Audiences Are Sure To ‘Remember’ A Killer’s Confession’s New Album

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A wait of more than two years for A Killer’s Confession’s new album finally ended Friday when the band released its new record, Remember.  The record’s release came after almost a year of buildup that started in January with the release of the album’s title track/opener.  It is one of a number of singles that the record produced, too.  In all, the record produced no fewer than six singles, which is more than half the record’s 11 total songs.  It is just one of the most notable of the record’s songs, too.  The band’s latest song, ‘Tell Your Soul,’ which features a guest appearance from Chad Gray (Hellyeah/Mudvayne), is another example of how much the band’s new album has to offer audiences.  It will be discussed a little later.  ‘Trapped Inside,’ which comes early in the record’s run, is yet another example of the record’s strength.  It will also be discussed later.  When all three of these songs are considered along with the rest of the album’s singles and the rest of the record’s songs, the whole makes Remember a presentation that AKC’s fans and that hard rock/metal fans alike are sure to remember.

A Killer’s Confession’s latest album, Remember, is a strong new offering from the band.  The band’s third album, it has proven so positive over the course of this year through all six singles that it has produced, not the least of which is its title track/opener.  The band debuted the single and its companion video in January.  The song stands out in part through its musical arrangement, which boasts a sort of blues based hard rock sound and stylistic approach.  That sound and approach pairs with what also sounds like a bit of an aggro-rock syle approach and sound for a whole that is immediately infectious.  The appeal ensures from the song’s musical arrangement is just part of what makes the song stand out.  Its lyrical counterpart makes for its own appeal.

According to statements made by front man Waylon Reavis at the time of the song’s premiere, its lyrical theme delivers a message of taking life into full account.  He said of the theme, “Sometimes in life, people are quick to forget the good and the bad.  We all need to be reminded from time to time where the line in the sand is truly drawn.”  It comes across as a sort of statement about deciding where we stand in life by seeing both sides of things.  This is inferred right from the song’s outset as Reavis sings, “They say that blood is thicker than water/Seems yours is running a little thin/Or did you forget/I’m calling out from my soul/Waiting for a sign to show me/That you’re now alone/Do you feel nothing is owed/Now that you have played me/Empty/Draning me low/Won’t turn my blind side to your knife any longer/But every scar carved on my back/makes me stronger/’Cause I will bow to you for never/And you know my name/I hope that you remember/I’ll bow to you for never/I hope that you remember.”  The message continues in the song’s second verse as Reavis sings, “Brace for the truth to be told/Trapped in your own web/That you have spun/I watch the venom take hold/And once the poison spreads/The damage can’t be undone.” This statement of confidence and defiance translates well, Reavis’ statement about the song’s lyrical message.  This is someone who has seen his/her own good while seeing the bad in another instead of just being blind.  Once we see the good and bad in life, we can differentiate and see that proverbial line in the sand and know where we stand.  That fully accessible statement, together with the energy in the song’s infectious musical arrangement, makes the song in whole that much more powerful in its presentation.  It leaves no doubt as to the importance of the song to the record’s overall body, and is just one of the most notable of the record’s songs.  ‘Tell Your Soul,’ the album’s latest single, is another way in which the album exhibits its strength.

‘Tell Your Soul’ features a guest vocal appearance by Chad Gray (Hellyeah/Mudvayne) and is arguably the strongest of the album’s entries both musically and lyrically.  The contemplative, melodic hard rock sound and approach taken to this song’s arrangement is so rich and so deep.  Any active/modern rock station that is not currently running this song is missing and out and doing a disservice to its audiences.  It is a perfect fit to those stations’ play lists.  That is especially evidenced through the contrast of the song’s deeply contemplative mood in its verses and more fiery approach in its choruses.  That contrast becomes even more impacting when it is considered along with the song’s lyrical theme.

