentine Releases Second Single From New Re-Issue

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Bullet For My Valentine unveiled another single and video from the upcoming re-issue of its  self-titled 2021 album last week.

The band debuted its new single, ‘Stitches‘ and its companion video May 27. The song and its video are the second from the forthcoming re-issue, which was previously scheduled for release July 8 but is now set for release Aug. 5. The band released the re-issue’s lead single,  ‘Omen’ and its companion lyric video in April.

Pre-orders for the album’s re-issue are open. A vinyl pressing is scheduled for release Nov. 11 and will feature five additional bonus tracks.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Stitches’ is a heavy, cutting composition. It starts out quietly before quickly hitting audiences right in the face. The sharp vocals and equally cutting overall instrumentation makes the song another powerful addition to the upcoming re-issue.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the debut of the song and its video. The lyrics provided with the song’s video hint at an all too familiar story of someone who is dealing with the wrongdoing of another toward the song’s subject. That is just this critic’s interpretation.

The song’s video is a simple presentation. It features the band performing its new single, mixed in with a digitized almost security camera style presentation, complete with a static style effect.

The full track listing for the album’s re-issue is noted below.

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE [DELUXE EDITION] TRACK-LISTING:   
“Parasite”   
“Knives”   
“My Reverie”   
“No Happy Ever After”   
“Can’t Escape  The  Waves”   
“Bastards”   
“Rainbow Veins”  
“Shatter”   
“Paralysed”    
“Death  By  a Thousand Cuts ” 
“Omen” 
“Stitches” 
“No More Tears” 
“Step Out From the Inside” 
“This Means War” 

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‘Revelation’ Could Help Stone Broken Break Out Into The Mainstream

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Rock outfit Stone Broken unveiled its latest album, Revelation, Tuesday through Spinefarm Records. The band’s third album, it is a strong new offering from the band. That is proven in part through its featured musical arrangements, which will be discussed shortly. The lyrical content that accompanies the album’s musical arrangements make for their own appeal. 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 is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation. All things considered, the album proves itself a positive new offering from Stone Broken that most rock fans will find enjoyable.

Revelation, Stone Broken’s brand new album, is a positive new offering that most rock fans will find enjoyable. That is due in large part to its featured musical arrangements. From one song to the next, the arrangements in this 11-song record present a similar sound and stylistic approach. That approach is largely one that lends each arrangement to comparison to works from the likes of Theory of a Deadman and other similar acts. At the same time, there is at least a little variance early in the album’s run in the form of ‘Make It Out Alive.’ The song opens sounding so much more like Theory of a Deadman. The choruses however, are more of an aggro-rock sense a la Breaking Benjamin. What’s interesting here is how that contrast of energies and styles plays directly into the song’s lyrical content. That will be addressed a little later. There is also a little more change of style and sound in ‘This Revival,’ which comes later in the album’s run. The down-tuned guitar here and the contemplative vocal style gives the song a touch of modern rock vibe. It is just another subtle change in things that people will notice when they pay close attention to the album’s arrangements from start to end. When people take in the album from start to end, they will catch these subtle nuances and others within each song. In hearing those nuances, audiences will find plenty to appreciate if only from the album’s musical content. Every arrangement would be a good fit for any active rock radio station programmer’s daily play list. It is all that engaging and entertaining. It is also just one part of what makes the album worth hearing. The lyrical content that accompanies the album’s musical arrangements also plays into the appeal of the album’s presentation.

The lyrical content that accompanies the album’s musical arrangements is important to examine because by and large, it focuses on the matter of overcoming adversity. That adversity comes for the most part here in the form of mental health. Or at least that is what seems to be the case in most of the songs. Given, there is one song that seemingly focuses on the matter of a broken relationship in the form of ‘Me Without You.’ Other than that one song, the majority of the record’s content delivers that familiar theme in various ways. To that end, pretty much every song will offer audiences some form of motivation, which is always welcome. Add in the different moods set in each song’s arrangement, and each song’s overall impact increases that much more. Keeping all of this in mind, the content featured in Stone Broken’s new album forms a solid foundation for the record. It is still not all that the album has to offer. The production rounds out its most important elements.

The production presented in Revelation is important because as noted, each song focuses on a seemingly central topic while doing so in different ways lyrically and musically. Thanks to the production that went into the album, each song’s utmost emotional impact is ensured. From the most subdued moments to the most powerful, every instrument is balanced with the others. Every vocal track is just as well-balanced with the instrumentations, ensuring that audiences can easily understand what is being sung for the most part. From beginning to end, the album’s production is expert, putting the final touch to the album. When it is considered along with the album’s overall content, the whole of it all makes Revelation a strong new record from Stone Broken that could help finally break this band into the mainstream if it has not already done so.

