Jinjer, Judas Priest Added to Knotfest.com Live Streaming Concert Series

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Knotfest.com is continuing its live streaming concert series this month with two more concerts.

Up first in this month’s schedule of live shows is Jinjer’s March 5, 2020 show held at Max Watts in Melbourne, Australia.  Now audiences will get to see that performance through Knotfest.com at 5 p.m. ET July 9.

The second of this month’s live streaming shows through knotfest.com is Judas Priest’s full concert recording, Battle Cry, which was released on DVD and Blu-ray March 25, 2016 through Epic Records.  The concert featured in the recording was originally recorded on Aug. 1, 2015 at the annual Wacken Open Air Festival.

The set list that is featured in Battle Cry doesn’t just focus on the band’s then most recent album Redeemer of Souls.  Instead the band attempts to cover as much of its expansive body of work as possible over the course of its ninety minute run time.

Judas Priest’s performance is scheduled to stream 3 p.m ET on July 17 through knotfest.com.

Knotfest.com’s ongoing concert series has already featured performances from Slipknot, Lamb of God, Trivium, Behemoth, Amon Amarth, Anthrax, Kreator, King Diamond, Carnifex, Suffocation, Suicide Silence, and In Flames.  The concerts have helped raise money to charities that help with COVID-19 relief efforts.

More information on Knotfet.com’s concert series is available online along with all of the latest Knotfest.com news at:

 

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Trivium Announces New Live Event Details

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Trivium will perform live for the first time since April in a special event next month.

The band made the announcement Wednesday.  It will hold what it has dubbed “A Light or a Distant Mirror: A Global Livestream Concert Experience Live From Full Sail University” on July 10.

The ticketed event is in support of Trivium’s latest album, What The Dead Men Say.  It will feature a new stage show from the band and will be the first time this year that the band has performed songs from its new album live.

The band talked about the upcoming performance in a collective statement.

“We had to get creative when we heard there was no touring this summer,” the statement reads. “We held off on the Zoom concerts and asked our creative/production team to come up with the biggest real-time live metal streaming event of the summer and what we now have to present to you is our show called ‘A Light or a Distant Mirror.’ This performance will be 100% live and is not pre-taped. We will have a brand new epic stage set and lights, and we will bring it 100 percent. We are thankful to our friends at Full Sail University, who are providing us a first class performance arena and the Maestro broadcast team for streaming our show to the corners of the earth! We hope you can join us.”

Jay Noble, Full Sail University Vice President of Alumni & Event Production also shared his thoughts on the forthcoming event.

“Hosting this virtual concert with Trivium is a true full circle moment for us on numerous levels,” said Noble. “Before its release, the album What The Dead Men Say was recorded on campus in our flagship professional recording studio — the Audio Temple, with Course Director Darren Schneider serving as a Recording Engineer. That experience allowed us to welcome home Full Sail graduate and Trivium guitarist, Corey Beaulieu, alongside the entire band including lead guitar and vocalist, Matt Heafy, who can recall recording at Full Sail during his teen years. Through our latest collaboration with Trivium, we are excited to bring this unique livestreamed musical experience to Trivium fans, our university community, and audiences around the globe, during a time when music is needed most.”

Tickets for the show are $9, and are on sale now.  VIP bundles and exclusive merchandise bundles are available here.  A portion of the proceeds from sales will benefit the music therapy program at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, which is a non-profit hospital.

Pre-show happenings start at 3 p.m. July 10.  Terry Bezer, host of the Mosh Talks show on knotfest.com, will lead the pre-show events.  His broadcast will feature interviews with the band, clips from the show’s pre-production week and more.

More information about trivium’s upcoming live performance and What The Dead Men Say is available along with all of Trivium’s latest news and more at:

 

 

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Trivium’s latest LP Will Leave Listeners Having Plenty To Say In The Best Way

Courtesy: Roadrunner Records

Hard rock band Trivium returned this week with its ninth full-length studio recording.  The 10-song record is a strong new presentation from the band that will find a wide appeal among audiences through its musical arrangements and diverse lyrical themes.  From the band’s familiar metalcore sounds to heavier sounds, the record’s musical arrangements offer their own share of interest for audiences.  One of the most notable of the album’s featured songs that joins those elements comes late in the record’s run in the form of ‘Bending the Arc to Fear.’  It will be addressed shortly.  ‘Catastrophist,’ the album’s lead single is another work that does well in joining those two elements, and will be addressed a little later.  ‘Bleed Into Me’ is yet another example of the band’s ability to solidly join musical and lyrical content to keep listeners engaged again this time out.  It is just one more way in which What The Dead Men Say shows its overall strength.  When it is considered along with the other two songs noted here and the rest of the record’s works, the album in whole proves to be a viable choice for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.

