Archive for August, 2016

Mr. Kristopher Ups the Tension on Denyse Tontz’s “United States Of Anxiety”; Download “Sweet Dreams (Ft. Skylar Stecker)” FREE!


Multigenre Electronic Music Producer (and one of EDM Identity’s Top 5 Picks to see at Dancefestopia 2016) Mr. Kristopher takes on multi-talented actress and Emmy Award Winning songwriter Denyse Tontz’s“United States Of Anxiety” with stunning effect. Premiered on The Music Ninja, “United States Of Anxiety (Mr. Kristopher Remix)” will be featured on the United States Of Anxiety Remixes EP, due out mid-September.

I structured this remix so that it feels like you’re listening to the sounds of someone’s anxiety fluctuating. I loved this remix because it pushed my boundaries of what I could do with my music!Mr. Kristopher

Download FREE Mr. Kristopher’s Cover of “Sweet Dreams” With Skylar Stecker:

“Recreating Sweet Dreams has actually been a “sweet dream” of mine for years now. I wanted to pay homage to the Eurythmics & Marilyn Manson, but at the same time add the dark Mr. Kristopher flair to it without disrespecting these legendary musicians. For the first part of this official remix I recreated the famous melody from the original Eurythmics sweet dreams, for the next part of the song I pulled out a guitar and actually recorded Marilyn Manson’s heavy bridge section, and then transition all of these parts into my signature sounds, all while using the¬†Skylar Stecker’s vocals that were sent to me! I recently learned that sweet dreams are made of this, who am I to disagree? ūüôāMr. Kristopher

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Awaken I Am Unveil Music Video for “Vices”


Australian hard rock band quartet¬†Awaken I Am¬†has released a new music video for the single “Vices” which takes place on the their recent Japan tour. The song comes from their early 2015 release,¬†Shields and Crowns¬†which debuted #3 on the iTunes rock charts and #34 on the ARIA charts.

“The live video for “Vices” was shot by our good friend and photographer Harley Folbigg while we were in Japan on The Brotherhood Tour. This tour was definitely our favorite and most memorable to date so it was great being able to bring together a video that captured a lot of our time,”¬†said drummer, Luke McKenzie.

You can watch¬†Awaken I Am’s “Vices”¬†music video below and¬†purchase¬†Shields and Crowns¬†today.


Australia’s hard rock act Awaken I Am have blown the earth off its course with its debut album Shields and Crowns released late March this year. The album, signed by Shock Records (AUS) and Zestone Records (US), debuted at #34 on the ARIA charts and reached #3 on the iTunes charts.

From supporting national tours with Dream On Dreamer, Slaves and Emarosa and sharing the stage with Amity Affliction, Parkway Drive, In Hearts Wake, Senses Fail and The Devil Wears Prada, Awaken I Am have shown that throughout the five years of hard work and sweat leading up to the release of Shields and Crowns, didn’t go unnoticed.

Internationally, the band have a significant following which continues to grow from the band’s ethic to push harder and farther. There is no limits to Awaken I Am, and Shields and Crowns is just the first segment of a very long and prosperous future.



Must Be The Holy Ghost Shares New Song “Might Crack”


Alt-electronic artist¬†Must Be The Holy Ghost¬†streams “Might Crack”, the second single from his upcoming EP¬†Overflow. The project is the solo endeavor of North Carolina native Jared Draughon who will release the new EP on September 16th via¬†Cardigan Records.

The music has a ‘walking on a nice sunny day with headphones’ kind of vibe to me, so I wanted to contrast that with the lyrics,” says Draughon. “The notion that I ‘might crack’ at any moment even though I’m currently alright appealed to me. You never know what might push someone over the edge…a story we hear about all too often in the news. I’m not referring to a person with a short temper, but a well composed individual going through some tough times and is close to hitting their breaking point.

The sophomore EP will be out on 9/16 and is a thumping, emotive record, but the single “Might Crack” leans a little more towards the indie rock realm. A video for the EP’s first single “Melt Down” can be seen¬†here¬†and showcases Draughon’s signature live performance in which visual artist¬†Evan Hawkins¬†uses water and food-coloring on an overhead projector to bathe the show in swirling colors. Pre-order¬†Overflow¬†now on¬†iTunes¬†or get your hands on a limited-run vinyl version at

About Must Be The Holy Ghost:
Must Be The Holy Ghost (MBTHG) is the latest vehicle for North Carolina’s longtime sonic traveler Jared Draughon. Layered electronic rhythms fuse with thick looping guitars and soaring vocals, a sound both intricately crafted but with ever shifting landscapes.