Revelation, the latest album from Stone Broken, is a presentation that from beginning to end, could help make the band a household name among rock fans. That is due in part to its featured musical arrangements. The arrangements each present a firm mainstream appeal. They also each present a subtle nuanced difference from one another that audiences will catch when they fully immerse themselves in the record. The lyrical content that accompanies the album’s musical content is also of note. That is because it largely delivers one overarching theme, that of overcoming adversity. For the most part, that adversity seems to come in the form of mental health issues, which plenty of audiences will find appealing. There is one song that comes across as being about a broken relationship, but for the most part, the lyrical content seems to approach that one specific item just in varying ways. The record’s production puts the final touch to its presentation. That is because it ensures the best possible emotional impact in each song, taking into account the musical and lyrical content. Each item examined here is important in its own way to the album’s presentation. All things considered, they make the record a presentation that could help Stone Broken finally break into the mainstream.

Revelation is available now. More information on the album is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

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Stone Broken Debuts ‘The Devil You Know’ Video

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Stone Broken debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band premiered the video for its latest single, ‘The Devil You Know’ Friday. The song is the third single from the band’s forthcoming album, Revelation, which is scheduled for release April 15 via Spinefarm Records. The album has also produced the singles, ‘Black Sunrise‘ and its title track.

The video for the band’s new single is a relatively simple presentation. It features the band performing its new single on a darkened sound stage as the song plays over the visualization. Various video effects are used to help heighten the emotion in the song’s arrangement.

Speaking of the arrangement, it boasts its own identity separate from the other singles. That is the case even with the melodic hard rock style approach being similar to that taken in the other singles. It still has a sound all its own.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the video’s premiere. The lyrics provided with the video lend themselves to interpretation that the song focuses on the topic of mental health. That is just this critic’s interpretation.

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:

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Bullet For My Valentine Announces Album Re-Issue Specs; Debuts New Single’s Lyric Video

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Bullet For My Valentine announced Friday, it will re-issue its self-titled 2021 album July 8 through Spinefarm Records/Search and Destroy. Pre-orders are open.

The re-issue will feature five bonus tracks, including the song ‘Stitches,’ which was previously only available on the Japanese release of the album. It will also feature the previously unreleased song ‘Omen.’ The band debuted the song and its lyric video Friday in anticipation of the record’s re-issue.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Omen’ is in line with the songs featured in the original release of Bullet For My Valentine. It is an up-tempo metalcore composition whose instrumentation and energy will keep any listener engaged and entertained.

The lyrical theme featured in the song delivers a message of hope and determination. It reminds listeners not to let their negative thoughts control them, that it is “time to heal.”

The lyric video features the song’s lyrics over a backdrop of images, such as sawblades, shurikens, chains, and other imagery as the song plays over the visualization.

The full track listing for the album’s re-issue is noted below.

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE [DELUXE EDITION] TRACK-LISTING:   
“Parasite”   
“Knives”   
“My Reverie”   
“No Happy Ever After”   
“Can’t Escape  The  Waves”   
“Bastards”   
“Rainbow Veins”  
“Shatter”   
“Paralysed”    
“Death  By  a Thousand Cuts ” 
“Omen” 
“Stitches” 
“No More Tears” 
“Step Out From the Inside” 
“This Means War” 

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

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Airbourne Announces New Live Dates; Debuts New Single’s Video

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For the first time since 2019, Airbourne has announced new live dates.

The band announced Tuesday, it is scheduled to launch a new North American tour Sept. 9 in New York, NY. The tour is scheduled to run through Oct. 11 in Los Angeles, CA. It features performances in cities, such as Seattle, WA; Columbus, OH and Calgary, AB.

The band said in a prepared statement, it is looking forward to getting back on tour.

“We are from Melbourne, the most locked down city in the world,” the statement reads. “Unleashed at last, Airbourne are the most set-free animals on the planet. Look out. They wouldn’t let us in for two years, and after this tour, they’ll never let us back. Get your tickets — NOW OR NEVER!!”

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. local time Friday.

