Devilskin’s New Album Could Be A Green Light For The Band’s Rise To Fame

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Independent hard rock band Devilskin is officially ready to break into the mainstream.  Given the right support, this Kiwi quartet could easily become one of the next big names in the hard rock community.  That is proven through the group’s brand new album Red, which offers audiences quite a bit to appreciate from its musical and lyrical content.  That is proven in part late in the album’s 48-minute run in the form of ‘Be Like the River,’ which will be discussed shortly.  ‘All Fall Down,’ which comes early in the record’s 12-song run, is another way in which the record proves its strength.  It will be addressed a little later.  ‘The Victor’ is an unexpected but welcome way in which the album shows its strength, too.  Together with ‘All Fall Down,’ ‘Be Like The River’ and the rest of the album’s songs, the record in whole proves itself to be worthy of being called one of this year’s top new independent albums.

Devilskin’s new album Red is a strong new offering from the independent hard rock outfit.  That is thanks to musical arrangements that will reach a wide range of hard rock and metal fans and lyrical themes that will reach just as many listeners if not more.  One of the most notable of the album’s songs comes late in the record’s run in the form of ‘Be Like the River.’  This song’s straight forward southern  sludge rock sound immediately lends itself to comparisons to the best works of Clutch, Corrosion of Conformity and Texas Hippie Coalition.  That is obvious in the sound from the combination of the song’s guitars and singer Jenny Skulander’s vocal delivery.  The result of those elements (and the solid time keeping and bass) is a work that will instantly grab listeners and keep them engaged and entertained right through the end of its four-minute, 15-second run time.  The heaviness and bite in the song’s arrangement is also notable because of how well it accompanies the song’s lyrical theme, which is clearly an encouragement to everyone to never give up.

The noted theme is presented right from the song’s outset as Skulander sings, “Be like the river and cut through the stone/Fight like a lion defending his home/Be like the river and cut through the bone/Never afraid that you’re ever alone/Be like the river when your soul is free/Your body will follow the flow of the stream/Be like the river when these times are hard/And gather yourself in these times we’re apart/Beneath the veneer/They get close to the nerve/And the layers of lies/And the filth they deserve/beneath the veneer, they get under the skin/And the layers of lies/And the b****** they keep within.”  She continues in the song’s second verse, “Be like the river and the stars up in space/We’re touched by the beauty/And we’re touched by the grace/Be like the river and flow from the stream/And one day you’ll be a part of the sea.”  This is all very positive.  In a time when there is so much adversity around the world for a variety of reasons, a song, such as this, with its heavy music and its encouraging lyrical content is welcome and so needed.  It is just one of the songs that stands out in the bigger picture of Red.  ‘All Fall Down,’ which comes early in the album’s run, is another key addition to the album.

‘All Fall Down’ presents a musical arrangement that is distinctly different from that of ‘Be Like The River.’  Whereas ‘Be Like The River’ boasted a clear southern sludge rock sound, ‘All Fall Down’ presents a more modern hard rock tinge in its arrangement.  Its sound is easily likened to music from Halestorm.  The fire in the song’s musical arrangement plays well into the song’s seeming social commentary in its lyrical theme.

The seeming social commentary is inferred as Skulander sings in the song’s lead verse, “Fear will make you follow/Today into tomorrow/Pride too hard to swallow/Your heart and soul are hollow/Life’s a deadly game/Again, again, again, again/And now you play the sacrifice/Another life for Jesus Christ/We all fall down.”  She continues in the song’s second verse, “Where the hell’s the help/We need to break the spell/Release us from ourselves/And give us truth to tell.”  She adds in the song’s final line, “Tide is quickly drowning and we’re all about to drown/To a man we make a stand/And then we all fall down.”  It should be noted here that yes, Jesus Christ is mentioned here, but that does not mean this is an anti-religious statement, specifically.  Rather, it is more a commentary encouraging people just to think for themselves.  That is made clear as Skulander notes in both of the song’s verses, and even the chorus.  Any time people are encouraged to not become sheep, and to think for themselves, that is a good thing.  To that end, that statement, coupled with the song’s unique musical arrangement makes the song in whole another clear strong point from Red.  It is just one more of the album’s most notable works.  ‘The Victor’ is yet another key addition to the album.

