Archive for January, 2019

DOWNFALL 2012 RELEASE THEIR NEW ALBUM”WE WELCOME THE PAIN”


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 is pleased to announce they will be releasing their new full-length album, “We Welcome The Pain”, worldwide on Friday, January 25, 2019
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“We Welcome The Pain”is a compilation of twelve ferocious tracks Downfall 2012 wrote in one week of being completely secluded in their studio.  It was produced and recorded by Jim Finley, who traveled to the same studio to capture the songs over the course of six consecutive sixteen-hour recording sessions.   Now “We Welcome The Pain” is finally here!  
 
Conceptually, the album provides a visceral take on social, political, technological, and religious behaviors of today, focusing on how we, as a society, bring pain upon ourselves, perhaps masochistically, through social media, entertainment, and beyond.  The record further relates to this theme via the very manner in which it was written and recorded: with the band being locked up together, creating, at a feverish pace.  In addition to all of this, the record title serves as an allegory of the music industry, a brutal, cut-throat, and often painful business, for which artists and fans bleed.  
 
Approaching their 13th year together, and after years of relentless touring, writing, recording, and balancing life’s everyday (and not-so-everyday) challenges,  Danny Gil, Boo Rogers, and Casey Bowen show no sign of slowing down or giving up.  On the contrary, by shedding pieces of themselves into each of these tracks in an unapologetic testament to the power of unconstrained creation, they are sharing their best work to date.  “The road, the industry, the lifestyle is brutal… but… guess what…We Welcome The Pain” –DF2012
Order “We Welcome The Pain” on iTunes  now!
  
“We Welcome The Pain” will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Apple Music, etc, and on CD Friday January 25, 2019.
 
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MYNAS Release Lyric Video for “Tearing Down The Clouds”

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Melodic Death Metal band MYNAS has released the lyric video for “Tearing Down The Clouds.” Originally premiered on HM MAGAZINE, “Tearing Down The Clouds” is off of their upcoming LP, Dead to the Unknown, due out 1/25/2019.

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“Tearing down the clouds is a song that demonstrates where we have been and where we can go…It was one of the first songs we wrote for this record and it really had us testing our limits as writers. Musically and lyrically we all came together and really found our “sound” per se. During recording, it was just full of possibility. We all felt each moment had to be monumental. “tearing down the clouds.”

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Track List:
1. A Time to Fall
2. Tyrant
3. Dead to the Unknown
4. Frail
5. Tearing Down the Clouds
6. Emptiness in Me
7. Oblivian
8. Worse for Ware
9. Into Silence
10. My Machine
11. End of All
12. Until I Go

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Make no mistake, the Las Vegas-based Mynas is here on business.
The band consists of seasoned musicians with the kind of die-hard work ethic that has gained them the reputation of a relentless & must-see live act! They say that the fans are what fuels this relentless drive and ferocity!

January of 2019 finds the band unveiling their next offering as a follow-up to their well-received CD Fear The Slave now available globally on all digital outlets. Their next CD Dead To The Unknown hit’s the streets on 1/25/19 and is followed by a massive hometown release show on 2/1/19.

Mynas continue to write, record & play select regional dates as they prepare for spring & summer touring in support of Dead To The Unknown.

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YEAR OF THE LOCUST to Join TESLA on SHOCK USA TOUR

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New York Hard Rock Band YEAR OF THE LOCUST has announced that they will be hitting the road with legendary rock band TESLA. Launching February 2nd in Madison, WI, the SHOCK USA TOUR will wind through the Midwest and the East Coast before ending February 23rd in Orlando, FL.

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The band has also revealed a snippet of their upcoming single, “Stay Alive.” Produced by Brett Hestla, “Stay Alive” features TESLA drummer Troy Luccketta.

“Having our dear friend Brian Bonds’ guitar work in the studio is always inspiring. And Troy Luccketta’s drumming on “Stay Alive” really took the song to a new level. It was an honor to have their energy.” – Scot McGiveron (Vocals)

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Tour Dates:
02/02 @ The Sylvee – Madison, WI
02/05 @ House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
02/06 @ House Of Blues – Chicago, IL

02/08 @ The Pageant – St. Louis, MO #
02/09 @ Murat Theater – Indianapolis, IN
02/12 @ Palace Theater – Greensburg, PA
02/15 @ Penn’s Peak – Jim Thorpe, PA *
02/17 @ House Of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC
02/19 @ Ryamn Auditorium – Nashville, TN
02/20 @ Bukchead Theater – Atlanta, GA
02/22 @ House Of Blues – Orlando, FL
02/22 @ House Of Blues – Orlando, FL

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Year of the Locust is a motley collection of personalities from the American Northeast. Hailing from NYC, Washington Dc, and West “By God” Virginia, the band’s sound has come into it’s own under the watchful eye of producer/guitarist Brain Bonds.

