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Fire From The Gods Release ‘Narrative Retold’ on Rise Records

Active rock/metal band Fire From The Gods has released Narrative Retold on Rise Records. The full-length album is a re-issue of their 2016 release Narrative and features two new tracks produced by Jonathan Davis of KORN. Listen to the full stream below on the Rise Records YouTube page.

“Folks are so heartless and calloused these days. We forget to feel shit because we are so obsessed with our own existence. Live for the common good of everyone. Do Not remain Voiceless.” – AJ Channer

The band will be promoting the new release all summer long on the Van’s Warped Tour, as well as appearing at Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH this weekend.

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Heavy music deserves a heavier message.

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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.”

An-Ten-Nae Releases Deep Bass, Full Length Album, ‘Medicine’

San Francisco based An-Ten-Nae releases new full length album, Medicine, and gets huge feature in The Huffington Post, Medicine debuted at #25 on the iTunes Electronic list, just under Flume and Bonobo, as well as top 10 on Bandcamp.

An-Ten-Nae has also revealed “Wildflower In Bloom,” an intricately layered masterpiece with deep underpinnings, and another reason the album Medicine is being so widely received.

Medicine is the 3rd album from Bay Area electronic music pioneer An-ten-nae, and pushes forth a new Deep Bass sound emerging from the west coast. Intricately balanced deep grooves flow under a cinematic landscape fused with deep captivating melodies and meticulous production values. The track listing itself leads you into a world where sound has deeper meanings. Medicine leaves behind the familiar Big Room EDM sounds found in over abundance in dance music today. Instead this album takes bass in a deeper, more thoughtful direction which can be compared to the difference between Big room versus Deep House. Polyrhythmic grooves accentuate deep, old school UK Dubstep bass layers woven with 808s in a modern aesthetic, that is quite unique and refreshing.

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Track List:
1. This Is My Life
2. Sweet Like Honey Suckle
3. Je T’aime
4. Dreams Will Come Just Be
5. Under a Star Filled Night
6. Stargazing Under the Moonlight
7. Walking with Wild Flower in Bloom
8. Kia Toa
9. Bang That Till the Sun Comes Up
10. And Then Came a Whistling Giant
11. Runnin With The Shadows (feat. Amelia)
12. Always Find the Hidden Path
13. I’m Not Free

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An*Ten*Nae is one of San Francisco’s most sought after DJs and live performers. He has taken the art of live remixing to new heights with his own customized setup, that bends genres in ways seldom heard. This sound is called Acid Crunk, and there are no rules, no restraints in its quest for pure BASS devastation.

An*Ten*Nae is a low frequency emitter transmitting and remixing music on the fly, giving him the ability to transcend above the constraints of music rigidity and transmit bass heavy, crunked out beats of the highest order. HisGenre bending, “Acid Crunk compilations” have set the standard and has defined an era with over 1,000,000 downloads to date. Picking up steam in 2009 Acid Crunk Vol. 2 maintained the # 1 seller in Dubstep, Electronica and Chillout genres simultaneously while also having all 14 tracks in their respective genre top 10, as well as rocking the charts on iTunes, Juno Digital and a host of other sites. With an album in the works and the ever growing Acid Crunk series running at full steam, we see no end in site for the ever changing chameleon known as An*Ten*Nae.

“An-ten-nae goes for the lowest, loudest bass on this reworking of the track “Hold the Line,” which also features Santigold on vocals.” – XLR8R

“He produces the kind of stinkin’ Bass heavy beats that make you nod your head so hard it gives you a concussion. ” & “He’s come up with probably our favourite name to describe the sound so far, infact from now on it is Acid Crunk.” – Chrome Kids

“This Oakland/San Fransico based producer has been on the game for over 10 years, starting out producing everything from electronica, to breaks, to dubstep; and creating his own staple in the bass music realm dubbed “Acid Crunk”. He is what we call a “Trendsetter” in the world of Bass Music.” – Run The Trap

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Insatia Announce Upcoming Sophomore Album ‘Phoenix Aflame’

American/Canadian Power Metal band Insatia has announced the release of Phoenix Aflame, the highly anticipated follow up to their 2013 Asylum Denied. Produced by Fabio D’Amore (Serenity) and his partner Ivan Moni Bidin (Starsick SystemPathosrayLast Warning), Phoenix Aflame is due to release June 23rd via Pitch Black Records.

