Whitechapel Announces New Album Details; Premieres Album’s Lead Single

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Whitechapel will release its latest album this fall.

The band is scheduled to release its latest album, Kin, Oct. 29 through Metal Blade Records. The album’s release will come more than two years after the release of the band’s then latest album, The Valley (2019), which the band also released through Metal Blade Records.

Front man Phil Bozeman talked about Kin in comparison to The Valley in a recent interview.

“I feel with every album, we learn what worked best on the last one and try to utilize that in our writing,” said Bozeman. Early in the writing, there was some discussion of the album being like The Valley Part II, not literally called that, but in how the songs sound and flow through it. It’s very much a storytelling type record like The Valley was. Musically, we just want to create what we vibe with at the given moment. We write music with how we feel and not what is expected of us, while lyrically the idea of continuing from the story of The Valley was always the goal.”

In anticipation of the album’s release, the band premiered the record’s lead single, ‘Lost Boy.’ The song’s musical arrangement is much like that of songs from The Valley. It expertly balances Bozeman’s guttural screams and softer, Maynard James Keena-esque singing for an air that itself creates lots of interest. The balance in the instrumentation and that with the song’s vocals adds even more to the song’s engagement and entertainment.

No information was provided as to the meaning of the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the band’s new album and single. However information noting that the songs touch on “emotional territory” would seem to hint at least somewhat to some information.

Kin will release on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below along with the album’s track listing.

– digipak-CD
– deluxe box set (hardcover box includes: exclusive gold vinyl, gold 7-inch single, 72-page photo book)
– 180g white vinyl (EU exclusive)
– clear sky blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
– clear ash grey marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– midnight blue marbled vinyl (Eyesore exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– milky clear w/ blue and white splattered blob vinyl (Kings Road exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– gold / black split vinyl (Impericon exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– cool grey marbled vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– gold / black dust vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– opaque cyan (sides A/B) black (sides C/D) vinyl (US exclusive)
– black w/ white edge splatter vinyl (US exclusive)
– royal blue / black color in color vinyl (Newbury exclusive)
– electric blue w/ aqua blue splatter vinyl (Revolver exclusive)
– cyan w/ black splatter vinyl (US exclusive)
– white / cyan melt vinyl (US exclusive)

Kin track-listing
1. I Will Find You
2. Lost Boy
3. A Bloodsoaked Symphony
4. Anticure
5. The Ones That Made Us
6. History Is Silent
7. To the Wolves
8. Orphan
9. Without You
10. Without Us
11. Kin

Kin was tracked at the home of the band’s guitarist Zach Householder. Ted Jensen (Alice in Chains, Green Day, James Taylor) mastered the record while David Castillo mastered the album. The record’s cover art was designed by Jillian Savage.

More information on Whitechapel’s new album is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news, tour dates and more at:

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Wage War Announces New Album Details; Premieres Album’s New Single; Band’s Tour Is Underway

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Wage War will release its next album this fall.

The band made the announcement through a news release distributed Wednesday. The document states the album, titled Manic, is scheduled for release Oct.1 through Fearless Records. The band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘High Horse‘ and its video Aug. 6.

The band followed up the debut of that song and its video with the release of the album’s second single, ‘Circle The Drain‘ Wednesday.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Circle The Drain’ is a stark contrast to that of ‘High Horse.’ Where ‘High Horse’ is an intense, high-energy composition that is comparable to works from the likes of Slipknot, Lamb of God, and even Whitechapel, the arrangement featured in ‘Circle The Drain’ is a more deeply emotional style composition. There is a certain heaviness in the arrangement as the song reaches its breakdown/bridge section, but overall, this arrangement comes across more as an emocore type presentation.

The emotional approach to the song’s musical arrangement works well with the song’s lyrical theme, which the band talked about in a prepared statement.

“‘Circle the Drain’ is a song about learning from past mistakes and accepting responsibility in a world that needs change,” the statement reads. “It starts with us deciding to be a part of the solution.”