According to comments made by Reavis, the song’s lyrical theme centers on “forgiveness and acceptance of one’s own shortcomings.”  That in itself is so powerful.  We all need to remember that no one is perfect, even as much as some would try to have others believe.  We need to accept our imperfections and live with them, and become better through them.  The way in which Reavis delivers that message in the song’s lyrics is unique in itself.  If not for that explanation, one would have thought the theme would have been more about a relationship or simply about finding confidence in one’s own self following a bad relationship.  This as he sings in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “I feel like we really don’t know/Wasting away till it’s gone/The moments in time always fuel the fire/Watching the embers alone/And I won’t belong to you now/I feel like it’s over/So take this down/Why am I afraid when I’m gone/I don’t know/I won’t relive our mistakes/I will be what you’ve needed/To face the day/Now I understand/It’s not your pain/Don’t you think/I’m far from wherever you are/You can’t be what you wanted without the scars/It’s not your fault/Don’t you know/Tell your soul.”  That questioning of “Why am I afraid when I’m wrong” plays into Reavis’ statement.  This is someone asking himself/herself whey he/she feels so bad about getting things wrong.  This, before he/she goes on to admit to himself/herself, “I won’t relive our mistakes.”  This is that moment of realization that being wrong and making mistakes is normal and part of being human.  It is that acceptance of this realization.  Once people realize that mistakes happen and that no one is perfect, as this person did, they will hopefully accept it and simply live life.  When this is considered along with the mood that the song’s arrangement sets, the whole makes the song overall that much more accessible and appealing.  It is just one more of the album’s most notable works.  ‘Trapped Inside’ is just as much of note as ‘Tell Your Soul’ and ‘Remember.’

‘Trapped Inside’ stands out among Remember’s songs in part through its musical arrangement.  The arrangement is unique from its counterparts in this record what with its melodic hard rock approach.  Yes, ‘Tell Yourself’ is a melodic hard rock style composition, but it is quite unlike this song.  In this case, the song maintains its heaviness and sets a completely different mood.  The mood in question is brooding for the most part, until the song reaches its powerful bridge, which features such a heavy breakdown.  The use of the keyboards in the introduction to the verses helps set the mood as the song’s subject contemplates his/her inner demons in the song’s lyrical content.  The heavy guitars that are used throughout do just as much to help illustrate the battles that the song’s subject faces with those demons.  Looking at all of this, the contemplative, brooding mood established in this song matches well with the song’s lyrical theme.

That lyrical theme is made clear as Reavis sings in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “I don’t want anyone to know this/But I don’t think anyone will notice/Even in a room full of people/Somewhere in the hay/I’m the needle/Feeling so small and helpless/Running down halls that are endless/Listen for a voice in the echo/Trying to find a sound that I might know/I know there’s no way out/I’m tapped inside/Time is f****** with my mind/Truth hides within the lies/And it will decide when its over/Fate tears down what I create/While laughing in my face/And it will decide when it’s over/I’m trapped inside.”  The brooding continues in the song’s second verse as Reavis sings, “I used to be alive and connected/Now I’m just a pit of rejection/Always had a rhyme or a reason/Now I’m just cold/Yeah, I’m freezing/It’s hard to keep warm when you’re empty/I’m waiting for the world to forget me/Tired of the self-isolation/Trying but there’s no motivation/I know there’s no way out/I’m trapped inside.”  This is some heavy content, but the thing is that being so heavy and clear in that heaviness, it will connect to plenty of audiences.  It will help others who are fighting those personal emotional battles have a connection and in turn, the strength to push on and persevere, knowing they are not alone in those battles.  That, together with the emotional heaviness in the song’s arrangement, makes clearer why this song is so important to the album’s presentation.  When it is considered along with the other songs examined here and with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole of that content makes Remember another strong new offering from A Killer’s Confession.