After fronting touring bands in Brooklyn, NY and Chapel Hill, NC for the last decade, Draughon began his unorthodox approach to a solo project in 2012. MBTHG has since opened for various acts including The XX, Torche, Whirr, He is Legend, House of Fools and William Tyler.

Live MBTHG consists of Draughon on stage with various pedals and an array of different amps to build layers of guitar and vocals over tight drum loops. Within the limitations of loop music, Draughon manages to create unusually structured and complex songs with distinct movements, largely through his gift for melody. Impassioned vocals, often stacked in multiple harmonies, draw you into a world that is far from constrained by the underpinning loops. MBTHG often teams up live with analog visual psych artist Evan Hawkins to unfold a narrative bathed in swirling colors.

In 2014 Cardigan Records released MBTHG’s debut album, ‚ÄúGet Off‚ÄĚ, which showcases the loop-based art while still maintaining songs with emotional conviction. The follow-up EP Overflow will be released on September 16th.


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Cross The Divide Release Official Music Video For “Sail On The Stars”


Hard/Progressive Rock Trio¬†Cross The Divide¬†have released the Official Video for “Sail On The Stars”, the sophomore single off of their upcoming full length debut album¬†Fearless, due out 10/14/2016. The video was directed by¬†Caleb Chamberlain¬†and¬†Will Hermonat.

“‘Sail on the Stars’ is a song that deals with loss. The message in this song is that when a person is left behind due to death or parting, it is important to be able to let go and find comfort in the right places. In the case of hurt, forgiveness is a vital part of that parting and grieving process. This song deals with all of that in a simple idea, a blessing: ‘sail on the stars.'”¬†–¬†Cross The Divide

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25272One of the fastest growing, and most in-demand original artists in New England is southern New Hampshire-based Cross the Divide. The three-member band combines heavy guitar riffs and melodic vocals to produce a unique blend of progressive and hard rock styles served up onstage with their engaging, high-energy performance. In an increasingly superficial era, Cross the Divide brings not only sweet guitar licks and driving bass lines, but also deep lyrical content driving home themes of hope, strength, and justice. The band has coined their own sub-genre for their sound: Storm Rock, which they define as ‚Äúintense technical rock with deep lyrical themes‚ÄĚ.

Though the band has been in existence since September 2010, Cross the Divide did not truly begin to define itself in the industry until mid-2014 when guitarist, Zac, and bassist, Chase, welcomed their hard hitting drummer Jake French into the project. Since that time, the band has played alongside many major artists including Disturbed, Godsmack, Breaking Benjamin, Alter Bridge, Sevendust, Trivium, Pop Evil, Seether, Skillet, 10 Years, Buckcherry, Escape the Fate, Starset, Islander, For Today, 3 Years Hollow, Scott Stapp, and many more.

Cross the Divide is currently gearing up for the release of their highly-anticipated full-length album¬†Fearless, which will be out on October 14, 2016. The 11-track CD will feature their hit song ‚ÄúThe Perfect Storm,‚ÄĚ which has seen airplay on terrestrial and internet radio all over the world, as well as upcoming single ‚ÄúSail on the Stars‚ÄĚ.¬†Fearless¬†is the first professionally produced record for the band, and the first recordings with the current lineup.

State Of Mine Release Official Music Video For “Curtain Call” Off Sophomore EP


Michigan Metal band¬†STATE OF MINE¬†have released the Official Video for “Curtain Call,” the second single off their sophomore EP,¬†Devil In Disguise. The EP was produced by¬†¬†BJ Perry¬†at¬†Wall of Sound Studio¬†and the video by¬†Kyle Hopkins.¬†¬†Devil In Disguise¬†drops September 15 but is available to pre-order via¬†iTunes¬†NOW.

“The video is a visual tale of ones feelings of dealing with regret and having to try to internalize the decision. Trying to find yourself lost in the dark” –Steve¬†(Vocals)


Devil_in_Disguise_1600x1600Hailing from Laingsburg, Michigan, State of Mine is a metal band consisting of Vocalist Steven Jodway, Bassist Corey Smith, Drummer Mike Martin, Rhythm Guitarist Matt Martin, and Lead Guitarist Shawn Willett. Organized in 2010, the band hit the local music scene running, playing as support for multiple national acts such as: Black Label Society, Adelitas Way, Saliva, Powerman 5000, Flaw, Otherwise, Soil, 3 Years Hollow, just to name a few.

In 2014 they released their debut, self-titled EP recorded and produced by BJ Perry at Wall of Sound Studio (I Prevail, UFC, INK MASTER, NFL, NCAA), in Memphis, Michigan. After performing for a year, the band decided to go back in studio with a new sound and direction, specifically targeting radio listeners. The new EP, produced by BJ Perry again, went above and beyond expectations, and will guarantee to keep the listener hooked, with huge vocal harmonies, crunchy guitars, powerful bass, and pounding drums. They look to continue on their path toward touring and performing for a national audience.

