NEW VIDEO ** NEW VIDEO
BLACKTOP MOJO RELEASES OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR "WHERE THE WIND BLOWS" OFF OF NEW LP, 'BURN THE SHIPS'
WATCH VIDEO FOR "WHERE THE WIND BLOWS" BELOW
Seamlessly blending melody with adrenaline fueled, heavy rock and roll, BLACKTOP MOJO draws in everyone from old metal heads to people whose radio dials have never left top 40 stations. With soaring, gritty vocals and impeccably blended heavy guitar grooves set around a raucous southern stomp, BLACKTOP MOJO's live shows are sure to leave fans' screaming at the top of their lungs with metal horns in the air.
It was a blast making this video. We got to do it with a bunch of our friends from our home town of Palestine, TX in the bar where we played our first show. It basically turned into a two day party and the fun we had really comes through in the video. - Blacktop Mojo
Formed in the final weeks of 2012, BLACKTOP MOJO began cutting their teeth in the numerous country venues that Texas has to offer, but the guys never quite felt like they belonged. With each song they wrote, the vocals got less twangy and the sound from the amps became more gravelly and distorted until the guys had found their own unique blend of heavy southern rock. Through touring, the band has played with many national acts such as Bon Jovi, Sammy Hagar, Aaron Lewis, Daryl "DMC' McDaniels, Candlebox, Drowning Pool, Puddle Of Mudd, Smile Empty Soul, Audiotopsy, and Whiskey Myers.
After running the highways for two years in support of their debut album, I Am (2014), in July of this year the band loaded their gear in the van and made a trip to Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville, as well as FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL to make their sophomore effort entitled, Burn The Ships. In addition to the producer of the band's first record, Philip Mosley, the band brought in co-producer, Jimmy Johnson of the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound studios as well as his long time engineer, Steve Melton (Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rolling Stones, Bob Seger) to bring a seasoned sonic quality to their brand of raw, grungy rock. Burn The Ships was released March 10th of 2017 garnering critical acclaim in both US and European press outlets including Team Rock's Classic Rock Magazine, who is quoted as saying "Blacktop Mojo might just be America's next big rock band."
Want to check out a review on the band' new record Burn the Ships? Follow the link in the links below for the review of BLACKTOP MOJO's record:
** TOUR PRESENTED BY ALL IN MERCH **
CATCH LORNA SHORE ON THE BEG FOR DEATH TOUR
PRESENTED BY ALL IN MERCH 5/19/17-6/9/17
New Jersey metal band LORNA SHORE has been making waves since the release of their highly-praised, pulverizing sophomore album, Flesh Coffin, which dropped on February 17th with Outerloop Records. Coming off the release, the band recently announced a national headlining tour, The Beg for Death Tour, presented by All In Merch. Today, the band announced additional stops that have been added to the tour, which will be hitting the road from May 19th through June 9th, 2017. LORNA SHORE will be joined by BODYSNATCHER, EXTORTIONIST and HIVE. Dates and additional information can be found below. On the tour, LORNA SHORE's drummer Austin Archey states:
"We are excited to announce The Beg For Death Tour alongside our friends in Extortionist, Bodysnatcher, and Hive. If you have been waiting for us to play a longer set, now is your chance. Don't miss out on this!" - Austin Archey
WATCH FVNERAL MOON:
LORNA SHORE ON THE BEG FOR DEATH TOUR:
5/19/17 Trenton, NJ - Backstage @ Championship
5/20/17 Allentown, PA - Sportman's Cafe
5/21/17 Pittsburgh, PA - Diesel
5/22/17 Buffalo, NY - Stamps
5/23/17 Lakewood, OH - The Foundry
5/24/17 Kalamazoo, MI - Papa Pete's
5/25/17 Warren, MI - The Ritz
5/26/17 Valparaiso, IN - Papa Pete's
5/27/17 Barrington, IL - Penny Road Pub
5/28/17 Indianapolis, IN - Emerson Theater
5/29/17 Milwaukee, WI - Metal Grill
5/31/17 Oklahoma City, OK - 89th St. Collective
6/01/17 Fort Worth, TX - Tomcats West
6/02/17 San Antonio, TX - Alamo City Music Hall
6/03/17 McAllen, TX - Soffie's SS Saloon
6/04/17 Houston, TX - Scout Bar
6/05/17 Ocean Springs, MS - Juke Joint
6/06/17 St. Petersburg, FL - Local 662
6/07/17 Orlando, FL - Backbooth
6/08/17 Fayetteville, NC - Drunk Horse Pub
6/19/17 Richmond, VA - Canal Club