Trivium’s latest full-length studio recording – its ninth overall and eighth consecutive record distributed through Roadrunner Records – is another strong new offering from the band.  The album presents a wide range of musical arrangements and lyrical themes, offering listeners plenty to appreciate once again.  ‘Bending the Arc to Fear’ is just one way in which those statements are supported.  The song’s musical arrangement stands out because at points, its guitar riffs and time keeping couple with its vocals to create a powerful death metal style approach.  Within the same song, audiences also get something of a more metalcore approach.  The two genres are balanced well against one another, with the result being one of the album’s strongest arrangements.  It is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  That heaviness couples with the song’s equally impacting lyrical content to make the song stand out even more.

While the title ‘Bending the Arc to Fear’ could easily be construed to reflect everything going on in the world right now (bending the curve, etc.) audiences will be glad to know that it has nothing to do with that topic.  Rather, it has to do with the lack of personal privacy that humans have nowadays.  Simply put, it is inferred to address the overreach of “big brother.”  That is inferred right from the song’s outset as front man Matt Heafy sings, “A strain of vigilance/Deep roots that all connect/We wait so diligent/Watching you/An engine of suspicion/A web you can’t escape/Crossing all lines to listen/Breaking through/Prey upon you/The weak inherit all our scorn/Prey upon you/The fragile bones now ripped and torn/These eyes show you/Bending the arc to fear/This heart will prove/Bending the art to fear.”  From there, the chorus repeats itself, so there is in fact only one verse here coupled with the chorus.  Heafy’s screams throughout are skin to the sound of Hatebreed front man Jamey Jasta’s vocals.  Yes, it sounds odd, but it works, considering the work of Heafy’s band mates.  The noted theme of loss of personal privacy is relatively clear as Heafy makes note of “Deep roots that connect” and “An engine of suspicion/A web you can’t escape/Crossing all lines to listen.”  It all comes across as making mention of how we as a people are being monitored everywhere we go.  Considering the issues of illegal wiretapping, facial recognition, smart phones being used to trace people’s travel and other related items that rose to attention in the early 2000s, this content holds water.  It’s not some conspiracy theory.  It is real life.  The anger over this among the matter that is exhibited both lyrically and musically in a fashion that will connect well with listeners.  Keeping that in mind, the song in whole leaves no doubt as to why it is one of the record’s most notable works.  It is just one of the album’s most notable songs.  ‘Catastrophist,’ the lead single from Trivium’s new album, is another of the LP’s most notable works.

‘Catastrophist’ is an interesting addition to Trivium’s new album.  That is because of how closely similar it is to some of Slipknot’s more melodic hard rock opuses.  From the guitars to the drums and right down to Heafy’s own vocals, it would be easy for listeners to mistake Trivium for Slipknot in this song because of the close similarity in the sound and style of each band’s work if they took in the song, not knowing it was by Trivium.  As is the case in ‘Bending the Arc to Fear,’ the fiery energy in ‘Catastrophist’ does well in its illustration of the anger exhibited about the world’s ongoing crisis of humanity.

The noted theme is itself exhibited well here.  Heafy sings in the song’s lead verse, “Who has the means to save us from ourselves/To pull us from the vicious cycles feeding back again/Consume and feed/Degenerate/We damage just to liberate/Bought and sold before we could even breathe/I feel like we’re falling/A lifeline just out of our reach/I feel our collapsing/The arrogant numb to our needs/You’re a catastrophe/The one who’s come to devastate/Catastrophist/You stole our innocence/You’re a catastrophe/The one who’s come to devastate/Catastrophist/We never had a chance.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “How far along before we fade away/So deeply out of focus/But it seems we never cared/Deflect/Deny what flows inside/The poison springs internalize/Bought and sold before we could even breathe.”  Heafy returns to the song’s lead verse and chorus once more as the song progresses through its nearly six-and-a-half-minute run time, pushing home the message again of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.  Given, it is a familiar message, but it is a message that regardless, never gets old.  That reminder that we need to step back and check ourselves is always welcome, since we as a race are so quick to forget to do just that.  Keeping that in mind, this song proves to be just as engaging and entertaining in the bigger picture of WTDMS as ‘Bending the Arc to Fear’ and the rest of the album’s works.  Even with that in mind, it is just one more of the record’s most notable works.  ‘Bleed Into Me,’ another of the album’s singles, is deserving of its own attention.

‘Bleed Into Me’ presents a musical arrangement that, again can be easily compared to more recent works from Slipknot.  At the same time, it can also be compared to works from the likes of The Veer Union and Sevendust through its melodic hard rock approach.  The song’s foundation is built through its bass line.  That foundation is strengthened through the equally solid time keeping and old school-influenced guitar work.  Heafy’s vocal delivery puts the finishing touch to the presentation.  The tone of the song does well in illustrating the emotion in the song’s lyrical theme, which seems to hint at dealing with some very personal feelings.