In other news, Wage War launched its tour in support of Manic Aug. 14. Beartooth and Dragged Under are serving as support. The tour is scheduled to run through Sept. 25 in Gran Rapids, MI. The tour additionally features performances in cities nationwide, such as Denver, CO; Seattle, WA and New Haven, CT.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

WAGE WAR ON TOUR:
WITH BEARTOOTH + DRAGGED UNDER:
     
8/26 — Fargo, ND —  Fargo Brewing Company 
8/27 — Minneapolis, MN —  Fillmore 
8/28 — Kansas City, MO —  Truman 
8/29 — Denver, CO  —  Summit 
8/31 — Oklahoma City, OK —  Diamond Ballroom
9/1 — Dallas, TX —  House of Blues 
9/3 — San Antonio, TX —  Vibes Event Center 
9/4 — Houston, TX —  House of Blues 
9/7 — Fort Lauderdale, FL —  Revolution 
9/8 — St. Petersburg, FL —  Jannus Landing 
9/9 — Atlanta, GA —  Masquerade
9/11 — Appomattox, VA —  Blue Ridge Rock Festival 
9/12 — Mansfield, OH —  Inkcarceration Festival 
9/13 — Philadelphia, PA —  Fillmore
9/15 — New York, NY —  Terminal 5
9/17 — Worcester, MA —  Palladium 
9/18 — Baltimore, MD —  Sound Stage
9/19 — New Haven, CT —  Toad’s Place
9/20 — Pittsburgh, PA —  Stage AE
9/22 — Chicago, IL —  House of Blues 
9/24 — Detroit, MI —  St. Andrews Hall
9/25 — Grand Rapids, MI  —  20 Monroe Live

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Wage War Premieres New Single, Video

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Wage War made its official return this weekend.

The band debuted its new single, ‘High Horse‘ and its companion video Friday. The song and its video are the band’s first new content since the release of its third album, Pressure in 2019.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘High Horse’ is a high-energy composition that exhibits influences of Lamb of God, Slipknot, and even Whitechapel all in one. While those influences are audible, the song still presents a unique, intense identity.

No information about the song’s lyrical theme was provided in the press release announcing the premiere of the new song and its video. However, in listening to the song, the theme seems relatively straight forward. It comes across as an indictment of those people who think they are so much better than others. It presents a defiant message directed at those people, letting them know that they will eventually get knocked down.

The band was excited as it talked about its new single in a prepared statement.

“Over the last year, we have been working the hardest we ever have on music we couldn’t be more proud of,” the statement reads. “‘High Horse’ is just the first taste.” 

The video for ‘High Horse’ presents its own share of energy. the quick camera shots inside the warehouse setting in which the band is performing its new single heighten the overall listening experience.

In other news, Wage War is scheduled to launch a new tour next week with Beartooth and Dragged Under. The tour is scheduled to launch Aug. 14 in Las Vegas, NV and to run through Sept. 25 in Gran Rapids, MI. The tour additionally features performances in cities nationwide, such as Denver, CO; Seattle, WA and New Haven, CT.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

WAGE WAR ON TOUR:
WITH BEARTOOTH + DRAGGED UNDER:

8/14 — Las Vegas, NV —  House of Blues 
8/15 — San Diego, CA —  Soma
8/16 — Anaheim, CA —  House of Blues 
8/17 — Sacramento, CA —  Ace of Spades
8/19 — Portland, OR —  Crystal 
8/20 — Seattle, WA —  Showbox Sodo
8/21 — Spokane, WA —  Knitting Factory 
8/22 — Boise, ID  —  Revolution 
8/24 — Billings, MT  —  Zoo Montana 
8/26 — Fargo, ND —  Fargo Brewing Company 
8/27 — Minneapolis, MN —  Fillmore 
8/28 — Kansas City, MO —  Truman 
8/29 — Denver, CO  —  Summit 
8/31 — Oklahoma City, OK —  Diamond Ballroom
9/1 — Dallas, TX —  House of Blues 
9/3 — San Antonio, TX —  Vibes Event Center 
9/4 — Houston, TX —  House of Blues 
9/7 — Fort Lauderdale, FL —  Revolution 
9/8 — St. Petersburg, FL —  Jannus Landing 
9/9 — Atlanta, GA —  Masquerade
9/11 — Appomattox, VA —  Blue Ridge Rock Festival 
9/12 — Mansfield, OH —  Inkcarceration Festival 
9/13 — Philadelphia, PA —  Fillmore
9/15 — New York, NY —  Terminal 5
9/17 — Worcester, MA —  Palladium 
9/18 — Baltimore, MD —  Sound Stage
9/19 — New Haven, CT —  Toad’s Place
9/20 — Pittsburgh, PA —  Stage AE
9/22 — Chicago, IL —  House of Blues 
9/24 — Detroit, MI —  St. Andrews Hall
9/25 — Grand Rapids, MI  —  20 Monroe Live

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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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Letter Of Marque Debuts ‘White Lie’ Video

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Independent hard rock band Letter of Marque is taking on the dangers of drug abuse in its latest single and video.