ABOUT LORNA SHORE:
Formed in 2010, LORNA SHORE consists of vocalist Tom Barber, guitarists Adam De Micco and Connor Deffley, and drummer Austin Archey. To date, they have released three EPs and released their debut full-length Psalms in June of 2015. Aside from being featured on the Metal Alliance Tour with Deicide, LORNA SHORE has most notably toured alongside bands such as Carnifex, Chelsea Grin, The Black Dahlia Murder, and more. The band has also played festivals such as the New England Metaland Hardcore Festival, Never Say Never Festival, South By So What, Skate and Surf Festival and SXSW's New England Metal and Hardcore Festival Stage. LORNA SHORE's unique signature aesthetic spans death metal, black metal, power metal, and progressive rock for a style that encompasses brutal breakdowns, dazzling technical passages, white-knuckle-ride dynamics, and rich textured moments. The band's sophomore album, Flesh Coffin (Outerloop Records), released in February of 2017, was produced by LORNA SHORE, Carson Slovak, and Grant McFarland at Atrium Audio (August Burns Red, Everclear, From Ashes to New), mixed by Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland, and mastered by Zakk Cervini (Beartooth, Good Charlotte, Blink 182).
NOTEWORTHY: In its first week, Flesh Coffin hit the Billboard charts, reaching #2 Current Hard Rock and Top New Artist, #5 Overall Hard Rock, and #67 Top Current Album.
Being hailed by Trevor Strnaud's (The Black Dahlia Murder) for Metal Injection stating, "LORNA SHORE easily transcend what is commonly known as deathcore with their blisteringly creative marriage of black and tech metal chops...it's clinical, quick moving, with impressive instrumental shredding," and New Noise Magazine who penned "There's no doubt that Lorna Shore's sophomore record will go down as one of the best deathcore albums in recent memory."
Catch LORNA SHORE along with BODYSNATCHER, EXTORTIONIST and HIVE on The Beg for Death Tour from May 19, 2017 through June 9, 2017. Dates and additional information are listed below. Visit Outerloop.Group for more information.
** NEWS FROM A WAKE IN PROVIDENCE **
A WAKE IN PROVIDENCE RELEASE DRUM PLAYTHROUGH FOR "A DARKENED GOSPEL"
New York City deathcore quartet A WAKE IN PROVIDENCE recently announced signing to Outerloop Records, along with the release of their latest track, "A Darkened Gospel," which was hailed by Metal Injection as "a relentlessly destructive track that slows down for no more and annihilates everything in its wake."Today, the band has partnered with Gear Gods to kick off a series of playthrough videos, starting with a drum playthrough of "A Darkened Gospel" by the band's drummer, Anthony Adipietro. The video will be followed by two more, a guitar playthrough by D'Andre Tyre, as well as a second drum cover for "The Imperfect: Iconoclast." Head to Gear Gods here to check it out and stay tuned for more video releases or click the WATCH VIDEO icon below:
Here is what Anthony had to say about recording the series:
"I'm super excited to have been able to film these videos! I was able to perform and record the tracks in a comfortable environment and have my buddies D'Andre Tyre produce the audio and Joe Flannery film the videos. I had a blast tracking these, hope you guys enjoy 'em ! Big thanks to Vratim Footwear, Meinl Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Axis Percussion." - Anthony Adipietro
Formed in 2010 from unremarkable beginnings, A WAKE IN PROVIDENCE diligently grew to become the renowned and otherworldly force they are today. Originally a heavier-than-your-average deathcore act, the band's debut 2010 demo and 2012 debut EP Serpents saw them infusing a raw and ruthless take on traditional deathcore with contemporary metallic elements to make something sharp enough to cut its way through the thicket of bland, boring heavy music acts. While Serpents gained the band notoriety in their local area, it wasn't until the release of their sophomore EP, Insidious, that the band went from prodigally talented to true rising stars in the heavy music community. Adding a liberal dose of downtempo deathcore to their instrumental stylings, Insidious earned the band global infamy and critical acclaim, as well as tours with some of the underground's bigger names-including IN DYING ARMS (Tragic Hero Records), EXTORTIONIST and LORNA SHORE (Outerloop Records), as well as several smaller solo runs along the East Coast.
