Unearth Announces North American Tour Dates

Courtesy: Century Media

Unearth announced a new slate of tour dates Wednesday in support of its forthcoming album, The Wretched; The Ruinous.

The band’s tour is scheduled to launch May 4 in Lubbock, TX and to run through July 2. The first leg of the upcoming North American leg is scheduled to run through May 19 in Rochester, NY. Upon a Burning Body and 156/Silence will serve as support for the brief run.

The second leg of the North American tour is scheduled to run from May 20 in Hartford, CT to May 27 in Detroit, MI. The band’s run in this leg will be as support for The Halo Effect alongside High Command.

The tour’s third leg is a group of festival dates between May 28 at the Milwaukee Metal Fest in Milwaukee, WI and July 2 at the Reality Bites Fest in Saarbucken, Germany.

The band’s full North American tour schedule is noted below:

UNEARTH – The Wretched; The Ruinous Album Release Tour

With Special Guests Upon A Burning Body and 156/Silence

5/4 – Lubbock, TX – Jake’s

5/5 – El Paso, TX – Rock House

5/6 – Tucson, AZ – The Rock

5/7 – Anaheim, CA – Parish Room @ House of Blues

5/8 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater

5/9 – Roseville, CA – Goldfields

5/11 – Portland, OR – Star Theater

5/12 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon

5/14 – Salt Lake City, UT – Soundwell

5/15 – Denver, CO – HQ

5/16 – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck

5/18 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups

5/19 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall


Supporting Halo Effect With Special Guests High Command

5/20 – Hartford, CT – The Webster

5/21 – Brooklyn, NY – Monarch

5/22 – Philadelphia, PA – Brooklyn Bowl

5/23 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium Upstairs

5/24 – Quebec City, QC – Imperial bell

5/25 – Montreal, QC – Fairmount Theatre

5/26 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern

5/27 – Detroit, MI – Crofoot Ballroom

UNEARTH Festival Dates

5/28 – Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee Metal Fest

6/15 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting

6/16 – Clisson, France – Hellfest 2023

6/30 – Emmen, Netherlands – Pitfest

7/2 Saarbrucken, Germany – Reality Bites Fest

The band’s upcoming summer tour dates will come on the heels of a European tour that is scheduled to launch April 1 in Dortmund, Germany and to run through APril 21 in Stockholm, Sweden. Misery Index, Year of the Knife, Turbid North, and Leech are scheduled to share time on the tour as support.

The European tour’s schedule is noted below:

Hell on Earth Tour 2023

with Misery Index, Year Of The Knife, Turbid North and Leech

04/01 Dortmund, GER – Junkyard

04/02 Antwerp, BEL – Trix

04/05 Munchen, GER – Backstage

04/04 Freiburg, GER – Crash

04/05 Eindhoven, NET – Dynamo

04/06 Sheffield, UK – Corporation

04/07 Leeds, UK – The Warehouse

04/08 London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall

04/09 Lille, FRA – The Black Lab

04/10 Paris, FRA – La Machine Du Moulin Rouge

04/11 Stuttgart, GER – Im Wizemann

04/12 Weinheim, GER – Cafe Central

04/13 Cottbus, GER – Gladhouse

04/14 Leer, GER – Zollhaus

04/15 Chemnitz, GER – AJZ Chemnitz

04/16 Ostrava, CZE – Barrak Music Club

04/17 Berlin, GER – SO36

04/18 Hamburg, GER – Bahnhof Pauli

04/19 Copenhagen, DEN – Pumpehuset

04/20 Gothenburg, SWE – Musikens Hus

04/21 Stockholm, SWE – Slaktkyrkan

Unearth’s new album has already produced two singles, ‘Mother Betrayal‘ and its lead/title track. The album is scheduled for release May 5 through Century Media.

More information on Unearth’s new tour dates, album, single, and video is available at:




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Ovtlier Debuts New Single, Lyric Video

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Ovtlier recently released its latest single and companion lyric video.

