Mark Morton Plots Release Of New EP, ‘Ether’

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Mark Morton has another record on the way.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Atreyu Announces Release Date, Specs For ‘In Our Wake’ Re-Issue

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Atreyu will re-issue its album In Our Wake next month.

The album’s re-issue is scheduled for Aug. 16 through Spinefarm Records.  It will feature previously unreleased songs that were recorded during the sessions for the band’s 2015 album Long Live and its 2018 album.

Among the extras featured among the seven extra tracks are an alternate, acoustic take of the title track from In Our Wake and an alternate take of the song ‘Our Time Is Now.’

Atreyu drummer Brandon Saller said in a recent interview, he is looking forward to the album’s re-issue.

“I’ve excited for these songs to see the light of day,” Saller said.  “To us, these are songs that we loved, but didn’t find a space within the album as a unit.  To further that, we’re excited to have some older material that only saw limited release be fully available for our fans.  As for the re-imagined tracks from In Our Wake, this is something brand new to us and it was a really fun moment for us to re-think these songs.  They turned into something special that we feel stands on its own.”

Saller’s band mate, bassist Porter McKnight, expanded on Saller’s thoughts.

“When the topic for the deluxe edition was introduced, my brain instantly exploded with fun avenues and ideas for re-developed imagery,” McKnight said.  “I wanted something that flirted with my original ideas for IOW, but took them down a new and darker path.  I chose to invoke a classic punk/black metal feel with this one, and even ended up drawing the [album’s] cover by hand.  It’s always an honor and a pleasure to create something for this band.”

The  full 19-song track listing for the upcoming re-issue of In Our Wake is noted below. Pre-orders are open now.

“In Our Wake”
“House of Gold”
“The Time Is Now”
“Nothing Will Ever Change”
“Blind Deaf & Dumb”
“Safety Pin”
“Into the Open”
“Paper Castle”
“No Control”
“Anger Left Behind”
“Super Hero”
“In Our Wake” (Acoustic)
“The Time Is Now” (Alternate)
“Straight To Hell”
“So Others May Live”
“Stronger Than Me”
“When the Day Is Done”

Atreyu is in the midst of a tour in support of In Our Wake.  The band’s current schedule is noted below.

7/23: Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
7/24: Boise, ID @ Ford Idaho Center Amphitheatre
7/26: Chula Vista, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
7/28: Montreal, QC @ HVY MTL*
*Non-Disrupt date

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Saul Signs To Spinefarm Records

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Saul has a new record label home.

The band recently signed a new deal with Spinefarm Records, which is also home to the likes of Nonpoint, Anti-Flag and Atreyu.

Brothers Blake and Zach Bedsaul form the band’s foundation.  They are joined by William McIlravy (bass, vocals) and Joe Nichols (drums) to round out the band.

A recent Revolver magazine reader poll named Saul as one of the five bands that will break out this year.  That is based on the band’s “catchy, yet heavy take on the alternative metal genre.”

The brothers Bedsaul talked about signing with Spinefarm in a recent interview.

“We have dedicated our lives to the music and idea behind Saul,” the brothers said. “We prepared, hoped and worked diligently toward the day when we could take the leap to the major stage.  Today is that day.  Signing with Spinefarm/Universal is an honor.  It is amazing to have a like-minded label backing us at 100 percent.  It’s a life-changing experience.”

Saul’s current single ‘Brother‘ recently reached No. 1 on Sirius XM’s Octane channel.  The song is also moving on Active Rock Radio charts nationwide.  The song is taken from the band’s recently released EP Aeons.

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INK, FATN Partnering For “March Into Madness Tour”

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nonpoint Debuts ‘Wheel Against Will’ Video

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Nonpoint released its latest music video this week.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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










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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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