Never ones to remain complacent, A WAKE IN PROVIDENCE grew once more in 2016, releasing their most recent single "The Imperfect: Iconoclast," which earned them even more acclaim, as well as a coveted position, voted Chugcore's Best Deathcore Single of 2016. "The Imperfect: Iconoclast" was significant not only for the impact it had on A WAKE IN PROVIDENCE's notoriety, but also for its role in highlighting the addition of new vocalist Will Ramos, and even moreso the band's drastic stylistic change, omitting their penchant for low, slow downtempo deathcore in favor of a renewed focus on more aggressive, fast and furious traditional deathcore elements with a razor-sharp technical twist. As 2016 transitioned into 2017, A Wake In Providence remain diligent-working with Mike Mowery of Outerloop Management to craft a demonically heavy and unbelievably oppressive full-length release that will not just shake the worldwide heavy music community, but suffocate it, drowning it in acrid, relentless heaviness that will inspire violence even among the most peaceful individuals. 2017 Also sees the temporary addition of guitarist Jordan Felion, adding even more heft and density to the band's live performances than there was already-and now, the release of their latest single and sampling of the band's destructive prowess, "A Darkened Gospel." Make no mistake, when it comes to annihilation, A Wake In Providence do it better than the rest-ensuring that nothing will be left standing in their wake.
Head to Gear Gods today to catch A Wake in Providence's playthrough series, starting with Anthony Adipietro's drum playthrough for, "A Darkened Gospel." Stay tuned for further announcements, tour dates, and new music. Visit Outerloop.Group for more information.
** TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED FOR LUDOVICO TECHNIQUE **
LUDOVICO TECHNIQUE ANNOUNCES 'UNDER YOUR SPELL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2017' DATES WITH BIRTHDAY MASSACRE & ARMY OF THE UNIVERSE
Dark Electronic band Ludovico Technique has announced they're joining The Birthday Massacre and Army Of The Universe on the upcoming Under Your Spell North American Tour 2017. Launching 5/18 in Toronto, ON, the 26 date journey winds through the Midwest, East Coast, and across the Southern states,finally winding up in Allston, MA.
After their debut album Some Things Are Beyond Therapy and the follow up We Came to Wreck Everything (both released by Metropolis Records worldwide) Ludovico Technique have stormed the music scene with their unique take on harsh, electronic, heavy music. Drawing from an emotional drive to create a sound that expresses an understanding of the dark aspects of the human experience, and the depths to which man's mind can deteriorate.
Ludovico Technique bring every ounce of the music's emotional gravity to live shows in full force. Delivering performances that fully reflect the intensity of the sound itself in the form of a physical, visually stimulating stage show. Under a wash of rhythmic lights, songwriter/vocalist Ben V- unleashes visceral energy into every song to create a dynamic audio/visual live experience for each viewer.
Ludovico Technique are a passionate force all their own in every performance; keeping focus on the artistic integrity and expressive sincerity that continuously defines the music.