“It’s really a more interesting power metal scene in North America than I think most people are aware of, and it’s nice to contribute to it with this album that pays homage to the immense history of a genre that’s historically thrived in Europe.” – Zoe Federoff

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Insatia is an American/Canadian power metal band with female vocals. Founded in 2009 and fronted by Zoë Federoff, the band has released one self produced debut album and opened for multiple international acts, including Sonata Arctica and Dark Tranquility. In 2014 Fabio D’Amore (Serenity) and his partner Ivan Moni Bidin (Starsick System, Pathosray, Last Warning) announced their positions as producers on Insatia’s upcoming sophomore release, Phoenix Aflame. Joined by producer Staffan Karlsson, known for his work with Arch EnemyFirewindRoxette, and many other notable acts, Fabio and Ivan spent the first part of 2015 recording the album at St. Cecilia Studios in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with engineers Steven Lee Tracy and Robbie Williamson. The album’s production then went to Artesonika Studios, Fabio and Ivan’s home base, in Perdenone, Italy. In mid 2015 Insatia’s lineup was further enhanced by the addition of Dave Ablaze(Blackguard) on bass, as album production continued overseas. Kaelen Sarakinis and Daniel Millan were added on guitars and drums in 2016. Phoenix Aflame is set for a 2017 release and features Apollo Papathanasio (ex-FirewindSpiritual Beggers), Chris Amott (ex-Arch EnemyArmageddon), Christian Hermsdörfer (ex-Visions Of Atlantis, Serenity), and Erica James (The Erica James Band).
Fabio D’Amore and Christian Hermsdörfer appear courtesy of Napalm Records. Ivan Moni Bidin appears courtesy of Bakerteam records. Apollo Papathanesio appears courtesy of InsideOut Music. Chris Amott appears courtesy of Century Media.

Bubbles Erotica Releases Official Music Video for “Cloak And Dagger” Off of Debut, Self-Titled Album

Chicago based alternative rock band Bubbles Erotica are ready to re-ignite the flames of the ’90s alternative rock revolution with their debut, self-titled album, which is out NOW! Drawing from such diverse influences as System Of A Down, Nirvana, and Queens Of The Stone Age, the quartet’s sound is quickly gaining momentum with broadly glowing reviews. Originally premiered on Paste Magazine, the second single and video, “Cloak And Dagger,” is the epitome of Alternative Rock–the alternative to radio, to mainstream, and the repetitive–harnessing the innovative creativity and passion that the music industry needs.

It’s not every day you have something hit your ear holes that blows you away; whether it’s the over-saturation of method radio rock or the paralyzing effect of trying to pick through everything available online, it’s hard to find that genuine wow-factor. Chicago, however, appears to be holding a brilliant musical gem in the form of Bubbles Erotica, an alternative rock quartet who’s geared to pick up where the great rock revolution of the ’90s left off. Evoking equal parts System Of A Down,Queens of the Stone Age, and Nirvana, these midwest newcomers are composing and creating music that will appeal to both the mainstream and the underground rock scenes. Today they’re dropping their debut, self-titled album, which has already been garnering massive praise for its raw creativity as well as a math-rock precision worthy of a more seasoned band.Paste Magazine

Bubbles Erotica Track List:
Track List:
1. Cicada Arcade
2. Humbaba
3. Under your Wing
4. Operation Condor
5. Wisconsin Discotheque
6. Home is Where the Dark is
7. All I want
8. Cloak & Dagger
9. Ghost
10. Make it Out Alive