‘The Victor’ is a very interesting song as its musical arrangement stands out just as much from the other songs noted here as they do from one another and from the rest of the album’s works.  This is another modern rock song arrangement, and while it boasts similarities to certain other acts, its arrangement, which is founded this time by Skulander’s vocal delivery, it still boasts its own identity apart from those songs and from the other songs featured in this record.  The guitars, bass and drums build on that foundation formed by Skulander’s vocals, fleshing out the song even more.  The approach taken, with its upbeat vibe, works well with the song’s lyrical content, which is intriguing in its own right.

The lyrical theme in this song is interesting.  It comes across as its own positive, uplifting piece, this time perhaps focusing on someone who has been through some kind of tragedy, only to be comforted by someone who responded to said tragedy.  This is inferred as Skulander sings in the song’s lead verse, “You hurt too much to understand/An instant and your life has changed/I whisper words to soothe your pain/A stranger’s arms to hold you now/An instant and your life has changed/I whisper words to soothe your pain.”  She continues in the song’s chorus, “And it’s so obvious that you’re so scared/You’re hurt too much to understand/’Cause I’m still here/You’re hanging on my every word/Broken, bleeding in the dirt/And you’re still there/Holding tight with all you’ve got/Clinging on to life and hope.”  Going back through this, that seeming message would seem to hold water.  It becomes even more possibly the case as Skulander sings in the song’s second verse, “Glass like diamonds on the road/An instant changes everything/I whisper words to soothe your pain/I hold your hand/I won’t let go/Brave as you could ever be/Hold on now and trust in me.”  It can be inferred at this point that maybe the inferred tragedy was perhaps a motor vehicle collision.  From here, the song returns to its chorus once again before adding in the final lines, “Heart to heart/We’re only human/Take my hand and we’ll get through this.”  That last line gives the song even more of a positive point.  It is as if that person is comforting the victim, reminding that person that it will be possible to get through the worst.  It is obviously a distinctly different matter from that presented in the record’s other songs.  When it is coupled with the song’s musical arrangement, the two elements together make the song in whole stand strong on its own merits and prove once more why the album in whole is well worth hearing.  That is proven even more when the song is considered alongside the rest of the album’s songs.  All things considered, they make Red one of this year’s top new independent albums.

Devilskin’s new album Red is a production that definitely is anything but cursed.  Rather, it is a strong new offering from the band that with the right support, could be the start of the band’s rise to fame domestically.  That is proven through the record’s musical and lyrical and musical content.  All three of the songs addressed here support that statement.  The same can be said of the album’s other works, too.  All things considered, they make Red a work that could be a bright green light for Devilskin’s rise to fame.  Red is available now.  More information on Red is available online along with all of Devilskin’s latest news is available online at:

 

 

 

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Another Day Dawns’ New EP Should Be No “Stranger” To Mainstream Rock Fans

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Another year has officially dawned, and with it so will lots of new music for audiences.  While the year is still very young, some of the year’s most notable new music is sure to come from independent hard rock band Another Day Dawns.  The PA-based band is scheduled to release its new EP Stranger Jan. 31.  The five song record is anchored by its lead single ‘Taste of Heaven,’ which will easily appeal to fans of Seether.  It will be addressed shortly, as it is just one of the songs that stands out in this record.  Also of note in the EP is the song ‘Am I,’ which immediately precedes ‘Taste of Heaven.’  This work will be addressed a little later.   The deeply emotional ‘Never Okay,’ which is the record’s penultimate track, is another key addition to the EP.  When it is considered alongside ‘Am I,’ ‘Taste of Heaven’ and the record’s remaining trio of songs, the end result is a work that will ensure many positive new days will dawn for Another Day Dawns.

Up-and-coming independent hard rock band Another Day Dawns is on the verge of becoming one of mainstream rock’s next big names.  That is due to the group’s forthcoming EP Stranger.  The five-song record boasts a collective of compositions that immediately lend themselves to comparisons to songs from the likes of Seether and Three Days Grace.  The record’s lyrical content will generate just as much engagement and entertainment as its musical content.  The EP’s forthcoming lead single ‘Taste of Heaven,’ which is set for release Jan. 8, is just one of the songs that serves to support the noted statements.  The song’s mid-tempo, guitar-driven composition is full of catchy hooks and choruses throughout its nearly three-and-a-half-minute run time.  It is an arrangement that is a radio ready work, without any doubt.  While the song’s arrangement is a strong point to its overall body, it is just part of what makes the song stand out.  The song’s lyrical content adds its own touch to that body.

