Mark Morton Shines Again On His Second Solo Record

Courtesy: Rise Records

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More information on Ether is available online now along with all of Mark Morton’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Brandon Saller Announces Details For New In-Home Performance

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Brandon Saller (Atreyu, Hell or Highwater) announced Tuesday, he will hold a new live streaming performance next week.

Saller is scheduled to hold his in-home performance May 22.  The performance, which will stream here, is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. EST/1 p.m. PT.  It will feature Saller performing songs that he has recorded with Atreyu and Hell or Highwater.

Saller talked in a recent interview, about what audiences can expect from his forthcoming performance.

“This is the most produced performance I have done online to date,” he said. “I will be integrating new instrumentation to versions of songs spanning my catalog. I will also be adding in visuals to make this a true live at-home experience. This is as close as I can come to playing a real show for you all. 100% of the donations in LEVEL 2 and 3 will go directly to the Atreyu Crew.”

Hell or Highwater released its new EP Lost at Sonic Ranch May 1 through Spinefarm Records.  The EP is available to purchase here.

More information on Lost at Sonic Ranch is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

 

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Atreyu released its latest album In Our Wake Oct. 12, 2018 through Spinefarm Records.  The band’s latest news is available at:

 

Website: http://www.atreyuofficial.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/atreyuofficial

 

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HOH’s ‘Lost At Sonic Ranch’ Is A Great New Find Among This Year’s Field Of New EPs

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Hell or Highwater is taking audiences back to the recording sessions from its 2017 album Vista with a brand new EP.

The band released its debut EP Lost at Sonic Ranch May 1 through Spinefarm Records.  The three-song record is essentially a collection of songs that did not make the final cut for Vista, and is an enjoyable second serving of music from that album.  The strongest of the EP’s songs is its closer, ‘I’ll Be Waiting,’ which will be discussed shortly.  The record’s opener, ‘Irrational’ will keep listeners engaged and entertained, too, and will be discussed a little later.  ‘Believe In Us,’ the record’s second song, boasts its own positives and will also be discussed later.  When it is considered along with the EP’s other songs, the whole of the 10-minute record proves itself to be one of this year’s best new EPs and hope that come hell or highwater, Hell or Highwater will have new music on the way soon.

Hell or Highwater’s new EP Lost at Sonic Ranch is an enjoyable surprise find.  Released May 1 with little to not fanfare ahead of its release, it is short but still engaging and entertaining.  That is proven in part through the record’s closer, ‘I’ll Be Waiting.’  The musical arrangement at the center of ‘I’ll Be Waiting’ is an immediate attention grabber with its guitars.  The addition of the bass and front man Brand Sallers’ vocal delivery adds even more impact to the arrangement.  That is because of the clear control that Sallers has over his voice in this song.  Between the grittier moments and those in which he is actually singing, Sallers exhibits such talent throughout.  The same applies for his band mates – Kyle Rosa (drums), Joey Bradford and Jon Hoover (both on guitar), and Nick Maldonado (bass/keyboards).  The group’s collective talents makes the song a work that lends itself to certain works from Filter.  It also makes the song a radio ready modern rock ballad that deserves to be on any active rock radio programmer’s playlist.  The song’s musical arrangement is just one of its highlights.  Its lyrical theme is something that will connect with listeners just as easily as its musical arrangement.

The song’s lyrical theme will connect so easily with listeners because it is something so familiar.  It is one of those songs of devotion.  Whether that means romantic devotion or just personal in general is up to interpretation, but it is there.  Sallers sings in the song’s lead verse, “Another round/Another day/I count my lucky stars…’Til you and I are old and grey…we’re walking hand in hand/I’ll be waiting/’Till the sun stops burning out/’Till we’re six feet underground/I’ll be there/When the dust settles, I’ll stay/’Till only memories remain.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Another life/Another way/Something I could never understand/You can’t breath without the air/I couldn’t find the beauty in life without you here.”  At this point, it becomes more obvious that this song is about a relationship.  It comes across as a song about one person’s whole-hearted devotion to his/her partner.  Again, this is a concept to which plenty of listeners can relate.  Together with the song’s equally engaging and entertaining musical arrangement, the whole becomes a surefire hit for Hell or Highwater.  It is just one of the record’s notable works.  The EP’s opener, ‘Irrational’ is notable because it will appeal in the same yet different fashion as ‘I’ll Be Waiting.’