A Killer’s Confession’s brand new album, Remember, is a positive new offering from the band.  The band’s third album, it is a mostly impressive follow-up to the band’s sophomore record, The Indifference of Good Men (2019).  The record’s strength comes through its musical and lyrical content alike.  That is evidenced through all of the songs examined here, as well as the rest of the album’s songs.  When all of that content is considered together, the whole makes the album overall a record that audiences are certain to remember.  Yes, that awful pun was intended.

Remember is available now through Wake Up! Music Rocks/Wake Up! Music.  More information on the album is available along with all of A Killer’s Confession’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.akillersconfession.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/akillersconfession

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/WaylonAKC

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A Killer’s Confession Front Man Waylon Discusses His Band’s Tour, New Album In New Interview With Phil’s Picks

A Killer’s Confession released its latest single, ‘Tell Your Soul’ recently. The single features the band working with Chad Gray (Hellyeah, Mudvayne) and Sahaj Ticotin (RA). Its release came amid AKC’s tour with Gemini Syndrome. Front man Waylon Reavis took some time out of his busy schedule recently to talk with Phil’s Picks about the band’s forthcoming album, life on the road in more. The whole interview is available to read below.

PP: The past year or so has been really eventful for you and your band.  Between all of the new singles that you all have released – the latest scheduled for release this week – a new album on the way, and all of the touring, you’ve clearly had plenty on your plate so to speak.  So how have you balanced it all?  On the surface, it sure seems like so much to handle.  So talk to me about how you’ve handled it all.

WR: Honestly my wife Julie runs everything and my manager Jerome. Julie and I plan everything out for tours and we balance each other. With my team around me from FMM, OneRPM and Wake up! music Rocks record label I am blessed.

PP: Speaking of your latest single, I got the press release for your next single, ‘Tell Your Soul,’ along with plenty of other writers.  I’m sure you’ve answered this question plenty of times and then some, but for my readers, talk to me if you will about how the partnership with Chad Gray and Sahaj Ticotin about.  I know Sahaj’s band, Ra, is label mate to A Killer’s Confession, so I’d assume that that played into bringing him on board.  So, what about Chad’s inclusion in the song?

WR: I have been working with Sahaj for five years now. He has become a brother to me. He has wrote with me over 9 songs now. He truly has been a blessing in my life and career. I actually am the Head A&R along side my wife Julie and CEO Pepper Gomez of Wake Up! music Rocks. I brought RA to the table over a year and a half ago knowing I wanted to sign his amazing new album Intercorrupted. My best friend Aimee is very close to Chad. That is how we started talking about creating ‘Tell Your Soul.’ We actually wrote a heavier song at first but it just didn’t make the cut. I called Sahaj and asked if he could help us on this one. Man did he write and produce an amazing song. I remember when I first heard it it made my hair stand up. My lyrics just flowed so fast I wrote them in 15 minutes. Sahaj flew out to Vegas to record Chad and it all fell into place. Chad and I flew to Texas to record the video with the very talented Wombat Fire. We had a great time putting all this together.

PP: I’m going to digress a little here, but knowing Chad and Sahaj are probably good friends of yours, the announcement of Mudvayne reuniting this year was a big deal.  What are your favorite songs/albums from Mudvayne and Ra?  What about Hellyeah?  Do you have any favorites there?  From your time working with Chad on your new single, was there any discussion on whether Hellyeah will make another album?

WR: I would like to pass..

PP: Changing gears and moving to the topic of all of your live shows, you guys are busy on the road with Gemini Syndrome. How has it been for you and your band mates being back on the road after live music was shut down for such a long time last year?  Was it second nature for you all or did you feel more like you had to readjust to it?

WR: It just comes natural. We love being on the road playing shows every night. The crowds and fans have been amazing. it’s like riding a bicycle you just have to get back on

PP: On a related topic, a lot of acts ended up resorting to using livestream shows behind pay walls during the live music shutdown.  Is that something that A Killer’s Confession ever considered?  What is your thought on livestreaming versus actually being on stage?  It seems like it would be a completely different world.  So talk to me about that.