Front man Dakota Sean, whose vocal delivery sounds like a hybrid of Seether front man Shaun Morgan and Dope front man Edsel Dope – yes it sounds like a weird comparison, but it’s there, and even more interestingly, it works — sings in the song’s lead verse, “Should have been the same old story/Lovers fall in love/The end/But with you/Things aren’t boring/Didn’t see the trouble I stepped in/Red flags don’t lie/Like the devil in your eyes/But I let your sex control me/Hooked on all your alibis/Should have known right from the start/Should have known just who you are/You just want a taste of Heaven/Now I’m falling from the stars/As I’m calling out your name/I want you bad/But you won’t stay/You just want a taste of Heaven/Spit me out and walk away”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Should have seen your colors changing/Like a mood ring with a curse/Slip you on and you’re an angel/Slip you off, it’s in reverse/No air/Can’t breathe/Still tied up in your sheets/Pray to God somebody saves me/you locked the door and threw away the key.”  The group returns to the chorus from there, eventually making its way to the song’s solid finale.  There is no doubt left in listeners’ minds as to the song’s theme in examining these lyrics.  The song’s subject is dealing with a love interest who has made his/her life anything but good.  In simple terms, it’s a breakup song that finds the song’s subject looking back on that now broken relationship.  The accessible lyrics make it easy for listeners to connect with that message, and in total, the song.  The composition’s equally accessible composition sits alongside those lyrics to make the song in whole a strong start for the EP.  They also serve to show in part why the EP is a work that could break ADD into the mainstream.

‘Taste of Heaven’ was a good choice for a lead single for Another Day Dawns’ new EP.  It is just one of the record’s most notable works, too.  ‘Am I,’ which immediately precedes ‘Taste of Heaven’ is notable in its own right.  The song’s melodic hard rock arrangement lends itself just as easily to comparisons to works from Three Days Grace and Seether as ‘Taste of Heaven.’  Making the musical arrangement stand out even more is that the composition bears its own unique identity separate from the rest of the record’s works.  It has the same feel as its counterparts, but still stands as its own unique work.  Lyrically speaking, the song comes across as another work that focuses on the matter of a broken relationship.  Yet even with that familiarity in mind, the band has managed to find a new way to present that theme.

Sean sings in the song’s lead verse, “Take my brain and wash away/All the blame you dump on me/All your lies are clear as day/They’re a coverup!/As I’m holding you like this/I can taste a stranger’s kiss/Your alibis are full of s***/Wasn’t I good enough?/This is our reckoning/I’m not that stupid/Am I, am I the one who’s bleeding/Am I, am I getting even/Go live your secret life you’re leading/Am I, am I the one who’s leaving?”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Did I pick you ‘cause you’re bad/Like an echo from my past/We’re just like my mom and dad/There’s no happy ending/The truth is I’ve been had.”  The song turns back to its chorus from here as it makes its way to its finale.  The note here from the song’s subject of comparing his/her parents’ seemingly broken relationship to that of his/her relationship with his/her significant other makes for an interesting conversation point.  We all talk about getting into relationships with people who are like one of our parents or the other.  That seems to be what this subject is hinting at having possibly done here.  At the same time, the song’s subject is making note that what’s happened is the fault of that significant other, not himself/herself.    He/she realizes what has happened, but is still just angry about the situation, and justifiably so.  It is that beginning phase of realizing the relationship is over.  To that end, all of this taken into consideration makes the song that much more noteworthy.  That content set against the song’s musical content adds even more engagement and entertainment value to the song.  Together, the two elements make the song stand out against the rest of the EP’s songs that much more.