Let’s get a mad scientist, leave him alone in their labratory and see what kind of insane creation they can come up with! Bubbles Erotica, out of Chicago, Illinois, is proceeding to rewrite the script as they release their self-titled record independently on May 9th!Madness To Creation

After listening to this work of genius I can tell you that there are a number of brilliant songs on this album. Songs such as “Humbaba” and “Cloak & Dagger” are both backside kicking songs that have the potential to conquer moshpits and alternative nightclubs for years to come. Where as songs like “Op C” are the sort of tracks you’d hear on the O.S.T of a major Hollywood blockbuster or a fantastic indie series.925 Rebellion

I have and will always support anything that is Chicago. This album from Bubbles Erotica just makes me proud. Giving it a few listens, I found myself gravitating to a few of the tracks. Track #5 “Wisco Disco” (Wisconsin Discotheque) is just a fun filled rock fusion of dance grooves that will get your ass up while throwing your fist in the air uncontrollably. The hypnotic beat had me just enjoying every second of this song and as Depeche Mode would say, “I just can’t get enough…”Unrated Magazine

In today’s cut-throat music scene, it’s rare to find a band as self-sufficient, forward-thinking and as conscious about their art as Bubbles Erotica. In 2010, members Philip Hasso, Bradley Springer, Michael Hasso, and and Colin Stone came together to bring something new to the Rock Genre. From the constantly shifting sounds they create to the lush cover art of their two albums to their expansive, mind-bending videos: this is a band that, while eager to stand-out, doesn’t seem pre-occupied with waiting for someone else to get them heard. They’re forever creating, always two steps ahead of anyone else in their genre, locally or otherwise.

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Paul Johnson and The About Last Nights Cover John Waite Classic Hit “Missing You”

Hattiesburg, Mississippi-based Power Pop / Alternative Rockers Paul Johnson and The About Last Nights have released the Official Video cover of the classic John Waite hit single “Missing You”. Shared on social media by John Waite himself, “Missing You” coincides with the release of their debut EP,  Give Up The Ghost.

It’s hard to do a classic song like ‘Missing You’ and do it justice. That’s what we all wanted to do, pay it justice while still making it our own. It’s one of the best songs of its generation…or any generation, and it carries something very emotive and timeless. I think anyone can relate to it, so it will never get old. That’s a true sign of its craftsmanship. – Paul Johnson

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Paul Johnson & The About Last Nights may be from Mississippi, but this isn’t your traditional “southern rock. Singer/Songwriter Paul Johnson and Drummer Zack Lewis had a vision in mind, which was to play songs people want to sing, a kind of “Power Pop”, with the emphasis on “Power”. They unified on the principle of a “song first, honest music” mentality. High-energy music that draws from their influences like Cheap Trick and the Foo Fighters and at times the band recalls the performances of Weezer and Sloan in full-on rock mode, but never neglecting the art of the power balled. This is a band with a purpose, which is to make great music and have fun doing it and their live show prove that with reviews like:

“To describe Paul Johnson and The About Last Nights I would have to draw from some icons. Take the passion and emotion of Butch Walker, the oomph and lyrical skill of Tom Petty, the power chords and classic style of The Replacements and add in the good old fashioned attitude and flare of the Foo Fighters. Then you can just about begin to get a feel for what these nice Southern boys are about!” – Paste.com

“Potent AC/DC-ish riffage kept aloft by crisp Tom Petty-ish harmonies, a passel of radio-ready rock songs built to appeal to everyone from fans of Pyromania-era Def Leppard, the anthemic paces of Smashing Pumpkins as well as the music that erupts from Active Rock radio today .” — Mik Davis,The Chronical
“Passion, the new music, and live show are an example of that! I look forward to seeing/hearing people’s reaction to this great music from this great Rock n’ Roll band!” – Kevin Mckay (WKSM.COM99ROCK)

