Crashing Wayward Takes On The Political, Economic Establishment In New Single, Video

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Independent rock band Crashing Wayward premiered its latest single and video this week.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Disco Kills‘ and its video Tuesday through The song features a musical arrangement that will appeal to any guitar rock purist.

The composition presents a sound and stylistic approach that shows influences from the likes of Stone Temple Pilots, Audioslave, and even Filter. Yes, that is a disparate mix of influences, but a close listen reveals the influence of all three bands, along with many others. The song was produced by MIke Gillies (Motley Crue, Metallica, The Cult).

The lyrical content featured in the song is meant as a sociopolitical commentary, according to front man Peter Summit.

“’Disco Kills’ was lyrically written as a metaphor about the politicians/big businesses who abuse their platform, disco being the metaphor,” he said. “It speaks in sequence to the effect that Disco music had on Rock in the late 70s, but its subject is a politician/big business who is enjoying the party. How about: It’s really a modern-day Marie Antoinette “Let them eat cake” story that takes on a duel meaning open for interpretation.”

The video for ‘Disco Kills’ puts the band — Summit, David Harris (guitar), Stacey Blades (guitar), Shon McKee (drums), and Carl Raether (bass) — into an empty building that perhaps was once either a warehouse or apartment building as it performs its new single. The video was directed by Vincent Cordero for Industrialism Films.

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T-Rex Marathon Debuts ‘A Prison Just For Us’ Lyric Video

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T-Rex Marathon debuted a new video for its single ‘A Prison Just For Us’ last week.

The band debuted the lyric video for the single Nov. 12 through Its premiere comes less than two months after the band debuted the single by itself through IdiotEQ. The lyric video places the song’s lyrics over a backdrop of a cloudy sky and occasional raindrops as the song plays over the imagery.

The second single from the band’s latest recording, Days Without Incident — it followed the release of the album’s lead single, ‘Faux News‘ — ‘A Prison Just For Us’ takes on the very serious topic of abusive relationships.  The song’s lyrics make this clear as they note how one partner in the relationship has taken the other for granted and emotionally abused that person.

The heavy, guitar-driven arrangement will appeal to works from fans of similar acts, such as Alexisonfire, A Day To Remember, and Taking Back Sunday.  That is especially evident through the song’s equally heavy bass, guitar, and drums.

The band discussed the song’s arrangement in a prepared statement.

“This song was written as an homage of sorts to Canadian post-hardcore pioneers Alexisonfire,” the statement reads. “AoF was, and still is, a huge influence on this band’s music. This song is a band favourite because it stands apart from the other songs on the album, featuring an emphasis on atmosphere and ambiance rather than punchy energy. This song might sound a little different from the others, but we do think it’s a great song that we think will really resonate with our listeners!”

A previously released statement from the band about the song expands on the band’s latest statement.

“The structure and feel pay homage to AoF’s [Alexisonfire’s] track “Accidents” and if it were to be described in one word, it would be ‘atmosphere,’ the statement reads. “It’s the kind of song that with each listen, you’ll find something new, but it’s still kept catchy with a great chorus that’s easy to sing along to. It’s a song where we make use of interesting production techniques and slightly improvisational guitar parts as well as giving it a lot of breathing room live to stretch out and interact with the crowd.”

T-Rex Marathon debuted Days Without Incident‘s latest single ‘Sheltered’ and its video last month through Additionally, the band streamed its new album in full last month through only days ahead of its release. Days Without Incident is available now.

The track listing for Days Without Incident is noted below.

