A Fitting Revenge’s New Album Will Find Appeal Among A Wide Range Of Metal Audiences

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Independent metal outfit A Fitting Revenge released its new album, Omnipresence July 1.  The 12-song record will appeal to a wide range of metal audiences.  That is due in part to the record’s featured musical arrangements, which will be discussed shortly.  The lyrical themes that accompany the musical arrangements play just as much into the record’s interest as that musical content.  They will be discussed a little later.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements and will also be examined later.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the record.  All things considered they make the album a work that metal fans will find worth hearing at least once.

Omnipresence, the new album from independent metal band A Fitting Revenge, is a unique addition to this year’s field of new hard rock and metal albums.  It is a presentation that a wide range of metal fans will find worth hearing at least once.  That is due in part through its featured musical arrangements.  The arrangements are of note because of the clearly diverse range of influences exhibited throughout its body.  The death metal style screaming vocals pair with the equally intense guitar riffs from one song to the next to immediately make for comparisons to works from the likes of Arch Enemy and Between The Buried and Me all in one.  The use of the ethereal keyboard line in the album’s opener, ‘The Performance’ makes that comparison even clearer.  At other points, that pairing is joined by the bass and drums to make for just as much comparison to works from the likes of As I Lay Dying and just as much to works from Whitechapel.  Simply put, there are clearly a lot of metal and extreme metal leanings throughout the album’s musical content, and that in itself is certain to appeal to a wide range of audiences, again.  From one song to the next, those influences blend together seamlessly to make for 12 arrangements that are certain to keep audiences engaged and entertained without fail.

The record’s overall musical content is just one of its notable items.  The lyrical themes that accompany the record’s musical arrangements makes for its own share of interest.  The theme featured in the album’s opener comes across as a sort of existential rumination that debates the concept of predetermination against secular views.  This is inferred right from the song’s outset, which states, “This self-deception/Stage is set by the divine/The characters flawed/So-called intelligent design/So will you go on/Seek the stage on which to shine/Star in the role never assigned/Unfurling now/Incoherent psycho scroll/Volume of old/Every story ever told/So will you go on/Pleading with the shifting light/Mythic realities collide/Aimless/Pointless.”  The song continues in similar fashion from here.  In the end, it closes with the statement, “Revealed/Your fate/The script is blank/Your conflict was for naught/This fiction ends the same/Your purpose dies with you/When you exit the stage.”  Yes, it certainly seems nihilistic, but it is certain to engage audiences and generate plenty of discussion.

On another note, ‘The Freeze’ is another example of the importance of the record’s lyrical content.  This song is less clear in its theme, which is not necessarily a bad thing.  The song states here, “Lightning bisecting the pillars of rain/A bullet that’s moving and standing just the same/Statuesque image of who we are/This visage frozen in time/Permanency is a lie/And the death of momentum begins our fall/From Mount Olympus/Ashes to ashes/A late reprieve/The eulogy slows to a crawl/Dust hangs in stasis/A moment in rhyme/Like a painting that captures the fall/Hope of mine/Fossilized in amber/Death of time/Stillness accelerator/This particle now a blur/Slowing to less than a stop/The ax blade hangs overhead/And now the present is truly the past.”  The band really leaves this one up to interpretation, though the mention of hope being fossilized in amber reveals what sounds like another nihilistic piece.  Though, odds are there is likely something more inspiring here.  That the song is sure to generate so much discussion from its fully poetic approach makes it so interesting and another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical content.

‘The Inquisition’ is another example of what makes the album’s lyrical themes important to its presentation.  In the case of this song, it comes across (at least to this critic) as being a social commentary about the state of the world.  The inference is made as the song states, “Grains of sand from an age yet to be/Signal infinity/Exploited paths/Manipulated roads/Talking chimp found a gun that it knows how to load/The only constant is change/And change is the meaning of pain/Tunnel vision/Black magic reversed/Grandfather in flames/There was never a curse/Selfish endeavors won’t last forever/Take what we may/On the last golden day/We escape the setting sun/Now watch your cities overrun.”  It continues in its second verse, “Sow the seeds in native skulls/Raise up new walls over the graves/That we’ve tended before/The victims born/After we die by the same hands/The only constant is change/And change is the meaning of pain.”  The mention later in the song that “Every choice will lead/Down the same path that we beat” furthers the seeming message in this song of how we are destroying ourselves through our actions even as things change.  Again, this is just this critic’s interpretation and hopefully is somewhere in the proverbial ballpark of what the theme is in the end.  Regardless, the seeming message and the deep fashion in which it is presented here once again shows how much the album’s lyrical content has to offer audiences.  When the overall lyrical content is considered along with the importance of the album’s musical arrangements, that overall content makes clear how much this record has to offer audiences.