The seeming message about addressing unresolved thoughts and feelings is inferred as Heafy sings in the song’s lead (and only) verse, “Bleed into me/An ounce of your empathy/Eyes lock/You can see/A ghost/An invisible city/Bleed into me/Those feelings you’re harboring/The silence says it all/Tragedy/The look before the fall/Struggles and dreams mix into one/The grim rituals have only begun/No use in leaving/I’ll drift off before you are gone/Before you are gone/As it bleeds into me/Let it sink in for you/tell them the story/Tell them the truth.”  From here, Heafy repeats the song’s chorus multiple times over against the work of his band mates.  It seems rather obvious that this song is addressing some unresolved concerns between the subject and another individual.  It goes without saying that this is a topic to which many listeners will relate just as much as the topics in the other songs addressed here.  Considering, again, the emotion generated through the song’s musical arrangement, the two sides work well together to make the song even more powerful. When the impact of this song is considered with that of the other two songs noted here and the rest of the record’s songs, the whole of What The Dead Men Say will leave listeners having plenty to say about the album.

Trivium’s latest full-length studio recording What The Dead Men Say is some of this band’s best work to date.  It is a work whose musical arrangements and its lyrical themes ensure listeners’ engagement and entertainment from beginning to end of the 46-minute presentation.  As noted here, there is a song whose lyrical theme focuses on unresolved personal matters, a song about the current state of the world, and government overreach (for lack of better wording).  The musical arrangements that accompany those themes do their part to heighten the songs’ interest.  As if that is not enough, there is also a song that protests war, one that addresses people who are so willing to walk over all others just for the sake of their own personal success and even one about the matter of the R. Kelly case (supposedly).  Considering all of this, and the lyrical and musical and lyrical content featured in the record’s other songs not addressed here, the end result is a record that is deserving of its own spot on this year’s list of the top new hard rock and metal albums.  More information about What The Dead Men Say is available along with all of Trivium’s latest news and more at:

 

 

Website: http://www.trivium.org

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/TriviumOfficial

 

 

 

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Trivium Debuts ‘Bleed Into Me’ Video

Courtesy: Roadrunner Records

Trivium gave audiences yet another preview of its new album What The Dead Men Say this week.

The band debuted the album’s new song ‘Bleed Into Me‘ Wednesday.  The video is a continuation of sorts from the video that accompanied the album’s lead single, ‘Catastrophist.’

The musical arrangement at the center of ‘Bleed Into Me’ is a heavy,  brooding work that incorporates some old school metal influences into its whole for a song that will connect with listeners. Front man Matt Heaggy’s vocal delivery adds its own touch to the whole of the presentation.  The song’s lyrical content presents its own depth.

The debut of ‘Bleed Into Me’ follows the release, most recently, of another of the album’s songs, ‘Amongst The Shadows and the Stones.’  The band debuted the video for the album’s title track and second single March 26.

The track listing for What The Dead Men Say is noted below.  The album is scheduled to be released Friday through Roadrunner Records.

 

 

WHAT THE DEAD MEN SAY TRACK LISTING:
“IX”
“What The Dead Men Say”
“Catastrophist”
“Amongst The Shadows And The Stones”
“Bleed Into Me”
“The Defiant”
“Sickness Unto You”
“Scattering The Ashes”
“Bending The Arc To Fear”
“The Ones We Leave Behind”

 

Trivium is scheduled to join Megadeth and Lamb of God on their summer tour starting June 12 in Bristow, VA.  The band’s run on the tour is scheduled to go through Aug. 1. Following some time off, Trivium will rejoin Lamb of God and Megadeth starting Oct. 2 in West Palm Beach, FL.  That leg of the tour is scheduled to run through Nov. 13 in Reno, NV.

The bands’ tour schedule is noted below.

 

 

TRIVIUM ON TOUR:
SUMMER 2020:
WITH MEGADETH + LAMB OF GOD:

6/12 — Bristow, VA — Jiffy Lube Live
6/13 — Charlotte, NC — PNC Music Pavilion
6/14 — Raleigh, NC — Red Hat Amphitheater
6/16 — Virginia Beach, VA — Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
6/17 — Wantagh, NY — Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
6/18 — Camden, NJ — BB&T Pavilion
6/20 — Holmdel, NJ — PNC Bank Arts Center
6/21 — Boston, MA — Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
6/23 — Syracuse, NY — St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
6/24 — Providence, RI — Bold Point Park
6/26 — Darien Center, NY — Darien Lake Amphitheater
6/28 — Burgettstown, PA — S&T Bank Music Park
6/29 — Toronto, ON — Budweiser Stage
7/1 — Detroit, MI — DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/2 — Mount Pleasant, MI — Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre
7/3 — Indianapolis, IN — Ruoff Music Center
7/5 — Atlanta, GA — Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
7/7 — Cincinnati, OH — PNC PAVILION
7/8 — Cleveland, OH — Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
7/10 — Chicago, IL — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/11 — St. Louis, MO — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/12 — Nashville, TN — Nashville Municipal Auditorium
7/14 — Rogers, AR — Walmart AMP
7/16 — Austin, TX — Germania Insurance Amphitheater
7/17 — Houston, TX — The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/18 — Irving, TX — The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
7/20 — Albuquerque, NM — Isleta Amphitheater
7/21 — Phoenix, AZ — Arizona Federal Theatre
7/23 — Irvine, CA — FivePoint Amphitheatre
7/25 — Auburn, WA — White River Amphitheatre
7/26 — Portland, OR — Moda Center
7/29 — Salt Lake City, UT — USANA Amphitheatre
7/30 — Pocatello, ID — Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre
8/1 — Concord, CA — Concord Pavilion

