Artifas’ New Album Is A Strong Start To This Year’s Field Of New Independent, Hard Rock & Metal Albums

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Independent hard rock band Artifas has quite a bit going on right now.  The band is serving as support for Nonpoint’s current headlining run.  It is also running a contest giving audiences the chance to win a guitar.  Both are in support of Artifas’ new album, Reflections, which released Friday through Imagen Records/Warner Media Group.  The 11-song album is a strong new offering from the band that is sure to engage and entertain a wide range of rock and hard rock fans.  That is due in large part to the album’s featured musical arrangements, which will be discussed shortly.  The record’s lyrical themes are just as important to its success as its musical arrangements and will be discussed a little later.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted is important to the album’s presentation in its own way.  All things considered, they make Reflections a work that most rock and hard rock fans are sure to enjoy.

Artifas’ brand new album, Reflections, is a positive new offering from the up-and-coming independent hard rock band.  The album’s success is due in large part to its featured musical arrangements.  From beginning to end of the 34 minute record, the arrangements take listeners who grew up in the late 90s and early 2000s back to those eras with sounds and stylistic approaches that are comparable to works from so many of the band’s more well-known counterparts from said ages.  Case in point is the arrangement featured in the album’s first full (vocals and instrumentation) song, ‘Leave Me For Dead.’  The heavy, crunching guitar riffs and rich bass and drums immediately lend themselves to comparison to works from the likes of Korn.  The addition of the vocals to the mix gives the song a more unique touch and counterpoint to the heavier instrumentation.  ‘Safe,’ another early entry, features a musical arrangement that takes audiences in a completely different direction.  In the case of that song, its arrangement is more comparable to works from Three Days Grace what with its melodic hard rock approach and sound.  ‘Inside The Machine’ which comes late in the album’s run, is another work whose arrangement takes audiences back to the late 90s and early 2000s.  In the case of this song, the subtlety of the heaviness in the verses and the more powerful choruses makes the song comparable to works from the likes of Sevendust and The Veer Union.  Even with a song, such as ‘The Dark,’ Artifas offers audiences a touch of nu-metal, taking listeners back, again, to the late 90s and early 2000s.  For all of the nu-metal and aggro rock that is presented throughout Reflections, there are some changes of pace, such as in the album’s closer, ‘Wannabe.’  This song, with its synthesized orchestra arrangement and metalcore style vocals brings the band more into the current age of hard rock and metal, changing things up somewhat.  Much the same can be said of ‘Angels (Lead The Way).’  There is something about the approach and sound of the instrumentation here that lends it to comparison to works from Discrepancies, which has not been around the much longer than Artifas.  Simply put, when audiences look solely at the musical arrangements featured throughout Reflections, what they will notice is plenty of familiarity in terms of style and sound and originality within the songs at the same time.  That in itself is reason enough for audiences to take in this record.  It is not the only item that makes the album worth hearing.  The lyrical themes that accompany the album’s musical arrangements are also of note.

The lyrical themes that are featured throughout Reflections are important to the album’s success because they are just as accessible as the record’s musical arrangements.  Case in point is the lyrical theme featured in ‘Legacy.’  The band said of the song’s theme, “’Legacy’ is a question, both to ourselves and our listeners. The question is what will you leave behind when your time is up?  This is something we ask ourselves constantly.  You only get one life.  Are you doing everything you can to live the best life you can?  In the end, will you be satisfied with the legacy you leave behind?”  This philosophical rumination is one that every person asks himself/herself throughout life.  To that end, the theme here will connect with any listener.  The sense of thought that the song’s musical arrangement adds to the mix serves to make the song’s theme all the more accessible and engaging. 

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Cut Me Out,’ one of the album’s early entries, is another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical themes.  In the case of this song, the theme centers on the topic of toxic relationships.  That does not just apply to toxic romantic relationships, either.  Rather, it applies to relationships in general.  As a statement from the band stated of the song, “‘Cut Me Out’ is about cutting toxic people out of your life.  Sometimes the most toxic people around you are the ones that are not so easily removed.  At some point, you have to stand up and say enough is enough, cut me out.”  This is a topic that will resonate with anyone.  Everyone has those toxic people in their lives.  They are family.  They are so-called friends.  They are even people who claimed to be loved ones, but clearly are anything but.  Everyone reaches that point in which they have to say, ‘Cut Me Out.’  The fire in the song’s musical arrangement does well to help illustrate the feeling that every person feels when they reach that point of wanting to tell those toxic people that it is over.  The two items together make the song’s lyrical theme that much more engaging and entertaining and another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical theme.