While ‘Am I’ and ‘Taste of Heaven’ go a long way toward showing what makes Stranger a strong offering from Another Day Dawns, they are just a portion of the EP’s positive marks.  ‘Never Okay’ is quite notable in its own right.  The song’s musical  arrangement starts out with just one guitar and Sean’s vocals.  That flowing, subtle approach eventually gives way to a more powerful melodic hard rock ballad style approach roughly halfway through the song.  That eventual change works to illustrate the emotion in the song’s deeply emotional lyrical content.

The song’s lyrical content focuses on the feelings that many people feel every day, but would otherwise not talk about, whether it be due to the stigma of expressing said emotions or for another reason.  Sean sings in the song’s lead verse, “No one knows the other side/I buried it in my backyard/It’s buried six feet deep/No one knows how hard I tried to keep the smile/safe/It’s not so fun when everyone is kicking on your face/I’m never okay.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Everyone just stares at me/Not knowing where I’ve been/It’s just another day wearing someone else’s skin/I’ve buried them in the yard next to my old friends/And when I’m feeling bored again/I dress up and play pretend/I’m never okay.”  Yet again, this is lyrical content that is relatively accessible to audiences.  It is something to which so many listeners can certainly relate.  Talking about those feelings of depression and worthlessness is something that more people deal with around the world than many would like to admit.  To that end, that alone will make this song a favorite to many.  Those relatable lyrics set against the song’s equally strong musical content makes the song that much more powerful.  When the song is considered along with ‘Am I,’ ‘Taste of Heaven’ and the record’s other three entries, the whole of the EP becomes a work that, given the right support, could make Another Day Dawns one of the next big names in the mainstream rock realm.

Another Day Dawns’ new forthcoming EP Stranger is an important work for the independent hard rock band.  That is because from start to finish, it presents musical and lyrical content that is collectively accessible to the masses.  Every one of the record’s songs would fit easily into any mainstream rock radio programmer’s daily list.  The songs addressed here are proof of that.  All things considered, Stranger proves itself to be a record that should not be a stranger to any rock fan.  Stranger is scheduled for release Jan. 31.  More information on the record is available online along with all of ADD’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://anotherdaydawns.com

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Black Heart Saints’ New EP Will Leave Listeners Feeling Anything But “Misery”

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Black Heart Saints has some more new music for its fans.  The independent Austin, TX-based hard rock band released its new EP Misery in September.  The four-song, 15-minute record’s release comes two years after the release of its debut album AliveMisery holds its own against offerings from the group’s more well-known counterparts just as much as Alive.  That is proven in part through the EP’s title track, which is also its closer.  ‘Crazy,’ the EP’s second song supports the noted statement just as much as ‘Misery.’  The same can be said of the band’s cover of Robert Palmer’s ‘Addicted To Love.’  All three songs do their own part to exhibiting the EP’s appeal.  When they are considered alongside the record’s opened, ‘Lines,’ the general effect will leave listeners feeling anything but misery.

Black Heart Saints’ latest studio recording Misery is a presentation that shows this Austin, TX-based rock band has its own very strong heart beat.  The EP’s title track, which is also its closing number, is just one of the songs that serves to show the strength of said heartbeat.  The song’s musical arrangement presents a familiar southern rock styling that will appeal to fans of acts, such as Blues Saraceno and Black Stone Cherry among many others.  As the song progresses, it adds a touch of Buckcherry influences into the mix, too.  The whole of those influences makes the song’s arrangement its own point of engagement and entertainment.  It is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  The song’s lyrical content makes for its own interest.

Front man Josh Ross sings in the song’s chorus, “Misery is breaking me/I just need to find me another way/Misery/Well can’t you see/What I need for you to let me be/Yea, you got a hold on me.”  Ross sings in the song’s second verse of someone “ripping out his heart” in the song’s second verse, and even trying to find out “which way I should go” in the song’s lead verse.  There is a lot here that is difficult to decipher without lyrics to reference.  However, the lyrics that can be deciphered are just enough to get a good idea of what the song’s subject is talking about in this case.  This is someone who has gone through a bad relationship and is at that point in said post relationship status in which he realizes he has to look forward and move on past what has happened.  This is something relatable to plenty of listeners, and in turn will connect with those noted listeners.  It is that sense of determination that everyone reaches after getting out of a bad situation but realizing wallowing in self-pity does nothing to help.  The fire in the song’s musical arrangement illustrates that message even more, and so well at that.  It make for a strong final statement from the band on this record and just one example of the EP’s strength.