FALL 2020:
WITH MEGADETH + LAMB OF GOD:
10/2 — West Palm Beach, FL — iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
10/6 — Birmingham, AL — Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
10/7 — New Orleans, LA — UNO Lakefront Arena
10/9 — Corpus Christi, TX — American Bank Center Arena
10/11 — El Paso, TX — Don Haskins Center
10/14 — Springfield, MO — JQH Arena
10/16 — Kansas City, MO — Sprint Center
10/21 — Columbus, OH — Schottenstein Center
10/23 — Huntington, WV — Mountain Health Arena
10/24 — Bethlehem, PA — The Wind Creek Event Center
10/27 — Quebec City, QC — Centre Videotron
10/28 — Laval, QC — Place Bell
10/30 — St. Paul, MN — Armory
10/31 — Green Bay, WI — Resch Center
11/2 — Omaha, NE — Baxter Arena
11/3 — Sioux Falls, SD — Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
11/5 — Denver, CO — Pepsi Center
11/7 — Las Vegas, NV — Mandalay Bay Events Center
11/10 — Spokane, WA — Spokane Arena
11/11 — Nampa, ID — Ford Idaho Center Arena
11/13 — Reno, NV — Reno Events Center

 

More information on Trivium’s live dates with Lamb of God and Megadeth, its new album and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Websitehttp://www.trivium.org

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/Trivium

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/TriviumOfficial

 

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Trivium Announces New LP Release, Tour Dates; Debuts Video For LP’s Lead Single

Courtesy: Roadrunner Records

Trivium will release its ninth full-length studio recording next month.

What The Dead Men Say is scheduled for release April 24 through Roadrunner Records.  It will come less than three years after the band released its eighth album The Sin and the Sentence.

In anticipation of the new LP’s release, the band debuted the video for the album’s lead single ‘Catastrophist‘ Thursday.  The video, directed by Ryan Mackfall, is a full cinematic presentation that finds the band — Matt Heafy (vocals, guitar), Corey Beaulieu (guitar), Paolo Gregoletto (bass) and Alex Bent (drums) — watch a woman try to escape a pair of unidentified figures who are pursuing her.  The whole thing is captured on a series of closed circuit cameras, allowing the band to follow all of the events of the chase.

An explanation behind the video’s treatment was not provided in a news release about the video.  What can be said is that the song’s musical arrangement is comparable to works from Stone Sour while the song’s lyrical content, which seems to present a certain commentary of sorts, adds to the song’s interest.  That content is featured with the song’s video.

Heafy talked about the band’s new album in a recent interview.

What The Dead Men Say is everything that is Trivium,” he said.  “On this album, one can hear the proper ingredients of past, present and future Trivium.  The Trivium sound is having everything the band does — on one album.”

Gregoletto added to Heafy’s comments with his own statement.

“With the new album, we took what worked on the The Sin and the Sentence and dialed it all up to 11,” he said.

Beaulieu expanded on his band mates statements.

“We wanted to build on the foundation that we established with the last album,” he said.  “The record has all the elements that are Trivium — along with all of us pushing ourselves creatively.  This led to a highly-inspired and fast-paced writing and recording process that really captures the energy of the band.”

The track listing for What The Dead Men Say is noted below.  Pre-orders for the album are open now.

 

 

WHAT THE DEAD MEN SAY TRACK LISTING:
“IX”
“What The Dead Men Say”
“Catastrophist”
“Amongst The Shadows And The Stones”
“Bleed Into Me”
“The Defiant”
“Sickness Unto You”
“Scattering The Ashes”
“Bending The Arc To Fear”
“The Ones We Leave Behind”

 

 

Trivium will join Megadeth and Lamb of God on their summer tour starting June 12 in Bristow, VA.  The band’s run on the tour is scheduled to go through Aug. 1. Following some time off, Trivium will rejoin Lamb of God and Megadeth starting Oct. 2 in West Palm Beach, FL.  That leg of the tour is scheduled to run through Nov. 13 in Reno, NV.

The bands’ tour schedule is noted below.

