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VIZA Releases “Pathway” Off of ‘The Unorthodox Revival: Vol. II’

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Los Angeles based Alternative/Indie Rock Band VIZA has released the final track off of their highly anticipated The Unorthodox Revival: Vol. II. Fusing traditional instrumentation with blistering guitar riffs and soaring vocals, “Pathway” rounds out the 12 track, 2 disk set with a thunderous chorus and raw emotion.

“For our final digital release of the Unorthodox Revival EPs, we wanted to do something special. This song blends some of our traditional time signatures with a rock chorus and the result is quite the hybrid that our fans will really love,” – Kzirian (Vocals. Oud)

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“I personally think this is our best work, due in part to the fact each song had its respective time to perfect and our incredible engineer Yury Anisonyan who was on board,” – K’noup (Vocals, Guitar)
“Even though these songs were released digitally on YouTube and Spotify, we want our dedicated fans to be able to enjoy these songs in album form too, and that allows us to incorporate the album artwork physically as well!” – Kzirian (Vocals. Oud)

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 The Unorthodox Revival Vol. I Track List:
1. Viktorious
2. Cash Karma
3. Velvet Shade
4. A World Of Broken Mirrors
5. Aphrodite
6. Vicious Game

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The Unorthodox Revival Vol. II Track List:
1. Pinches
2. Sheep
3. Diabolic Angel
4. Dancing Twig
5. Tom Waits for Her
6. Pathway

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Click to Purchase Two Disc Set of ‘The Unorthodox Revival: Volume I & II’

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“VIZA IS ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE AND INTERESTING BANDS I HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED. THEIR LIVE SHOWS ARE ENERGETIC AND FUN”

SERJ TANKIAN

Viza continues to captivate the global music scene with an erratically amusing blend of energized international rock. Unique in its musical arsenal is the inclusion of loud and percussion blended with more traditional rock elements such as guitar, bass, and drums. This fascinating fusion, combined with dramatic and powerful live performances have garnered Viza significant success all over the world.

Among the band’s extensive touring schedule, Viza has performed at one of Europe’s largest and most prestigious music events at Hungary’s Sziget Festival’s main stage (alongside Korn, The Killers, Axwell, The Vaccines, and The XX, among several others) as part of a month long European tour in August 2012. Viza has also performed at Sweden’s Malmofestivalen, Norway’s Kartfestivalen, Slovenia’s Schengenfest and Trnfest and Greece’s Rockwave Festival (alongside The Prodigy, Gogol Bordello, Flogging Molly, and Marky Ramone’s Blitzkreig), and has toured Europe 6 times in the past 2 years alone.

Demonstrating a knack for reinventing old rock classics, Viza covered the Doors tune “Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)” by adding its own strong seasonings and aggressive fusion style in a compelling reimagination of this classic rock ballad, which is available for free download.

Aside from a passion for music, touring and song writing, Viza’s extensive performances around the globe also serve as their voice for promoting social consciousness of human rights and community issues – as well as providing opportunities to fund-raise for various charities, homeless shelters and orphanages.

“WHEN QUENTIN TARANTINO SHOOTS HIS NEXT MOVIE, HE SHOULD BE USING THIS AS THE SOUNDTRACK.”

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BLACKLIST UNION Pays Tribute to Legendary Hardcore Guitarist TODD YOUTH with FREE DOWNLOAD of ‘Back To Momo’

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Devastated BLACKLIST UNION front-man TONY WEST has announced that, in tribute to the tragic death of iconic New York Hardcore guitar legend and former bandmate TODD YOUTH, that the band will be offering a limited free download of Back To Momo through the remainder of 2018. The close friends, described as “…two controversial characters. Rock n roll to the bone With huge hearts and both very misunderstood,” co-wrote the explosive 2015 LP that was applauded by both long term fans and music critics alike.