The band premiered its single, ‘Spineless (ft. Danny Leal Jr.)‘ and its companion lyric video Oct. 22. The premiere came less than a month after the band premiered its then latest single, ‘All I Need‘ and its video. Leal is the front man for the metal band Upon A Burning Body.

Leal talked about joining Ovtlier for the song in a prepared statement.

“[Ovtlier front man] Joey [Arena] first asked me if I would feature on this track,” said Leal. “Like any other I wanted to make sure it was something that I felt I could fit in with. I was super pumped on the sound this band has going and am a legitimate fan of this track.”

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Spineless (ft. Danny Leal, Jr.) is a heavy, intense composition. The use of the guitars against the subtle backing keyboard that opens the song sets such a powerful, ominous mood. As the song progresses from there, the verses present a distinct Slipknot-esque sound while the choruses are more melodic but still hard.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the song and video’s debut. Reading through the lyrics presented in the song’s lyric video, it would seem that the song deals with emotions felt in dealing with someone who is simply not a good person.

The song’s lyric video features the song’s lyrics placed against a red backdrop. At the bottom, a person lies curled up in a sort of fetal position. This is all presented as the song plays over that visualization.

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Ventruss Brings Mental Health Discussion To The Fore In New Single, Video

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Independent metal band Ventruss is tackling a familiar topic in its latest single and companion video.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Sentiment‘ and its companion lyric video Friday. The premiere of the song and its video came more than two months after the premiere of the band’s then latest single, ‘Talladega.’

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Sentiment’ takes the band’s heavy sound a step beyond that featured in ‘Talladega.’ It blends elements of sounds from bands, such as Whitechapel, Killswitch Engage, and Upon a Burning Body for its presentation. The heaviness in that sound and stylistic approach works well with the emotion exuded through the song’s lyrical theme.

Front man Ben Jewell talked about the song’s lyrical theme in a prepared statement.

“There’s a lot to take from ‘Sentiment,’ he said.Mental illness is real and can affect relationships with family and friends. It may be hard to understand from the outside and can be easily perceived as a red flag, but internally that person has much more going on and before you know it, they can end their own life.”

Added Jewell, “This happened to me a few years back and once it did, I was having flashbacks of my weakest moments and feeling like I had absolutely no one but in reality, I was the one keeping myself locked in my own mind. This is not only a heavy track musically and lyrically but also a cry for help.” 

The ‘Sentiment’ lyric video features the song’s lyrics placed over a background of images, such as a skull, chains, and a cog. The imagery is used to help translate the message in the song’s lyrical theme and visualize the feelings that people suffering from mental health concerns experience. Interestingly enough, the lyrics are presented in a font that fans of Whitechapel will find familiar.

More information on Ventruss’ new single and video is available along with all of Ventruss’ latest news at:

Website: https://ventrussmusic.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ventruss_

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Upon A Burning Body’s New EP Is Will Continue To “Build” The Band’s Name And Reputation

Courtesy: Seek & Strike

Hard rock band Upon a Burning Body is, it would seem, one of the hardest working bands in the hard rock community today.  Having formed approximately 15 years ago (which is not that long ago in music industry years), the band has released five albums and one EP.  The longest stretch that the band has gone between new albums is three years, which came between the band’s fourth album Straight From the Barrio (2016) and its fifth album Southern Hostility (2019).  Each of those albums has enjoyed its own level of success in terms of charting.  The band shortened its time between new records again this week with the release of its second ever EP Built From War.  The five-song record was released Friday through Seek & Strike Records – its second studio recording for the independent label.  The 17-minute record is a work that the band’s established fan base will appreciate jut as much as metalcore and metal fans in general.  That is thanks to its musical and lyrical content, as is evidenced in part by the EP’s first two songs, ‘5X3’ and ‘Built From War.’  Each song will be addressed here, along with the EP’s penultimate song ‘Living for the Weekend.’  All three songs do their own part to make this record work as well as it does.  When they are considered with the EP’s two remaining songs — ‘Chains of Agony’ and ‘Extermination’ – the whole makes Built From War an EP that is built for success.