 

 

TRIVIUM ON TOUR:
SUMMER 2020:
WITH MEGADETH + LAMB OF GOD:

6/12 — Bristow, VA — Jiffy Lube Live
6/13 — Charlotte, NC — PNC Music Pavilion
6/14 — Raleigh, NC — Red Hat Amphitheater
6/16 — Virginia Beach, VA — Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
6/17 — Wantagh, NY — Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
6/18 — Camden, NJ — BB&T Pavilion
6/20 — Holmdel, NJ — PNC Bank Arts Center
6/21 — Boston, MA — Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
6/23 — Syracuse, NY — St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
6/24 — Providence, RI — Bold Point Park
6/26 — Darien Center, NY — Darien Lake Amphitheater
6/28 — Burgettstown, PA — S&T Bank Music Park
6/29 — Toronto, ON — Budweiser Stage
7/1 — Detroit, MI — DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/2 — Mount Pleasant, MI — Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre
7/3 — Indianapolis, IN — Ruoff Music Center
7/5 — Atlanta, GA — Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
7/7 — Cincinnati, OH — PNC PAVILION
7/8 — Cleveland, OH — Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
7/10 — Chicago, IL — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/11 — St. Louis, MO — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/12 — Nashville, TN — Nashville Municipal Auditorium
7/14 — Rogers, AR — Walmart AMP
7/16 — Austin, TX — Germania Insurance Amphitheater
7/17 — Houston, TX — The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/18 — Irving, TX — The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
7/20 — Albuquerque, NM — Isleta Amphitheater
7/21 — Phoenix, AZ — Arizona Federal Theatre
7/23 — Irvine, CA — FivePoint Amphitheatre
7/25 — Auburn, WA — White River Amphitheatre
7/26 — Portland, OR — Moda Center
7/29 — Salt Lake City, UT — USANA Amphitheatre
7/30 — Pocatello, ID — Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre
8/1 — Concord, CA — Concord Pavilion

FALL 2020:
WITH MEGADETH + LAMB OF GOD:
10/2 — West Palm Beach, FL — iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
10/6 — Birmingham, AL — Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
10/7 — New Orleans, LA — UNO Lakefront Arena
10/9 — Corpus Christi, TX — American Bank Center Arena
10/11 — El Paso, TX — Don Haskins Center
10/14 — Springfield, MO — JQH Arena
10/16 — Kansas City, MO — Sprint Center
10/21 — Columbus, OH — Schottenstein Center
10/23 — Huntington, WV — Mountain Health Arena
10/24 — Bethlehem, PA — The Wind Creek Event Center
10/27 — Quebec City, QC — Centre Videotron
10/28 — Laval, QC — Place Bell
10/30 — St. Paul, MN — Armory
10/31 — Green Bay, WI — Resch Center
11/2 — Omaha, NE — Baxter Arena
11/3 — Sioux Falls, SD — Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
11/5 — Denver, CO — Pepsi Center
11/7 — Las Vegas, NV — Mandalay Bay Events Center
11/10 — Spokane, WA — Spokane Arena
11/11 — Nampa, ID — Ford Idaho Center Arena
11/13 — Reno, NV — Reno Events Center

 

More information on Trivium’s live dates with Lamb of God and Megadeth, its new album and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.trivium.org

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/TriviumOfficial

 

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Dead Original Debuts ‘Hard To See’ Teaser Video

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Neo-grunge outfit Dead Original will debut its new single Hard To See’ next week.

In anticipation of the single’s release the band, which featured the grandson of legendary drummer Buddy Rich (Nick Rich) on drums, has debuted a teaser for the song’s release.  The 23-second teaser video is streaming here.

Dead Original front man Paul Wandtke talked during a recent interview, about having the famed Rich name in the band’s lineup.

“We had to find the perfect drummer,” he said.  “A drummer with absolute command of the kit and musicality; someone with their own presence and we found him.”

Wandtke himself got his start in the music industry as a for-hire drummer.  At one point he worked with metal titans Trivium and on the Broadway musical Rock Of Ages before eventually transitioning to guitar.

Audiences can pre-save ‘Hard To See’ now here.

More information on Dead Original is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.deadoriginal.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/deadoriginal_

 

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Ice Nine Kills Debuts Video for ‘Stabbing In The Dark’ Acoustic Take

Ice Nine Kills debuted the video for its acoustic take of ‘Stabbing in the Dark‘ this week.

The band debuted the video Friday for the song, which is featured on the upcoming re-issue of the band’s 2018 album The Silver Scream.  The video features a family watching the original video for ‘Stabbing in the Dark‘ on a black and white television in a very 1950s living room setting.

Courtesy: Fearless Records

The acoustic take of ‘Stabbing in the Dark’ features guest vocals from Trivium front man Matt Heafy.  Heafy talked about joining Ice Nine Kills for the recording during a recent interview, saying how happy he was to take part in the song’s re-imagining.