Inside The Machine’ is another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical theme.  While not one of the album’s singles, the lyrical content that can be deciphered points to a seeming theme of someone fighting that all too familiar internal emotional battle with himself/herself.  That is inferred through the line in the chorus that asks, “What am I fighting for?/Why was I made this way?/…Fighting for something more/Dividing this part of me/Stuck inside the machine.”  That in itself is that seeming internal battle.  If in fact that is the case, then it will engage audiences just as much as the other themes examined here and those in the rest of the album’s songs. That is because whether a person wants to admit it, many people go through that battle on a near daily basis if not daily.  The mood that the song’s musical arrangement sets adds to the impact of the song’s seeming lyrical theme.  It makes even clearer, the importance of the album’s lyrical themes.  When it and the other examined themes are considered along with rest of the album’s themes, the whole pairs with the album’s musical arrangements to show even more why Reflections is so worth hearing if only once.  The record’s production works with the album’s overall content to round out its most important elements.

The production that went into Reflections is important to note because of the impact that it has on the record’s aesthetics.  So much of the album’s musical content is heavy and rich, with so much energy and fire.  At the same time, there is also some more subdued content, such as in ‘Angels (Lead The Way)’ and ‘Hollow’ that is just as powerful in its simplicity.  The power in each song is due to the attention that was paid to the details of each song.  That attention ensures that every instrument is expertly balanced throughout the album so that even the most nuanced element shines through in just the right level.  The end result is that the production does just as much to engage and entertain audiences as the album’s ceontent.  All things considered, Reflections proves itself a strong start to this year’s field of new hard rock and metal albums, and new independent albums.

Artifas’ new album, Reflections, is a positive new offering from the band.  That is proven in part through the record’s musical arrangements.  The arrangements largely take audiences back to the aggro rock and nu-metal sounds of the late 90s and early 2000s.  Though at the same time, there is some content here that is more recent in its sound and stylistic approach.  The lyrical themes that accompany the album’s musical arrangements are of their own importance to the record’s presentation.  That is because they are just as accessible as the album’s musical arrangements.  The record’s production puts the finishing touch to its presentation.  It ensures that that best of each arrangement is brought out and that no one performer overpowers his band mates at any point in each song.  Each item examined here is important in its own way to the whole of the record’s presentation.  All things considered, they make the album a strong start to this year’s field of new hard rock and metal albums, and new independent albums.

Reflections is available now.

More information on Artifas’ new album, contest and current live schedule is available along with all of the band’s latest information at:

Websitehttps://www.artifas.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/artifas

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/artifasofficial

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Artifas Waxes Philosophical In New Single; Announces New Live Dates With Nonpoint

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Artifas premiered its latest single single this week.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Legacy‘ Friday. The song is the fourth single from the band’s forthcoming album, Reflections, which is scheduled for release Jan. 14 through Imagen Records/Warner Music Group. The record has also produced the singles, ‘Safe,‘ ‘Leave Me For Dead‘ and ‘Cut Me Out.‘

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Legacy’ is unique from its counterparts in the album. In the case of this song, the arrangement is more of an aggro rock sound where the other songs are more emocore in their approach.

The lyrical theme featured in the band’s new single is a philosophical rumination about the mark that we make on the world during our lives, according to a statement from the band.

“Legacy is a question, both to ourselves and our listeners,” the statement reads. “The question is what will you leave behind when your time is up? This is something we ask ourselves constantly. You only get one life. Are you doing everything you can to live the best life you can? In the end will you be satisfied with the legacy you leave behind?”

In other news, Artifas is scheduled to serve as support for Nonpoint’s upcoming live run. Nonpoint’s upcoming tour dates are makeup dates for dates cancelled this year due to COVID diagnoses among the band and a traffic incident that temporarily sidelined the band.

Artfas’ live dates with Nonpoint are noted below.

Artifas on tour with Nonpoint:

1/7 – Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater w/Nonpoint
1/8 – Battle Creek, MI @ The Music Factory w/Nonpoint
1/9 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s w/Nonpoint
1/11 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom w/Nonpoint
1/12 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon w/Nonpoint
1/14 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Wallys w/Nonpoint
1/15 – Easton, PA @ One Centre Square w/Nonpoint
1/16 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents w/Nonpoint
1/18 – Charleston, WV @ Rock City Bake Company w/Nonpoint
1/19 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend w/Nonpoint
1/20 – Huntsville, AL @ Sidetracks Music Hall w/Nonpoint
1/29 – Little Rock, AR @ Rev Room w/Nonpoint
1/30 – St. Louis, MO @ Pop’s

More information on Artifas’ new endorsement deal, single, and album is available along with all of the band’s latest information at:

Websitehttps://www.artifas.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/artifas

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/artifasofficial

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Artifas Debuts ‘Safe’ Video

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Artifas debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band premiered the video for its single, ‘Safe‘ Thursday. Its premiere comes more than a month after the band premiered the single by itself. The song is features in the band’s new album, Reflections, which is scheduled for release Jan. 14 through Imagen Records/Warner Music Group.

