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OUR FUTURE LEADERS Release Official Lyric Video for “You’re The Void”

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Orlando, FL Alternative Rock Band OUR FUTURE LEADERS have released the official lyric video for their newest single, “You’re the Void.”

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Have you ever worked at a job that makes you feel like nothing you do matters? It’s about that feeling of worthlessness and the build up is like walking away from an explosion in slow motion. – OUR FUTURE LEADERS

Click to Download / Stream “You’re the Void” Online

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Our Future Leaders is an Orlando based rock band. With intricate guitars, heart-pounding rhythms, and emotionally-charged vocals, Our Future Leaders EP, Machines, breaks free from the status quo. The album has been hailed as “an atom bomb of a debut…” by Indie Music Reviews, and was produced by Casey Daniel of Seven Mary Three and NerVer.

“it has a head-banging, fist pumping nostalgic purity that I haven’t heard in quite a while from a rock band.” – Shutter 16 Magazine

With the success of Machines, Our Future Leaders have also established themselves as one of the hottest live acts in Central Florida, where they have played many of the city’s most prominent venues including: House of Blues and the renowned Florida Music Fest with CandleboxFilter, and The Dirty Heads.

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MOD CLASSIC Announces New Lead Singer & First US Show Dates!

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Legendary thrash-metal crossover band M.O.D. CLASSIC has announced a series of live dates through the Southwest, launching 8/15 in Reno, NV and wrapping up 8/18 in Anaheim, CA. The band has also announced that Donny “The DRP” Polinske (PRIMER 55) will be joining Tim McMurtrie and Ken Ballone (the original rhythm section from M.O.D.) and FELIX GRIFFIN (DRI) as their new front-man.

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Catch M.O.D. Live:
08/15 @ Shea’s Bar – Reno, NV
08/16 @ The Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV *
08/17 @ The Underground – Mesa, AZ
08/18 @ The Doll Hut – Anaheim, CA

* Psycho Las Vegas After Party

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Track List:
1. Dead Men / Most
2. Captain Crunch
3. Thrash or Be Thrashed
4. Boardwalk Blues
5. Ballad of DIO
6. Parents
7. Charge
8. I Executioner
9. Take Your Life
10. Imported Society
11. Spandex Enormity
12. Get a Real Job

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Ken Ballone: Bassist and founding member of the NYC thrash metal/crossover band M.O.D. (Method of Destruction). Ken works as a DJ / Engineer / Producer for Lotus Radio – KDOT Rock 104.5 FM in Reno,
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Tim McMurtrie: Guitarist and founding member of the NYC thrash metal/crossover band M.O.D. (Method of Destruction). Tim McMurtrie not only wrote a lot of the material on USA for MOD but also wrote 90% of RHYTHM of FEAR and is also the current guitarist in NYHC band FULL SCALE RIOT.

Felix Griffin: Drummer D.R.I. (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles) playing on Dealing with It, Crossover, 4 of a kind and Thrash zone.

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MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT Announce Fall 2019 Tour Dates with CURSE MACKEY

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Gothic-Disco legends MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULThave announced the addition of 17 East and Midwest tour dates to the House of Strange Affairs 2019 Tour with special guest CURSE MACKEY. Launching October 18th in Detroit, MI, the second run winds through the East Coast and wraps up November 9th in Berwyn, IL.

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10/18 @ The Token – Westland, MI
10/19 @ Odeon – Cleveland, OH
10/21 @ Iron Works – Buffalo, NY
10/23 @Sonia – Cambridge, MA
10/24 @ Le Poisson Rouge – New York
10/25 @ Debonair Music Hall – Teaneck, NJ
10/26 @ First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA
10/28 @ Capitol Room – Harrisburg, PA
10/29 @ Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
10/31 @ Radio Room – Greenville, SC
1/01 @ 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL
11/02 @ Crowbar – Tampa, FL
11/03 @ Respectable Street – West Palm Beach
11/05 @ Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
11/07 @ Chop Shop – Chicago, IL
11/08 @ The Crucible – Madison, WI
11/09 @Wire – Berwyn, IL

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Track List:
1. Gold to Grey
2.Forbidden Saints
3. Treat Street
4. The Chains of Fame
5. Strange Affairs
6. It’s Me Holly
7. Studio 21
8. Year of the Klown
9. Royal Skull
10. Hanging Hearts
11. Under a Crown
12. Am I Dead