“Ice Nine Kills is one of the absolute best bands on the planet right now,” he said.  “With their blend of styles and sounds and unique imagery, they’ve crafted a world entirely their own.  Being such a big fan myself, I did an acoustic cover of ‘Stabbing in the Dark’ on my Twitch live one day.  Next thing I knew, INK checked it out and dug it — which I was honored to hear.  I can’t wait till the world hears this newly re-imagined version of this incredible song.  Watch as INK takes the world over.  Mark my words.”

INK front man Spencer Charnas responded to Heafy’s comments with his own positive remarks in a separate interview.

“We were devilishly delighted to find out that Matt was a fan of INK,” he said.  “When we heard his chill-inducing cover of ‘Stabbing in the Dark’, we knew right then and there that we had to collaborate with him.”

He added, “We have enormous respect for Matt’s abilities, and are honored to have him be a part of this spooky, almost folk-like rendition of the song.  He slaughtered this performance, and we can’t wait wait for people to hear it during our favorite month of the year.”

INK’s acoustic take of ‘Stabbing in the Dark’ with Matt Heafy is just one of the acoustic works featured in the band’s upcoming re-issue of The Silver Scream.  The re-issue will also feature an acoustic performance of the song ‘A Grave Mistake,’ which the band recorded live on Sirius XM and a new take of ‘Thank God It’s Friday,’ which features the original Jason actor Ari Lehman.

The re-issue’s track listing is noted below.

THE SILVER SCREAM: FINAL CUT album will include the following track listing:
1. The American Nightmare
2. Thank God It’s Friday
3. Stabbing In The Dark
4. Savages
5. The Jig Is Up (ft. Randy Strohmeyer of Finch)
6. A Grave Mistake
7. Rocking The Boat (ft. Jeremy Schwartz)
8. Enjoy Your Slay (ft. Sam Kubrick)
9. Freak Flag
10. The World in My Hands (ft. Tony Lovato of Mest)
11. Merry Axe-mas
12. Love Bites (ft. Chelsea Talmadge, Stranger Things)
13. IT Is The End (ft. JR Wasilewski & Buddy Schaub of Less Than Jake and Will Salazar of Fenix TX)
14. Your Number’s Up
15. Thriller (Michael Jackson cover)
16. A Grave Mistake (Live from SiriusXM)
17. Stabbing In The Dark (Acoustic ft. Matt Heafy)
18. SAVAGES (Acoustic)
19. Thank God It’s Friday (Acoustic ft. Ari Lehman)

The original release of The Silver Scream spawned the singles and videos for ‘The American Nightmare,’ ‘Thank God It’s Friday,’ ‘Stabbing in The Dark,’ ‘A Grave Mistake,’ ‘IT Is The End,’ ‘Enjoy Your Slay,’ ‘Merry Axe-Mas‘ and ‘Savages.’

 

Courtesy: Fearless Records/SRO

Ice Nine Kills is preparing to launch a new North American tour in support of The Silver Scream‘s forthcoming re-issue.  The tour is scheduled to launch Oct. 29 in Cleveland, OH and to run through Dec. 1 in New York.  It also features performances in cities, such as Phoenix, AZ; Charlotte, NC and Denver, CO.

Fit For A King, Awake At Last, Light The Torch and Make Them Suffer will serve as support for the tour.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

DATE
CITY
VENUE
Tue
10/29
Cleveland, OH
House of Blues *
Sat
11/2
Milwaukee, WI
The Rave Club *
Sun
11/3
Minneapolis, MN
Varsity Theater *
Mon
11/4
Estes Park, CO
The Stanley Hotel
Tue
11/5
Denver, CO
Summit Music Hall *
Wed
11/6
Salt Lake City, UT
The Depot *
Fri
11/8
Las Vegas, NV
Brooklyn Bowl *
Sat
11/9
Los Angeles, CA
Belasco Theater *
Sun
11/10
Phoenix, AZ
The Van Buren *
Tue
11/12
Dallas, TX
House of Blues *
Wed
11/13
Houston, TX
House of Blues *
Thu
11/14
San Antonio, TX
Aztec Theater *
Sat
11/16
Pensacola, FL
Vinyl Music Hall *
Sun
11/17
Tampa, FL
Ritz Ybor *
Mon
11/18
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Revolution Live *
Wed
11/20
Atlanta, GA
Buckhead Theater *
Thu
11/21
Charlotte, NC
The Underground – Fillmore *
Fri
11/22
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Soundstage *
Sat
11/23
Pittsburgh, PA
Roxian Theater *
Mon
11/25
Philadelphia, PA
Theater of Living Arts *
Tue
11/26
Detroit, MI
St. Andrews Hall *
Wed
11/27
Chicago, IL
House of Blues *
Sat
11/30
Worcester, MA
The Palladium *
Sun
12/1
New York, NY
Webster Hall *
* = SiriusXM Octane Presents “Octane Accelerator Tour” with Fit For a King, Light The Torch, Make Them Suffer & Awake At Last

More information on Ice Nine Kills’ tour is available online now along with more information on the band’s upcoming re-issue of The Silver Scream and the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://iceninekills.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/iceninekills

 

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Suicidal Tendencies Added To Ozzfest Meets Knotfest Lineup

Courtesy:  Adrenaline PR

Courtesy: Adrenaline PR

Organizers with the 2016 Ozzfest Meets Knotfest have added another band to the mega-festival’s lineup.