‘Irrational’ opens with a strong chorus that is accompanied by Maldonado’s keyboard work.  The chorus effect used in the song’s opening bars add to its instant grip.  That approach gives way soon after to a semi-brooding sound from the band.  The group’s work makes for so many “singable” moments for audiences, too, making the song even more worthy of applause.

The arrangement that forms the foundation of ‘Irrational’ does an impressive job of helping translate the emotion in the song’s lyrical content.  The song’s lyrical content presents a story that is the polar opposite of that presented in ‘I’ll Be Waiting.’  This song’s story seems to be one about two people who are at a difficult point in their relationship.  That is made clear right from the song’s opening bars, with Saller singing, “Don’t be so irrational/You lost control/You’re always so irrational/But you don’t even think so/So don’t be so irrational/Don’t be so/Is it the norm to fall to pieces/You’re like a loaded gun/Accepting flaws is an afterthought/Where nothing’s ever your fault at all/You never gave us less than hell/I hope your…treat you well/Don’t be so irrational/You lost control/You’re always so irrational/But you don’t even think so/So don’t be so irrational/Don’t be so.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Is it the norm to be miserable/Do you find it hard/It wasn’t that we didn’t expect it/Just didn’t know you’d live so long/You never gave us less than hell/I hope your…treat you well/Don’t be so irrational.”  He continues in similar fashion in the song’s third and final verse, noting, “We won’t follow in your footsteps” before returning to the song’s chorus again.  It’s a strong statement, but delivered in a way that is neither too light nor too heavy.  It does translate well both lyrically and musically.  To that end, it proves its own worth, voicing the feelings that so many people feel in difficult relationships with those narcissistic types of individuals who refuse to accept any responsibility for anything.  Together with ‘I’ll Be Waiting,’ the two songs give even more depth to this record, and in turn even more engagement and entertainment.

While ‘I’ll Be Waiting’ and ‘Irrational’ both clearly show their own importance to the whole of Lost at Sonic Ranch, there is still one more song featured in the EP worth noting.  ‘Believe In Us’ is noteworthy in its own right to the EP’s overall presentation.  The musical arrangement at the center of ‘Believe in Us’ is a steady, mid-tempo work that is founded in its bass and drums.  The guitars build on that foundation, giving the song even more mainstream appeal with its catchy melodies and choruses.  The arrangement does an admirable job of translating the song’s lyrical content.

The song’s lyrical theme is another matter of a personal relationship, this time seemingly focusing on someone trying to remain positive about the chances of finding love.  This is inferred as Saller sings in the song’s lead verse, “Pacing back and forth/Trying to reach what I’ve been chasing for so long/I’m lost/I’ve been used and worn/Abused and broken…I believe in love/It’s deep in my heart beating/It’s deep in my lungs, breathing.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Make my way into/great wide open/Found the place where I belong/I’m lost/I don’t believe your luck/I just believe in trusting all that I have done so far.”  He adds in the refrain of the song’s chorus, “Whether we decided if the time is right/Let’s follow our hearts until the end/I believe in love/Living life in the wake of eternity/I still believe/I still believe/That if we try…it’d still be worth it to me/I still believe.”  Some of the lyrics are difficult to decipher without a lyric sheet to reference, but the majority of the lyrics are easy to understand.  Enough, as a matter of fact, that it is clear the song is focusing on someone trying to maintain a positive attitude about finding that happiness and that it is out there despite what seems like overwhelming odds.  It’s another very familiar lyrical theme that will connect so easily to listeners.  Together with a musical arrangement that lends itself to comparisons to works from Shinedown and Finger Eleven, the song proves to be just as strong as its counterparts in this EP.  When it is considered with the EP’s other two songs, the record in whole proves to be a solid follow-up to Vista, even coming three years after that album’s release, and a work that is deserving of a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new EPs.