“I remember going to see them at The Masquerade in Atlanta. In the moments before YOTL hit the stage I (and everyone else) heard some sort of guttural gang chant erupt from the backstage area. It really grabbed everyone’s attention. The tenacity they brought to their show and the way they commanded the stage was reminiscent of the arena bands I enjoyed as a kid. That type of power is a unique thing, and I knew I wanted to know more about them.” -Brian Bonds

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MATT PLESS Perfects “Ashtray” with Re-Recording of ‘Tumbleweed’

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Baltimore, MD Folk-Punk Singer/Songwriter MATT PLESS has returned to his 2013 released masterpiece Tumbleweed with a re-recording of the acoustic 12 track LP. Invoking the lyrical brilliance of BOB DYLAN, the instrumental diversity of THE VIOLENT FEMMES, and the folkish undertones of FLOGGING MOLLY, Tumbleweed is an explosion of dynamic discordance, mixing driving, confrontational punk acoustic jams with gentle, canorous melodies. The opening track for the album, “Ashtray,” is the perfect introduction to this uniquely focused musician’s fusion of rock, Americana, and acoustic folk.

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“’Ashtray’ came about because I smoked an ashtray-worth of cigarettes in the half hour that it took to write the song…I had been playing music full time for quite a while. I was tired of finding myself performing at shows that were as empty as my pockets and was frustrated at the state of my life, the world, and the indie art community. I had been listening to a lot of obscure music circulating in the punk scene and had stumbled across a song by another artist which included a lyric that said: “If I found God anywhere it would be by the tracks”. From there, inspiration threw me my own variation on the line that would open “Ashtray”: “Someone asked me if I found God, yes, I think we’ve met a couple times. But, I’m not sure if it was Him ’cause I can’t look Her in the eye” – Matt Pless

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Track List:
1. Ashtray
2. Piggy Bank
3. My Crooked Ways
4. Mad Child’s Lament
5. What You Will
6. The Book of You and I
7. Portland
8. Talkin’ Information Blues
9. The Crayon Song
10. White Picket Fences
11. My Idea of Heaven
12. In the Past Tense

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Combining elements of folk, punk, pop and roots rock, Matt Pless can lyrically turn a phrase with the best of them. He has been compared to some of the top songwriters of our time, including John Lennon, Paul Simon, John Prine, and Bob Dylan. Known for his engaging and thought-provoking, witty word labyrinths, Matt’s music spans topics from love and loss to social commentary to ethereal train-of-thought abstractions, and everything in between.

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Official Music Video for “Won’t Stop Me”

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New York based rock / alternative metal band ANOTHER DAY’S ARMOR has released the official music video for “Won’t Stop Me,” off of their newest EP, Phoenix .

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“Another Day’s Armor is ready to prove that rock n’ roll belongs at the top of the billboard charts.” – Another Day’s Armor

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Phoenix Track List:
1. Death Investing
2. Won’t Stop Me
3. Next to You
4. Feel the Fall
5. Omen

Download / Stream Phoenix Online:

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Another Day’s Armor is a Rock / Alternative Metal band from New York. Combining the huge, mainstream sound of arena rock with borderline metal instrumental work, the band started to create a buzz for themselves with debut singles “Reflections” and “Simple As Sin.” Coming off the momentum of the previous two singles, the band has been working on their debut EP which is set to release mid summer 2018.

Coming up in a time where very few bands put any emphasis into their image and persona, ADA pride themselves on standing out from the crowd both visually, and musically. With an image reminiscent of a time where rock was on top of the music world, Another Day’s Armor refuses to be just another “faceless” band, wanting their fans to feel connected to every member: Logan Manganelli – Vocals, Nick Palma – Lead Guitar, Ryan Bicknell – Rhythm Guitar, Joe Grunski – Bass, and Alec Keshishian – Drums.

Another Day’s Armor aren’t just a band, they are a movement for the future of rock.

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HUNT FOR HUNTER Release Official Music Video for “Let it Out”

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New York based, Symphonic Rock Band HUNT FOR HUNTER has released the official music for their single, “Let it Out.” Originally premiered on Tattoo.com was filmed and directed by ENGNRM.

