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Half The Animal Harness Vintage Pop Energy & Imagery with “Bad Bad Love”

LA Based Alternative Rock band Half The Animal have channeled all of the best of throwback ’80s bright energy and color with the official music video for their sophomore single, “Bad Bad Love.” Originally premiered on Atwood Magazine, “Bad Bad Love” is currently available to stream and download via Noise Nest Records.

“‘Bad Bad Love’ is a song about the power of a woman’s love on a man who doesn’t know any better,” says vocalist Chase Johnson.

Bursting with bright background colors and supremely dated video effects, “Bad Bad Love” is the sort of video you watch in incredulity, unable to take your eyes off the screen. The fittingly fast-paced visual has tons of movement going on in every second, keeping viewers a little dazzled and on edge throughout. It’s evident that Half the Animal have given all their love into this, and they certainly nail the retro look. – Atwood Magazine

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Formed in 2016, Los Angeles-based alternative rock quartet Half the Animal produces an infectious sound, which blends catchy, hook-laden rock attitude and pop-driven styles. Originally founded by vocalist Chase Johnson and drummer Nick Gross—who were featured cast members in the hit MTV reality TV series ‘Laguna Beach’ during their formative days as the band Open Air Stereo—Half the Animal also includes bassist Evan Smith (Silversun Pickups/Chromeo/Big Data) and classically trained guitarist Dan Graham.

Half the Animal made impact with their memorable debut single “Babylon,” a grandiose, stadium-sized rock anthem that became the band’s first-ever viral hit, garnering over 1 million streams online, collectively, since its release in July 2016. The song quickly earned the band nationwide industry attention and strong radio support on multiple SiriusXM channels, including Top 40 radio station Hits 1 and The Pulse, as well as regular airplay on tastemaker Los Angeles stations ALT 98.7 and KROQ, which featured Half the Animal on their celebrated Locals Only program. Collectively, Half the Animal also count over 1 million YouTube views to date and have been featured by ‘Billboard’ and Ones to Watch (Live Nation).

In fall 2017, Half the Animal released the successful follow-up single “Bad Bad Love” via the group’s independent imprint Noise Nest Records. Featuring a lush soundscape built atop hypnotic vocal melodies, piercing piano chords and dreamy synths, the track was highlighted on Spotify’s influential New Music Friday playlist. The band also launched a 33-date US Fall tour in September 2017 alongside Atlas Genius in support of the track.

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Alien Knife Fight Revisit Bourbon Princess Roots with Visually Stunning DIY Video for “Clocks”

 Indie Art duo Alien Knife Fight may be best known for their punk tinged blues styling, and front-woman Monique Ortiz for her mastery of the bass guitar in all forms, but the intensely creative Texas pair’s aesthetics transcend both medium and genres, as is showcased in their newest music video for “Clocks”. The video, filmed entirely on an iPhone with artistic direction and editing by the couple themselves, was actually created as a vehicle for an earlier track of Ortiz under her previous project, Bourbon Princess, off of debut album Stopline. The original 1999 recording, paired with striking visuals, caught the attention of elite taste making site mxdwn, who enthusiastically premiered the video.

“The video, like many other productions from the band, was made in a completely do-it-yourself fashion on a cell phone. Despite the low-budget techniques used in making the video, the visuals are a stunning accompaniment to this slow, downtempo electronic track.” – Matt Matasci – mxdwn

“I always wanted to do a video for this song, and others in my back catalog, but never had the necessary technology or means until now. This is a song I’ve continued to perform over the years, in a variety of projects, and we’ll be resurrecting this and a few other Bourbon Princess songs for Alien Knife Fight’s next live set. Better late than never.” – Monique Ortiz

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Modern Mimes Cover Iconic “I Don’t Wanna Be Me,” & Type O Negative Enthusiastically Approves!

Fort Lauderdale based Future Goth duo Modern Mimesrecently covered epochal Goth Metal legends Type O Negative’s 2003 “I Don’t Wanna Be Me,” and paired it with a visually alluring music video, and not only did the iconic surviving members approve, but quickly promoted the single and video ahead of release.

“This is great-this band Modern Mimes approached this cover just as type o would have: changed the tempo and feel of it and made it their own. Tones and mix are great as well. It sounds as if Type O did a cover of Type O. Amazing job. I love this. Its better than our version.” – Type O Negative Facebook

The Florida Based Modern Mimes is clearly here on business! Originally formed in late 2014, their creation can be best described as “future goth,” a term they coined to explain their fusion of soaring guitar, powerfully haunting vocals, subconscious evocative lyrics, and catchy pop sensibilities.

Modern Mimes consists of Adi Elcida Hernandez on vocals/guitar/sampling and Ernesto Paez on the double neck guitar bass. Ernesto came from the world of touring US extensively in heavy bands where Adi was a solo singer/songwriter. This teaming has created a conduit for the wellspring of creative and ambient offering that is Modern Mimes.

Unrestrained by genres or trends, Modern Mimes is the perfectly cathartic reflection of the inner workings of Adi and Ernesto, who are creating these sounds with the intention of inspiring listeners to journey through their subconscious and look within. Thei debut, Wake Up, is the 9 track concept album released in early 2017, which sets the tone and standard of their continual elevation. Catch Modern Mimes Live and discover what the others already know!

“This is one of the more talented and infectios bands we’ve found in recent years. Safe to say we’re big fans.” – Dom Smith (Soundsphere Magazine)

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WICCID Announce North American Tour Dates with Lords of Acid, Combichrist, En Esch, Christian Death

Debut Album, By Design, out September 29th via Cleopatra Records

 WICCID, the newly formed Electro Industrial Dark Synth Pop band from Erie Loch (MinistryProngPigRevcoFront Line AssemblyLords of AcidPrimitive RaceVelvet Acid Christ) will be joining Lords of Acid, CombichristChristian Death, and En Esch (of KMFDM) in support of their upcoming, debut LP, By Design.