AIRBOURNE ON TOUR:
9/9 — New York, NY — The Gramercy Theatre
9/10 — Philadelphia, PA — Underground Arts
9/11 — Boston, MA — Paradise Rock Club
9/15  — Quebec City, QC — St. Roch XP L’Impérial Bell
9/16 — Saguenay, QC — Festival Saint-Honoré dans l’Vent
9/17 —  Montreal, QC — Corona Theatre
9/20 — Toronto, ON — The Opera House
9/22 — London, ON — London Music Hall
9/23 — Columbus, OH — Skully’s Music Diner
9/24 — Louisville, KY — Louder Than Life
9/26 — Chicago, IL — Bottom Lounge
9/27 — Minneapolis, MN — 7th Street Entry
9/28 — Winnipeg, MB — The Pyramid Cabaret
9/30 — Calgary, AB — The Palace
10/1 — Edmonton, AB — Midway
10/3 — Vancouver, BC — Commodore Ballroom
10/4 — Seattle, WA — Tractor Tavern
10/5 — Portland, OR — Doug Fir Lounge
10/7 — San Francisco, CA — Starline Social Club
10/8 — Sacramento, CA — Aftershock Festival
10/11 — Los Angeles, CA — Troubadour

Along with announcing its new live dates, the band also premiered the video for its latest single, ‘Burnout The Nitro’ Tuesday. The video features the band performing its new single against the backdrop of a junkyard. Meanwhile a man is chased through the junkyard by a group of men as he searches for his car, which was impounded by a police officer.

The band’s established audiences will find familiar the once again unavoidable comparison to works from AC/DC in the song’s musical arrangement. No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the band’s new tour and video debut. No lyrics were provided with the video either.

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

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Stone Broken Debuts New Single, ‘Black Sunrise,’ Companion Lyric Video

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Stone Broken is giving audiences another preview of its next album, Revelation, with the lyric video for its latest single.

The band debuted its new single, ‘Black Sunrise‘ and its companion lyric video Friday. The song is the second single from the album, which is scheduled for release April 15 via Spinefarm Records. The band unveiled the album’s lead single/title track and its video last month.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Black Sunrise’ is a notable difference from that of the album’s title track. Where the title track’s arrangement harkens to works from the likes of Muse and Imagine Dragons as well as Theory of a Deadman, ‘Black Sunrise’ leans more directly in the direction of Theory of a Deadman, as well as some harder edged acts, such as Drowning Pool and Shinedown.

The lyrical theme featured in the band’s new single touches on the matter of people staying true to themselves, according to front man Rich Moss.

“‘Black Sunrise’ explores the darker side of portrayal,” Moss said.  “Sometimes people only want to show a certain side of themselves, maybe even an exaggerated version or completely fictitious personality. The truth is, it’s going to be hard to keep up the act. The mental impact will ultimately take its toll. This is where the title stems from: a ‘Black Sunrise’ doesn’t exist; it’s the opposite of reality.”

The lyric video for ‘Black Sunrise’ features the song’s lyrics over the visual of a tarot card with a sun on it. The song’s musical arrangement plays over the visual.

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

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‘Rock Believer’ Will Keep Audiences Believing In Scorpions

Courtesy: Spinefarm Records/Vertigo Records/UMe

A wait of more than seven years for new music from Scorpions officially ended Friday when the band released its new album, Rock Believer.  Released through Spinefarm Records and Vertigo Records (a subsidiary of Universal Music Group), the 16-song record is a presentation that the band’s established audiences and rock fans in general will agree is a mostly successful new offering from the band.  That is due in part to the album’s featured musical arrangements, which will be discussed shortly.  The album’s lyrical content adds to the album’s interest in its own way and will be discussed a little later.  The production rounds out the album’s most important elements and will also be examined later.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Rock Believer a record that will keep audiences believing in Scorpions.

Rock Believer, the 19th (yes, 19th) new album from veteran rock act Scorpions, is a presentation that audiences will agree is mostly successful.  That is proven in part through its featured musical arrangements.  The arrangements are of note because for the most part, they continue to present the hard rock sound that first made the band a hit back in the 80s.  At the same time, the stylistic approach that the band took in each arrangement also clearly exhibits the band’s ability to evolve with the times while still staying true to its musical roots.  Case in point is the arrangement featured in the late entry, ‘Shoot For Your Heart.’  The production, which will be discussed later, comes fully into play here.  The band’s 80s rock sensibility is here.  That is fully evident.  At the same time, there is a certain edge to the arrangement that fits just as well into today’s rock community as it would into the scene back in the 80s.  It makes for its own interesting presentation.

On another hand, the blues-based rock sound of the album’s opener, ‘Gas in the Tank’ is another example of that ability of the band to so expertly balance elements of old and new.  The choruses in this song and even portions of the verses display plenty of classic rock sounds.  At the same time, the aforementioned edge that the band incorporated into so much of the album is just as much on display here.  It ensures the song (and album) will appeal to a wide range of audiences.  In turn, it keeps the band just as relevant today as it was in its early days.

