Symphony X Announces 25th Anniversary Tour Schedule

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Symphony X will celebrate its 25th anniversary as a band next spring.

The band made the announcement through a news release distributed Monday. The band is scheduled to embark on a tour to mark the occasion starting May 10 in New York, NY. The tour, which will feature Haken as a special guest, is scheduled to run through June 12 in Montclair, NJ. The tour also features performances scheduled in cities nationwide, such as Cleveland, OH; Mesa, AZ and Carrboro, NC.

Guitarist Michael Romeo talked about the upcoming tour during a recent interview.

“After the past year and a half of tours and festivals being canceled, it looks like things are finally moving along and getting back rolling,” he said. “We are SO looking forward to the upcoming tour and getting back out there playing again! We can’t wait and we’ll see you all soon!”

Front man Russell Allen echoed his band mate’s sentiments.

“The wait is over! We are really looking forward to getting back on the road and sharing the live music experience with all of you. See you on the road my friends!”

The members of Haken spoke highly of Symphony X in a prepared statement, additionally expressing their anticipation for getting out on the road together.

“We are so excited to get out on the road again at all, but having the honour to do it alongside Symphony X will make it that much more special,” the statement reads. “We have nothing but the utmost respect for them as progressive metal pioneers and when we were starting out, Symphony X was one of the bands who inspired us to practice our instruments and strive to be better musicians – and still do! We’ve really missed the USA and the fans over there so much over the lockdown period. Getting back over there to see some familiar faces as well as meeting new friends will be an emotional ride. We can’t wait for this Odyssey to begin!”

The schedule for the upcoming tour is noted below. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale at 10 a.m. local time Friday.

Confirmed dates for the SYMPHONY X25th Anniversary North American Tour” with HAKEN and TROPE are:
May 10 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
May 11 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
May 12 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
May 13 – Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell
May 14 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
May 15 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall
May 17 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
May 18 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
May 19 – Chicago, IL – Park West
May 20 – St. Louis, MO – Red Flag
May 21 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
May 23 – Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater
May 24 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
May 26 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
May 27 – Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw Theatre
May 28 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
May 29 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
May 31 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
Jun 1 – Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco Theater
Jun 2 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
Jun 4 – Austin, TX – Empire Garage
Jun 5 – Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
Jun 7 – Atlanta, GA – Heaven At The Masquerade
Jun 8 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
Jun 10 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Jun 11 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
Jun 12 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater

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

Website: https://symphonyx.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/symphonyx

More information on Haken’s tour with Symphony X is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.hakenmusic.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Haken_Official

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Hard Rock Super Group Unveils Its Debut Single

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Hard rock super group 7 Pounds of Pressure premiered its debut single last week.

The band — Steve Tobin, Michael J. Romeo (Symphony X), Hollywood How (vocals), Tom Miller (Symphony X) — debuted its first single, ‘Birds of Prey‘ April 6. Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob, Sonic Stomp) and Steve Brown (Def Leppard) also contributed their talents to the song.

The musical arrangement featured in the band’s new single presents a sound that will appeal to fans of the hair metal and hard rock that bridged the late 80s and early 90s. That is evidenced through Romeo’s guitar work and How’s soaring, operatic vocals.

According to a comment from Tobin, the song’s lyrical theme follows the album’s overarching theme about his father’s experiences in the military.

“My dad was an Army Paratrooper, an Airborne Ranger in the Korean war out of the 82nd, although the songs can apply to all military personnel and all people’s personal experiences,” he said. “It Isn’t pro war. It’s merely sharing some experiences.”

More information on 7 Pounds of Pressure’s new single is available online at https://www.facebook.com/7-Pounds-Of-Pressure-342570762958866/

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Lord’s New Record Is A Covers Compilation That Is Actually Worth Hearing

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Independent rock band Lord released its latest record this week.  Its new covers compilation, Undercovers Vol. 1 released Friday through Dominus Records.  The 23-song (yes, 23 songs) comes less than a year after the trio released its then latest EP, Chaos Raining, and approximately two years after the release of its then latest new album, Fallen Idols.  This latest compilation stands out from so many other compilations already released this year in part because of its featured songs.  This will be discussed shortly.  The band’s take on the songs makes for its own share of interest and will be discussed a little later.  The songs’ sequencing puts the finishing touch to the record’s presentation.  When this element is considered along with the other noted items, the record in whole proves that while it is largely a space filler between albums, is still a positive addition to Lord’s catalog.

Lord’s new covers compilation, Undercovers Vol. 1 is a positive new presentation from the longtime independent hard rock band.  The record’s appeal comes in large part through its songs.  The songs are important to note in that they are not just a bunch of songs that the band recorded specially for this compilation.  Rather, they are mostly covers that the band has recorded throughout its life and has only now made available together.  Simply put, they were brought together as a way to entertain the band’s fans in lieu of a live recording and even new live dates while promoters and venue heads decide their next steps for live music.  They are not just some random space-filler used to appease contractual obligations.

Bassist Andy Dowling explained the songs’ collection during a recent interview.