Upon A Burning Body’s latest studio recording Built From War is a strong new offering from the band, which has already made quite the impact on the metal community in such a short time.  That is due to its musical and lyrical content, each of which is accessible in its own way.  The EP’s opener, ‘5X3’ is just one of the songs that serves to support the noted statements.  This song’s arrangement is a full-on assault on the ears, but in the best way possible.  It is a blues-infused heavy metal opus that wastes no time grabbing listeners by the ear with its heavy, driving guitars, time-keeping, vocals and bass.  The immediate thought that comes to mind in listening to the song’s musical arrangement is a work that takes the best elements of Hatebreed and Lamb of God and combines them into one whole for a work that will keep listeners’ adrenaline peaked.  That adrenaline is heightened through the social commentary that is clearly presented through the song’s lyrical content.

The social commentary in question is a statement about people’s obsessions with celebrity and fame in general.  This is pointed out in the song’s lead verse and chorus, through which front man Danny Leal screams, “Nothing’s free in this world motherf*****/This life is not what you see on your screen/Your 5×3 reality/Before you double tap on what you wish you could be/Understand it might not be what you think/You want it so bad/But you don’t know what it means/There’s no turning back/Once you’re in too deep/Can you handle it/Here’s the cold hearted truth/Only craving the money the power the fame will never satisfy you.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “This life is not just the views from the top/Because the higher your head gets the faster you’ll drop.”  This applies just as much to people’s obsession with celebrities and wanting to be famous as to wanting to be famous through YouTube and internet in general.  Given, this is hardly the first time that any band has ever take on the topic of people’s obsession with fame and celebrity, but it is no less gripping here as from any other act from across the musical universe.  When it is considered along with the fire in the song’s musical arrangement, the whole of the song becomes just one of the EP’s most notable entries.  The record’s title track stands on its own merits.

The musical arrangement at the center of ‘Built From War’ is a full on thrash/groove composition that will keep listeners just as engaged and entertained as ‘5X3.’  The powerhouse guitars and time keeping works with the bass line and vocals to once again present that Hatebreed-meets-Lamb of God type of sound.  Even more to its credit is that the arrangement is not just a rehashing of 5X3.  It is its own, unique musical presentation that audiences will appreciate just as much as that song.  That pummeling musical arrangement is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  Its lyrical content partners well with that merciless musical arrangement.

The song’s lyrical is a fist-pump-inducing statement that encourages listeners to defy all obstacles.  That message is made clear in the song’s lead verse and chorus in which Leal screams, “Are you the strongest of them all/Cross the lines of fate/Wipe the blood from your face/Forged in the heart of the fire/Fueled from failure/Made for more/Built from war.”  It is strengthened even more in the song’s second verse as he notes, “The power remains/The blood fueling rage/Don’t turn away/To rise you must fall/Tell me do you have the strength within you to be the strongest of them all.”  It is cemented in the song’s third and fourth verses, “Start the battle and end the war/Strength is the only way out/To be the strongest of them all/What are you built from/Are you the strongest of them all/Strength is the only way out/To be the strongest of them all.”  Again, little to no doubt is left here as to the song’s uplifting message.  It is a message of self-determination and strength.  When that welcome message is coupled with the song’s equally powerful musical arrangement, the result is a work that holds its own just as much as ‘5X3.’  It is just one more way in which the EP shines.  ‘Living for the Weekend’ is yet another song that makes the EP stand out.

‘Living for the Weekend’ stands out in part because of its own musical arrangement.  This song is not a cover of Fitz & The Tantrums’ song by the same name.  It just so happens that both songs have the same title, and while each is enjoyable in its own right, each is its own work.  It also is not a cover the song from The O’Jays, which is its own song, too.  Ironically, the song’s lyrical content is very similar in its approach, with the song’s lead verse stating, “Roll up your sleeves/And strap on them boots/Clocking in and out/It’s the work week blues/Got mouths to feed and bills to pay/All work, no play/Long days/They’re all the same/The f*****’ boss don’t even know my name/This 9-5/Gotta leave it behind/or break your f****** back/And keep your a** in line.”  The song’s chorus adds, “Thin lines, I’m walking all the time/F*** these deadlines/leave ‘em all behind/Hell yeah/All my worries are gone/With the music loud/And the grill’s on/Hell yeah, living for the weekend.”  The song continues on in similar fashion from there in its second and third verses, with the song’s subject lamenting about dealing with each day of the work week and needing a break.”  It’s a bit of a touchy subject right now considering how many thousands of people are out of work as a result of COVID-19, wishing they had a job, but it is still a song that will connect with its own share of listeners.  To that point, this and the song’s heavy, blues-based Hellyeah type arrangement make it stand out even more.  Keeping this in mind along with the impact of the other songs noted here and the EP’s other two songs not directly addressed, the whole of the EP proves itself a powerhouse presentation from Upon a Burning Body.  It makes Built From War a presentation that is built for success.