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Advance Praise for In The House Of Strange Affairs

“With a sheer multitude of musical styles and socialistic genres seamlessly meshing into a sordid melting pot of creative debauchery, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult retains the flag of anarchy among the masses with a ‘fuck you’ style and a ‘watch this’ smirk. Drenched in kitsch and soaked in gasoline, ‘In The House of Strange Affairs’ will become a looped playlist of hypnotic decadence in whatever listening receptical you choose.” – Jammerzine

“As far as a review goes, there’s not much I can say that could sell this record any more than it will already sell itself, T.K.K fans are practically addicts for this stuff. If the band emerged in 70’s New York in the cinematic world they’re so dearly devoted to they’d be on Travis Bickle’s hit-list for sure and would revel in in the fact of being so too. As uncompromising as they are unsavoury, T.K.K will always thrive in their very own house of strange affairs.” – Happy Metal Geek

“Eclectic,yet sonically appealing,by track two,the record has laid it’s landscape down, and has invited the listener in.With beats from the Land of Rhythm and Blues.raunchy vocals courtesy of lead singer Groovie Mann,and spoken-word overlays,the album is a strange affair all it’s own. Spotlight Tracks include “Gold To Grey”,the album opener,”Strange Affairs”,and the first song released from the album,”Year of the Klown“,which first saw release last year as part of a Sleazebox Records Sampler.” – Rock And Roll Infinity

“Per usual, TKK has outdone itself with originality. This phenomenal album is one that dreams are made of, a little dirty and a lot of good. The groove on this album is reminiscent of the new wave style of the eighties, and lets face it, it’s awesome. The sexual innuendos are noticeable. It is a sexy album, it is a good album, and it will get anyone in the mood for fun.” – Rock Documented

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Hailing from Chicago’s renowned Wax Trax! Records stable of recording artists, MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT have been conjuring up sonic tales of sex, blasphemy and kitschy horror since 1987. Along with label mates such as Front 242KMFDM and Ministry, TKK (as often abbreviated), helped develop the industrial music genre, but they themselves continued to evolve, creating one of the most diverse repertoires in modern day music. Their sound can be described as electronic rock, heavily influenced by both disco and funk. One of their most distinctive characteristics is the use of spoken-word samples lifted from B-movies laced throughout their songs. Since debuting, they have released 13 studio albums, and their music has been featured in a variety of films, television/cable shows and soundtracks, all the while making a reputation for themselves as one of the most notorious and controversial cult bands of their generation.

Artist Franke Nardiello and musician Marston Daley, two Chicago neighbors who enjoyed late night burritos while watching foreign horror movies on VHS rented from the corner store, began conspiring to make a trashy B movie (in the style of Russ Meyer and John Waters) to be called “My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult”. While the film itself never came to fruition, they also wrote some music to be the accompanying soundtrack. Both worked at Wax Trax! Records in Chicago, and when the label heard the tracks, they were intrigued and eager to release it.

The duo took the title of the film as the name for their band, and decided to focus on the musical group full time. Taking the stage names Groovie Mann(Nardiello) and Buzz McCoy (Daley), they worked on creating an occult-biker meets disco-rock influence look for the project, which included a bevy of voluptuous back-up singers and dancers known as the BOMB GANG GIRLZ. The New York Times wrote, “Sex, blasphemy, big beats and go-go dancing; they’re all in a day’s work for My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult ”. This attracted the attention of indie fans and the ire of religious groups in practically equal measure. They released their first album I See Good Spirits And I See Bad Spirits in 1988 followed up by the hard-hitting dance floor classics “Kooler Than Jesus” and “A Girl Doesn’t Get Killed By A Make-Believe Lover Cuz It’s Hot,” which featured no-wave chanteuse Lydia Lunch on vocals. By the time they released their second album, Confessions Of A Knife (1990), they were far and away one of the biggest selling acts on the label.

In 1991, the band embarked on the decadent “Sexplosion! Tour”, titled after their third album. Alternative Press reviewed the show as “Sin-sational!”. The tour was a success and the record sold so well that they signed a deal with Interscope Records shortly afterwards, and the single “Sex On Wheelz” became a sizeable radio hit.