As much as the overall content featured in this record has to offer audiences, it is just a part of what makes the record worth hearing.  The record’s production is just as much of note.  The production is important to address because of the successful way in which it brings out each element within each arrangement.  The powerhouse shredding of the guitars expertly compliments the equally cutting vocals from one song to the next.  The drums cut through just as tightly, again, thanks to the work of those behind the glass, adding even more explosive power to the whole of each arrangement.  Even the low-end from the bass makes for its own subtle touch in each composition.  Overall, the production that went into each of the album’s songs makes each song equally powerful.  To that end, the production that went into this album creates a strong general effect that is just as appealing as the record’s content.  All things considered, the production and content make Omnipresence a work that most metal fans will find worth hearing.

Omnipresence, the new album from independent metal collective A Fitting Revenge, is a unique addition to this year’s field of new hard rock and metal, and even independent albums.  That is due in part to its musical arrangements, which as noted here, lean heavily on a wide range of influences.  Those influences range from the likes of Arch Enemy and Whitechapel to As I Lay Dying and Between The Buried and Me.  That is a wide range of influences that are expertly balanced throughout each arrangement.  At the same time, the arrangements still maintain their own identity separate from the works of those bands and from one another even within the album.  The lyrical themes, which range from the seemingly existential to the social and beyond, add their own touch to the record’s presentation.  Together with the record’s musical arrangements, the whole makes the record’s overall content reason enough for audiences to give the record a chance.  The production that went into the album’s presentation rounds out the album’s most important elements.  It ensures the record’s general effect is just as engaging as the content.  Each item examined is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Omnipresence an independent metal record that many hard rock and metal fans will find worth hearing at least once.

Omnipresence is available now. More information on A Fitting Revenge’s new album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Immerser Debuts Tribute To 90s Rock With New Single, Video

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Independent rock act Immerser debuted its new single and video this month.

The act, the brainchild of John Logan Parsons III, debuted its new single, ‘Blame’ and its video June 6. The single is available to stream and download through Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon.

The musical arrangement features a sound that will take listeners right back to the grunge and garage rock sounds of the 1990s, which is what Parsons’ intent was, according to a statement that he released about the song.

“‘Blame’ is the product of channeling all the angst and grunge of the 90s,” he said. “It’s a reminder of a time when we could say what we wanted, do what we wanted, think what we wanted. An era when authentic art and music were at the forefront. Be whatever you are as long as it’s real. With this song I’m calling for a resurgence of authenticity!”

The video for the song features the song’s lyrics over various random images as the song plays over the visualization.

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

Website: https://immerser-official.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IMMERSER2

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A Fitting Revenge Announces New Album Release Date, Details

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Independent hard rock band A Fitting Revenge will tentatively release its new album next month.

The band is scheduled to release its new album, Omnipresence July 1. The record is composed of 12-songs, including a three-part song that makes up the record’s last three tracks. The album’s track listing is noted below.

Track List:
1. The Performance
2. The Infinite
3. The Inquisition
4. The Collapse
5. The Kingmachine
6. The Wheel
7. The Reprieve
8. The Freeze
9. The Overthrow
10. The Monarchy Pt. 1
11. The Monarchy Pt. 2
12. The Monarchy Pt. 3

In anticipation of the album’s release, A Fitting Revenge premiered the video for the album’s lead single, ‘The Overthrow‘ in December. The song’s arrangement is a heavy math metal type composition that at times shows influence from Meshuggah.

The song’s video is a simple presentation that finds the band performing the song on a sound stage. Various video effects are used to heighten the viewing experience and add to the song’s energy.

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

Website: https://afittingrevenge.com

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/afrtheban

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Huxley Premieres New Single, ‘Flesh And Bone,’ Companion Video

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Hard rock band Huxley debuted its latest single and video this month.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Flesh and Bone‘ and its companion video May 6. The song’s debut came less than a month after the debut of the band’s then latest single, ‘Second Chances‘ and its lyric video.

The musical arrangement featured in Huxley’s new single is another melodic hard rock composition. The vocals and instrumentation immediately lend themselves to comparison to works from the likes of Three Days Grace and The Veer Union.

The lyrical theme featured in the band’s new single delivers a message of self-acceptance, according to a prepared statement from the band.

“This is a very personal song for us,” the statement reads. We are dealing with the struggles of life and coming to terms with only being human. That’s OK! You don’t need to be anything else but just simply you, and you should always continue to fight for it no matter what’s against you!”

The message of facing great odds to fight for being one’s self is illustrated in the song’s video, which finds front man Doug Goldspiel in a post apocalyptic style setting, facing off against three masked men who are out to stop him in his mission.