Veteran hard rock band Suicidal Tendencies has been added to the lineup for the inaugural Ozzfest Meets Knotfest.  It marks the first time that the band has ever taken the stage at Ozzfest in any capacity.  The band will take the place of Children of Bodom, which was originally scheduled to perform on the first day of the double-header festival. The updated lineup for the festival is noted below. Audiences will note that there is even a stage dedicated to late Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister at this year’s festival.

 

OZZFEST Line-up

Saturday, September 24

 

MAIN STAGE:  Black Sabbath, Disturbed, Megadeth, Opeth, Black Label Society, and Rival Sons.

LEMMY STAGE:  Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, DevilDriver, Goatwhore, Huntress, and Dead Cross.

NUCLEAR BLAST STAGE: Municipal Waste, Kataklysm, Nails, The Shrine, and Still Rebel.

KNOTFEST Line-up

Sunday, September 25

 

MAIN STAGE:  Slipknot, Slayer, Amon Amarth, Anthrax, and Trivium.

LEMMY STAGE:  Sabaton, Suicide Silence, Overkill, Emmure, Butcher Babies, and Man with A Mission.

NUCLEAR BLAST STAGE:  Whitechapel, Combichrist, Carnifex, Loathe, SIM, and ONI.

 

Ozzfest Meets Knotfest is currently scheduled to be held Saturday, September 24th and Sunday, September 25th at San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino California.  As a special holiday celebration, fans can purchase single 4-day ticket packs for $84.  The limited-time special is going on now and ends July 4th at 11:59pm PT.  Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.ozzfest.com and http://www.knotfest.com.  More information on the inaugural Ozzfest Meets Knotfest is available online at:

 

 

OZZFEST

 

Website: http://www.Ozzfest.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/theozzfest

 

 

 

KNOTFEST

 

Website: http://www.knotfest.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/knotfest

 

 

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Born Of Osiris, For The Fallen Dreams Added To 2016 Dirt Fest Lineup

 

Courtesy:  Omega/101 WRIF-FM

Courtesy: Omega/101 WRIF-FM

More names have been added to this year’s edition of the Dirt Fest.

Organizers with the annual festival announced this week that Born of Osiris and For The Fallen Dreams have both been added to this year’s lineup.  They join the likes of: Sea of Treachery, I Set My Friends on Fire, and The Alpha Complex, who were also just recently added to the festival’s lineup.  The Alpha Complex features former Motograte

r front man Michael Woodruff on vocals.  Matt Dalton is one of the festival’s promoters.  He discussed the addition of Born of Osiris and For The Fallen Dreams in a recent interview.  “I’m thrilled to have my friends in Born of Osiris and For The Fallen Dreams join our event,” he said.  This will bee the first time FTFD has played in their home state of Michigan in over two years and their first time back to Dirt Fest since 2006.  With Chad (Ruhlig) back fronting the band the timing couldn’t be better.”

This is not the first time that the annual festival, which is held every year in Michigan, has given bands from “The Great Lakes State” time in the limelight.  In 2012 Chiodos reunited after having taken some time apart previously.  And the band’s first show back was at Dirt Fest.  The performance featured original front man Craig Owens back at the helm.  Dirt Fest has also developed quite the reputation for itself for having launched the careers of other major metal acts such as: Battlecross, Wilson, and See You Next Tuesday.  Dalton discussed the festival’s reputation along with the new additions to this year’s festival in his interview.  “Our priority has always been Michigan bands and this year is no exception,” he said of the festival’s reputation.  “In addition to Walls of Jericho, Wilson, Saint Riley, and of course For The Fallen Dreams, dozens of up-and-coming Michigan bands like It Lies Within and Heartsick will have a chance to perform alongside the big guys.  You never know who the next break out artist will be.”

2016 marks the 19th year for the Dirt Fest.  Along with the bands already noted, this year’s festival lineup also features some of the biggest names in the metal community today including: Hatebreed, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Soil, Asking Alexandria, Attila, Bury Your Dead, and many others.  It will be held at the Crofoot Festival Grounds in downtown Pontiac Michigan on Saturday, August 13th.  Tickets for the festival can be purchased online now here.  More information on Dirt Fest is available online now at:

 

 

Website: http://www.dirtfest.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/dirtfest

 

 

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Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Festival Returning For Its Second Year

Courtesy:  Danny Wimmer Presents/Ashton-Magnuson Media

Courtesy: Danny Wimmer Presents/Ashton-Magnuson Media

There’s big concert news coming out of Pennsylvania  today.

The Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Festival is returning to Pennsylvania this summer.  It will take place Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th at Talen Energy Stadium (formerly PPL Park), home of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union, in Chester, PA, which is just outside of Philadelphia.  It will feature a lineup of more than 35 bands.  That lineup includes but is not limited to: Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains, Slayer, The Offspring, Breaking Benjamin, Volbeat, Chevelle, The Cult, The Pretty Reckless, Pierce The Veil, Of Mice & Men, Ghost, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Chevy Metal, Baroness, Hellyeah, Sevendust, Motionless In White, Buckcherry, Trivium, Avatar, Max & Iggor Cavalera Return To Roots, Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy, Sick Puppies, The Amity Affliction, letlive., Neck Deep, Skindred, KYNG, Young Guns, Crobot, Devour The Day, Twelve Foot Ninja, Dinosaur Pile Up, Death Angel and Hundredth.

A rolling discounted Early Bird on-sale for weekend General Admission tickets and VIP passes starts this Tuesday, May 10th at 12pm EDT and runs through Friday, May 13th at 10am EDT.  Early Bird tickets and VIP passes will be available in a very limited quantity.  The prices for each is noted below.

 

Early Bird #1: $79 GA Weekend Stands, $99 GA Weekend Floor, $219 VIP Weekend

Early Bird #2: $89 GA Weekend Stands, $109 GA Weekend Floor, $239 VIP Weekend

Early Bird #3: $99 GA Weekend Stands, $129 GA Weekend Floor, $259 VIP Weekend

 

Zippo 2-packs will also be available at a price of $550.  They include 2-VIP weekend passes and 2 commemorative Zippos.  Single-day admission and general weekend packages will go on full sale along with VIP packages beginning May 13th at 10am EDT.  Prices will increase in the weeks leading up to the festival.  Current prices are listed below.

 

GA Weekend: $129 floor, $99 stands

GA 4-Packs: $308

VIP Weekend: $219

VIP 2-Packs: $550

Single Day GA (stands): $44.50

Single Day VIP: $119.50

 

VIP packages for the festival include: Stadium-level VIP main stage viewing, floor-level VIP viewing area for the west main stage, dedicated entrance lanes into the festival, VIP area with shade and picnic tables, VIP restrooms, special food and beverage offerings (for additional purchase), and a commemorative VIP laminate.

The music is just one part of the experience that audiences will be able to enjoy at this year’s festival.  Along with lots of great music there will also be loads of great food and drink, too.  There will loads of dishes offered by some of Philadelphia’s eateries in the Gourmet Man Food experience.  There will also be plenty of brews offered by breweries from across America.  The culinary lineup for the Gourmet Man Food Experience currently features: Braz-B-Q, Chickie & Pete’s, The Cow & The Curd, Dos Hermanos, Dump ’n’ Roll, M.A.T.T.’s Gourmet Sliders, Mama’s Meatballs, Seoulfull Philly, Sum Pig and The Tot Cart.  The breweries that will be at the festival include: Evolution Craft Brewing Co (Salisbury, MD), Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company (Dover, DE), New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, CO), Starr Hill Brewery (Crozet, VA), Tröegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, PA) and Victory Brewing Company (Downington, PA).

Danny Wimmer, head of Danny Wimmer Presents, recently discussed the festival’s return with the media.  He discussed not only the festival’s return but its expansion to two days this year and expectations in general for this year’s event.  “When we came to Philadelphia last year, we knew there was a demand for this kind of festival in the market, but the response exceeded our expectations,” he said.  Growing to two days in our second year was an obvious decision, and we’re looking forward to giving fans an even better experience in 2016.”

Geoff Gordon is President of Live Nation Philadelphia.  He echoed Wimmer’s sentiments in his thoughts on the festival’s return.  “Last year’s Monster Energy Rock Allegiance was a huge success on so many levels,” he said.  “We were proud to bring this venue their first ever concert; a record-setting, sold out smash hit. The audience had such a great time enjoying a unique experience of music and lifestyle — we knew in 2016 we could turn it up a notch!”

The Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Festival is presented by Danny Wimmer Presents, Live Nation, and Spectra at Talen Energy Stadium.  It is sponsored by: Jack Daniel’s, Zippo Encore, The Music Experience, Take Me Home, and Fxck Cancer/Dyin2Live, with more to be announced.  More information on the 2016 Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Festival is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.RockAllegiance.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/rockallegiance

 

More information on all of the latest events at Talen Energy Stadium is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.philadelphiaunion.com/stadium

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/talenenergystdm

 

Audiences can also get advance notice about all of the latest events at Talen Energy Stadium by joining the free Talen Energy Stadium CyberClub here.

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