Hollywood also embraced the group, recognizing the unique cinematic aspect of their sound. The band’s music has appeared in a slew of films and tv/cable shows including, director Ralph Bakshi’s “Cool World”, Paul Verhoven’ssaucy “Showgirls”, MTV’s “Beavis And Butthead“, and the cult film classic “The Crow”, in which the ensemble make a cameo appearance performing their song “After The Flesh”. More recently the KULT was written into the story line of the 2014 film “Sexy Evil Genius” starring Seth Green.

THRILL KILL KULT continue to release new material via their own SleazeBox Records label (sleazebox.com) and tour extensively with a rotating cast of musicians and dubious characters, however the core of the project has always been Nardiello and Daley, both on record and in the live act. Their performances sizzle with sleaze and infectious grooves, as Melody Maker once described, “A red hot cabaret from Hell”.

They begin their 4th decade this year with the release of a new album, In The House Of Strange Affairs on February 14th, and a North American tour commencing May 5th in Las Vegas. The current line-up is Groovie Mann (vocals), Buzz McCoy (keys), Mimi Star (bass), Justin Thyme (drums), Arena Rock (Bomb Gang Girl).

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COYOTE KID Channel QUENTIN TARANTINO in Modern Film Noire, Official Music Video for “Femme Fatale”!

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Minnesota based, cinematic rock band COYOTE KID has released the darkly film noir music video for their new single, “Femme Fatale,” the first single off of their upcoming album, The Skeleton Man. Originally premiered on mxdwn.com, “Femme Fatale” was directed by Christopher Behnen and Dena Winter.

“We’re thrilled to present ‘Femme Fatale. A Tarantino inspired short film shot entirely on real 16mm film, telling the story of a dangerous woman and her vampiric car.” – COYOTE KID

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“The clip begins ominously, with headlights illuminating a remote wildland, crickets humming and a appropriately, a coyote cackling in the distance. We’re introduced to the central character of the video, our “Femme Fatale.” She enters the shot walking back to the car that has its headlights on, carrying a gasoline container. We soon find out what the purpose of the canister is — and it’s not because she ran out of gas on a lonely highway and had to walk to the nearest service station to fill up the container.

Then, the music finally enters the mix and it’s heart-pounding rock ‘n roll, with lead singer Austin Durry’s vocals cutting powerfully through the mix. Throughout the song, accompaniment like Baumgartner’s trombone add to the swinging The video focuses on the engine of our anti-hero’s VW bug, which pounds and pulsates as she drives, leaking a mysterious red substance. In the next scene, she picks up a man who appears to be assaulting someone, seemingly easy pickings for the “Femme Fatale.”

But first she makes a kill with the unsuspecting man sleeping in the back of the car. As a jogger runs by she bludgeons him to death with a wrench, with her new friend helping out with the assault. At this point, it becomes clear that the woman is killing to feed her car’s insatiable thirst for blood..” – MATT MATASCI– mxdwn.com

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The band has launched a Kickstarter Campaign to help fund The Skeleton Man, a full-length, cinematic alt-rock concept album, telling the post-apocalyptic, western tale of The Coyote Kid.

“This new story album is titled The Skeleton Man. The sound is large and aggressive, but more stylistically diverse then any of our previous releases. We wanted to take the cinematic sound we established in our previous albums and expand it to encompass more musical influences and a larger emotional range. From dynamic drums, growling bass, and shimmering spaghetti-western guitars, to soaring trumpets and bellowing trombones, the stage is set for this supernatural, post-apocalyptic western. This is, by far, the most dynamic work we have ever compiled. Each record will be pressed on beautiful marble vinyl, and will include the full album story and lyrics, a poster insert, and a pair of red and blue lenses that reveal both sides of The Skeleton Man cover art.”

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Pledge $5 or more:
Femme Fatale (Single) – Digital Download

You’re a part of the project! You get a free digital download of our first single “Femme Fatale,” and updates to the project as it’s being released.

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July, 2019

Pledge $10 or more:
The Skeleton Man – Digital Download

Early access + Digital download of The Skeleton Man album.

