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Fire From The Gods Release Official Music Video for “The Voiceless” off of Upcoming ‘Narrative Retold’

Hardcore Metal band Fire From The Gods has released their Ramon Boutviseth directed 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

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Heavy music deserves a heavier message.

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 (ParamoreOf Mice & MenBreaking 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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BLACKTOP MOJO RELEASES OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “WHERE THE WIND BLOWS” OFF OF NEW LP ‘BURN THE SHIPS’

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 JoviSammy HagarAaron LewisDaryl “DMC’ McDanielsCandleboxDrowning PoolPuddle Of MuddSmile Empty SoulAudiotopsy, 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 SkynyrdThe Rolling StonesBob 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.”

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A New Way to Live Forever “Monument” Review

From the southeastern coast, alternative pop-rock group A New Way To Live Forever blend nostalgia with modern tones in their third release, Monument.

This EP starts off with Fall or Fallow,” which carries a feel-good, carefree warmth, immediately exhibiting their musical capabilities. My personal favorite is their third track,“Not This Time,” which demonstrates their musical talents and the complexity of their song writing. I Saw Stars” will take you in a more mellow, emotional direction before ending with the uplifting, final track, “Leave It All Behind.”

The overall feel on this release is upbeat and catchy with the use of different styles of guitar playing, bass and drums, and skilled vocals that are sure to leave you hooked! Definitely for fans of Muse, Kings of Leon and Foo Fighters. 

4.5/5

Monument Track List:

  1. Fall or Follow
  2. Dream Away
  3. Not This Time
  4. I Saw Stars
  5. Leave it all Behind

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Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein Announces Upcoming ‘Abominate The World Tour 2017’

Legendary Misfits Guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein continues his domination with the launching of Abominate The World Tour 2017 with Davey Suicide. Launching June 1st in Raleigh, NC, the tour will wind south into Florida and Louisiana, then into California before heading East to finish in Niagra Falls, NY.

Abominate The World Tour 2017 Dates:
06/01 @ The Maywood – Raleigh, NC
06/02 @ Ground Zero – Spartansburg, SC
06/03 @ Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
06/04 @ Nichthawks – Jacksonville, FL
06/05 @ Respectables – West Palm Beach, FL
06/06 @ The Haven – Winter Park, FL
06/07 @ The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
06/08 @ Southpark Music Hall – New Orleans, LA
06/10 @ The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
06/11 @ Trees – Dallas, TX
06/12 @ Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
06/1 @ Scout Bar – Houston, TX
06/14 @ Thunder Alley – Oklahoma City, OK
06/16 @ Club Red – Mesa, AZ
06/17 @ Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA
06/18 @ Malone’s – Santa Ana, CA
06/19 @ Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
06/20 @ Liquid Joe’s – Salt Lake City, UT
06/21 @ Sunshine Studios – Colorado Springs, CO
06/22 @ Aftershock – Merriam, KS
06/23 @ RT Quinnians – Duluth, MN
06/24 @ The Reverb – Waterloo, IA
06/25 @ Home Bar – Arlington Heights, IL
06/26 @ Frankie’s – Toledo, OH
06/28 @ Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ
06/29 @ Evening Star Hall – Niagra Falls, NY

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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 Recordsworldwide) 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.

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Raven Black Release Official Music Video for “Twinkle Twinkle Little Scars”

LA based Alternative Metal Band Raven Black has released the Official Music Video for their single “Twinkle Twinkle Little Scars” off of their debut EP Seven Sins, out NOW via WURMgroup. Directed Josh Apple and filmed by Andrew Spirk of Monoblocstudios.com.

“Twinkle Twinkle Little Scars” is about broken innocence. – Raven

raven black – a visciously sweet metal medley of feminine and masculine power harnessed through a tiny half human | half doll surrounded by her misfits, tossed into a theatrical debauchery of creepy fun and that’s just the beginning.” There is a story here, but you have to take the journey to the 13th hour where these 4 live.

a cunning hybrid femme fatale with playful mischievy, backed up by her twisted gentlemen. Raven black cranks out innocent melody that quickly evolves into wicked cursed screams. You know, blistering and burning your skin with chills and dropping jaws at the powerful vocals coming out of such a tiny stature. Evoked by the ripping guitars and ambient tones of the doctor, low end bass of stiches and thumping double kicks from the demon, muppet, this unique dark carnival of metal taunts your hunger for a new sound.

Their debut EP Seven Sins was recorded in the Wilderness, with Grammy Nominated Producer Ulrich Wild of WurmGroup. The seven song release has garnered loads of buzz and fans demanding more. Taken to the road again after a debut tour with Mushroomhead in October 2016, they will be playing Rock Fest 2017 in Austin, TX March 15-18th and then landing internationally to their adoring fans at the Foco Festival in Mexico with CrazyTown April 2017. It’s been too long since their last visit at Hell & Heaven Festival last July 2016.

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SAVANT Returns to Lead Charting Position with Surprising New Album, ‘Jester’

Enigmatic electronic music scene iconoclast SAVANT is back in his chart topping element with the release of his hotly anticipated new album, Jester. Hitting #1 on iTunes Electronic Albums, Jester showcases that Savant’s 2 year hiatus only polished his incredible creative energy.

Surprise! The enigmatic electronic powerhouse known as Savant lives to fuck with us, and his newest album is sneaking in like none other! Have a slice of cake and revel in the party!Paste

JESTER Track List:
Once Upon A Time
Villain
Jester
Bubbles
Rex
Legend
Ritual
Cake
Surprise
Fantastique
Tricks
Horde
Sweet
The End

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“I believe people want listening music – even on the dancefloor!”

Aleksander Vinter, the Norwegian artist who in the last 7 years has released over 20 recordings under different project titles like Savant, Vinter In Hollywood, and Blanco to name a few, is best known dance-music culture’s most unpredictable, impossible-to-pigeonhole enigma. With releases as diverse as they are experimental, that reputation has remained constant and well earned throughout a madly prolific career spanning numerous singles, remixes, nominations for Norwegian Grammys, and 11 (!) full-length albums.

On the one hand, Savant deploys the kind of speaker-shredding bangers that have made him one of dance music’s most popular rising stars: his dynamic live set drives crowds at mega-festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival into abandon, yet Savant refuses to conform to EDM genre demarcations – or any, for that matter.

“‘Electronic Dance Music’ is the most generic term, which doesn’t apply to what I do,” Vinter explains of the sound he’s dubbed “complextro.” “It’s all about putting everything into one pot of musical ether. I don’t have a rigid formula; my music manages to be comfortable and uncomfortable at the same time. I like breaking rules – that’s where new stuff emerges.” Indeed, this is not your grandmother’s moombahton: 8-bit videogame soundtracks, trap, disco, house, electro, classical, ‘90s big-beat electronica – even ‘70s glam rock and ‘80s new wave finds its way into his sonic odysseys. “I like how a group like Queen is very theatrical and harmonized,” Vinter says. “That epic feeling, plus the style of David Bowie, and the spunk of Prince – that’s what I’m going for, but via dance music.

His fan base is as religious as his music is diverse. His live act is a live interactive set of music of his own creation, peppered with favorites, that never repeats from show to show. Each show it truly unique but tied together by his tendency to share his newest music with his fans. Savant wants to create the same feelings that early DJ’s would evoke on their dance floors, that feeling of discovery and seeding the question, “WHAT SONG WAS THAT!? I NEED TO HAVE IT.”

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