Track Listing:
1. All For Nothing (2:56)
2. No Words (4:56)
3. Faux News (3:05)
4. A Prison Just For Us (4:08)
5. Turnpike (4:06)
6. Pick Your Poison (4:58)
7. Misfits (4:24)
8. Sheltered (4:01)
9. Futures and Goodbyes (4:32)
10. 5 Centimeters Per Second (5:58)
Album Length: 43:09

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Abandoned Souls Debuts ‘Blinding Darkness’ Video

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A week after debuting its new single, Abandoned Souls has premiered the song’s companion video.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Blinding Darkness‘ Friday. The video features the band performing its new single in a dimly lit studio setting and adds in various other visuals such as two people sparring in a boxing ring, a man curled up alone in the corner of an equally dimly lit room, and a woman apparently dealing with her inner thoughts as she sits alone in her own dark room.

The visuals are used to help translate the message in the song’s lyrical content, which was written following the death of front man James Todd’s mother. He explained the connection in a recent interview.

“The song is about facing the reality of death or dark times and dealing with it,” he said. “It’s also learning to maneuver through the darkness and finding a way to be more comfortable within that space. To realize that you need to face it head-on sometimes and learn how to live and prosper from the experience of getting through these times.”

The musical arrangement featured in the song musical arrangement is a heavy, melodic hard rock composition that will appeal to fans of bands, such as Godmsack, Three Days Grace, and Alter Bridge.

Abandoned Souls debuted ‘Blinding Darkness’ by itself Oct. 8 through

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In The A.M. Debuts ‘Back Seat’ Lyric Video

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Independent rock act In The A.M. gave audiences their first preview of its new album last week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Back Seat’ Sept. 11 through  The song is the lead single from the band’s forthcoming EP What Have I Become.  The record is scheduled for release in 2021, with an exact release date under consideration.

Band founder Alex Shimp discussed the EP’s creation during a recent interview.

“When writing the EP, I was going through a tough time mentally,” said Shimp. “Struggling with depression and anxiety on a more elevated level than usual, these songs were written as a coping mechanism to let out some pent-up energy and emotions that I was dealing with.”

“I really tried to give this music significant purpose from the listener’s perspective this time around and made it a goal to give people something to relate to beyond the surface level,” added Shimp.  “I want to give people songs to help them deal with their trauma in an almost therapeutic way and assist them in getting through their most trying times, the same way bands like Three Days Grace and Matchbox Twenty did for me in my younger years,” added Shimp. “We all need to know that we are not alone sometimes.”

The ‘Back Seat’ lyric video places the song’s lyrics over what is meant to be a watery background.  The song’s infectious arrangement, whose foundation is formed through  its guitar, bass, and drums plays along with the lyrics’ presentation.

The song’s lyrical content comes across as taking on the all-too-familiar topic of a couple at a key point in its relationship.

‘Back Seat’ is available to stream and download here.

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Never Elected Wants Audiences To ‘Wake Up’ In New Single

Independent rock band Never Elected is adding its voice to the ongoing issue of technology and the 24-hour news cycle.

The band is addressing the matters through its new single ‘Wake Up,’ which is debuted through  The song’s musical arrangement is a blues-based rock sound that also presents a hint of southern rock influence.  That is accompanied by the noted commentary about the impact of technology and the overpowering impact of nonstop news.

The band addressed the song’s lyrical content in a recent interview.

“‘Wake Up’ speaks to our current world situation, where everyone gets all their information through their “Magic Window” (social media/phone/tv/computer),” the statement reads.  “We continue to fight over religion, race, sex and more but only when it is #trending, ‘only to sleep again'”.

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Hydraform Continues Its Growth On Its Self-Titled EP

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Independent hard rock band Hydraform is scheduled to self-release its new self-titled EP Friday.  The three-song record is the Denver, CO-based band’s debut EP and second overall studio record, coming approximately three years after the band released its debut album Dark Adder.  While it runs not even 20 minutes (17 minutes to be exact), the record deserves its own share of applause.  That is due in part to its musical content, which will be addressed shortly.  The lyrical content featured in the EP adds to its interest, too.  It will be addressed a little later.  The EP’s production and mixing rounds out its most important elements and will also be addressed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the EP’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Hydraform an interesting addition to this year’s field of new EPs.