Reflections has also produced the singles, ‘Leave Me For Dead‘ and ‘Cut Me Out.‘ Each single has also produced its own companion video.

The video for ‘Safe’ features the band on a sound stage performing its new single and crosses that with footage of the band in an asylum. In some of the scenes, front man Scottie Somerville is seen trying to escape a wheelchair and another binding situation. Meanwhile, another band member is restrained in a chair, staring blankly at static-filled screens. In still other scenes, other members of the band are restrained in strait jackets and sitting in a central room, playing Jenga and other games like something from a scene in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest or even K-Pax.

The musical arrangement featured in Artifas’ new single is a familiar aggro-rock style composition. The harmonies that work into the overall composition give the song a subtle metalcore edge, too. The pairing of those influences makes the arrangement in whole a work that will appeal to a wide range of audiences.

According to a statement released by the band when the single debuted by itself, the song’s lyrical theme is meant to deliver a positive message.

“‘Safe’ is about working to overcome obstacles in pursuit of a goal,” the statement reads. “For us the target of this song manifested itself as our career as a band, but it’s core meaning is just about climbing that proverbial mountain and overcoming anything in your path to success…”

In other news, Artifas has added new dates to its “2021 Tour Part 1.” The tour is scheduled to run from Dec. 10 in Biloxi, MS to Dec. 19 in Memphis, TN. Also included in the tour are stops in Houston, TX on Dec. 16 and Arlington, TX on Dec. 18.

Artifas Debuts ‘Leave Me For Dead’ Video

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Artifas debuted the video for its latest single last week.

The band premiered the video for its new single, ‘Leave Me For Dead‘ Sept. 23. The debut came less than a week after the band premiered the song by itself. The song is featured in the band’s forthcoming album, Reflections, which is scheduled for release Nov. 19 through Imagen Records. The band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘Cut Me Out‘ and its companion video last month.

The video is an intriguing presentation. It features the band performing its new single in an open field and crosses that with the band digging graves, into each member is buried. It is meant to artistically translate the message in the song’s lyrical theme.

The band addressed the song’s lyrical theme in a recently released statement.

“‘Leave Me For Dead’ is a song about abandonment and the struggle to overcome the emotions associated with it,” the statement reads. “We’ve all had that person in our lives that we trusted, just to find out that they would leave us for dead when things got tough. This song is about just being in disbelief over something like that and the internal battle that follows when you’re left in doubt…”

The musical arrangement featured in Artifas’ new single is a blend of emo- and metalcore. That is evidenced in the heavy guitar breakdowns and balance of screams and clean vocals.

In other news, Artifas announced this month, it has signed a new endorsement deal with Monster Pro Audio Products.

The band talked about the new endorsement deal in a prepared statement.

“Since we began our journey in the music world, Monster Products has been a leader in the world of instrument/audio cables,” the statement reads. “Now we’re excited to announce that we’re beginning a new relationship with them as an official Brand Ambassador!!! We’re super grateful for this opportunity and can’t wait to represent the Monster Audio name with pride.”

Vanco International, LLC is the official global licensee Monster Pro Audio Products. Monster Pro Audio Products has been in operation for 40 years, making high-performance guitar, instrument, and speaker cables, as well as other audio equipment. It is known globally for its products, too.

More information on Artifas’ new endorsement deal, single, and album is available along with all of the band’s latest information at:

Websitehttps://www.artifas.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/artifas

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/artifasofficial

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Delta Rae To Perform at Democratic National Convention

Durham, North Carolina’s own Delta Rae has announced that it has been selected to perform at the Democratic national Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina next Thursday, September 6th.  The convention will be at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium.  Delta Rae will join music icon James Taylor as one of the convention’s performing acts before President Obama’s nomination acceptance speech.  DNC CEO Steve Kerrigan spoke on Delta Rae being added to the convention’s performer roster.  “Highlighting such amazing talent from North Carolina as part of the entertainment at the convention’s closing event is just one way that convention organizers are working to bring the flavor of North Carolina to all Americans,” he said.  He added, “Whether you’re one of the tens of thousands who received community credentials to attend this historic event in person, or tuning in remotely, you will have a taste of the wonderful region that is home to this year’s convention.”