Their Debut Album\EP Give Up The Ghost will be released in May 2017. Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia at RCRD Recording Studios engineered by Dan Dixon (Pls PlsThe dropSonic) with 1st engineer Patrick McConkey, and produced by Tuk Smith of The Biters. The band’s debut video and first single, “Burn It Down” was directed by Rahim aka Video Rahim, with videographers Chance WhiteMatthew Hurley 2nd, and Ashley Simpson as Producer. Special effects makeup and creature by Shane Morton from Silver Scream FX Lab.

Colossal Street Jam Release Full Length Album ‘Living Free’

New Jersey based, Bluesy, 70s influenced Rock Band Colossal Street Jam has released their newest LP, Living Free, an 11 track album invoking such classic sounds as Bad Company and Grand Funk Railroad. Produced by Tony Tee LewisLiving Free is out NOW!

At the end of the day, no matter what is going on, we did this for us. In the old days, we did this to be famous, to make money, and to be rock stars. Now, we’re doing this for us, and I think that’s why it’s working and getting a great response. – Colossal Street Jam

Mix the church-honed vocals of Gene Potts with the guitar fire of Sal Marra, the pulsing bass of Anthony Flora, the war-hammer drums of Dave Halpern and the one man festival that is Eric Safka on keys, and you get Colossal Street Jam. Colossal Street Jam is a 5 piece band from Red Bank, NJ that plays a 70’s style brand of infectious and melodic rock and roll.

CSJ has shared the stage with many great artists throughout their career including: Robbie Krieger, Kings XThe Drive-by TruckersThe Hold SteadyGov’t MuleJohnny WinterSebastian BachBruce DickinsonScreamin Cheetah WheeliesRitchie BlackmoreSteve MorseZebraDeep PurpleClarence Clemons and many more!

Catch Colossal Street Jam LIVE:
06/07 @ Teak Rooftop – Red Bank NJ
06/10 @ The Saint – Asbury Park NJ
07/19 @ Teak Rooftop – Red Bank NJ
07/22 @ Whiskey Tango – Philadelphia PA
08/12 @ Iplay America – Freehold NJ
08/16 @ Teak Rooftop, Red Bank NJ
08/18 @ Stone Pony Summer Stage – Asbury Park NJ (w/ Chris Robinson’s Brotherhood)
09/23 @ Colts Neck Rockfest – Colts Neck NJ

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Blacktop Mojo Release Title Track Off of Upcoming LP, ‘Burn The Ships’

Blacktop Mojo have released the second and title single off their 2017 LP, Burn The Ships. Order via Bandcamp.

“We all quit our jobs at about the same time to make this record and play as much as possible—that was our all in, no going back moment. It reminded me of a story we heard from the 1500s about a Spanish explorer that sailed to conquer a territory. Once they landed on the beach, he burned all the ships so all his men knew one thing was clear, there’s no going back. That’s what that song is about, and that’s the story of our lives at the point of the record being created.” – Blacktop Mojo

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“If Soundgarden and Lynyrd Skynyrd were to take a roll in the hay, nine months later, out would pop Blacktop Mojo.”

Formed in September 2012, armed with a simple demo and a dream, they set out to play as many shows as they could, touring and sharing the stage (with the likes of Aaron LewisSaving Abel, & Puddle of Mudd, among others.) During that time, Blacktop Mojo’s self-released their first studio album ‘I Am’ back in 2014. Time has not been wasted since their debut album release. Everything on this journey has led them to this most important moment in their career. The band’s latest offering Burn the Ships is an instant rock’ n roll masterpiece featuring the soon to be classic songs “Where The Wind Blows” and “Dog On A Leash”. Produced by Philip Mosley and mixed and mastered by Austin Deptula. This latest album release will launch Blacktop Mojo into the elite company of some of the great rock bands of all time.