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October 2019

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Pledge $20 or more:
The Skeleton Man – Physical CD w/ Lyrics

The Skeleton Man CD + Unique 16mm film cell from the “Femme Fatale music video.”

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October 2019

Pledge $30 or more:
Shirt + Digital Download

Your choice of white or black Kickstarter exclusive T-shirt + Early access + Digital download of The Skeleton Man album + Sticker + Unique 16mm film cell from the “Femme Fatale” music video.

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October 2019

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The Skeleton Man – Vinyl Record

The Skeleton Man vinyl record + Digital download of The Skeleton Manalbum + Sticker + Unique 16mm film cell from the “Femme Fatale” music video.

Each vinyl record includes red and blue lenses to view both images in the album art, the lyrics and story of the full album, and a special poster insert illustration of the characters.

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January 2020

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CD + T-Shirt

CD + T-shirt + Digital download of The Skeleton Man album + Sticker + Unique 16mm film cell from the “Femme Fatale” music video.

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Pledge $60 or more:
Vinyl Record + T-Shirt

Vinyl record + T-shirt + Digital download of The Skeleton Man album + Sticker + Unique 16mm film cell from the “Femme Fatale” music video.

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January 2020

Pledge $60 or more:
Vinyl Record + CD

Vinyl Record + CD + Early digital download. For the full Skeleton Man listening experience.

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Pledge $70 or more:
Hooded Sweatshirt + CD + Download

High quality pullover hoodie with the Coyote Kid pocket logo, The Skeleton Man on the back, and Coyote Kid printed on sleeves + Physical CD + Digital download of The Skeleton Man album + Sticker + Unique 16mm film cell from the “Femme Fatale” music video.

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October 2019

Pledge $80 or more:
Signed Vinyl + Shirt + CD

Signed Vinyl + Shirt + CD + Early Access Digital Download + Sticker + Unique 16mm film cell from the “Femme Fatale” music video

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January 2020

Pledge $90 or more:
Vinyl-Lover Bundle

Every vinyl record we’ve ever released: ThaumatropeBone Crown, and Skeleton Man (Signed) + Digital download of all three albums + Sticker + Unique 16mm film cell from the “Femme Fatale” music video.

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Signed Vinyl + Sweatshirt + CD

You’re making this record happen! Your name credited on album + Signed vinyl record + Sweatshirt + Physical CD + Digital download ofThe Skeleton Manalbum + Sticker + Unique 16mm film cell from the “Femme Fatale” music video.

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January 2020

Pledge $120 or more:
Anthology Music Bundle

For the truest music fan. The COMPLETE Marah in the Mainsail/Coyote Kid music catalog spanning the last 6 years: Devil Weeds & Dour Deeds (EP) on CD + Thaumatrope on Vinyl and CD + Bone Crown on Vinyl and CD + The Skeleton Man on signed Vinyl and CD + Sticker + Your name in album credits + Unique 16mm film cell from the “Femme Fatale” music video.

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January 2020

Pledge $200 or more:
Marah Legacy Bundle

You are a powerhouse keeping the art alive! All 3 vinyl records + 4 CD’s + Sweatshirt + T-shirt + Sticker + Your name in album credits + Unique 16mm film cell from the “Femme Fatale” music video.

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Pledge $250 or more:
The Skeleton Man Bundle

This is the full album experience. Three Kickstarter exclusive metal figurines, plus the complete merch line for the album: CD + Signed Vinyl + Sweatshirt + Both T-shirts + Sticker + Digital download of the Skeleton Man album + Your name in album credits + Unique 16mm film cell from the “Femme Fatale” music video.

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January 2020

Pledge $500 or more:
Personalized Video Performance

A personalized acoustic video performance of any song of your choosing from the Marah in the Mainsail/Coyote Kid catalog, along with all previous rewards. You’re a champion of the arts and you’re bringing this album to life. Thank you.

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January 2020

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“We want to bring an element of adventure into the real world with this album, so we have gone out and hidden The Golden Skull of the Skeleton Man somewhere within the US (similar to a geocache). The only way to find this beautifully-crafted, resin skull is to discover the passcode hidden somewhere in the album. This code will eventually lead you to the GPS coordinates to find the skull. The first person to find it gets a full merch bundle of all of our releases, as well as free shows for life. As soon as the album drops, the game is on.”