UNDER YOUR SPELL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2017 TOUR DATES:
05/18 @ The Opera House Toronto, ON
05/19 @ Magic Stick - Detroit, MI
05/20 @ Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL
05/21 @ The Cabooze Minneapolis, MN
05/22 @ The Ready Room - St. Louis, MO
05/23 @ Granada Theater - Lawrence, KS
05/25 @ Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
05/26 @ The Complex -Salt Lake City, UT
05/28 @ Venue - Vancouver, BC
05/29 @ El Corazon - Seattle, WA
05/31 @ Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
06/01 @ Slim's - San Francisco, CA
06/03 @ The Roxy Theatre - Hollywood, CA
06/04 @ The Glass House - Pomona, CA
06/05 @ Pub Rock - Scottsdale, AZ
06/06 @ Tricky Falls - El Paso, TX
06/08 @ Paper Tiger - San Antonio, TX
06/09 @ Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill - Dallas, TX
06/10 @ Scout Bar - Houston, TX
06/12 @ The Orpheum -Tampa, FL
06/13 @ The Social - Orlando, FL
06/14 @ The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
06/16 @ Sound Stage - Baltimore, MD
06/18 @ Stone Pony - Asbury Park, NJ
06/19 @ Webster Hall - New York, NY
06/21 @ Brighton Music Hall - Allston, MA
THE TOP 9 WAYS TO SPOT A METAL BAR:
This summer when you're on vacation and jonesing to see a metal show SKOM gives you the Top 9 Ways to Identify A Metal Bar so you can spot them rollin' into town:
1. The front door and the back door look exactly the same; a metal door with one low watt light bulb exposed around the doorway, flickering or has partially gone. The sign that might have once named the place, is covered in faded bumper stickers and old gum.
2. From the outside it is dead quiet. If a band isn't playing, there might be music coming from a "jukebox" or radio. It is either an old country song, Winger, or Elton John. It can't be verified, because the sound is muffled and distorted coming out of one speaker in the corner that probably doubles as the speaker for an alarm system.
3. There is no drink signage outside and if there is a marquee, it says "Live Music" which could throw a person off. You'll know inside because all drinks are served in a can or a foam cup by a dude with a long ass beard or a chick that clearly is just doing someone a favor and tending bar because she is so sparkly and pretty. Not to mention, the only thing that has any color in the place.
4. The stage is way in the back or front (this is a mystery because inside is one huge room with 3 crooked tables and 11 chiars - well 10, one is being used to hold what appears to be ceiling tiles that go in the giant hole above the chair to conceal the wad of wires coming out of it.) There are 7 lights that are dangling with heavy duty zip ties and fed electricity through a bright orange extension cord stapled or maybe hot glued to the ceiling.
5. You can tell by the clothes that people are wearing going in. One dead giveaway is that everyone in the place is wearing a hoodie. It's July. Some though, are wearing tennis shoes, athletic shorts and plain t-shirts. So either they came straight from city basketball league to help strangers put their gear on the stage, or they are the band about to play.
6. You can tell by the smell released when the door opens and shuts. A faint odor of marijuana, patchouli, and day old chili dogs can be picked up either all at once outside or inside in various pockets around the room. In some places, the smell is so intense it is reminiscent of an electrical fire or burning hair.
7. The outside of the building is painted all one color that is faded. Normally this is a gray, or coral or sometimes black but that is all for the outside. Inside, the wall decor consists of one nicotine ridden, velvet painting of a unicorn, hung on the wall with duct tape or ripped and worn posters of bands that names look like someone blindfolded the pretty bartender and asked her to draw a picture of a forest and she did about 8 variations.
8. There is no box office or ticket window. There is someone that stands or sits on a barstool next to the door to check IDs and take money. Instead of tickets or a wristband, people get a hand stamp of an unrecognizable shape with a large amount of ink that spreads over their hands and looks like a bruise. If a person is lucky, the ink will make its way to clothing or even rub off on their face during the night.
9. Bands are loading gear through both doors because there is not a backstage area. Backstage is the area that is behind a shower curtain that hangs by some rope tied to the handle of the PA speaker and an old nail in the wall 6 feet away. The curtain has a sign on it that says "Keep Open" presumably for safety. There is also a couch without cushions and part of the stuffing coming out of where an animal used it as a scratching post. Usually, the soundman is the person with longer than mosts hair and looks like a disgruntled postal worker out of uniform. He could be seen from outside smoking a cigarette or crying, take your pick.