WR: I refused to do it. It’s just not the same in anyway. I waited out the storm….

PP: Staying on the band’s live schedule, A Killer’s Confession is also scheduled to perform at Metal in the Mountains this year.  It was canceled last year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact.  There is a wide array of bands on this year’s bill.  They range from the up-and-coming to more well-known acts, such as yourselves.  Which band(s) are you looking forward to seeing at the festival while you’re not performing?

WR: We are headlining Central Florida Metal Fest, playing Metal in the Mountains and Inkcarceration this year. I’m stoked to see Mudvayne of course! Slipknot. RA, Rob Zombie. Motionless in white. Butcher babies. Attila. Man I’m just excited to see them ALL! Live music hits the soul

PP: Getting back on a lighter note and bringing things full circle here, I’ve got one last question for you.  Thank you, by the way, for taking the time to respond to my questions.  It really is appreciated.  With all of the new music that A Killer’s Confession has released since January of this year, what is the status of the band’s new album?  Word is that the singles that you’ve released are expected for inclusion in the band’s latest album.  So what is the status on the album’s progress?  When can fans expect its release?

WR: Thank you for having me! I will be dropping another single at the end of October and then the full album will release with 13 songs. I will then print limited CD and Vinyl to sell at my shows and start releasing my fourth album!

Thank you again so much for your time, Waylon.  Good luck with all of the upcoming live dates, and I like the rest of your fans, am anxiously awaiting the release of that new album.

More information on A Killer’s Confession’s new tour dates, single, and video is available along with all of the band ‘s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.akillersconfession.com

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Twitterhttps://twitter.com/WaylonAKC

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A Killer’s Confession Launches First Tour Of 2021; Premieres New Single, Video

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A Killer’s Confession is officially back on the road.

The band launched its first live run of the year this week. The tour, which includes support from Heartsick, launched Friday and is scheduled to run through May 24 in Austin, TX. Heartsick’s live dates are in support of its forthcoming EP, Cinco, which is scheduled for release June 25. It has already produced the single, ‘Thrill of the Hunt.’

A Killer’s Confession premiered its latest single, ‘Trapped Inside‘ and its companion video April 29. The premiere of the song and its video came less than a month after the premiere of AKC’s then latest single, ‘Light to Darkness‘ and its video.

A Killer’s Confession debuted another single, ‘Remember‘ and its video in January.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Trapped Inside’ is a heavy, melodic hard rock composition. The use of the keyboards in the introduction to the verses helps to set the mood as the song’s subject contemplates his/her inner demons in the song’s lyrical content. The heavy guitars that are used throughout do just as much to help illustrate the battles that the song’s subject faces with those demons.

The current tour schedule for A Killer’s Confession are noted below.

Sunday, May 9th | Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans

Wednesday, May 12th | Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s

Thursday, May 13th | Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater

Friday, May 14th | W Chicago, IL @ WC Social Club

Saturday, May 15th | Janesville, WI @ The Back Bar

Sunday, May 16th | Pekin, IL @ Twisted Spoke

Tuesday, May 18th | St. Louis, MO @ Red Flag

Wednesday, May 19th | Little Rock, AR @ Stickyz

Thursday, May 20th | Oklahoma City, OK @ Kendall’s

Friday, May 21st | Ft Worth, TX @ The Rail Club

Saturday, May 22nd | Houston, TX @ BFE

Sunday, May 23rd | San Antonio, TX @ Fitzgeralds

Monday, May 24th | Austin, TX @ Come And Take It

More information on A Killer’s Confession’s new tour dates, single, and video is available along with all of the band ‘s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.akillersconfession.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/akillersconfession

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/WaylonAKC

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A Killer’s Confession Debuts New Single, ‘Light To Darkness,’ Companion Video

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A Killer’s Confession debuted its latest single and its companion video this week.