Pledge $1,000 or more:
The Legendary Coyote Bundle

You are the foundation that this new era of the band is built on. We cannot thank you enough. You’ll receive all previous rewards, as well as a personalized thank you letter from us, typed on a real, vintage typewriter, and including a hint to give you an advantage in the hunt for Golden Skull of The Skeleton Man. You have a leg up on the rest of the world to find this one of a kind hand crafted skull, and with it free shows for life. We’re honored to have your support.

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January 2020

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Cinematic is the word most often used to describe Minneapolis based Coyote Kid’s sound. Precise yet primitive jungle drums set the stage for the eclectic and powerful ensemble to sweep you away into their haunting world. Like oil and water, Durry’s true grit voice alongside Cassandra’s crystal clarity form a stirring, yet beautiful contrast. All being thrusted foreword by shimmering spaghetti-western guitars, growling base, and soaring brass. Their lyrics paint a thrilling picture of monsters and ghosts, murderers and thieves, love and guilt, and everything in between. Previously known as Marah in the Mainsail, Coyote Kid has been earning their stripes and touring the US and Canada since 2015, slowly carving their unique place between genres in the music industry.

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AFTERMATH Release Lyric Video for “Gaslight”

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Chicago based Progressive Thrash Metal Band AFTERMATHhas released the lyric video for “Gaslight,” off of their recently released LP, There is Something Wrong.

To Gaslight someone means to manipulate a person into questioning their own sanity. The song and video are integral parts of the greater message behind this ambitious concept album.

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“The song is about waking up and having an open-mind in order to avoid the elite’s attempt to Gaslight you,” says frontman Kyriakos “Charlie” Tsiolis. “It tells the real rulers of the world we are on to their ways and we will destroy them and their symbols.”

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Track List:
1. Can You Feel It
2. FFF (FalseFlagFlying)
3. Diethanasia
4. Scientists and Priest
5. Smash Reset Control
6. Gaslight
7. Handful of Dynamite
8. Temptation Overthrown
9. Pseudocide
10. There is Something Wrong
11. Expulsion

Download / Stream There is Something Wrong Online

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Advance Praise for There is Something Wrong

“This album is f*ing awesome from start to finish.” – The Dirty Room

“It’s bullish, belligerent and fueled by anger…it will punch your f*in’ teeth in!”
Chris Jennings – Worship Metal

“It really packs a punch.” – caemanamelio – Metal Anarchy

“I can’t even begin to tell you how badass this entire album is.” – Allyson Kingsley – Boston Rock Radio

“This one will be difficult to knock of the Gauntlet’s Top 10 list for the year.” – The Guantlet

“Aftermath is back with another album of wild thrash” – Daniel Cordova – Metal Injection

“This album will score the hearts of listeners old and new.” – Kenny Lenehan – Silence is the Enemy

“What lies within the message of the songs on ‘There is Something Wrong’ is the truth etched into the songs with a fervor.” – cherribird.com

“…surprises lie in wait at every corner, with twists and turns following in dizzying succession recalling the works of other visionaries…” – Bayern – Encyclopaedia Metallum The Metal Archives

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One of the original crossover bands of the 1980s – A crossover band that transformed into one of the most technical Thrash Metal bands of their time.

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THE SPIDER HOLE Releases Official Music Video for “The Leviathan Stomp”

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Phoenix, AZ based Cinematic Alternative Rock band THE SPIDER HOLE has released the official music video for “The Leviathan Stomp,” the first video off of their hotly anticipated new LP with graphic novel, To the Monsters. Directed by Johnny Wilkerson and front-man Ethan Scott, “The Leviathan Stomp” was exclusively premiered on Dread Central.