The band debuted the video for its single ‘White Lie‘ last month. The song is the latest single from the band’s 2019 album Outbreak. The album’s track listing is noted below.

Outbreak Tracklisting:

1.Ayahuasca
2.Alice
3.Self  Defense
4.Vulture
5.White Lie
6.Privateer
7.Pay Attention
8.Amityville
9.Succubus
10.Outbreak

The video features a father and daughter who are both battling heroin addiction. The result for each is not good. Because of the simulated drug use, some viewer discretion is advised.

The song’s musical arrangement features a sound that will appeal to fans of Machine Head, with its heavy, thrash style riffing. The screaming, death metal style vocal delivery of front man Matt Gund meanwhile, is comparable to that of Whitechapel front man Phil Bozeman. The pairing of the two influences makes the musical arrangement even more widely appealing.

Gund talked about the meaning behind the video and lyrical theme in a recent interview.

“Making this video truly helped us emphasize what we want the people to understand,” he said. “One bad decision can last for generations.”

More information on Letter of Marquee’s new single, video and album is available along with all of the band’s news at:

Website: http://www.letterofmarqueband.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/LetterOfMarque_

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Musical Arrangements, Production Save Orbit Culture’s New LP

Courtesy: Seek & Strike

Independent metal band Orbit Culture is working hard to make a name for itself within the bigger metal community.  The band released its new album Nija aug 7 through seek & Strike Records.  The 10-song album is a powerful entry that will appeal to the band’s target audience.  That is due in part to its musical arrangements, which will be addressed shortly.  Its lyrical themes do their own part to make the album appealing to the noted listeners.  The record’s production is just as much of note as its overall content.  When this item is considered along with the album’s content, the album in whole proves to be a presentation that the band’s target audience base will agree is worth hearing at least once.

Orbit Culture’s new album Nija is a strong new effort from the band that the group’s target audience base will appreciate.  That is due in no small part to the record’s collective musical arrangements.  From beginning to end of the 45-minute record, its riffs, seething vocal deliveries, bass and drums will appeal to a wide range of listeners.  Each arrangement exhibits touches of groove metal joined with death metal, thrash, and even a bit of black metal.  At the same time, there is also a hint of melodic metal and hard rock added to the mix for a result that is truly interesting.  The heavier arrangements will appeal to fans of bands, such as Whitechapel, Humanity’s Last Breath, and Gojira.  The album’s more melodic moments, such as in ‘Open Eye’ and ‘See Through Me’ take listeners in a completely different direction.  ‘Open Eye’ conjures thoughts of early Metallica at various points while the whole of ‘See Through Me’ is more of a metalcore presentation.  In the exact same breath, there are plenty of other moments in ‘Open Eye’ that are more akin to the noted heavier acts.  The two elements are very well-balanced here and make for quite the interesting composition.  ‘Sun of All’ is another of those arrangements in this record that balances the noted death and black metal elements with a distinct melodic hard rock sensibility.  It comes later in the record’s run.  The two sides are so well-balanced, too, that one can’t help but listen.  Add in the hypnotizing string arrangement and metalcore elements, and audiences get in this song what is musically, one of the album’s most standout moments.  It’s just one more way in which the album’s musical arrangements show their importance.  When it is considered along with the rest of the album’s arrangements (noted and not) the whole of the album’s musical body becomes a presentation that in itself makes the album well worth hearing.  For all that the album’s musical arrangements do for its whole, they are just one of the album’s notable aspects.  Its lyrical content is sure to generate its own share of interest among audiences.