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

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Pharamcose Debuts New Single, ‘Obey,’ Visualizer

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Independent rock band Pharmacose premiered the latest single from its new project, Ascencion’s Constraint this month, along with its companion visualizer.

The band premiered the record’s new single, ‘Obey‘ and its visualizer May 6. The song is the record’s second single, behind the recently premiered single, ‘Cleanse,’ which the band premiered in March through Ghost Cult Magazine.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Obey’ is a dark, brooding composition. The use of the keyboards, electronics, drums, and vocals together to make it easily comparable to works from the likes of Tool, Gary Numan and Nine Inch Nails.

The lyrical theme featured in the song centers on “corporate corruption in the modern age” according to information presented about the premiere of the song and video.

The visualizer that accompanies Pharmacose’s new single is a simple presentation. It features a man in front of what is either a set of large windows or TV monitors. The words “You are being watched” are presented in large font in front of him on the windows/screens. The visual plays directly into the song’s lyrical theme.

Pharmacose’s new album and its singles are being accompanied by a novel that helps tell the story in the new, forthcoming concept record. One chapter is being released with the debut of each single. Audiences can download the story’s first episode now through Amazon.

Front man Wes Jones recently talked about the concept in the album’s story.

“I have always loved concept albums, and one of my major goals has always been to do one,” Jones said. “I didn’t think it was going to happen this soon, but the lockdowns happened, and all of a sudden I had nothing to do. We had been gearing up for some shows to promote the intended release of Prescription Fiction, but obviously none of that happened. I didn’t want to sit around doing nothing, so I decided it was as good a time as any to start work on that record.

Jones continued, “I had been kicking around some possible concepts for years, but it wasn’t until the lockdowns happened that I was able to commit to one. Even before the pandemic, I found myself ordering more and more things online, and it made me wonder just how dependent I’d become on corporations as well as how big and powerful many have become or are becoming. I’ve also been concerned about how wage stagnation and inflation are going to affect your average person in the future, and so I just combined the two ideas and that became the setting of the novel.”

More information on Pharmacose’s new single and album is available online now along with all of Pharmacose’s latest news at:

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Wellborn Road Takes On ZZ Top Classic For Its Latest Single

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Independent rock band Wellborn Road debuted the video for its cover of ZZ Top’s hit single, ‘Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers‘ May 2.

The video features the band performing its single in a house party setting, loaded with near riotous audiences just enjoying the concert and the atmosphere. The band’s take on the song stays largely true to the source material while amping up the song by about 10.

In other news, Wellborn Road has a series of live dates planned for this summer. The brief tour is scheduled to launch June 11 and to run through Aug. 20. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Catch Wellborn Road LIVE:
June 11 @ Acadia in Houston, TX
July 8 @Grand Stafford in Bryan, TX
July 9 @BFE Rock Club in Houston, TX
August 6 @Come and Take It in Austin, TX
August 20 @Anderson Mill Pub in Austin, TX

More information on Wellborn Road’s new video and live dates is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Blacktop Mojo Debuts ‘Jealousy/Make Believe’ Video; Tour With Buckcherry Underway

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Blacktop Mojo recently recently debuted a video for two singles from its latest album.

The band premiered the video for its singles, ‘Jealousy’ and ‘Make Believe’ April 29. The animated video is one part lyric video and one part story of someone going through a very difficult emotional time.

According to information provided about the video, the songs — and a video planned for another single, ‘Darlin’ I Won’t Tell’ — tell a “story of heartbreak, murder and deception”. The songs’ musical arrangements are deeply contemplative works, one being a heavy, melodic hard rock ballad type work while the other is far more contemplative albeit brief.

‘Jealousy’ and ‘Make Believe’ are featured in Blacktop Mojo’s latest album, Blacktop Mojo, as is ‘Darlin’ I Won’t Tell.’ The band released the album last summer. The record is available to stream and download here.

In other news, Blacktop Mojo is on the road with Buckcherry. The tour’s next date is scheduled to take place Tuesday in Hermon, ME. The tour’s remaining dates are noted below. Tickets are available here.

05/10 @ Morgan Hill Event Center – Hermon, ME
05/11 @ Aura – Portland, ME
05/13 @ Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
05/14 @ Tally Ho Theatre – Leesburg, VA
05/16 @ Suck Bang Blow – Murrells Inlet, SC
05/17 @ Silverados – Black Mountain, NC
05/18 @ Georgie Theatre – Athens, GA
05/20 @ Welcome to Rockville 2022 – Daytona Beach, FL *
06/18 @ Dirty D’s (Matt & Catt Acoustic) – Baytown, TX *
08/18 @ Northwoods Rock Rally – Glen Flora, WI *
09/10 @ Scorpions MC Annual Pig Roast – South Lyon, MI *

* No BUCKCHERRY

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

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Bloodywood Announces New North American Dates

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Bloodywood is coming to America.