Hydraform’s forthcoming self-titled EP, scheduled for release Friday, is an intriguing new addition to this year’s already packed field of new EPs.  It is a presentation that is worth hearing at least once.  That is due in part to the record’s musical arrangements.  The EP is composed of just three songs, but all three are new presentations from the band.  What’s more, they display the band’s growth when set against the band’s 2016 debut album Dark Adder.  The EP’s second entry ‘Chained,’ which the band debuted recently through, is the most notable of its offerings.  Front man Carter Pashko’s vocal delivery joins with Matt Gotlin’s polyrhythmic drumming, the subtlety of John Jarvinen’s bass line and the cutting guitar line of Jacob Streifer to make the arrangement really stand out.  It takes elements of Tool’s dark prog metal, crosses that with some post-grunge influence and some groove metal to make the whole.  Given, one would not initially think that on paper, such an amalgam of styles would gel, but it surprisingly does here, and does well.  As a matter of fact, the combination of those elements makes ‘Chained’ the EP’s most accessible work.  The band obviously knew that, having debuted it as the EP’s lead single, too.  It is just one of the EP’s notable works.  ‘Parasite’ deserves its own share of attention, too.

‘Parasite,’ opens with a gentle, flowing piano line that shortly gives way to a heavier, guitar-driven sound complete with Maynard James Keenan-esque vocal delivery from Pashko in the verses.  Pashko changes things up in the choruses with a more guttural almost death metal style vocal approach, while his band mates keep the arrangement’s Chevelle meets Disturbed meets Disturbed sound progressing.  Again, it sounds like an odd combination of influences (and it is) but it still works here in its own unique way.  It is not as accessible as ‘Chained,’ but is still an interesting work in its own right, and closes the EP on a strong note.

Hydraform opens just as strongly as it closes if not more so thanks to ‘Born of the Sea.’  This song’s arrangement is best described as a metalcore style presentation that will appeal to fans of bands, such as Killswitch Engage and As I Lay Dying.  That is due to the pairing of Streifer’s guitar work and Jarvinen’s bass line.  The elements create a harmony and intensity that when they are joined with Gotlin’s precision behind the kit, makes it another surefire hit for the band.  Keeping that in mind along with the attraction of ‘Chained’ and the interest generated through ‘Parasite,’ all three songs come together to show why this EP’s musical arrangements make for such interest in the record.  While the EP’s musical content will ensure listeners’ engagement and entertainment, it is only a portion of what makes the record worth hearing.  The EP’s lyrical themes present their own interest.

‘Chained’ is just one example of the importance of the EP’s lyrical themes.  This song’s lyrical theme comes across as centering on the issue of dealing with our own personal issues.  This is inferred over the course of the song’s nearly seven-minute run time (six minutes, 40-seconds to be exact).  The song opens with Pashko singing about wearing a mask and night and how that is supposed to protect us from the “demons lying under your bed.”  As the song progresses, its subject wonders “when I will see you again” and “when I will become free.”  Later in the song’s run, he says, “What does it mean/To embrace insanity/We all just abide…What will they do/When they get the best of you/Getting under your skin/Just start again.”  It really makes for an interesting, unique take on the familiar topic of taking on our inner issues.  Again, this is all just this critic’s own interpretation.  It should not be taken as gospel, though the wording – metaphorical as it may be – certainly points to the inferred matter.  To that point, this is sure to keep listeners just as engaged as the song’s musical arrangement.  It is just one example of the importance of the EP’s lyrical themes.  ‘Born of the Sea’ is one more example of that importance.