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“Let It Out has always been our most popular song, I think because it best represents the things that make us a unique band: complex arrangements, cool violin parts, high energy and honest lyrics. We wanted a video that would showcase the song while giving people who don’t know us an idea of what we’re like live, so we went with a simple performance video, using lighting tricks in post to emphasize the lyrical message and structure of the song. We were fortunate enough to work with some immensely talented people in the studio and behind the camera, and they really helped us bring this project to life.” – Hunt For Hunter

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Hunt for Hunter is a 4-piece symphonic rock band based in New York City. “Symphonic rock” may sound like an ambitious genre to claim, but this is a band that was explicitly formed with the intention of creating music without limits or boundaries. Originally conceived in 2014 as an acoustic folk duo by Ian Hunt (drums) and Michael Hunter (vocals/electric violin/keys), Hunt for Hunter found some initial success playing in small bars, cafés and colleges around the Northeast. They occasionally experimented with hiring additional players to play Hunter’s heavier, less folksy material, but lacking a clear sense of direction the band eventually came to a crossroads in the winter of 2018.

The choice was simple, to take the easy, safer path and continue on as a folk duo, or go for broke and attempt the impossible: form a successful, original rock ‘n roll band in NYC. They chose the latter, and as luck would have it, Chris Kelly (bass) and Patrick Brennan (guitar) were ready and waiting to sign on. All four members had actually played with each other before through their day jobs as professional freelance musicians. Equipped with a considerable level of proficiency and unified by their desire to play exciting, original music they began writing and rehearsing in earnest.

Drawing inspiration from diverse influences like Queens Of The Stone Age, Soundgarden, Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, and more modern bands like Manchester Orchestra, The Dear Hunter and Nothing But Thieves, the quartet set upon their mission to create an ambitious yet accessible sound. The result is a band that successfully combines the raw emotion and energy of rock ‘n roll with the intricate orchestrations and virtuosity of classical music. Now poised to share their music with the world, Hunt for Hunter is proud to carry the label “symphonic rock.”

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BLOODYWOOD Releases Official Music Video for “Endurant”

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New Delhi based Indian Folk Metal band BLOODYWOOD has released the official music video for their single, “Endurant.” The viral metal trio first caught their US fans’ attention with their metal rendition of the Indian folk song “Ari Ari,” but has developed a sustained base of hard core followers with blistering original tracks fusing traditional Indian instrumentation with brutal guitars and mixed vocal stylings.

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“‘Endurant’ is a song for those who’ve faced or continue to face bullying in any aspect of life. We wanted to be as realistic and practical as possible with our message, which is why the song urges to endure and come out stronger rather than retaliate or fight back with force. The video, while maintaining the message of the song, also tries to establish that bullies are not another breed.” – Karan Katiyar

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Bloodywood is:
Karan Katiyar – Guitars, Production, Programming
Jayant Bhadula – Vocals
Roul Kerr – Rap Vocals

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BLACKTOP MOJO Release Official Music Video for “Prodigal”

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Texas based hard rock band BLACKTOP MOJO has released the official music video for “Prodigal,” off of their most recent LP, Burn The Ships.

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“We had fun making the video with some of our good friends from our hometown acting out the main parts. We felt like the father-son dynamic in the video really reflected the song’s theme. The song is sort of autobiographical. It’s about the experience of growing up in a small town and always talking about ‘getting out’ one day. No matter where or how far you go, though, you always have a little bit of where you came from that you take with you.” – Matt James

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Burn The Ships Track Listing:
1. Where The Wind Blows
2. End Of Days
3. Burn The Ships
4. Prodigal
5. Shadows On The Wall
6. Sweat
7. Pyromaniac
8. 8000 Lines
9. Dog On A Leash
10. Make A Difference
11. Chains
12. Dream On
13. Underneath

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A hard-driving Southern rock unit based out of Palestine, Texas, Blacktop Mojo’s fiery blend of post-grunge, classic rock, and metal falls somewhere between Soundgarden, Black Stone Cherry, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Founded in 2012 by frontman Matt James and drummer Nathan Gillis, the band eventually morphed into a five-piece with the additions of bass player Matt Curtis and guitarists Ryan Kiefer and Chuck Wepfer. They released their debut album, I Am, in 2014, followed by a heavy bout of touring that saw the group sharing the stage with a wide array of heavy hitters, including Bon Jovi, Sammy Hagar, Candlebox, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Black Stone Cherry, Shaman’s Harvest, Pop Evil, Puddle of Mudd, Drowning Pool and many others.