‘Misery’ is an unquestionable sign of the strength of Black Heart Saints’ new EP.  That is due to its musical and lyrical content both by themselves and collectively.  The song is just one of the works featured in the record that shows the EP’s strength, too.  ‘Crazy,’ the EP’s second song is another example of what makes the record notable in its own right.  The song’s musical arrangement is a full-on guitar rock opus whose riffs take the best elements of rock’s golden age and marry that with more modern hard rock elements.  The end result of that coupling is a high-energy work that is certain to appeal to a wide range of listeners.  That noteworthy arrangement joins with the song’s equally interesting lyrical content to make the song in whole even more enjoyable.

Ross sings in the song’s chorus, “What is it about you/I don’t want to know/What is it about you/That won’t let me go/Run so far away/Drives me crazy/Can’t find my way/Somebody save me/What can I say/I’m going crazy/Spinning off this rail/I must be crazy/Yea, you drive me crazy.”  He speaks in the song’s second verse of “All these broken things/That you left to me/Pulls up memories/Keep creeping in/Still haunting me” and that he’d “better ramble on/Find a place of my own.”  Again, much of the song’s lyrical content is difficult to decipher without a lyrics sheet to reference.  Howeer, enough is understandable so as to be able to understand that this is another song focused on the familiar topic of a broken relationship.  The matter in this case is that frustration of having dealt with the poisonous relationship.  Again, it is a fully relatable topic that, when coupled with the song’s musical arrangement, will appeal to a very wide range of listeners.  As relatable and entertaining as the song is, it is not the last of the record’s most interesting work.  The band’s cover of Robert Palmer’s ‘Addicted To Love’ adds its own share of entertainment and engagement to its whole.

The band’s take on ‘Addicted To Love’ stays largely true to its source material, just with a bit of an amped-up re-imagining.  What is really interesting to the song here is that updated take actually conjures more thoughts of Buckcherry than Robert Palmer thanks to Ross’ vocal delivery and the work of his band mates on their respective parts.  While Mr. Palmer may no longer be with us, he and his fans would be proud of the infectious groove established through the band’s arrangement here.  In all honesty, it may be a cover, but the band’s work on this song makes it the EP’s best offering, and one more example of what makes the record worth the listen.  When it is considered along with ‘Crazy,’ ‘Misery’ and even ‘Lines,’ the EP’s opener, the end result is a good follow-up to Black Heart Saints’ debut LP and another sign of the heart still left in this band.

Black Heart Saints’ newly released EP Misery is a good follow-up to the band’s 2017 debut album Alive.  While it only boasts four song spanning a total of 15 minutes, the EP shows this Austin, TX-based band is still “alive” and has plenty of heart left.  Yes, those terrible puns were intended.  That is proven through the record’s accessible musical arrangements and equally accessible and relatable lyrical content.  That is proven in all three of the songs examined here.  When they are considered along with the EP’s opener ‘Lines,’ the result is a positive new offering from the band that will leave listeners anything but miserable.  Misery is available now here.  More information on the EP is available along with all of Black Heart Saints’ latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://blackheartsaintsmusic.com

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Static-X Announces New Album Release, Tour Dates; Debuts Album’s Latest Trailer

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Static-X will return next spring.

The band’s long-gestating album Project Regeneration is scheduled for release May 29, 2020.  Longtime Static-X member Tony Kampos confirmed that information during a recent interview about the album.

“It was very surreal,” Kampos said.  Our producer was going through all of these old studio tapes, many of which were damaged.  He called me up and told me that I needed to get down to the studio right away and listen to what he found…I jumped in my car and raced to the studio, and what he shared f****** blew me away…It was Wayne singing on track after track, but there was little to no music on any of it…Many of the tapes were damaged and Wayne’s voice was virtually all that remained in tact.”

Static-X drummer Ken Jay expanded on Kampos’ comments, saying, he was just as surprised as his band mates to hear the tapes.

“It was just crazy!!,” Jay said.  “There we were…Myself, Tony and Koichi [Fukuda], back in the studio together, after all these years, and somehow the universe decided to surprise us with all of these lost Static-X tapes containing Wayne’s voice.  I just couldn’t help thinking this was all somehow meant to be.  I couldn’t stop thinking about how happy this was going to make Wayne’s family and all of the Static-X fans around the world!”