The lyrical content featured throughout Nija is intriguing to say the least.  While the record’s musical arrangements guarantee far-reaching appeal, its lyrical content feels much more targeted with its dark, nihilistic overtones.  Case in point is the lyrical content featured in ‘North Star of Nija.’  The song’s lead verse states, “Combust/The opulence of all the human faults in flames/You’ve killed/But you see yourself for real in here/The serpent/Black god/The north star of Nija.”  The song’s second verse adds in, “Adjust the ornament/To fit the true king of our realm/You bow to a darker power that’s real in here…I’ve lived through some grey days/But I’ve never really given it a thought/How I live/How it’s feasting on me/How it’s taking me.”  The song’s third verse is just as heavy, stating, “I’m the leader of all that’s dead/I’m the crows that you witness next/I’m the leech that steals from the mother’s breast/I’m the serpent in Hell.”  The song goes on in similar fashion from here with the only real seeming glimmer of hope coming later in the line, “You’ll stay here for a long time/You’ll dry your tears from off your face/But you can’t look back now.”  Even that is questionable in its delivery.  It could be positive, but considering the next lines, it is difficult to say.  Ultimately the song ends with the line, “I’ve sent down the crows to Hell/To gather the bones of you/I’ve given the piece of skin/To the gods of the broken man/I am complete.”  So maybe, just maybe this is meant to send a sense of overcoming adversity.  It leaves even this critic bewildered.  Even with all of this in mind, that it has the potential to create so much discussion makes it stand out as just one example of what makes the album’s lyrical content important.  ‘Behold’ is another example of what makes Nija’s lyrical intriguing.

‘Behold’ comes across as a deeply introspective work in its own right.  Front man Niklas Karlsson sings in the song’s lead verse, “In the essence of the fire/I’m realizing that this is life now/I’ve tried so hard to keep this feeling/Of feeling sane/Mind and body/I tried so hard to keep the demons/The fallen society/The downfall of you and me/in the white halls we are searching.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “In the presence of the higher/The mesmerizing colors/I’ve tried so hard to find the healing/Being sane/Tired body/I tried so hard to keep the demons in me.”  At this point, it can be inferred that this is someone facing that age old battle with self.  Things don’t get much brighter from here.  As a mater of fact, the nihilism continues right to the end, with Karlsson stating in the end, “Death is certain/Nothing else more can be/No light in the tunnels of this force spinning wheel/The white robe ideal.”  Simply put, this is not the happiest of songs musically or lyrically.  It will appeal to a very targeted listener base.  Keeping that in mind, it is just one more way in which the record’s lyrical content proves its importance to its whole.  ‘Rebirth’ is just as nihilistic as ‘Behold’ and much of the album’s other songs in its lyrical presentation.

Much like ‘Behold’ and the album’s other songs, this is a work that will appeal to a very targeted audience.  That is because it is just as lyrically heavy as those works.  The song’s lead verse proves that as Karlsson sings, “My sun/It’s time to leave this world/It’s time to leave the daylight stream/It’s time to feel this rain/Through the fire hail/This is all I have to say/This is all that’s left of me/In this shell I’ve lived through Hell/Walking icy plains/I cannot take what this world gave me/I cannot live through this hell/I cannot take this life that I’ve been given/I’ve always sung the words and songs of death.”  Once again, things don’t get much brighter from here.  To that end, there is not a lot of need to go on from here about this song’s lyrical content.  Again, it is a presentation that will only appeal to a very targeted audience.  In other words, it’s one more example of why the lyrics play their own role in the bigger picture of Nija.  Needless to say the album’s lyrics require audiences to be in a very specific mindset in order to be appreciated.  To that end, whether it detracts from or adds to the album’s presentation all depends on the listener.  Regardless of which side one takes in that discussion, one thing on which everyone can agree is that the album’s production rounds out its most important elements.

The production of Nijia is important to note because it is that work that made the album sound so good.  As noted already, there is a lot going on throughout this record in terms of its arrangements.  There are moments in which the guitars and vocals roar alongside the bass and drums.  There are also moments throughout the album that are more controlled (for lack of better wording).  There are also moments in which both are incorporated into one song.  Regardless of which song is chosen, it can be said that the utmost attention to detail was taken throughout the album.  Each instrument is expertly coupled with its partners from start to end.  The result is a record that is worth hearing just as much as it is for the depth of the arrangements themselves.  Those two elements together make the album worth hearing even despite the issues raised by the album’s lyrical content.