“I just lost one of my best friends . we wrote this amazing record together. I want to make sure people hear it. Todd had a fire in his soul for rock ‘n’ roll . I’m going to miss you so much. I love you very much Todd . See you on the other side my friend . R.I.P. ” – TONY WEST

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Back to Momo” is an album chock full of adrenaline, heart, and grit. Blacklist Union’s fourth studio album is a combination of all that is right with music. It has the feel of alternative, punk, and classic metal and something new altogether. Tony West and Todd Youth have truly written a masterpiece that should go down with some of the greatest alternative albums in history.” – Ted Darden – RockRevolt Magazine

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Track List:
1. Intro
2. Alive-N-Well Smack in the Middle of Hell
3. Shake It Off
4. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
5. Evil Eye
6. Super Jaded
7. Rock N Roll Outlaw
8. Back to Momo
9. We Are Not Saints
10. It’s All About You
11. Meet Me on Zen Street
12. Graveyard Valentine
13. Wined, Dined, & 69’d
14. Read Between the Lines

Click to Download ‘Back to Momo’ FREE Until 12:01 am 1/1/2018

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Formed in 2004 by front-man Tony West, Blacklist Union released their debut After The Mourning in April of 2006, which was met by critical acclaim all across the globe. From Memphis to Melbourne to Louisiana to London, Blacklist Union instantly made a mark throughout the rock n’ roll underground. Their follow-up in 2008 Breakin’ Bread With The Devil with tracks including the title track, along with “Sixty-Five Steps Away” and “Wicked Love Song,” received the same amount of critical acclaim and put them on the map in the rock n’ roll world yet again. The band’s third full-length CD entitled, Til Death Do Us Part was released in 2012 and features amazing tracks including “Alabama Slammer” & “Diggin’ 4 Gold” was received yet again with the highest ratings and reviews in the press. Blacklist Union released their fourth CD, Back to Momo’ in July 2015, which has without a doubt has been received with as much or even more enthusiasm as their prior 3 releases & has certainly been exposing them to a larger audience around the world.

Blacklist Union have toured nationally receiving five star reviews from music industry magazines, fanzines, webzines, and has a continuously growing fan base both domestically and internationally. With all of their hard work and perseverance, Blacklist Union are a true rock n’ roll band that continuously push themselves to the limit in every aspect of their music. Singer/songwriter Tony West tackles real life situations that affect each and every one of us in one form or another. From character assassination, to name dropping, addictions, sexual innuendos, romance, friendships, birth, death and living on the edge of destruction is just a fraction of what is touched on in their music.

Blacklist Union previously worked with Doug Goldstein and When Pigs Fly Entertainment. The former Guns n’ Roses manager and now former Blacklist Union manager has said that Back to Momo is “The best record that he’s heard since Appetite For Destruction and that “Tony West is the hardest working frontman he knows.” Hailed worldwide as the next “big rock band”, Blacklist Union are clearly on their way from the street to the elite.

 

▪ (Written by Alison “MetalBabe” Cohen and Craig Brzezinski)

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BEDLEM — Feat. Paul Wandtke (ex Trivium) — Releases Debut LP, “Back to Bedlem”

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Chicago based Metal Band BEDLEM, founded by ex TRIVIUM touring powerhouse PAUL WANDTKE, has released their debut LP BACK TO BEDLEM.

Bedlem is a bombastic display of groove via Joey Brassal’s catchy guitar style and Paul Wandtke’s monstrous drum kit abilities complimented by Brian Ahern’s bass lines. Their melodic hooks are stringed in with poetic lyric content via vocalist Mike Petrasek’s lyrical vision. There’s no doubt that this quartet from Chicago, IL is the next up and coming act from the Windy City.