“Covers have been a big love of ours since the early days of Dungeon right up to and including now,” said Dowling. “Over the years in Lord these tracks have ended up on limited edition releases, bonus tracks in isolated parts of the world and other weird and wonderful places. These songs have been scattered over so many different places that even we struggle ourselves to remember where on earth all of these songs can be found.” 

“While bands around the world continue to navigate these uncertain times, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to release this collection of cover songs, as well as new recordings, to keep the LORD machine moving while we continue to write new music,” he added. 

Additionally, Dowling pointed out that two of the songs featured in the compilation —  Savage Garden’s ‘To the Moon and Back’ and Judas Priest’s ‘Reckless’ – were the only songs specially recorded for the compilation.  Those two songs are only a small portion of the 23 (yes, 23) total songs featured in this recording, and are important because they are a highlight of the diversity in the collection.  The band also took on The Police (‘Message in a Bottle’) here, as well as songs from Bon Jovi, Helloween, Metallica, and Little River Band just to name a handful of other acts featured in the compilation.  The short and simple is that the bands covered here come from a wide range of genres.  From hard rock –Metallica, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Anthrax – to classic rock – Little River Band – to 80s hair rock – Bon Jovi – to prog – Queensryche, Symphony X – to mainstream pop and rock – The Police, Savage Garden – Lord takes on music from so many influences.  That diversity in the bands and music featured here helps to build the band’s reputation and at the same time, perhaps even introduce audiences to music to which they might not have otherwise listened.  If for no other reason, that diversity in the bands and songs will keep audiences engaged and entertained.  It is of course just one of the elements that make this recording so interesting.  The band’s performance of said songs adds to the record’s interest.

Lord’s take on The Police’s ‘Message in a Bottle’ is just one example of the importance of the band’s performances.  Lord’s take on the classic song is interesting in that while it stays largely true to its source material, it essentially amps up that original in a sort of 80s power metal style work.  That updated take — complete with machine gun-fast bass drum work, melodic guitar lines, and operatic vocals – shows that the song strangely enough works just as well in this case as in the original presentation.  It is not one of those woks that hits listeners in its first listen, either.  Rather, it will grow on listeners with each listening, highlighting its longevity.

The band’s take on a-ha’s ‘The Sun Always Shines on TV’ is yet another example of the band’s performances here.  In the case of this performance, the band has opted more for an 80s hair metal style performance that makes for quite the contrast against a-ha’s keyboard-driven original composition.  There is the slightest touch of a power ballad early on in the original composition, what with the string arrangement, but that soon gives way to the band’s more familiar new wave approach, which is more present throughout the song.  Lord’s take on the song, as noted, is more of an 80s hair power ballad type work.  It gives a-ha’s original quite the unique new identity in this case with its amped up take on the song.  Where it ends up standing with listeners will be left for those audiences to decide.  That aside, it definitely makes for its own interest. 

W.A.S.P. is another of the bands whose work is covered in this compilation.  In this case, Lord took on the band’s hit song ‘Wild Child.’  In this case, the stylistic approach taken by Lord is largely the same as that of W.A.S.P.  The difference is that Lord’s cover is actually an improvement on the original.  It would seem here that is more due to the production.  The production makes the song sound so much fuller and richer here than the original.  It makes the song sound more modern with a throwback feel.  To that end, it is yet another example of the impact of the band’s performances here, and the importance thereof.  When it is considered along with the other performances noted here and the rest of the record’s featured performances, the whole of those performances makes for even more engagement and entertainment.  It is just one more example of what makes this compilation worth hearing.  The sequencing of the songs featured in this compilation rounds out its most important elements.

The sequencing of Undercovers Vol. 1 is important to examine because of its role in the record’s general effect.  The record starts in contemplative fashion with its cover of Savage Garden’s ‘To the Moon and Back’ but very quickly after, it picks up with its take of Iron Maiden’s ‘Judas Be My Guide.’  It is not even until the record reaches its midpoint in its take of Cutting Crew’s ‘(I Just) Died In Your Arms’ that the album’s energy even remotely pulls back.  From that point on, the compilation’s energy remains relatively high, even as the band takes on what are some otherwise reserved songs.  Even in those cases, the band manages to amp up those songs, including their energies.  So overall, the sequencing ensures that the album’s energy remains relatively high throughout its 100-minute (one hour, 40 minute) run time.  That the record’s energy remains relatively high, and even gives a break point roughly halfway through ensures that the record will run fluidly throughout, ensuring even more, listeners’ engagement and entertainment.  When that certain engagement and entertainment is considered with the impact of the band’s unique performances and the variety of songs featured here, that whole makes the compilation overall, its own standout presentation.  Add in the fact that this compilation marks the first time that the band has ever united the previously recorded covers in one setting, and the compilation gains even more appeal.  It shows that this was not just some randomly recorded presentation used to appease contractual obligations.  Between this and everything else noted, the record in whole proves to be a covers collection that is actually worth hearing.