In 2017, the band teamed up with Muscle Shoals producer Jimmy Johnson for their highly anticipated sophomore outing Burn the Ships. The album was released via the band’s label, Cuhmon Records, in March of that year to critical acclaim. The record yielded two Top 40 hits on the Billboard Active Rock charts, with singles, “Where The Wind Blows” (#27) and the band’s cover of Aerosmith classic, “Dream On” (#31)

Throughout the rest of 2017 and 2018, the band toured heavily around North America in support of their record, getting added to major rock festival bills such as River City Rockfest, Louder Than Life, Rock Allegiance, The 25th annual Rockfest, Shiprocked, and many more. The band continues to all live together in “The Mojo Mansion” in Palestine, writing songs, recording and preparing for their 3rd full-length studio album entitled “Under The Sun” for release in 2019.

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Lead Vocals/ Rhythm Guitar- Matt James
Guitar/ Backing Vocals – Kenneth Irwin
Percussion – Nathan Gillis
Bass – Matt Curtis
Lead Guitar/ Backing Vocals- Ryan Kiefer

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The Swifts Drop New Album “All Sunshine” Produced by Ahrue Luster (Ill Niño/Machine Head)

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 -The self-proclaimed “Ultimate Dad Band!” The Swifts have dropped their latest release All Sunshine to an eagerly awaiting fan base. All Sunshine is the ten song culmination of four lifetimes worth of exceptional and varied music experience uniting together to create the pop-punk opus of their musical careers.  The Swifts have put every ounce of energy, pain and joy they could muster into the creation of All Sunshine even enlisting the world renowned guitarist Ahrue Luster of Ill Niño and Machine Head fame to record and produce All Sunshine.  “It was a great pleasure to produce The Swift’s All Sunshine”, Ahrue Luster declared.  “I grew up a Thrash Metaler who hung out with Punks, so doing this album brought me back to my roots.  This is the second album Swifts album that I’ve produced. All Sunshine shows their musical growth and evolution.  The vocals on this album are some of the best vocals I have ever produced. Mike Little’s performances were on point, the melodies are super catchy, and we came up with so many great layers of harmonies to compliment them. I love the balance of the big beautiful, melodic choruses with the raw guitar stylings of Rob Hinerman. They complement each other in a Yin Yang type of way.  The whole album came out amazing and I’m very proud of what we did!”Once you hear All Sunshine you will agree that it is one of the best pop-punk albums of the current generation. Ground breaking but yet still familiar with hook filled guitar riffs, intelligent lyrics delivered with powerful and catchy melodies and a rocking rhythm and low end section that bangs it home.Swifts vocalist Mike Little on All Sunshine and working with Ahrue Luster, “Ahrue is an incredible musician and a seasoned veteran of the music industry. He brings so much experience and depth into making a record.  It was an amazing experience working with him as he brought our music to life.”

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Mike – Vocals
Rob – Guitar
Jim – Bass
Rich – Drums

TAKE THE DAY Release Official Music Video for “Song For The Broken”

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Pittsburg, KS Heavy Rock / Metal Band TAKE THE DAY has released the official music video for their single, “Song For The Broken.” Originally premiered on Loud-Stuff, “Song For The Broken” was directed by Chris Dawson. The single was also co-written, produced, and engineered by Chris Dawson and Jimmy Beattie of Seasons After.

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“At some point in our lives we all feel hurt, abandoned, alone, and broken. We can’t let that define who we are. This one’s for us.” – Take The Day

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Hailing from Pittsburg, Kansas Take The Day is a hard-hitting rock band that has quickly become a major contender in the Midwest music scene. They believe in what they do and continue to push forward bringing their current fresh sound to listening ears.

For the past 7 years, Take The Day has toured the region and supported many national acts including Pop Evil, Gemini Syndrome, Saving Abel, Otherwise, Lacey Sturm (Flyleaf), Tantric, Brett Scallions (Fuel), Seasons After, Another Lost Year, Bobaflex, No Resolve, Blameshift, and many others gaining them the reputation as a must see live act!

Take The Day is celebrating their recently released and warmly received single “Matches and Knives” which dropped on 4/20/18 and was co-written, produced, and engineered by Chris Dawson and Jimmy Beattie of Seasons After. It’s been said that it’s “a serious follow up” to their previous release “Take Everything” which broke the top 100 of the Nielsen Active Rock Charts just months prior.

Take The Day continues to write, record, and play select regional dates as they prepare for the premiere of their next single “Song For The Broken” on 1/11/19.

“These guys clearly display the chops to cut through.”
– EarArt London

“Seriously, one of the best unsigned bands I’ve ever heard.”
– Bailey, Q102.1 FM

“Smoothly executed. Great energy.”
– Zak G. / Senseless Underground

“No band I’ve ever worked with has as much passion and integrity as Take The Day. They are truly a band to keep on the radar in the world of rock.”
– Muttley, ROCK 107.1 FM

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