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“The song ‘The Leviathan Stomp’ is about a wealthy, uptight family who keeps its monstrously deformed son chained up in the basement of their opulent mansion. Naturally, one day the son breaks loose. The “stomp” is him coming up the stairs. We didn’t have access to a mansion or a monster or a rich person, so for the video we just kind of cherry picked the themes of chaos, disease, and duality, and threw it all in a blender. Also, stairs. We found some stairs.” – The Spider Hole

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Track List:
1. Werewolf Biker Bastard
2. Still Draw Breath
3. The Skeleton Wedding
4. Hungover at the Eel God Festival
5. Rock, Your Body
6. Chomp-Chomp
7. The Goat Witch of Cornman Road
8. The Leviathan Stomp
9. Devil By a Nail
10. The People Who Come Out of the Ceiling
11. Night of the Nighty-Night Slasher
Click to Download / Stream To the Monsters Online:

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A quartet with frequent guest musicians, The Spider Hole performs songs meant to stir brains and rattle bones. Based in sun-scorched Phoenix, AZ, the band started banging sounds together in the late nineties, and has steadily developed an aural stew that is partly rock, partly cabaret, partly blues, and partly goth. Influences include Tom Waits, Oingo Boingo, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Primus, The Pixies, Frank Zappa, The Doors, and your face when you taste something unexpected. New music is being prepped for a new full-length album called To the Monsters, due near the end of 2019.

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AWAKE AT LAST “The Change (Feat. Spencer Charnas)” Visualizer

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Dover, DE based Dark Pop / Hard Rock Band AWAKE AT LAST has released a vivid visualizer for their single, “The Change (Feat. Spencer Charnas).”

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“‘The Change’ is anthemic and bold. It’s a call to arms to our listeners to not only make a change in themselves to pursue more fulfilling lives, but also to lead by example and BE the change in the world that show’s others they don’t have to be afraid to make the transformation themselves.””I can’t wait to finally release the title track of this amazing record we’ve worked so hard on.” – AWAKE AT LAST

Click to Pre-Order ‘The Change’ Online

AWAKE AT LAST with Famous Last WordsDayshell, and At My Mercy:
05/10 @ Legends Bar and Venue – Convington, KY
05/11 @ The Champ – Harrisburg, PA
05/12 @ Alchemy – Providence, RI
05/13 @ Revolution Music Hall – Amityville, NY
05/14 @ Kingsland – Brooklyn, NY
05/15 @ Championship – Trenton, NJ
05/16 @ Canal Club – Richmond, VA
05/17 @ Drunk Horse Pub – Fayetteville, NC
05/19 @ Soundbar – Orlando, FL
05/21 @ Crowbar – Tampa, FL
05/22 @ Connect Live – Acworth, GA
05/24 @ House Of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX
05/25 @ Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
05/26 @ Prophet Bar – Dallas, TX
05/27 @ 89th St Collective – Oklahoma City
05/28 @ Fubar – St Louis, MO
05/29 @ Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
05/30 @ Amsterdam Bar and Grill – St Paul, MN
05/31 @ Annex – Madison, WI
06/01 @ Citadel – Indianapolis, IN

AWAKE AT LAST with Eyes Set To Kill and Rivals:
06/28 @ Let There Be Rock School – Frederick, MD
07/01 @ Bungalow – Manchester, NH
07/02 @ Alchemy – Providence, RI
07/03 @ The Cave – West Haven, CT
07/05 @ Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY
07/06 @ Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI
07/07 @ Rockpile – Toronto, Ontario
07/08 @ Rockpile – Ottawa, Ontario
07/09 @ Salle Multi – Quebec City, Quebec
07/10 @ Piranha Bar – Montreal, Quebec
07/11 @ Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
07/12 @ INKCarceration Fest – Mansfield, OH

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Both as a band and as individuals, Awake At Last continue to stand for positivity, spirituality, self-help and making an impact every single day. Returning with their debut full-length release, The Change, they have never sounded more confident, more energized, or been more determined to reach out to those who might be struggling in the world. The Change releases June 21st via Outerloop Records. “We pushed ourselves to our limits as songwriters,” states guitarist Imran Xhelili. “There is more variety on this record and there are songs that lean in a heavier rock/metal direction with other songs being a lot lighter and more dynamic. All of the choruses on this album have huge hooks, and there are more sections that are less guitar heavy and carried by different elements, like pianos and orchestral instruments.

The lyrics are also more direct in how they carry across the messages we have always had at the forefront of our music.” While making waves with their previous output, this combination is the sound of a band who have truly come into their own. From front to back, every song carries a message of hope. Having commenced writing for it even before the release of their Life/Death/Rebirth EP in 2016, the finished result is not something that came easily. “We all had demons we had to battle mentally and physically,” explains vocalist Vincent Torres. “You wouldn’t believe the pressure that comes down on you when you begin the process for a full length record. After we pushed through the turmoil and embraced the wonderful things that came as a reward it became pretty clear that what we had made should be called The Change. I think this is a perfect name, because it represents the spiritual evolution that we all went through.”