Lord’s new covers compilation Undercovers Vol. 1 is an interesting presentation that rockers and even pop music fans alike will find worth hearing at least once.  That is due in part to the songs featured in the recording.  The band does not just take on a bunch of hard rock and metal songs here, though there are a lot of those songs featured here.  The band also takes on songs from pop and pop rock acts, such as Savage Garden, The Police,  a-ha, and even Kylie Minogue.  That variety in itself makes for reason enough to hear this presentation.  That only two of the songs featured here were specially recorded for the compilation shows that this was not just some randomly thrown together presentation that was made to appease any contractual obligations for the band.  Rather, it was a way for the band to bring together so many of the covers that it has recorded over the course of its life.  That makes the presentation more special in itself.  The band’s performance of the featured covers makes for its own appeal.  That is because they give those originals their own unique identities from one to the next.  The songs’ sequencing rounds out the most important of the compilation’s elements.  That is because it ensures the record’s pacing remains stable throughout while also constantly giving listeners something interesting rather than redundant.  Each item noted here is unquestionably important in its own way to the whole of the compilation’s presentation.  All things considered, they make the record a work that despite being a covers compilation, still a presentation that is worth hearing, and at least once at that. Undercovers Vol. 1 is available now through Dominus Records.

More information on Undercovers Vol. 1 is available along with all of Lord’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttps://www.lord.net.au

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/lordofficial

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/lordofficial

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Death Dealer Debuts ‘Running With The Wolves’ Video

Courtesy: Steel Cartel

Death Dealer debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Running With The Wolves‘ Wednesday. The song and its video are the second from the band’s forthcoming album Conquered Lands, which is scheduled for release Nov. 13 through Steel Cartel.

The band debuted the album’s lead single, ‘Sorcerer Supreme’ and its video Sept. 3. the video and song apparently focus on Marvel Comics’ famed character Dr. Strange.

The ‘Running With The Wolves’ video features footage of the band on live stages in Latvia, Russia, and Romania. The footage was recorded during the band’s Hallowed Ground Tour, which was in support of the band’s 2015 sophomore album Hallowed Ground. It is coupled with various footage of wolves running through forested settings as the song plays over the imagery.

The footage used for the video illustrates the song’s lyrical content, which is simply about the band being on the road.

Guitarist Stu Marhsall talked about the footage used for the video in a recent interview.

“We had a ton of footage from that great tour and the video captures the crazy energy we generate at these shows and how the crowd reacts to the band and our songs,” he said. “I am really looking forward to playing these new songs of ‘Conquered Lands’ live eventually.”

Front man Sean Peck offered his own thoughts on the video with his own comments.

“It is always a challenge to decide what songs to do videos for when you are promoting a record,” said Peck. “I dig the hook on it and it is a fun song about being in Death Dealer. I always like bands that do songs about kicking ass. I was cracking myself up as I wrote the lyrics. It goes back to the KISS days I would say even.”

Ross The Boss added to the discussion, noting, “Conquered Lands has a lot of heavy fast stuff on it but this song really has a rocking vibe and great energy,” he said. “It is one of my personal favorites on our new record.”

Conquered Lands is the third album from Death Dealer, whose lineup consists of Peck (Three Tremors, Cage, Denner/Shermann) on vocals, Ross The Boss (ex-Manowar) on guitar, Steve Bolognes (Into Eternity, Ross The Boss Band) on drums, Marshall (Dungeon, Night Legion) also on guitar, and Mike LePond (Symphony X, Ross The Boss Band) on bass.

Pre-orders for Conquered Lands are open. The album’s track listing is noted below.

‘CONQUERED LANDS’ TRACKLIST:

  1. Sorcerer Supreme
  2. Every Nation
  3. Beauty and the Blood
  4. Running with the Wolves
  5. The Heretic Has Returned
  6. Conquered Lands
  7. Hail to the King
  8. Slay or Be Slain
  9. Faith Under Fire
  10. 22 Gone
  11. Born to Bear the Crown

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

Website: http://www.deathdealermetal.com

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

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Red Cain Debuts New LP’s Lead Single

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Independent rock band Red Cain debuted the first single from its new album this week.

The band debuted ‘Demons’ Friday through Sonic Perspectives.  The song is the lead single from the band’s forthcoming album KindredAct II, which is scheduled for release in October.  The song’s musical arrangement is a power metal style work that will appeal to fans of bands, such as Amaranthe, Kamelot and Symphony X.

Its lyrical content is heavy in its own right.  According to a statement from the band, the song — which is part of the group’s ongoing “Kindred” story line — deals with a demon summoning gone wrong.

The band discussed the song in a recent interview.

“In what is becoming a tradition, we remember our roots and continue our romp through “Kindred: Act II” with this goth rock anthem evocative of the delicious, bloody melancholy of Charon, 69 Eyes, Lord of the Lost, with a touch of Sisters of Mercy lost between the lines. This was a super fun track to write and play. It flowed naturally for us, and we put it into music with minimal changes – and haven’t stopped enjoying it since. Best consumed ice-cold, on moonlit night drives, an eldritch, forgotten places – with bloody abandon. Feast, friends!”

KindredAct I is available to stream and download through Shop Sliptrick, Apple Music, Spotify, and Bandcamp.  The release date for KindredII will be announced in coming days.  More information on the album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://redcain.bandcamp.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/RedCainArmy

 

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