“BEDLEM Is Groovy As Hell” – Metal Injection

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“I had to make a decision, move to Florida and continue drumming for Trivium or stay at home and take a chance on something. I couldn’t be more thrilled about our debut album, Back to Bedlem. There’s nothing more thrilling than being in a band with my own brothers. We are literally family. This is not a work for hire situation and it feels so great!” ~ Paul Wandtke

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 Track List:
1. Epidemic
2. Revelation
3. Avarice
4. Bereft
5. Scorned
6. Violence
7. Praxis
8. Bethlem
9. Gspot
10. Chaos Reigns
11. Triumph
12. Triumph (acoustic bonus track)

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Paul Wandtke has taken the world stage with the heavy metal titans, TRIVIUM, making his debut at Knotfest in 2015 followed by 3 runs in the US and 2 in Europe, playing for crowds of up to 100,000! Check out the list of festivals and more at PaulWandtke.com.

In the past year, Paul has dedicated himself to his two own bands, BEDLEM, as drummer and producer, and DEAD ORIGINAL, as lead vocalist/guitarist and songwriter. Learn more at DeadOriginal.org or catch them live 11/3 supporting SEETHER at The Rave in Milwaukee, WI!

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BLACKLITE DISTRICT Release Official Video for “Hard Pill to Swallow” Off of Upcoming ‘Through the Ages’

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Spearfish, SD based electronic alternative rock act Blacklite District has released the official music video for “Hard Pill to Swallow,” the lead single off of their upcoming 4th album, Through the Ages. Originally premiered on Billboard, “Hard Pill to Swallow” was filmed outside the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center in Anaheim, CA by DZFX Media.

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“We worked with DZFX Media in Southern California on the video. I literally ran into him at Guitar Center while I was picking up something for our studio sessions for the new album. We started talking right there at the counter and ended up shooting three videos that week, with ‘Hard Pill to Swallow’ being the first.” – Kyle Pfeiffer

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Blacklite District has experienced a meteoric rise over the past several months, with their YouTube following edging near 100,000 in less than a year and their wildly popular Minecraft videos–“Cold As Ice” and “The Struggle”–garnering around 70 million views cumulatively. Says Kyle, “I work with multiple major YouTube channels that promote my music to a huge worldwide audience. It’s been amazing as an independent artist of this generation to reach an audience of this size.” As a result of their rapidly expanding youth audience, the duo has seen incredible online sales and Spotify streams and playlistings, as well as significant Mainstream Rock Songs Billboard charting.

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Blacklite District follows no rules. With sounds of everything from electronic, EDM and hip hop, to hard rock and alternative, the band truly stands out from the pack of what has becomes today’s generic sounding “Active Rock”. Formed in 2012 by Kyle Pfeiffer and Roman James, ages 12 and 11 respectively, the band grew organically in their local music scene through the years to come. In 2011, BLD was discovered by Grammy Award-winning producer, Stephen Short (Paul McCartney, Queen), which resulted in a 10 day recording session at the world’s largest residential recording studio, Sonic Ranch, just outside of Mexico in Tonillo, TX. The group re-located to Los Angeles and played some of the most famous venues in the world for the remainder of 2011.

In 2013, the group released “With Me Now” as the lead from it’s debut album Worldwide Controversy. “With Me Now” immediately went to #1 on SiriusXM channels Octane and Faction, hit the Top 40 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart (#32), and sold 100,000 copies. BLD went on a very successful US tour with Saving Abel in Jan-Apr 2014, with 26 of those shows SOLD OUT. After a legal battle with their management and record label, Blacklite District went on hiatus in late 2014.

On August 23, “The Struggle” was release to radio and To Whom It May Concern went for pre-order at digital retailers. Revolver Magazine premiered the music video for “The Struggle” on August 25. The band also announced a 41 date tour called “The Struggle Is Real Tour”. Blacklite District released a Nightcore remix of “The Struggle” to YouTube on September 6, which got over 2,000,000 plays and resulted in the single breaking the Top 40 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Indicator chart at #36.

One month later, on October 6, the group released a Nightcore remix of “We Are The Danger” which got over 400,000 plays on YouTube. A couple of weeks later, the band released “Broken Souls” to radio, as well as a Nightcore remix which resulted in 500,000 plays and hitting #30 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Indicator. This was the second song in the month of October to break the Top 40 (along with “The Struggle.”)