All of this is in good fun and people will tell you some of the most fun they have had are in joints like this all over the country. Places like this are where metal incubates and where bands grow up. If it hadn't been for places like this we probably would still rely on Kasey Kasem's Top 40 Countdown every Sunday.
Go support bands that play in these places! We know you'll see some killer bands and have a great time to boot!
ON TOUR ** ON TOUR
BAND TO TOUR WITH MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, VIMIC, AND LITTLE MISS NASTY
IN THIS MOMENT are currently criss-crossing North American on a mostly sold-out tour with MOTIONLESS IN WHITE and AVATAR, bringing their one-of-kind, burlesque-like show and visually captivating theatrics to thrilled fans and holding their rapt attention from start to finish.
The band has revealed its summer tour plans, confirming that it will continue to tour with MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, along with VIMIC and LITTLE MISS NASTY, in June, through July and into August. STARSET will appear on a handful of dates. Additionally, IN THIS MOMENT will support AVENGED SEVENFOLD on June 19 and PAPA ROACH on June 23.
All confirmed dates are below, with additional dates to be announced shortly. Further exciting In This Moment news will be revealed in due time.
IN THIS MOMENT SUMMER 2017 TOUR:
6/19 — Mt Pleasant, MI — Soaring Eagle Casino *
6/20 — Peoria, IL — Limelight %
6/21 — Memphis, TN — Minglewood Hall #
6/23 — El Paso, TX — Streetfest &
6/24 — Lubbock, TX — Lonestar Pavilion #
6/25 — Abilene, TX — Abilene Civic Center #
6/27 — Oklahoma City, OK — Diamond Ballroom %
6/28 — St. Louis, MO — The Pageant
7/1 — North Myrtle Beach, SC — House Of Blues
7/2 — Norfolk, VA — The Norva
7/3 — Lancaster, PA — Freedom Hall %
7/5 — Portland, ME — State Theatre
7/7 — Asbury Park, NJ — Asbury Park Convention Hall
7/11 — Rockford, IL — Coronado Theatre
7/12 — Cedar Rapids, IA — McGrath Amphitheater
7/14 — Mansfield, OH — Ink in the Clink
7/15 — Inwood, WV — Shiley Acres Farm ^
7/19 — Little Rock, AR — Metroplex %
7/21 — Corpus Christi, TX — Concrete Street Amphitheatre
7/22 — Dallas, TX — South Side Ballroom
7/23 — Midland, TX — La Hacienda Center
7/25 — Wichita, KS — The Cotillion
7/26 — Des Moines, IA — 7 Flags Event Center
7/28 — Madison, WI — Orpheum Theater
7/29 — Rochester, MN — Mayo Civic Auditorium
7/30 — Fargo, ND — Fargo Civic Auditorium
8/1 — Bismarck, ND — Bismarck Event Center
8/3 — Billings, MT — Shrine Auditorium
8/4 — Sturgis, SD — Ironhorse Saloon
8/5 — Lincoln, NE — Centennial Mall & M Street
*Supporting Avenged Sevenfold
#Starset Direct Support, No MIW
&Supporting Papa Roach
%With Vimic, LMN
^No Vimic, No LMN
ABOUT IN THIS MOMENT:
IN THIS MOMENT made a stunning top 10 chart debut with 2015's acclaimed BLACK WIDOW. Produced by longtime collaborator – and multiple GRAMMY® Award nominee – Kevin Churko (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, OZZY OSBOURNE), the band's fifth full-length release arrived at #8 on the SoundScan/Billboard 200, while also entering Billboard’s "Hard Rock Albums" tally at #3 – both marking In This Moment's highest chart placement to date. BLACK WIDOW” features a string of rock radio hits, including "Sick Like Me," "Big Bad Wolf," "Sex Metal Barbie," and "The Fighter." Official companion videos – all co-directed by IN THIS MOMENT's own Maria Brink – are streaming now at the band's official YouTube channel.
Known worldwide for their dramatic live performances, IN THIS MOMENT have received rapturous praise in a range of national outlets. "One of the most unique, diverse and theatrical live acts you could witness in heavy music today," raved Loudwire. "Not only are they a powerhouse sonically but visually they are beyond captivating. With a bigger label backing them for BLACK WIDOW, the production, sound and overall professional level of their concert experience has been elevated."