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PLAYER VS. ENVIRONMENT Release Official Music Video For “Guilty”


Experimental Metal / Rock / Electronic duo¬†PLAYER VS. ENVIRONMENT, fresh off their 2 month run with¬†Blood On The Dance Floor, have released the official video for their debut single, “Guilty,” off of their upcoming EP,¬†Escapism. Engineered and co-produced by¬†Kacey Dodson¬†(Blacklite District,¬†James Durbin),¬†Escapism¬†has a yet undeclared release date, but you can check out their fresh new sound below.

“Guilty” is about not feeling sorry because everyone is fucked up anyways. –¬†Poltergiest

Life is just a game, and we are your worst nightmare

The project, an unapologetic amalgamation of Hard Rock, EDM, Hip-Hop and Metalcore, consisting of South Florida metal veterans vocalist Poltergeist (Jose Rodriguez) (CELLPAN) and multi-instrumentalist Vega are preparing a 5 song EP Escapismfor a Fall release.

Vocalist Poltergeist , known for his avant-garde Metal project CELLPAN, says while there are similar elements in PVE, the EP will definitely stand on its own. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a really interesting and eclectic mix. Where CELLPAN was a little off the wall, it was still pretty straightforward. This EP has everything from circus music to hip-hop, metalcore, EDM, dubstep, and straight up dance music with melodic choruses.‚ÄĚ


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A Foreign Affair Release “Awake” Music Video


Sacramento post hardcore newcomers,¬†A Foreign Affair¬†has release their newest music video and single, “Awake” which comes from their forthcoming EP set to release later this year. The new track, as well as forthcoming EP was mastered by¬†Kris Crummet¬†(Rise, Epitaph, Fearless). With the group’s hard hitting choruses and passionate vocals, “Awake” will leave you wanting more.

Frontman, Alex Strobaugh commented,¬†‚Äú‚ÄėAwake‚Äô is a song that encompasses the feeling of being haunted by someone‚Äôs memory. It‚Äôs about coming to terms with living without someone who has been lost.‚ÄĚ

You can purchase “Awake” on the band’s Bandcamp¬†and watch the new music video below.

About A Foreign Affair:

A Foreign Affair is a five piece alternative rock band based out of Sacramento, California. This dynamic group offers clean guitar verses accompanied by electronic nuances and hard hitting choruses. All the while vocalist Alex Strobaugh belts emotionally driven melodies to soothing hooks that soar over the bands instrumentally driven music.

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R√äVE Debut New Music Video for “Marionettes”


Alternative art-rock band¬†R√äVE¬†have just released a new music video for “Marionettes” from their debut album¬†La Marionnette¬†. The Baltimore-based quintet blend elements of classical, indie rock, and avant-garde sounds on the new record that is set to be released on 9/20. Generally, the group’s music videos all link together to tell a bigger story, but for “Marionettes” they took a different approach thanks to chance meeting with a UK film director.

Natasha Marburger of Beyond Illusion Productions in London was working on a story for a film and after hearing an early version of ‚ÄėMarionettes‚Äô though a mutual friend, was inspired to make alterations inspired by the song and lyrics,‚ÄĚ says vocalist Athena Hiotis. ‚ÄúIt was a very humbling experience to work trans-atlantic on this project and to know that the song had such an influence on the story.

La Marionnette was engineered by Tony Correlli of Deep End Studio and will be available via iTunes on 9/20.

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The emergence of the dynamic band, RÊVE, is not only a dream realized, but the ultimate multi-sensory experience that signals a new era of imagination-laced storytelling through its fusion of classical, indie rock, and avant-garde sound and its visceral approach to performance.

In the past year alone, R√äVE has already set game-changing precedence on the music scene: performing to loyal fans and enthusiastic crowds in the US and Canada; completing their music film ‚ÄúMaid of Heaven‚ÄĚ with actor, Steve Agee (Sarah Silverman Program, New Girl); and is currently on track to achieve global influence and reach promoting the release of their new album ‚ÄúLa Marionnette”.

I, Apollo Release Lyric Video for “Surface”


Post Hardcore quintet¬†I, Apollo¬†have released the lyric video for their track “Surface”, off of their¬†Stranded¬†EP. “Surface” was inspired by¬†The Governor, a character from the¬†AMC TV¬†series,¬†The Walking Dead. Featuring the album artwork by¬†Dan Mumford¬†(A Day to Remember,¬†Miss May I),¬†Corbin Thomas¬†of¬†wellcan media¬†(Starset,¬†Maroon Five,¬†Black Sabbath/Ozzy Osbourne,¬†American Music Awards) brings this lyric video to life.