Orbit Culture’s new album Nija is an intriguing offering from the independent metal outfit.  That is due in part to the record’s musical arrangements, which blend together so many different metal genres from one to the next and even within themselves.  They make the album worth hearing if only for themselves.  The album’s lyrical content poses a bit of a problem for its presentation.  That is because in looking at this aspect, it will appeal to a very targeted audience, unlike the album’s musical content.  Even with that in mind, the lyrical content does not detract so much from the album that it is not worth hearing.  The record’s production partners with the arrangements to make up for the problem posed by the album’s lyrical content.  The production and music work together to make Nija worth hearing at least among the metal masses.  It is available now through Seek & Strike Records.  More information on Nija is available along with all of Orbit Culture’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.orbitculture.com

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

 

 

Twitter: http://twitte.com/orbitculture

 

 

 

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Lost In Static Honors Fallen Friend In New Single, Video

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Independent metal band Lost in Static debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Jordan‘ Thursday. The song and video are the second from the band’s forthcoming self-titled debut album, which is scheduled for release later this year.  Its release date will be announced later.

Lost in Static debuted the video for the album’s lead single, ‘Feel Alive‘ more than nine months ago.

The video features footage of the aftermath of a motor vehicle collision and crosses that with the song’s lyrics, which according to a statement about the song, are about a friend of the band who died in a wreck.

“Our new single “Jordan” is our second track to be released from our upcoming debut record,” the statement reads. “’Jordan’ was a childhood friend who unfortunately lost his life from drinking and driving. This song was written in his honour. It’s heavy, it’s beautiful and we hope everyone is going to love it as much as we do!”

The story serves as a starting point for discussions on the dangers of drunk driving and in relation, the disease that is alcoholism.

The song’s musical arrangement is a fiery composition that translates well, the emotions felt by the band members when they learned of their friend’s passing.  Its heavy guitars, screaming vocal delivery and pounding drums and  bass will appeal to fans of bands, such as Whitechapel, Periphery, and Born of Osiris.

‘Jordan’ is available to stream and download here.

More information on Lost In Static’s new single and video is available along with all of the band’s latest news at http://www.facebook.com/lostinstatic.band.

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Whitechapel Debuts ‘Doom Woods’ Video; Announces Rescheduled Live Dates

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Whitechapel debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Doom Woods‘ Thursday.  The song is the seventh single from the band’s 2019 album The Valley.  Its premiere comes more than a year after the band debuted the album’s sixth single ‘Hickory Creek.’

The album’s other singles are: ‘Forgiveness is Weakness,’ ‘Third Depth,’ ‘Black Bear,’ and ‘Brimstone‘ and ‘When A Demon Defiles A Witch.’  Along with releasing those singles, the band also partnered with Revolver magazine last year to release a trio of live performances from the band that were recorded at the band’s Nov. 19, 2018 performance at the Belasco Theater in New York.  The featured performances were of the songs: ‘Forgiveness Is Weakness,’ ‘Brimstone’ and ‘When A Demon Defiles A Witch.’

Guitarist Alex Wade said in a recent interview, he was pleased with the video’s outcome.

“We are excited to release the animated video for ‘Doom Woods’ off our 2019 release ‘The Valley,’ he said.  “While we have some time off from touring, we thought it would be a great time to give a visual representation to the closing track from the album. We were blown away with what the design team was able to create and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did. It really gives the track a new depth.”

While the COVID-19 outbreak caused the cancellation of Whitechapel’s current tour, the band  has announced a new re-scheduled tour alongside As I Lay Dying and Shadow of Intent that is set to launch Feb. 17 in Tucson, AZ and to run through March 20 in Riverside, CA.  The tour features performances in cities, such as Raleigh, NC; Kansas City, MO and Austin, TX.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.  The band is stressing to audiences that anyone who bought tickets for its cancelled dates can use those tickets for its upcoming Winter/Spring 2021 tour.

 

Whitechapel tour dates
w/ As I Lay Dying, Shadow Of Intent

Feb. 17, 2021 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto
Feb. 18, 2021 – Flagstaff, AZ @ The Orpheum Theater
Feb. 19, 2021 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
Feb. 20, 2021 – Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos
Feb. 21, 2021 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
Feb. 23, 2021 – San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec
Feb. 25, 2021 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
Feb. 26, 2021 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Feb. 27, 2021 – Destin, FL @ Rock Destin
Mar. 1, 2021 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
Mar. 3, 2021 – New York, NY @ Gramercy
Mar. 5, 2021 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Mar. 6, 2021 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Mar. 7, 2021 – Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
Mar. 9, 2021 – Columbus, OH @ The Athenaeum Theatre
Mar. 10, 2021 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
Mar. 11, 2021 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Mar. 12, 2021 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Mar. 13, 2021 – Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
Mar. 14, 2021 – Wichita, KS @ Wave
Mar. 15, 2021 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios
Mar. 16, 2021 – Fort Collins, CO @ Washington’s
Mar. 17, 2021 – Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater
Mar. 19, 2021 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
Mar. 20, 2021 – Riverside, CA Riverside Municipal Auditorium

 

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Twitterhttp://twitter.com/whitechapelband

 

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As I Lay Dying Debuts ‘Torn Between’ Video; Announces New Live Dates

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As I Lay Dying debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Torn Between‘ Monday.  The video features the band performing its new single, and crosses that with a story about a man apparently being reunited with a love interest thanks to an experimental tool that he has developed.