In This Moment is Maria Brink – Vocals * Chris Howorth – Guitar * Travis Johnson – Bass * Randy Weitzel – Guitar * Kent Diimmel – Drums.
NEW MUSIC ** NEW ARTIST ** NEW MUSIC ** NEW ARTIST
CRYSTAL IGNITE RELEASES DEBUT, SOLO SINGLE "EVERYTHING YOU BREAK" FEATURING BEN MOODY
Australian rock artist CRYSTAL IGNITE has released her debut single, "Everything You Break," featuring BEN MOODY (Evanescence) off of her upcoming, as yet unnamed EP. Originally premiered on Tattoo.com, "Everything You Break" was written by CRYSTAL IGNITE, Andrew Bojanic, and Liz Hooper and produced by Crystal Ignite and WizardzOfOz.
This is one of the most emotional tracks I have written, it's a tragic love song, a break up song, all about realizing that the person you loved was not who you thought they were.... Having Ben Moody feature on guitar makes this track even more special.... the breaking Evanesence album he cowrote was extremely influential on me in he was early stages of my career, and is a true honor. - CRYSTAL IGNITE
To say that CRYSTAL IGNITE is excited about returning to Australia to tour would be a total understatement. Crystal is bloody ecstatic! Backed by a stellar new group, the five piece outfit are embarking on an eleven date national run of shows in support of Crystal’s powerful new single "Everything You Break."
Best known to audiences as the dynamic and empowering frontwoman of globetrotting hard rock act Bellusira (who have sadly called it a day), Crystal Ignite has kickstarted this brand new chapter of her career by pouring her creative heart and soul into an EP’s worth of sessions in Melbourne just last month.
"Everything You Break" (ft Evanescence's Ben Moody on guitar) is an eclectic mix of tribal drum driven alt-pop that still draws upon Crystal’s love of all things rock, while telling a tragic tale of love gone wrong with the initial deception and eventual personal redemption that encompasses it.
Crystal will also be announcing a touring line-up for her return to the US later in the year.
As a singer-songwriter with BELLUSIRA who released two albums and toured throughout the US, Australia and New Zealand with names such as Halestorm, Seether, Hell Yeah, The Misfits, and Fly Leaf, the band also landed on major festivals with Korn, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, and many more. Crystal’s relocation to Los Angeles also saw her work closely with co-writer Will Hunt (Evanescence) and band member Koichi Fukuda (Static-X).
Having also just secured a world-wide licensing deal with Superpop.co (Sony/ATV and Extreme Music), CRYSTAL IGNITE is set to unleash her powerhouse vocals and songs once again, showing why she’s one of the most talented women in rock today.
Catch Crystal Ignite Live
04/28 @ Flannagans - Mount Gambier, SA/
04/29 @ Enigma Bar - Adelain, SA
05/06 @ The Workers Club - Melbourne, VIC
05/12 @ Sooki Lounge - Belgrave, VIC
GEAR ** EQUIPMENT ** GEAR ** EQUIPMENT
JOEY STURGIS TONES INTRODUCES SOAR TAPE DELAY PLUGIN
Joey Sturgis Tones proudly announces their newest addition to their line of creative audio processors with SOAR. SOAR is a tape delay plugin offering a hybrid approach to using tape delay in the box, combining features from both analog and digital delays. In addition to standard features from both delay types, SOAR adds new features like Health & Contour – providing users with control over their sound previously reserved for the engineering teams behind the delay plugins.
SOAR offers a unique approach to a classic mixing tool by granting users access to additional parameters. While the new features make the plugin a viable option for anyone looking to add variety to their delay collection, the processor also spared no classic controls found across various other delays, including:
· Tape Heads
· Tap Tempo/Tempo Sync
· VU, BPM & MS Metering
· Mono/Stereo Switching
· Wet/Dry Mix
SOAR is supported on all Macs & PCs running 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems. For compatibility with all major digital audio workstations, SOAR is available as in VST2, VST3, AU, & AAX formats.