Upon a Burning Body’s new EP Built From War is a strong new presentation from the band.  It is one more example of why this band has remained so successful even despite being clearly one of the hard rock and metal community’s hardest working bands.  It shows this band is still running full steam ahead and is aimed to be one of the next leaders in the current generation of hard rock and metal bands.  That is evidenced through the EP’s musical and lyrical content, as the songs examined here show.  When those songs are considered along with the EP’s two songs not discussed, the whole of the record – the band’s seventh studio recording overall – proves itself a work that will continue to build the band’s name and reputation.  It is available now.  More information on the EP is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:




Website: http://www.uponaburningbody.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/uabb




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Butcher Babies Complete Work On Second Album, Announce Upcoming Tour Dates

Butcher Babies is preparing to hit the road once again.

The band announced today that it will embark on an extensive spring/summer tour in support of its as-yet untitled upcoming sophomore album this week. The album was produced by former Machine Head bassist Logan Mader. The band’s new album is currently slated for release this fall via Century Media Records.

The first slate of tour dates on the band’s current schedule sees the band hitting the road alongside Upon A Burning Body beginning this Thursday, April 9th in Scottsdale, AZ and winding down next Friday, April 17th in Poughkeepsie, NY. It also includes stops in Colorado, New Mexico, Illinois, and Iowa. The complete schedule is listed below:

Butcher Babies Spring Tour Poster 1

Courtesy: Street Smart Marketing/Century Media Records

BUTCHER BABIES w/Upon A Burning Body

April 9th, 2015 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock Live

April 10th, 2015 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad

April 11th, 2015 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre

April 13th, 2015 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s (No UABB)

April 14th, 2015 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s

April 15th, 2015 – Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theatre

April 17th, 2015 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft (No UABB)

Butcher Babies will waste no time after finishing up its tour with UABB finishes up next week. Beginning next Saturday, April 18th, both bands will join The Nearly Deads and headliners In This Moment for the “Black Widow Tour.” The tour is in support ITM’s upcoming hits compilation Rise of the Blood Legion: Greatest Hits (Chapter 1). That collection will be released May 5th via Century Media Records. The twenty-one date tour runs through May 26th and includes a stop at North Carolina’s annual hard rock festival the Carolina Rebellion Festival. Butcher Babies vocalist Heidi Shepherd discussed the band’s inclusion on the “Black Widow tour,” noting the band’s outlook at getting out on the road with the tour’s other bands saying, “This upcoming tour is really special to us. Not only do we get to see so many of our friends that we have accumulated around the country through our music, but it’s also our first chance to play some songs off of the new album. Our fans have been so patient waiting for new music. In true Butcher Babies fashion we never do anything half-assed, so it took a little while. Playing these songs on this tour will be a little treat for our dedicated fan base. Also, to be back out with In This Moment is a huge honor. They have been so supportive of us and they put on an incredible live show.”

She went on noting the band’s excitement at getting to see all of its fans at each show’s post-show meet-and-greet, stating, “To all the BUTCHER BABIES fans old and new, you’ve inspired us so much throughout the years. After every show, we do a free meet and greet at our merch booth. Be sure to come stop by and say hello. We would be honored to meet you.”

Guitarist Henry Flury shared Shepherd’s thoughts on getting to see the band’s fan base saying, Every time we pass through a city we see more and more faces screaming along to the lyrics to our songs. You guys have no idea how that makes us feel. Now we have a few new face melting surprises in store for you guys and we can’t wait to see you sweat it out with us in the pit!”