The song’s musical arrangement is a more melodic work than some of its past works.  The news release distributed about the video does not offer an explanation for the song’s lyrical theme, but from the story featured in the video, it would seem that the theme has to do with someone dealing with an internal emotional struggle of sorts.

‘Torn Between’ is featured in AILD’s latest album Shaped By Fire (2019)  The also has also produced the singles ‘Shaped By Fire,’ ‘Blinded,’ ‘Redefined‘ and ‘My Own Grave.’  Additionally, the band debuted the B-side ‘Destruction or Strength‘ on March 27.

Sales of the B-side — and a new t-shirt that the band is selling — will go to benefit the San Diego, CA-based nonprofit, Feeding San Diego, which works to feed low-income families, senior citizens and everyone suffering from unemployment by providing food for those people.  The sales will also benefit AILD’s road crew, since the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak has cancelled the band’s tour.

 

 

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Along with debuting its new single and video, As I Lay Dying also announced Monday, a new series of live dates with Whitechapel and Shadow of Intent for 2021.  The “Burn To Emerge 2021 Tour” is scheduled to launch Feb. 17 in Tucson, AZ and to run through March 20 in Riverside, CA.  The tour features performances in cities, such as Albany, NY; Raleigh, NC and Columbus, OH.

The tour’s full schedule is noted below.

 

 

2/17/2020  Tucson, AZ @ Rialto 
2/18/2020  Flagstaff, AZ @ The Orpheum Theater
2/19/2020  Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
2/20/2021  Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos
2/21/2021  Austin, TX @ Emo’s
2/23/2021  San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec
2/25/2021  Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
2/26/2021  Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
2/27/2021  Destin, FL @ Rock Destin
3/01/2021 Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz 
3/03/2021 New York, NY @ Gramercy 
3/05/2021 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
3/06/2021 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
3/07/2021 Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
3/09/2021 Columbus, OH @ The Athenaeum Theatre
3/10/2021 Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
3/11/2021 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave 
3/12/2021 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant 
3/13/2021 Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
3/14/2021 Wichita, KS @ Wave
3/15/2021 Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios
3/16/2021 Fort Collins, CO @ Washington’s
3/17/2021 Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater
3/19/2021 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
3/20/2021 Riverside, CA Riverside Municipal Auditorium

 

 

Shaped By Fire is available to stream and download here.  The album’s track listing is noted below.

 

Shaped By Fire Track Listing:

  1. Burn To Emerge
  2. Blinded
  3. Shaped By Fire
  4. Undertow
  5. Torn Between
  6. Gatekeeper
  7. The Wreckage
  8. My Own Grave
  9. Take What’s Left
  10. Redefined
  11. Only After We’ve Fallen
  12. The Toll It Takes

 

More information on AS I Lay Dying’s new single is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.asilaydying.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/asilaydyingband

 

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Seasons Debuts ‘Violence Is A Virtue’ Video

Courtesy: TAG Publicity

Independent metal outfit Seasons debuted the video for its latest single last week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Violence is a Virtue‘ April 21.  The song’s musical arrangement is a heavy work whose foundation is formed through its guitars, vocals and drums.  It crosses metalcore elements with some death metal sounds for a whole that will reach a wide range of metal fans.  The initial comparisons that can be made through the song’s musical arrangement is to works from the likes of Whitechapel, Killswitch Engage and August Burns Red.

The lyrical theme featured in the song will reach its own share of listeners, as it focuses on someone dealing with the difficult thoughts and emotions that lie just beneath the surface.

Front man Ken Stewart explained the song’s lyrical concept in a recent interview.

“This song is about how I feel about myself and the world around me to a degree,” he said.  “The overwhelming nature of the world and repetition of the day in, day out routine is stifling and limits us as creators.”

‘Violence is a Virtue’ is available to stream and download through Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and Google Play.

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

 

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/SeasonsRVA

 

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