Pricing & Availability:
SOAR is available now at joeysturgistones.com for $129 USD.
ABOUT JOEY STURGIS TONES:
Joey Sturgis Tones is a plugin manufacturer of streamlined audio products designed to help musicians, producers and engineers to create great music. All Joey Sturgis Tones plugins are simple to use and built to have a pro quality sound right out of the gate, allowing users to get creative with our tools in any environment.
ABOUT JOEY STURGIS:
Joey Sturgis is a producer, engineer & mixer renowned for his work with bands like The Devil Wears Prada, Miss May I & Asking Alexandria. With Joey Sturgis Tones, Joey is designing plugin solutions from within recording sessions, and applying them to real world albums. Rather than fighting with dense plugin stacks and routing to achieve a sound, all JST plugins are made to simplify the process in a way that our competition doesn’t.
Press Contact: Tom George
A&R Contact: Ryan “Fluff” Bruce
Technical Contact: Ashley Smith
General Inquiries: Joey Sturgis
NEWS FROM KMFDMF
ONE: KMFDM, LEGENDARY PIONEERS OF INDUSTRIAL ROCK, RELEASE FIVE- TRACK EP YEAH ! ON JUNE 23 ON earMUSIC
KMFDM's YEAH !, a five-track EP of brand-new songs, remixes and edits will be released on June 23 on earMUSIC as CD digipak and Digital. The EP is followed by the band's new studio album in August.
YEAH ! features two brand new songs: "HELL YEAH," an instant KMFDM "classic" with its ultra-heavy beat and Sascha Konietzko's trademark cynical lyrics and the anthemic Lucia Cifarelli-fronted "FREAK FLAG," which is included in an edit on this EP. It is a distinctive hymn for outlaws, freaks, mavericks – and all of us indeed. KMFDM also revisited 2002's ATTAK/RELOAD and created "ATTAK 2017," a high-octane remixed version of the song. German rock band Lord of the Lost's remix of "HELL YEAH" takes the original to a wholly new and surprising direction.
The cover artwork, an iconic piece of art by itself, highlights only a small part of the complete graphic which will be revealed with the album. It was, as almost all of KMFDM's visual brand, created by Aidan Hughes aka BRUTE!
1. "HELL YEAH" (Album Version)*
2. "FREAK FLAG" (Edit)*
3. "HELL YEAH" (Lord of the Lost Version)
4. "ATTAK 2017" (KMFDM Remix)**
5. "HELL YEAH" (Edit)
* TAKEN FROM THE FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM HELL YEAH.
** PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED AND ONLY AVAILABLE ON THIS EP.
TWO: NEW STUDIO ALBUM AUGUST 2017
KMFDMF will release their studio album amidst their US tour. Look for more details on this event as August draws closer!
THREE: ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR DATES
KMFDM TOUR DATES:
10/1 —Chicago, IL – Metro (Cold Waves VI Festival)
10/2 — St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
10/3 — Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
10/4 — Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
10/5 — Falls Church, VA – The State Theatre
10/6 — Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
10/7— New York, NY – Irving Plaza
10/8 — Allston (Boston), MA – Brighton Music Hall
10/9 — Baltimore, MD
10/11 — Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade – Heaven
10/12 — New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
10/13 — Austin, TX – Mohawk
10/14 — Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live!
10/15 — Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
10/17 — Tucson, AZ – The Rialto Theatre
10/18 — Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
10/19 — Las Vegas, NV – Fremont Country Club
10/20 — San Diego, CA – House of Blues
10/21 — Los Angeles, CA – TBD
10/22 — San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
10/24 — Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
10/25 — Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
10/26 — Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
10/27 — St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar and Hall
10/28 — Milwaukee, WI – The Rave II
NEW VIDEO * FIRE FROM THE GODS * NEW VIDEO
Hardcore Metal band FIRE FROM THE GODS has released their RAMON BOUTVISETH directed the OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR "THE VOICELESS." Produced by Jonathan Davis (KORN), "The Voiceless" is off of their upcoming full length album, Narrative Retold, due out May 19th via Rise Records.