Hell or Highwater’s new EP Lost at Sonic Ranch is a strong new offering from the band.  It is a work that will definitely appease anyone who has waited for new music from the band since the release of its 2017 album Vista.  That is evidenced in the musical arrangements that are immediately radio ready for any mainstream active rock radio station.  The songs’ lyrical themes are just as capable of connecting with listeners as the songs’ musical content.  All things considered, they make the EP a work that any fan of Hell or Highwater will enjoy and that is a great new find among this year’s field of new EPs.  More information on Lost at Sonic Ranch is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.HellorHighwaterofficial.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/hell0rhighwater

 

 

 

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The Dead Daisies Premieres ‘Unspoken’ Lyric Video

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The Dead Daisies is giving audiences their first taste of its new album.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Unspoken‘ on April 16. The song is featured in the band’s forthcoming album Holy Ground.  The song’s musical arrangement is everything that audiences have come to expect from the band, with its up-tempo, guitar-driven presentation.

The song’s lyrical content seems to focus on a very certain kind of person, as new front man Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) — who replaced John Corabi on vocals — sings in the song’s lead verse, “In the static/Gotta make your pledge/So dramatic and you’re out on the ledge/Bones are breaking/Hear the rattle and moan/Your body aching and you’re out in the zone/Yeah, I can hear you breathe/Unspoken/You gotta let go/Unspoken/You’re out in the glow/Unbroken/You let it all flow.”  The commentary continues in the song’s second verse, with Hughes singing, “In the oneness now you realize/Lost your compass and I sympathize/In the darkness now/You fade to grey/In the stillness you will make your way.”

It almost comes across as a person who is stuck on himself/herself; one of those oh woe is me types.  That is, of course, just this critics’ own interpretation.  It is certain to generate its own share of discussion among audiences, which is a good thing for the song, as that discussion will maintain interest in the song.

Guitarist Doug Aldrich offered some background on the song’s creation in a recent interview.

“This was one of the first songs we jammed on at Sunset Sound in Hollywood and then reworked it slightly in France, where we all hit it fresh with the benefit of a few months distance,” he said.  “In that process, David, Ben, everyone pursued ideas to give it a bit more of a Daisies vibe, with Glenn’s vibe guiding it to a place where it has become an instant classic.”

A release date for Holy Ground will be announced in the days to come.  In the meantime, audiences can stream and download ‘Unspoken’ here. Audiences can keep up with that and more information online at:

 

Website: http://thedeaddaisies.com

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The Dead Daisies Signs To Spinefarm Records

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Spinefarm Records has added another big name act to its roster.

The independent label has signed The Dead Daisies to a record deal.  The rock super group — Glenn Huges (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion), Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), David Lowy (Mink, Red Phoenix) and Deeen Castronovo (Journey, Bad English, Hardline) — released its most recent album Burn It Down (the band’s fourth album) in 2018 through Spitfire/SPV.

The band discussed its signing to Spinefarm in a collective statement.

“We’re thrilled to be releasing our upcoming album in collaboration with Spinefarm Records,” the statement reads.  “This album is very important to us, and we all felt we needed to take the next step not only musically, but also from a label perspective.  Along with Jonas, Maria, Dante and the rest of the Spinefarm team, it’s time to crank up the engines and get to work on this next chapter with Glenn.  So come to a show, enjoy the ride and ROCK with us, we can’t wait for you to hear it!”

Jonas Nachsin, Spinefarm General Manager — Worldwide, said in a separate statement.

We are very excited to partner with The Dead Daisies on their newest and best album yet,” he said.  “With the addition of Glenn Hughes, all the work they’ve been putting in over the last few years will realize its full potential with this release.  As we’ve been steadily adding both new and career artists to the Spinefarm roster we extend a big welcome to The Dead Daisies on joining our rock ‘farm.”

More information on The Dead Daisies’ as-yet-untitled album, including the eventual announcement of its release date and more is available online at:

 

Website: http://thedeaddaisies.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/TheDeadDaisies

 

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Anti-Flag Announces Dates For First Leg Of “20/20 Vision Tour”

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Anti-flag announced a new live schedule Monday.