Co-vocalist Carla Hardy added her thoughts on the tour saying, “It is crazy to think that this will be our ninth big national tour since our first big tour in mid 2012. We feel like old road dogs now as we recognize all the truck stop showers and coffee shops all across the states. However, the best thing about touring is seeing all the familiar faces in the crowd. Our fans have become dear friends over the last few years and every night feels like a family reunion at our after show merch booth meet and greets.”

The complete “Black Widow Tour” schedule is listed below.

Courtesy:  Street Smart Marketing/Century Media Records

Courtesy: Street Smart Marketing/Century Media Records

BUTCHER BABIES w/In This Moment, Upon A Burning Body, The Nearly Deads

April 18th, 2015 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre

April 19th, 2015 – Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall

April 21st, 2015 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

April 22nd, 2015 – Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater

April 23rd, 2015 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live

April 25th, 2015 – Fort Myers, FL @ Fort Rock

April 26th, 2015 – Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville

April 28th, 2015 – Knoxville, TN @ The International

April 29th, 2015 – Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29

May 2nd, 2015 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom

May 3rd, 2015 – Charlotte, NC @ Carolina Rebellion

May 5th, 2015 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage

May 7th, 2015 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE

May 9th, 2015 – Bangor, ME @ Rise Above Fest

May 12th, 2015 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

May 14th, 2015 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount

May 15th, 2015 – Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre

May 16th, 2015 – Reading, PA @ Reverb

May 22nd, 2015 – Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma

May 23rd, 2015 – Tyler, TX @ Click’s

May 26th, 2015 – Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Amphitheater

Following the end of the “Black Widow Tour” Butcher Babies will take some well-deserved and much-needed time off before heading overseas for a handful of summer festivals beginning with the annual Download Festival on June 14th. The band’s summer festival schedule is listed below:

European Festivals

June 14th Download – UK

June 19th Graspop – Belgium

June 20th Hellfest – France

July 20th Metaldays – Slovenia

July 31st Wacken – Germany

More information on Butcher Babies’ upcoming tour is available online now along with all of the latest daily updates from the band at:

Website: http://www.ButcherBabiesOfficial.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ButcherBabies

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Upon A Burning Body Ends 2014, Starts 2015 With Performances In NC

Courtesy:  Sumerian Records

Courtesy: Sumerian Records

Upon A Burning Body is coming to North Carolina.

Courtesy: Sumerian Records

Courtesy: Sumerian Records

The San Antonio, Texas-based metalcore quartet is scheduled to perform at Ziggy’s By The Sea in Wilmington, North Carolina Saturday, December 20th as a support act to Asking Alexandria on the band’s “The Moving On Tour.” The performance is the closing date on “The Moving On Tour.”  Chelsea Grin, Blessthefall, and The Family Ruin are also on the bill as support acts. Upon A Burning Body’s performance is part of its current tour schedule in support of its new album The World Is My Enemy Now (Sumerian Records). That album was released August 12th, 2014. Tickets for that concert are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Individual VIP tickets at $50. Tickets can be ordered online now at http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1849377&cobrand=white. Doors open at 7pm.

Courtesy:  Sumerian Records

Courtesy: Sumerian Records

After wrapping “The Moving On Tour,” Upon A Burning Body will take some a couple weeks off for the holidays before returning to the road. The band returns to the road Thursday, January 8th on the “Slow Your Troll And Know Your Role Tour” presented by Revolver magazine and Rock Star Energy Drink. The tour includes a performance at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina on Friday, January 9th, 2015. The band will be joined by co-headliner Veil of Maya and support acts Volumes, Gideon, and The Last Ten Seconds of Life. Tickets are $16 in advance and $18 the day of the show. They can be ordered online now at http://lincolntheatre.com/events/veil-maya-upon-burning-body/?REFERRAL_ID=tmfeedbuyat97249&wt.mc_id=aff_BUYAT_97249&camefrom=CFC_BUYAT_97249. Doors open at 6pm.

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/UABB

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