“The Voiceless is referring to the callousness of society. This generation is exposed to so many shocking and graphic events. No one seems to bat an eye. There is no compassion or care for one's fellow man. Violence towards each other is a normal occurrence factored into our lives these days. Speaking up about it is nothing new, but it needs to be said. Yes, the world will keep spinning, and life does go on, but we need to slow down and smell the fucking roses once in a while." - AJ Channer
That’s what FIRE FROM THE GODS deliver on their second full-length album and first for Rise Records, Narrative. Speaking from a platform cast in heavy metal power, hip-hop consciousness, and even a little reggae spirit, the Austin, TX quintet—AJ Channer [vocals], Jameson Teat [guitar], Drew Walker [guitar], Bonner Baker [bass], and Richard Wicander [drums]—urge for change through conveying a story that’s both personal and universal.
That story stems directly from AJ’s life. Born in the Bronx to a single mother of Jamaican descent, he spent his childhood moving between London, New York City, Los Angeles, Norfolk, and even Ghana where he attended middle school. Drawing from this diverse experience, he speaks with unmitigated honesty about the state of the world.
“This album is the personal narrative of a minority man living in major cities and being American,” he explains. “There’s a socio-economic theme throughout the whole record that carries from each song to song. It’s all about the underdog. We’ve all had to fight for everything we have in this band. The political climate in our country is quite racially and socially charged. There are a lot of issues and energy people are expressing along with misguided hate and anger. I want to channel this in music that can resonate. This is where we come from and who we are as a band.”
In order to properly capture this vision, the boys retreated to HOUSE OF LOUD STUDIOS in New Jersey to record with DAVID BENDETH (Paramore, Of Mice & Men, Breaking Benjamin). They spent a month in the winter of 2016 tracking what would become NARRATIVE.
“There’s no crying in Bendeth’s dojo,” laughs AJ. “He really pushed us, and we grew in a short period of time. The band takes on a life of its own with this record.”
That growth stands pervasive in songs like “EXCUSE ME.” The vocalist spits a frenetic and frantic verse over a buzzsaw guitar and seesawing groove before eventually breaking into an airy dancehall break complete with a reggae-style plea, “Excuse me, Mr. Officer...”
“The essence of ‘REDEMPTION SONG’ influenced the hook,” he goes on. “I’m speaking my mind about the fact that people judge you based on looks. Police will violate constitutional rights because of it, and the law of the land makes individuals submit.”
Meanwhile, “PUBLIC ENEMY” lands a one-two punch of aggressive screaming and a soaring unshakable refrain. “It’s a call-to-arms to be heard,” sighs AJ. “I’m targeting the epitome of tyranny on the lyrics.”
On the other end of the spectrum, “END TRANSMISSION” sputters out into a celestial hum, balancing an airy hum with pummeling crash. “You cut off the tether to reality and imagine yourself flying amongst the satellites and stars,” he reveals. “We equate the heavens with tranquility and peacefulness although space is very stark and it’s cold. It’s not being a hero to save the world, but finding that hero within yourself.”
FIRE FROM THE GODS have quietly built a rabid fan base through tireless touring across the United States. They’ve shared national bills with the likes of August Burns Red and festival stages alongside Slipknot, Bring Me The Horizon, Judas Priest, Killswitch Engage, and more at KNOTFEST two years in a row and with Motionless In White and Underoath at South By So What. Now, their Narrative is on display in 2016.
“I want people to feel empowered when they listen to this record,” AJ leaves off. “Come out of the experience knowing somebody thinks like you. You’re not alone.”
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Oh, I think you can say that there is empowerment - I also think that some simple philoshophical discussions can come out of like minds attracting like minds. That attraction oozes from this song like hot lava from an active volcano...and knowing there are other people that think some of the same ways I do, or feel about something the way I do is powerful. I'm learing more and more about the power of patterns and the ways to break the negative reaction of these patterns and reinforce the positive actions of them that help us to live a life that is meaningful to us and those around us. That is what life is all about...