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Delta Rae member Ian Holljes shared his thoughts on being selected as part of the convention and on President Obama’s accomplishments during his first term in office.  He said, “Watching Barack Obama win election to the presidency in 2008 was one of the most affirming and exciting moments of my life as an American.  I am so thrilled to think what he can accomplish in a second term and I couldn’t be more humbled that Delta Rae’ music will be a part of ushering in that great hope.”  He expressed his support for Obama, saying, “We seem to be at a tipping point for so many important movements.  Marriage equality, women’s rights, and the protection of the middle class among them – and I believe President Obama’s continued leadership is essential to landing on the right side of history on these issues.”

Holljes’ brother–and fellow Delta Rae band member—Eric noted the importance of the youth vote in this year’s election.  He said, “There are currently so many issues being discussed and decisions being made in Washington that are going to drastically affect me and my generation.  I truly hope, as young people, we stand up in this election and let our collective voice be heard.” 

One of the songs on the band’s debut album, “Carry The Fire”, tackles the issue of North Carolina’s gay marriage ban.  ‘Chain on Love’ was a response to Prop 8.  Audiences can check out the video for ‘Chain on Love’ online at http://youtu.be/qnd9ylWsfRA.  Audiences can also check out the video for the album’s lead single, ‘Bottom Of The River’ online at http://youtu.be/bimam2j2gEg.  And to check out a medley of the band’s songs on Warner Sound go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQ_JqRcU9YA.

Along with the band’s upcoming performance at the DNC, Delta Rae will also be performing at Mike Dianna’s Grill in Corolla, NC on Saturday, October 13th.  For a full list of the band’s tour dates and all of its latest news, go online to http://deltarae.com, http://www.facebook.com/deltarae, http://twitter.com/deltarae, and on its official YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/deltaraeband

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Brother, Sister Musical Duo Releases Video For New Single

National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15th  – October 15th.  In honor of the upcoming celebration of Hispanic culture, it’s a pleasure to present some brand new music from a sibling duo straight out of Mexico City, Mexico.  The brother/sister duo, Jesse and Joy have a new album titled, ¿Con Quién Se Queda El Perro?  Roughly translated, the title means “The Dog stays with who?”  The Grammy award winning pop duo has just released the video for the album’s new single, ‘Me Voy.’  ‘Me Voy’ translated into English roughly means ‘I’m Going.’  Those who have a better understanding of Spanish will be able to catch the relationship based themes of the song.

The video takes audiences into a recording session with Jesse and Joy at the famed Hit Factory in Miami, FL.  The performance is part of Warner Sound’s Live Room Series.  It’s one of many performances courtesy of Warner Bros. Records and Warner Music Group that takes audiences into performances of acts at some of the most well known studios across the country.

To check out the video for ‘Me Voy’, just follow the link here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kozl-SKuqW4.  And after checking out the duo’s new single, audiences can also download their new album on iTunes at http://bit.ly/TWSJesseJoyiTunes.  Audiences can also get all the latest news on Jesse and Joy online at http://jessejoy.com and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/JesseJoyOfficial.

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Philip Sayblack can be contacted at psayblack@wnct.com

Cody Simpson Brings Fans Installment Three Of Summer Video Series

Teen pop sensation Cody Simpson has released the newest video in his Wish You Were Here Summer Series. In the series’ third brand new installment, Cody and company take fans along for the ride for the group’s performance at the OC Fair. Fans get to see Cody on stage, behind the scnees and interacting with fans before and after the show. It’s all set to Simpson’s song, “Wish You Were Here.”  Just click the link right here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhJJWrkBYPc.  The first two episodes of Cody’s series are also available online now.  Episode 1 can be viewed at http://youtu.be/5TP1Mu5Hu4W.  Episode 2 can be seen at the link here:  http://youtu.be/TmbuGSUhom4.
While fans watch the latest episode from Cody’s Wish You Were Here Summer Series, they can also check out his “Preview to Paradise” EP on iTunes at http://bit.ly/TWSPreviewtoParadise. Fans can also follow all the latest news and tour information from Cody online at http://www.codysimpson.com, http://www.facebook.com/codysimpsonmusic, http://twitter.com/codysimpson, http://www.youtube.com/codysimpsonmusic, and http://www.myspace.com/codysimpsonmusic.

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