“The Ghost of You and Me” was released as a music video and a Nightcore remix on December 28, 2016. The song was yet again a success for Blacklite District resulting in 400,000.

On January 20, 2017, BLD released “Living In A Nightmare” as the first single from upcoming album Instant Gratification. With a coinciding Nightcore release, “Living In A Nightmare” broke the Top 25 on the BDS Indicator chart, marking the bands highest spot in chart history. The song has been streamed over 250,000 times.

On February 24, famed radio DJ Lou Brutus posted the bands video for “Cold As Ice”, which was released the same day. The song scored a whopping 350,000 streams in its first week alone, and as of May 2017, has over 3.5 million combined views on YouTube. “Cold As Ice” serves as the second single from Instant Gratification. In the summer of 2017, “Cold As Ice” was added to Spotify’s “Rock Hard” playlist, and was put into rotation on SiriusXM’s alternative channel Faction. In October, “Cold As Ice” was added to rotation on SiriusXM Octane, and it’s Minecraft music video has over 10 million views on YouTube. There are about 4 videos about a Herobrine invasion with zombies and “nether watchers” and how the main character, a player in a blue suit, survives. There are 4 songs in total in the order of The Struggle, Cold as Ice, We are the Danger (possibly not from Blacklite District), and Just so you Know.

Blacklite District released their third album Instant Gratification on September 22, going Top 10 on Amazon’s Top Electronic Albums chart.

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THE CLAY PEOPLE To Join OTEP & One Day Waiting on Select Dates of THE ART OF DISSENT TOUR

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Hot on the heels of their new album, Demon Hero and Other Extraordinary Phantasmagoric Anomalies and Fables, Metal / Punk / Industrial band THE CLAY PEOPLE are set to share the stage with the legendary OTEP on select Southern US dates of THE ART OF DISSENT TOUR.

“Imagine all the elements of a category 5 hurricane, and right in the middle of that storm is the most beautiful sunset… that’s The Clay People.”

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Tour Dates w/ OTEP & One Day Waiting:
12/12 @ The Masquerade (Hell) – Atlanta, GA
12/13 @ Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
12/14 @ Sidetracks Music Hall – Huntsville, AL
12/15 @ The Warehouse – Clarksvill, TN
12/16 @ Rockhouse Live – Memphis, TN

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 Track List:
1. Utopian Lie
2. Bloodletter
3. Now
4. Enemy
5. genRx
6. Illuminatus
7. Hex Machine
8. Strange Day
9. Palegod
10. Colossus
11. Firestarter

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Imagine all the elements of a category 5 hurricane, and right in the middle of that storm is the most beautiful sunset… that’s The Clay People.

Whether it’s seeing a live show, or just listening to TCP, there’s a connection made very quickly between band and audience. A sense of comfort, knowing if you had a rough day, or are feeling down, that you can count on TCP to take you away from all that

The Clay People return on Demon Hero and Other Extraordinary Phantasmagoric Anomalies & Fables, an album that captures the band at a creative peak, and was forged from what was at times a tenuous, cathartic, and finally unifying recording process.

On Demon Hero Neet takes on the corrupting influence of modern politics, the silver tongue of the modern demagogue, the ills of groupthink, and the band’s experience with the music industry. “I’ve been plagiarized. I’ve been beat up. I’ve been manipulated… .And we’ve got nothing left to lose,” Neet confesses on the anthem “Bloodletter.”.

The Clay People’s self-titled album was released on Mercury/Slipdisc records, and their furiously propulsive lead single “Awake” climbed the radio charts. The band toured with Disturbed, Stained, Clutch, Rob Zombie, Static X, Stabbing Westward, and Filter.

“Awake” was featured in films such as Strangeland, Universal Soldier 2, and Marked For Death.

The band called in extended members of its musical family to contribute to Demon Hero. Chris Wyse of The Hollywood Vampires, Ace Frehly, The Cult, and OWL, contributed bass to the band’s reinterpretation of fan favorite “Strange Day” and “Gen RX.”. Walter Flakus of Stabbing Westward, and one-time Clay People member, contributed keys. Wade Alin, who added programming to the band’s self titled release, returns on Demon Hero.