The sense of hopelessness, helplessness, loneliness and pain created by The Governor’s evil deeds are illustrated through the song’s deep, dark lyrics. Intense flashing lyrics harken to lightening on a dark, stormy night as a girl stands alone atop a cliff looking over a city off in the distance, out of reach. Tentacles, a metaphor for The Governor’s evil, reach from the depths of hell to claim one more victim. Facing the choice between evil and an unknown fate, our heroine leaps from the cliff into a deep pit of uncertainty. The video ends with the girl once again standing atop a cliff, facing the future with hope.

“If your a Walking Dead fan, the Metaphors are strong in this one”. –¬†Brendyn Moxley

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Catch I, Apollo Live In Direct Support for
I Set My Friends On Fire

08/22 @ The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
08/23 @ Club 11 – Jefferson City, TN
08/25 @ The Summit Columbus, Ohio

10456242_680916478682176_4616562476104802020_nDubbed ‚ÄúThe Millennium Falcon of Metalcore,‚ÄĚ I,Apollo is a metalcore quintet from a small town in Ohio featuring¬†Cole Smith¬†(Guitar),¬†Brendyn Moxley¬†(Vocals),¬†Justin Coleman¬†(Guitar),¬†Andrew (Droopy) Laird(Bass), and¬†Quinten Hurd¬†(Drums).

I, Apollo started touring before anyone in the band was 21. So far they have completed 3 tours hitting 22 states. In addition to touring with numerous bands including direct support for I Set My Friends on Fire, they have also played sold out shows, packed houses, and music festivals with such notable acts as All That Remains, Starset, Slipknot, and many others.

I, Apollo recorded their five song EP titled¬†Stranded¬†with¬†Josh Schroederat¬†Random Awesome! Studios¬†in Bay City, MI. The band, known for their heavy promotion, passed out well over 3,000 demos before the official release of the EP. ‚ÄúThe funny thing about passing out physical demos is you never see any other bands working the streets like we do. Meeting people you would never reach online.‚ÄĚ This has been a major accomplishment for I, Apollo, gaining over 5,000 true fans on Facebook by working the streets and touring.

‚ÄúThese young guns have everything that it takes to make that next step and I believe they are well on their way.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstThe Rustbelt Chronicles

The band wrote the¬†Stranded¬†EP in 2014 and scheduled studio time to record the five songs. Listening to scratch tracks the night before the recording session, the band decided to relieve their then vocalist of his duties. ‚ÄúIt just wasn‚Äôt what we wanted to sound like.‚ÄĚ With this move, the band had no lyrics, no vocalist, but headed to the Random Awesome! studios anyway. The plan was to just record instrumentals only.
Once in the studio, the band decided to rewrite all the lyrics. Brendyn Moxley, moved from guitar to the mic and nailed it. I, Apollo found the sound they were looking for.

The songs on the EP tackle everything from the AMC TV show ‚ÄúThe Walking Dead,‚ÄĚ relationships, betrayal, growing up, honesty, life experiences and modern dilemmas. The band comes through the music expressing views that speak directly to disenfranchised youth, music lover, and the down and out looking for a voice in today‚Äôs music.
In love with music from an early age, I, Apollo lives, breathes and eats metal.

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DOPE Releases Official Music Video For “Hold On”


DOPE¬†has released their Music Video for the first Official Single, “Hold On,” off of their long anticipated¬†Blood Money Part 1¬†LP. Edsel Dope¬†co-directed “Hold On” alongside his old friend and acclaimed video director¬†Dale Rage Resteghini.

“I think that it’s fair to say that Dope is one of the more evolved bands from our genre & time period,” says Edsel. ‚ÄúOur new single, ‘Hold On,’ is a great example of this. It sounds like Dope, but it is clearly, very modern, and in no way reflects a band who is stuck in its past. The hooks are melodic and memorable, while the musicianship is on full display. I’m very proud of Dope’s ability to walk that evolutionary line.”

Dope_BloodMoney_CoverScheduled to release 10/28 Via Entertainment One (eOne Music), Blood Money Part 1, along with a plethora of bundle packages, meet and greets, and exclusive new merch designs is available to pre-order at, is available to pre-order NOW.


“This is by far, the most personal & vulnerable piece of art that I’ve ever released,” says Edsel. “Unlike some of Dope’s more theatrically driven works, “Hold On” is totally uninhibited, it is a reflection of my own personal story, told through a singular piece of art. Truthfully, this was a very difficult piece for me to complete at times; but, in the end, it has also been a very healing experience.¬†I hope that the vulnerability and sincerity will resonate with people “.

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