In anticipation of the album’s forthcoming release, the band debuted a video to tease its impending arrival Monday.  The video features the band performing one of the album’s new songs, ‘Hollow.’  Pre-orders for Project Regeneration are open now.

 

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While audiences await Static-X’s new album, they will get to see the band live this fall and winter.  The band will launch the second leg of its Wisconsin Death Trip 20th Anniversary Tour Nov. 8 in Austin, TX.  The tour is scheduled to run through Dec. 18 in Fresno, CA and to feature performances in cities, such as Greensboro, NC; New Orleans, LA and Flint, MI.

The tour’s full schedule is noted below.  Tickets for the tour are available here.

STATIC-X North American Wisconsin Death Trip 20th Anniversary Tour Dates, Second Leg

Featuring co-headliners DEVILDRIVER w/ support from Dope, Wednesday 13 and Raven Black

11/08 @ Emo’s – Austin, TX
11/09 @ Clicks – Tyler, TX
11/10 @ Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
11/12 @ Varsity Theatre – Baton Rouge, LA
11/13 @ House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
11/15 @ Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale
11/16 @ The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
11/17 @ Club LA – Destin, FL
11/19 @ Cone Denim – Greensboro, NC
11/20 @ The Norva – Norfolk, VA
11/21 @ Express Live – Columbus, OH
11/22 @ Skyloft – Albany, NY
11/23 @ Providence Metal Fest at Fete Ballroom – Providence, RI
11/24 @ Sony Hall – New York, NY
11/27 @ Machine Shop – Flint, MI
11/28 @ Machine Shop – Flint, MI
11/29 @ Riverfront Live – Cincinnati, OH
11/30 @ The Rave II – Milwaukee, WI
12/01 @ The City Center – Champaign, IL
12/02 @ House of Blues – Chicago, IL
12/03 @ Green Bay Distillery – Green Bay, WI
12/04 @ The Myth – St. Paul, MN
12/05 @ Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
12/06 @ Pop’s – Sauget, IL
12/07 @ Bourbon Theater – Lincoln, NE
12/08 @ Sunshine Studios Live – Colorado Springs, CO

Wednesday 13 ONLY – NO DEVILDRIVER, Dope, or Raven Black

12/10 @ The Royal Bar – Salt Lake City, UT
12/11 @ Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
12/12 @ Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
12/13 @ Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
12/14 @ El Corazon – Seattle, WA
12/15 @ Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
12/17 @ Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
12/18 @ Fulton 55 – Fresno, CA

More information on Static-X’s upcoming album and tour is available online now along with the original trailer for the album and more at:

 

Website: http://www.static-x.org

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Hellbound Hearts’ New EP Out Now; HM Magazine Premieres Video For EP’s Lead Single

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Alt-rock band Hellbound Hearts released its new EP One Thirteen this week, and the video for the EP’s lead single debuted in celebration of the record’s release.

HM magazine premiered the video for the song ‘The Screaming Of Us‘ this week.  The band originally published the video to its official YouTube channel in June.  The video presents the band performing its new single in a small studio setting.

Musically, the song’s arrangement is a composition that will appeal to fans of bands, such as The Used, Jimmy Eat World and Hot Water Music.  Lyrically, the song focuses on the matter of mental health, to a point, as the band pointed out in a collective statement about its lyrical content.

“The song is about light and dark, losing your head while everyone around you is keeping theirs, and the little rules that we make for ourselves,” the band said in the statement.

The track listing for One Thirteen is noted below.

Track List:
1. One Thirteen
2. Hearts Are Graveyards
3. In None We Trust
4. The Screaming of Us

More information on Hellbound Hearts’ new EP, video and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://hellboundhearts.co.uk

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Strong Like Bull Reminding Audiences To ‘Live While You Can’ With New Song, Video

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Independent rock and roll band Strong Like Bull wants audiences to live their lives as fully as possible.

That is the message in the band’s debut single ‘Live While You Can.’  The band, which is in the midst of a tour of its home state of Kansas, debuted the video for the single last month at puregrainaudio.com.  The video, which is also streaming on the band’s official YouTube Channel, finds the band performing its new single in a variety of settings, from a barn, to an open field to a rocky outcropping.