Dinsmore and McGarvey produced the album, turning to producer Neil Kernon (Nile, Queensrcyche, and Nevermore) for the final mix.

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ERA9 Releases Official Music Video for “Black Widow (Tick Tock)”

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Trap Rock Band ERA9 has released the official music video for “Black Widow (Tick Tock).” Directed by Jona Dhe Paganon, “Black Widow (Tick Tock)” is off of the band’s Gravity LP.

“We wanted to make heads turn with our DIY video production of our song Black Widow. The track is essentially about an unhealthy relationship, only we spiced it up a little by putting a dark Sweeney Todd vibe to the story. The cute, crazy & deranged barber-lady has a line up of men waiting to get their beards trimmed; one of the men in-line has a certain charisma that pulls them together. What she does with the men post beard trim, honours her title as cute, crazy & deranged. So prepare your teacups and press play on the video to find out :)” – ERA9

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“Era 9 emit masses of personality and diversity in their music, which makes them so appealing and unique to listen to. They hypnotize you and take you on a journey of diverse sounds and beats that cover every end of the spectrum. ‘Gravity‘ is an album of risks and self-discovery that focuses on the future of music; it’s a confusing mix of genres, but Era 9 somehow make it work.” – Broken Arrow Magazine

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Track List:
1. Ammunition
2. Warrior
3. Gravity
4. Bare Bones
5. Earthquake
6. Hero
7. Money Talk
8. Like That
9. Black Widow (Tick Tock)
10. Haunt Your Monsters
11. Scripture

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If there was a band in the world that breaks the barriers and labels that genres and the music industry place upon the listener’s and critic’s brains, Era9 takes a wrecking ball and destroys those barriers. They don’t discriminate toward any musical genre, but feel an attraction towards uniting them.

Drawing from the future rather than the past, ERA9 merge Rock, Hip-Hop and EDM to create their own unique sonic architecture, which they dub “TrapRock”

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KATIE KNIPP Announces Release of ‘Take it With You’ LP

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Northern California Blues Americana Singer / Songwriter KATIE KNIPP has announced the release of her long anticipated, 5th album, Take it With You. Due out November 7, Take it With You features Neil Campisano on drums, Zack Proteau on bass, and Brett Vaughn Rechtfertig on guitar while Katie sings and plays various instruments including piano, slide dobro guitar, and harmonica.

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“After focusing 20 years of my life on my music, it took the births of my two sons and associated sacrifices of motherhood testing my commitment for me to truly appreciate what that means. Some of these lyrics to the songs were typed into my phone at 3am while breastfeeding. With the support of my family, I was able to return as a solo act, and my attitude has completely changed. My love for music had been tested and I couldn’t be more grateful now for ANY time I get to play, especially after the pregnancy carpal tunnel healed. I started writing songs from a more natural state of just pure love and they come easily to me now. I’m no longer trying to prove myself because there’s only one me out there.” – Katie Knipp

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Track List:
1. Ya Make it So Hard to Sing the Blues
2. I Don’t Sing for You
3. Letters
4. Metro in Paris
5. I Will Stick Around
6. Come Back
7. Get Outta My Dream
8. Santa Cruz Blues
9. Another Round
10. Last Man Out

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Northern California Blues Americana Siren Katie Knipp is equipped with powerful vocals and plays a variety of instruments from boogie woogie piano to slide guitar, to honest harmonica laden stories in between. Her raw solo act captures audiences hearts from her first notes. She has opened for Robert Cray, The Doobie Brothers, Tim Reynolds, Jon Cleary, The James Hunter Six, among many others. Currently releasing her 5th album in November of 2018, her sound has been compared to Bonnie Raitt, Joss Stone, Beth Hart, and what the late Taz Digregorio of the Charlie Daniels band once said, “Dylan in a Dress!”

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