The band will launch its new tour March 11 in Ottawa, ON.  The tour, which is in support of the band’s new album 2020 Vision, is scheduled to run through May 30 in Seattle, WA.  It features performances in cities, such as Charlotte, NC; Grand Rapids, MI and Atlanta, GA.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

 

 

ANTI-FLAG ON TOUR:
3/11 Ottawa, ON @The 27 Club *
3/12 Montreal, QC @ L’Astral *
3/13 Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground *
3/14 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater (Anti-Flag Only)
3/15 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
3/17 Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents *
3/18 Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom *
3/19 Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry *
3/20 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hote*
3/22 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade @ Purgatory *
3/24 Nashville, TN @ Exit/In *
3/26 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop *
3/27 Buffalo, NY @ Rec Room *
3/28 Pittsburgh, PA @ Roxian Theatre – ANTIfest * +
5/2 Charlotte, NC @ Epicenter Fest 2020
5/3 Columbus, OH @ A&R Bar ^
5/5 Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground ^ SOLD OUT
5/6 Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme ^
5/8 St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar and Hall ^
5/10 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre ^
5/12 Dallas, TX @ Dada ^
5/13 Austin, TX @ Barracuda ^
5/14 El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace ^
5/15 Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge^
5/16 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex^
5/17 San Diego, CA @ Casbah^
5/19 Santa Ana, CA @  Constellation Room^
5/20 Oakland, CA @ New Parish ^
5/21 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Atrium at The Catalyst ^
5/23 Las Vegas, NV @ Punk Rock Bowling
5/27 Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver ^ SOLD OUT
5/28 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre ^
5/29 Vancouver, BC @ Wise Hall ^ SOLD OUT
5/30 Seattle, WA @The Crocodile ^
* W/ Grade 2 and Doll Skin
^ W/ Bad Cop/Bad Cop and Grumpster
+ Suicide Machines, Punchline, Swiss Army, and special guests To The Front traveling art show

 

 

The new tour schedule is just one of the announcements that the band made Monday.  The band also announced it is partnering with the nonprofit agencies Amnesty International USA, Punk Rock Saves Lives, and HeadCount for its upcoming live run.  The band talked about the partnerships in a collective statement.

“With every tour we do, we’re searching for creative ways to interject empathy into the show,” the band said.  “These organizations are fantastic opportunities to share simple ideas, create tangible victories and spread empathy.  The social, economic, racial and economic justice we all seek is within our reach.  The future we wish to see contains the work we all put in now.  We hope these shows serve as rallying points for people to recognize in 2020 you’re not alone, in a world where the status quo is violent, bigoted and predicated upon fear…to be kind is a radical notion and punk as f***.”

Punk Rock Saves Lives will focus on the issue of lowering prices for insulin.  The agency will also hold canned food drives at every show, according to the band.  HeadCount will work to get people registered to vote ahead of November’s general election.  Amnesty International USA will continue its work promoting human rights.

More information on Anti-Flag is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.anti-flag.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/anti_flag

 

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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

More information on Morton’s new EP, tour dates and more is available online at:

 

Websitehttp://markmortonmusic.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/markmortonmusic

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/MarkDuaneMorton

 

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

Courtesy: Spinefarm Records

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 DELUXE EDITION TRACK LISTING:
“In Our Wake”
“House of Gold”
“The Time Is Now”
“Nothing Will Ever Change”
“Blind Deaf & Dumb”
“Terrified”
“Safety Pin”
“Into the Open”
“Paper Castle”
“No Control”
“Anger Left Behind”
“Super Hero”
“In Our Wake” (Acoustic)
“The Time Is Now” (Alternate)
“Generation”
“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.

ATREYU ON TOUR:
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

More information on Atreyu’s upcoming re-issue of In Our Wake is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.atreyofficial.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/atreyuofficial

 

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Saul Signs To Spinefarm Records

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

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.

More information on Aeons is available now along with all of Saul’s current live dates and more at:

 

Websitehttp://saulofficial.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/saulbandofficial

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/saulband

 

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INK, FATN Partnering For “March Into Madness Tour”

Courtesy: Fearless Records

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Website: http://iceninekills.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ICENINEKILLS

 

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

 

Website: http://www.fromashestonew.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/FromAshesToNew

 

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