‘Born of the Sea’ comes across as a far cry from ‘Chains’ at least in its lyrical theme.  Unless this critic’s interpretation is wrong (which is possible), the song seems to be one of those fantasy style works about someone living at sea.  It comes across as being that simple.  This is inferred right from the song’s outset as Pashko sings about black sails, the sun hitting the subject’s eyes “as the anchor” pulls from the water.  As the song proceeds, there’s even mention of “the deep blue water turning black” and “the deep abyss/never coming back.”  So apparently, someone died at sea?  If in fact this is really the basis of the song’s lyrical theme, then it definitely stands out against the song’s musical arrangement.  More often than not, such content is accompanied by like-minded music from perhaps the likes of Alestorm and other similar acts.  To that end it definitely stands out.  It’s just one more way in which the record’s lyrical themes stand on their own merits here.  ‘Parasite’ is sure to engage listeners with its lyrical content just as much as its counterparts.

‘Parasite’ comes across as a statement about someone who just lives to make others miserable, metaphorically sucking them dry.  Or in another fashion, it could be a focus on that part of us in our minds that we combat so often.  This is inferred in the lines, “Free/Free to spread my mange/Free to burn this…/Free to sow terror in our souls/Try/Try to cut me out/try to kill yourself/Try to purge this part of you, you hate.”  Considering this, it would seem the latter of the two interpretations is likely the more likely case.  As the song continues, there is also mention of “A little boy’s inside my head/Telling me/Screaming at you.”  Even more here, it would seem that the song is centered on the matter of dealing with one’s own emotional and mental health issues.  Keeping that in mind, it becomes another song that will connect with listeners that much more, and one more example of what makes the EP’s lyrical content so important.  Together with its companion musical content, the record’s overall content gives listeners reason to hear Hydraform.

The content featured within Hydraform’s 17-minute run is certain to engage and entertain audiences with its accessible and relatable musical and lyrical content respectively.  For all that said content does for the record, its production and mixing puts the finishing touch to its presentation.  Sylvia Massy, known for her work with the likes of Tool, System of a Down, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, was responsible for bringing everything together for the finished product.  Massy is to be commended for her work as each element – instrumental and vocal – is so well-balanced within each song.  What’s more, Massy’s guidance with the band also played into the way in which each song was arranged as part of the production and mixing.  It might explain the balance between the piano line and heavier elements in ‘Parasite’ and the balance in the EP’s metalcore style opener.  No one pat outweighed the others there or even in ‘Chained.’  In other words, Massy’s work behind the boards and with the band served to help give audiences the best product possible from the band.  The result is a record that while short packs a big punch.  That punch, together with the content, makes this record a very real candidate for a spot on this year’s list of top new EPs.

Up-and-coming independent hard rock band Hydraform’s new self-titled EP is a record that will appeal to a wide range of audiences.  Its mix of musical styles and influences plays into that appeal.  There are prog-metal influences, as well as hard rock and even metalcore influences audible throughout the three songs featured in the record.  They will generate plenty of engagement and entertainment for a wide range of listeners.  The mostly relatable lyrical themes featured in the record strengthen the record’s appeal.  Together with the production and mixing, all three elements combine to make it a positive new offering from the still young band.  All things considered, it is a valid candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new EPs.  More information on Hydraform is available along with all of Hydraform’s latest news at:








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Evandale Debuts ‘The Storm’ Lyric Video

More than four months after it debuted its then latest single, Evandale is back with another new single.

The band premiered the lyric video for its new single ‘The Storm’ June 12 through  As with the song’s predecessor ‘Black Heart Southern Woman,’ — which premiered in January and was from the band’s self-titled EP released in 2019 — the song’s musical arrangement features a distinct southern rock sense.

The song’s lyrical theme is meant to serve as a source of inspiration for listeners, according to a collective statement from the band.

“This is a song that tells a story that so many can relate to,” the statement reads.  “Everyone has goals in life, lazy moments, or unaccomplished tasks they’d like to fulfill. Sometimes, we need to stop blaming others, stop making excuses for the way things are, and take a step back to evaluate what you can control in your life and make it happen!”‘

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‘The Storm’ is the lead single from Evandale’s forthcoming EP All or Nothing.  The record’s release date will be announced soon.  The song is available to stream and download here.

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