The song’s musical arrangement is such that it will appeal to fans of bands, such as Motley Crue, Poison and Guns N’ Roses, just to name a few similar sounding acts.  Its lyrical theme delivers a message of doing the most with one’s life, as pointed out by band member Dave Gray in a recent interview.

“‘Live While You Can’ is a song about not letting anyone keep you from living your life like you want to…including yourself,” Gray said.  “We give ourselves more reasons hat we shouldn’t do something we want to than anyone else does.  We’re supposed to know what we want to do with our lives, have a career by 22, and anything else we think society has told us we need to do to be normal.  Just be yourself.  Live your own life.  Don’t let someone else’s fears or your own fears hold you back.  You build your own cage.  You carve your own jail…You get one time around, you’ve got to understand, you build your own prison…gotta live while you can.”

‘Live While You Can’ is available to stream and download now through various outlets.  Those outlets can be reached here.

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What You Need Debuts New Live Track

Independent metal outfit What You Need debuted a new live recording early this month.

The band debuted the audio recording of its performance of its song ‘Burn Together’ on Nov. 5.  The performance was recorded at a recent performance at Blackthorn 51 in Elmhurst, New York.

The band said in a collective statement that the recording marked the first time the band performed the song live.

“We’d actually never performed this song, but being so locked in that show, it was an opportunity to challenge ourselves,” the band said.  “It’s a privilege to play with a group of guys with such a deep trust, musically and otherwise.  I believe that shows through in this recording.”

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More information on What You Need’s new recording is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.wyntheband.com

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Blacktop Mojo Announces PledgeMusic Campaign To Fund Third Album

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Blacktop Mojo is working on its new album, and is asking for fans’ help finishing the record.

The band recently launched a PledgeMusic campaign to fund the record’s creation.  The campaign allows fans to order various items from the band, such as signed vinyl test pressings of the band’s as yet untitled album, signed CD bundle, clay shooting with the band, studio listening party and private show with guest list control in return for contributing to the record’s creation.

The band noted in its discussions that “due to the high cost of travel for us to get overseas, we’re going to have to limit the private shows to the U.S. only.”

Each item, listed here, is a different price.  According to the band all of the money spent by fans goes toward the record’s creation.

“As independent artists, everything we do is fan-funded,” the band said in a written statement.  “We don’t have a record label loaning us a ton of money to make a record.  With that comes some financial pitfalls, but it also means nobody tells us how to make music for you guys, and we think that’s pretty cool.”

As of Sept. 23, the band has reached 42 percent of its PledgeMusic Goal with 49 days left to meet that goal.  Items are available only while they last.

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Website: http://www.blacktopmojo.com

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A’priori Debuts ‘Black Church”s Lead Single, Video

Independent rock act A’priori is giving audiences their first preview of its latest album.

The British trio debuted the video for its new single ‘Better Man’ this past Friday, June 15.  The song is taken from the band’s forthcoming album Black Church, whose release date is currently being firmed up.  It is believed the album will be released before the end of this year.

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The musical arrangement at the center of ‘Better Man’ almost instantly conjures thoughts of Audioslave in its choruses while the riffs in the song’s verses and bridge collectively display a direct rock and roll arrangement.  Meanwhile front man Tony Lang’s vocal tone conjures thoughts of Buckcherry front man Josh Todd.  It sounds on the surface like an odd combination, but it certainly works overall.

When asked about the song’s lyrical theme, Lang explained that the song centers on a person’s attempt to turn his/her life around after seeing what self-pity and defeatism has had on his/her own life and that of his/her family and friends.

“In life, every man, at some point – usually more than once – has a moment or moments when they fall into a circle of destruction, self-pity and laziness, and can’t see past their nose.  Everyone around them suffers for their ignorance and WE inherently tarnish ourselves as bastards,” Lang said.  “In this song, we aim to portray an apologetic and almost desperate plea for forgiveness, as tomorrow is a new day and there is always another chance to be a better man.”

More information on ‘Better Man’ is available online along with all of the latest updates on Black Church’s release date, A’priori’s latest news and more is available online now at:

 

 

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