The Indian nu-metal outfit announced this week, the North American leg of its “Nine Inch Naans Tour” is schedule to launch Sept. 24 in Louisville, KY and to run through Oct. 13 in Dallas, TX. The tour features performances in cities, such as Chapel Hill, NC; Denver, CO and Sacramento, CA.

Band member Raoul Kerr said the band is looking forward to bringing its music and stage show to American audiences.

“Our supporters in the US are unbelievably passionate, our debut US tour has been YEARS in the making and this time nothing’s going to stop us,” Kerr said. “Whether it’s more covid, a zombie apocalypse or a full blown alien invasion, we’re going to bring the Rakshak rampage to the States and rock out with all of you in September!”

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

TOUR DATES

09/24 @ Louder Than Life Festival – Louisville, KY
09/26 @ The Masquerade (Hell) – Atlanta, GA
9/28 @ Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC
9/29 @ Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
9/30 @ The Middle East Downstairs – Cambridge, MA
10/1 @ The Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
10/3 @ Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
10/4 @ The Turf Club – St. Paul, MN
10/6 @ Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
10/9 @ Aftershock Festival – Sacramento, CA
10/10 @ Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA
10/11 @ The Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
10/13 @ Studio at The Factory – Dallas, TX

Bloodywood’s upcoming fall North American tour is in support of its debut album, Rakshak, which it released in February. The album most recently produced the single, ‘Dana Dan.’ It also produced the singles, ‘Gaddar,’  ‘Jee Veerey,’ ‘Machi Bhasad,’ ‘Endurant,’ and ‘Yaad.’

In other tour news, Bloodywood is scheduled to perform live Aug. 11 at the BloodstockOpen Air Festival in Trent, United Kingdom. Tickets are available here.

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Huxley Premieres ‘Second Chances’ Lyric Video

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Rock band Huxley debuted the lyric video for its latest single this month.

The band premiered the lyric video for its single, ‘Second Chances‘ April 18. The video features the song’s lyrics presented over a burned out candle.

The song’s musical arrangement is an upbeat, guitar-driven composition. The chants in the chorus and the drums, bass, and vocals add even more to its impact. The energy in the collective instrumentation and vocals immediately makes the song a surefire hit for any active rock radio station programmer’s play list. It is easily comparable to works from the likes of Eve To Adam, Buckcherry, and others of that ilk.

The song’s lyrical theme is that of perseverance against people who would otherwise prefer to make a person’s life miserable, according to a statement from the band.

“‘Second Chances’ is about not letting people take advantage of you and learning to move on and be strong on your own,” the statement reads.

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

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Former Stuck Mojo Frontman Announces New Podcast

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Lord Nelson will launch a new podcast program this weekend.

Nelson, (a.k.a. Lloyd Nelson) will launch “Live and Loud With The Lord” at 8 p.m. Saturday through a partnership with The CMS Network and Heavy Metal Television. The podcast features Nelson talking with members of the hard rock, heavy metal and hip-hop communities, along with members of the entertainment community in general.

CMS Network and Heavy Metal Television CEO Chris Akin was excited as he talked about Nelson’s new podcast.

“I remember when Lord Nelson joined Stuck Mojo,” he said. “He was billed by Rich Ward as a “larger than life” figure, and he delivered in every way. As a videocaster, Lord does great interviews, and does them in a way that is all his own. He brings the same passion and energy to his show as he has for decades to his music. This really was a no brainer for us to add Live & Loud With The Lord to our broadcast schedules.”

Nelson shared Akin’s enthusiasm.

“It is my extreme pleasure to be added to The CMS Network and Heavy Metal Television,” he said. ““I feel the family vibe already and I’m excited beyond words to bring the great viewers and listeners a show that entertains as well as informs and educates. I hope my love for music embraces you and allows you to escape your world for a few moments mentally and physically. Thank you for your precious time.”

“Live & Loud With The Lord” will join the likes of “The Classic Metal Show,” “Chris Akin Presents…,” and “Talking Into Infinity” on the outlets’ programming offerings. Audiences can take in episodes of The CMS Network here and watch Heavy Metal Television here.

Lord Nelson worked with Stuck Mojo from 2006-2009. He recorded the album, Southern Born Killers and The Great Revival as a member of the band. He released his album, Fight: My Struggle Between Heaven and Hell in 2012. Most recently he released his record, The Fire Starters, with his band, Plastic Catastrophe Featuring Lord Nelson.

More information on Lord Nelson’s new podcast is available along with all of his latest news at https://www.facebook.com/lordnelsonnation.

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