Having achieved a lot in 2018, including a stint on the final run of the Warped Tour – commencing the day after they finished tracking The Change – appearing on the iMatter Festival alongside Underoath and August Burns Red and opening for Asking Alexandria in Louisville, Kentucky, the band are striding into the fifth year of their existence on a high. The first taste of the record is single “Dead Generation”, which stands as a wake-up call, urging everyone who hears it to stand up and speak with their own voice, rather than becoming part of said dead generation. This perfectly represents both the band – rounded out by guitarist Eric Blackway, bassist/vocalist Tyler Greene and drummer Jon Finney – and their core message, continuing to place their fans first, and wanting to do all that they can to help improve their quality of life. “I want people to understand the symbiotic relationship between a band and its fanbase and I want them to feel like they’re along for the ride with us,” Torres states. “We are a band that is built on the foundation of endurance and perseverance, and nothing we’ve accomplished has been easily accessed. I want our fans to know that the reason we are able to live this dream is because they continue to support us and allow us to do so, but most of all I want them to understand that whatever it is that nurtures their soul can also be obtainable if they strive for it and believe in themselves.” Xhelili expounds on this, noting “As individuals, it can feel hard at times to find our own identity and our individual greater purpose. It all may feel rather heavy and bog us down constantly. However, we are here to take a stand and try to rise above all of that and be a respite for all of the darkness around us, as a shining light.” The casual listener also might be unaware of the interconnectedness of Awake At Last’s releases, with Torres explaining that there’s a deep-rooted storyline following a character on their journey through multiple lives.The Change in fact serves as a direct sequel to Life/Death/Rebirth. “The being who experienced the afterlife in Life/Death/Rebirth is reborn into a new vessel in The Change, but in order to interrupt the endless cycle of life and death they’ve been going through they attempt to imbue their new vessel with all of their cellular knowledge. They believed that by doing this the vessel in The Change could bring about a great revolution in the world and finally end the process so the soul may finally rest. What happens next is yet to be determined.”

The album was produced by Kile Odell of Failure Anthem and Josh Landryin Greensboro, NC, the energy and the dynamic of the team essential to shaping the record into its finished product. With Xhelili admitting the pressure of making a full-length was nerve-wracking, he also claims that this nervous energy helped them nail it down. “We all were striving and yearning for this to be the biggest and best album it could be and we all walked away very proud and satisfied with the end result.” For Torres, the process was not an easy one, the sessions taking a toll on him, having his lyrics chopped and changed by the production team after extensive demoing not something that immediately sat well with him. “It was hard fought but after all was said and done I’d learned so much about taking many words and turning them into poetry, and I believe the sessions made me a much better musician and songwriter. After some push and pull I think the compromises made created the perfect record and I think you can feel some of that struggle in the music, but also feel how to get through it.”The Change also marks the band’s transition from a fully independent band to one partnered up with Outerloop Records, which is a landmark event in their story. This partnership has allowed the band to make the album they want, and having the backing of a label will allow them to spread their music far further than they could with previous releases. “They believed in the vision we were striving for and we signed with them for this record to see the vision come to life,” explains Torres. “It is a bit of an adaptation process when you go from being completely DIY and independent to having a team behind you, but overall it’s really cool to be able to bounce ideas off of multiple sources and work with some amazing people who want the same thing that we do.”

As they continue to build momentum, the quintet’s ambitions remain true to their original aspirations: wanting to establish an even stronger connection to their fanbase. “I want to create a movement where individuals from all walks of life can come together and support one another as we continue to evolve and make changes in order to pursue fulfilling lives,” states Torres. Given the demons that had to be battled and overcome to reach this point it’s unsurprising how eager they are for people to hear what they have achieved. “This is the moment we’ve spent years working towards and these are by far the strongest Awake At Last songs we have written,” says Xhelili. “I feel proud of every single song that made the record and there is no filler. This is an album the fans can listen front to back and be immersed in the underlying concept and themes that tie it all together.”

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