‘Peacemaker,’ the album’s lead single, is yet another example of how the band has continued to evolve while maintaining its identity.  The hard rock approach taken here (which is very bass heavy) would fit perfectly into any modern, active rock radio programmer’s play list.  The heaviness and related depth to the instrumentation and its sound shows the band can still hold its own alongside any of today’s veteran and young, new acts.  When it is considered along with the other arrangements examined here and with the rest of the album’s arrangements, the whole of that content shows fully why this album’s musical arrangements make it worth hearing.  They are just part of what makes the record successful.  The album’s lyrical content makes for its own share of interest.

The lyrical themes that accompany the album’s musical content are important because of their accessibility.  From start to end, the album’s lyrical content touches on a wide range of topics, all of which will find appeal.  Right from the album’s outset, the band presents a positive message that perhaps is reflective of the uncertainty that the band went through following the release of its then latest album, Return to Forever, and the tour that followed.  The clear declaration in the song’s chorus, “Let’s play it louder/Play it hard/Laid back and a little dark/Give me a dirty riff, my friend/There’s gotta be more gas in the tank” does well to lead to such inference.  The additional mentions of hammer riffs and that “best friends will never part” continues to infer the noted theme.  It all collectively comes across as a first statement to audiences that even with what it went through after celebrating its 50th anniversary, is still going strong.  On a deeper level, that overt sense of determination inferred through this content could encourage others who might be going through tough times to push on through in their own situations.  To that end, it makes this song just one example of what makes the album’s lyrical content so important to the record’s presentation.

‘Call Of The Wild’ is yet another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical content.  In the case of this song, it is sung from the standpoint of a man trying to get a woman to stay with him.  This is clear right from the song’s outset as the lead verse states, “Hear the call of the wild, girl/I wanna spend the night, yeah/Right by your side.”  The attempt to win the woman over continues later in the statement, “Getting lost in the jungle, babe/In the shade of the night/You’ve got the funky rhythm, girl/I’ve got the rocking drive.”  It is pretty obvious what is happening here.  The man is trying to tell the woman how well they “move” together.  This is more of that attempt to flirt so to speak and get her to stay with him.  The bluesy approach taken to the song’s musical arrangement adds even more to the engagement that these lyrics (and the topic) ensure.  Overall, it is one more example of why the record’s lyrical content is so important to the album’s presentation.

‘When Tomorrow Comes’ is yet another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical themes.  In the case of this song, the band has opted to go socially conscious.  This is made clear as front man Klaus Meine states in his spoken word style approach, “Good morning, world/How do you feel/Sometimes I think you’re gonna stop turning ‘round/Who’s to blame but us/When half the planet caught on fire/And one more spark seems enough/To burn it down/Good morning, world/How do you feel/You look so sad/The clock is ticking/And precious time will fade away/Oh, the cyber war/A dirty ocean/The climate change/When tomorrow comes/We’ll pay the price.”  The song’s chorus adds even more to the clarity in the message as Meine and his band mates sing, “See the writing on the wall (The future calls)/Can I trust fate anymore (The world is yours)/Young is old and old is young (You are the ones)/Call me when tomorrow comes (When tomorrow comes).”  This is a familiar way to address a familiar topic.  In other words, it is fully accessible and shows even more, the diversity in the album’s lyrical content.  It also shows the depth of the record’s lyrical content.  When this is considered along with the themes in the other songs examined here and with that of the rest of the album’s songs, the whole makes clear, the importance of the album’s lyrical content. 

The musical and lyrical content that makes up the body of Rock Believer obviously does plenty to make the album worth hearing.  They are just part of what makes the album successful.  The album’s production puts the finishing touch to the presentation.  The production is important to note because of its impact on the album’s general effect.  From start to end, the production ensures that no one part of the songs’ instrumentations overpowers the others.  At the same time, it ensures that the band’s ability to balance its vintage rock sound with more modern influences cuts through just as clearly.  What’s more, the vocals are just as well balanced with the instrumentations, topping off the positive impact of the production.  All things considered here, the album’s production does just as much to make it engaging and entertaining as the album’s content.  To that end, all of the album’s noted elements make it an easy candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new rock albums so far this year.

Rock Believer, the latest album from Scorpions, is a positive new offering from the veteran rock band.  That is proven in part through its featured musical arrangements.  The arrangements continue to exhibit the band’s familiar vintage 80s hard rock leanings while also displaying the band’s ability to evolve and adapt to the current rock scene without losing anything in either end along the way.  The lyrical themes featured throughout the album add their own appeal to the presentation.  That is because of their diversity and accessibility.  The record’s production puts the finishing touch to the presentation, ensuring its general effect is just as positive as its content.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make Rock Believer a record in which Scorpions’ established audiences and rock fans in general will believe.

Rock Believer is available now.  More information on the album is available along with all of Scorpions’ latest news at:

Website: https://the-scorpions.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/scorpions

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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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