The band debuted its new single, ‘Light To Darkness‘ Tuesday along with the song’s companion video. The premiere of the new single and video comes more than two months after the band debuted its then latest single, ‘Remember‘ and its companion video.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Light to Darkness’ is a heavy, guitar-driven work that harkens back to works from front man Waylon Reavis’ former band, Mushroomhead. Information about the song’s lyrical content was not provided in the press release distributed about the song and video’s premiere.

The video for ‘Light to Darkness’ is composed primarily of footage of A Killer’s Confession performing live. It serves as a reminder of the band’s live presence.

More information on A Killer’s Confession’s new album, single, video and live dates is available along with all of the band ‘s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.akillersconfession.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/akillersconfession

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/WaylonAKC

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A Killer’s Confession Debuts New Single, ‘Remember,’ Companion Video

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A Killer’s Confession debuted its latest single this week along with its companion video.

The band debuted its new single, ‘Remember‘ and its video Wednesday. The song is featured in the band’s upcoming as-yet-untitled third album, which is expected for release this year.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Remember’ is a melodic hard rock style arrangement that also presents a slight aggro-rock influence. Its stylistic approach echoes that of the band’s most recently released single, ‘Last Chance.’ The band debuted that song last year.

The song’s lyrical content delivers a message of taking both sides of life into perspective, according to front man Waylon Reavis (ex-Mushroomhead).

“Sometimes in life, people are quick to forget the good and the bad,” said Reavis. “We all need to be reminded from time to time where the line in the sand is truly drawn.”

More information on A Killer’s Confession’s new album, single, video and live dates is available along with all of the band ‘s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.akillersconfession.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/akillersconfession

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/WaylonAKC

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Ra Debuts ‘Intercorrupted’ Video

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Hard rock band Ra debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Intercorrupted’ Thursday. The single is the lead single and title song from the band’s forthcoming album, which is scheduled for release March 19, 2021 through Wake Up! Music.

The video features a woman making her way up the stairs of a building to confront a man who is carrying a mysterious briefcase containing a secret inside. The man is accompanied by a trio of other figures who are sent to slow her down. The song’s melodic hard rock arrangement plays over the song.

The song’s lyrical theme is meant as a commentary about the impact that we all have on one another as a result of our actions and words, according to front man Sahaj Ticotin.

“With everyone releasing songs about the state of the world in 2020, we felt that there was an opportunity to say something about the state of the mind,” said Ticotin. “Divisiveness does not exist in a vacuum. Your cause most certainly results in an effect, making it impossible to truly cast blame for the things currently that we are all up in arms against. Your personal beliefs require an adversary or contrary position in order to germinate in the current world of social media and sensational news coverage. We are part of the global synapses in this hivemind world. I believe there is a little hope to evolve as a species if we don’t redefine and accept our own role in creating the very things we abhor. We are intertwined. We are Intercorrupted”

Additionally, Ticotin addressed the sing’s companion video.

“Since the beginning of the band, we’ve always wanted to make a ballsy video,” he said. “Something cryptic but cinematic…with maybe a little action. We certainly bit off a lot with the concept but with Curt Pair filming it, we knew it was going to look like a movie. We shot the whole thing in one day which is ambitious enough but it was also 112 degrees in Arizona and we had on full suits. Ra has only had one other video in our 20 yr history as a band so we went big. The concept was for the band to play the villains but that we were not completely without ideology or reason. We believe that mankind has lost the right to have its freedom and hope and that for the sake of the world it must be hidden away. We are in the process of that when we get tracked down by our heroine who dispatches us one by one and then sets it all right again releasing hope and freedom back into the world. It relates to the song in that we are intertwined in our faults and fear and that we should not take hope and freedom for granted. I’ve always like the Matrix and Inception. We were trying to invoke elements of them both.”

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

Website: http://raband.net

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/RATHEBAND

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