Due out September 29th, By Design is available via Cleopatra Records for pre-order NOW with immediate free download of “Torn” online HERE.

SEXTREME FEST ’17 – LORDS OF ACID, COMBICHRIST, CHRISTIAN DEATH, EN ESCH PLUS NIGHT CLUB / WICCID
09/23 @ BEAUTY BAR – LAS VEGAS, NV
09/26 @ GRANADA THEATER – LAWRENCE, KS
09/27 @ MERCURY BALLROOM – LOUISVILLE, KY
09/28 @ ST ANDREWS HALL – DETROIT, MI
09/29 @ AGORA THEATER – CLEVELAND, OH
09/30 @ THE RAVE – MILWAUKEE, WI
10/01 @ AMSTERDAM – MINNEAPOLIS, MN
10/03 @ GOTHIC THEATRE – DENVER, CO
10/04 @ METRO MUSIC HALL – SALT LAKE CITY, UT
10/05 @ KNITTING FACTORY – BOISE, ID
10/06 @ DANTE’S – PORTLAND, OR
10/07 @ SHOWBOX @ THE MARKET – SEATTLE, WA
10/08 @ RED ROOM – VANCOUVER, BC
10/10 @ SLIMS – SAN FRANCISCO, CA
10/11 @ OBSERVATORY – SANTA ANA, CA
10/12 @ FONDA THEATRE – LOS ANGELES, CA
10/13 @ BRICK BY BRICK – SAN DIEGO, CA
10/14 @ CLUB RED – PHOENIX, AZ
10/15 @ TRICKYFALLS – EL PASO, TX – TRICKYFALLS
10/16 @ TREES – DALLAS, TX
10/17 @ SCOUT BAR – HOUSTON, TX
10/18 @ ELYSIUM – AUSTIN, TX
10/19 @ VINYL MUSIC HALL – PENSACOLA, FL
10/20 @ STATE THEATRE – ST PETERSBURG, FL
10/21 @ RESPECTABLE STREET – WEST PALM BEACH, FL
10/22 @ MAVERICK’S LIVE – JACKSONVILLE, FL
10/23 @ MASQUERADE – ATLANTA, GA
10/24 @ BLIND TIGER – GREENSBORO, NC
10/25 @ SOUNDSTAGE – BALTIMORE, MD
10/26 @ GRAMERCY THEATER – NEW YORK, NY
10/27 @ TROCADERO – PHILADELPHIA, PA (NO EN ESCH) 
10/28 @ REX THEATRE – PITTSBURGH, PA
10/29 @ FRANKIE’S – TOLEDO, OH
10/30 @ OPERA HOUSE – TORONTO, ON
10/31 @ BOTTOM LOUNGE – CHICAGO, IL
11/01 @ VOGUE – INDIANAPOLIS, IN
11/02 @ READY ROOM – ST LOUIS, MO
11/03 @ DIAMOND BALLROOM – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
11/04 @ SUNSHINE THEATER – ALBUQUERQUE, NM

WICCID Dates in Bold

Wiccid is an electro-industrial synth-pop/Futurepop project on Cleopatra Records from Erie Loch, known for his songwriting, video, remix and studio work with bands (and members of bands) like Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Rob ZombieScum of the Earth, Prong, Pig, PWEIFaith No MoreSkinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly, NIN, Marilyn Manson, Lords Of Acid, Primitive Race, Bells Into MachinesTweaker, Velvet Acid Christ, Gary NumanPeter MurphyMission UK and more.

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Heat of Damage Release Official Music Video for “The Gift”

California Rock/Metal Band Heat of Damage has released the Official Music Video for “The Gift”, the debut single off of their upcoming sophomore LP, due out next year. “The Gift” was shot and directed by Ethan Parilla of Atrocious Works Productions.

“The Gift” is a new direction for Heat Of Damage. We wanted to take a heavier approach to our music after our previous release, ‘Open Fire’, and ‘The Gift’ is a perfect beginning for that. – David Haug

We’re very proud of this one. We hope our listeners enjoy the song and the new video! – Julian Bohland

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Heat Of Damage consists of four talented young musicians who write, produce, and perform an edgy and eclectic mix of hard rock and metal music. Their self-produced EP, Orenda, debuted in 2013.

Since then, the band has performed at numerous venues in the Northern California area. The group released their second EP, Lifestyle, in September 2014. The title track was featured on 98 Rock’s Local Licks program for three weeks running. Lifestyle’s “Apocalypse” was released soon after and earned a spot on 98 Rock’s Local Licks Most Liked Song of 2014 Countdown Show. The song came in at #2 for the year!

Following the successes of Lifestyle, the band entered the studio with Sacramento engineer and producer Matt Thomas to record their first full-length album, Open Fire, which was released in October of 2015.

Open Fire was well received following its release, garnering overwhelmingly positive reviews from a wide variety of writers and music critics. The song “Heaven” was the #6 Most Liked Song of 2015 for 98 Rock’s Local Licks, despite only having two months of airplay during the year.

The group is well known for their musicality and showmanship. Shows are high-energy, engaging, and memorable. Their musical range is impressive, with an ability to provide anything from an incredible rock show to an unforgettable metal experience, for any venue’s style and crowd. Heat Of Damage never disappoints!

LaRissa Vienna and the Strange Releases Official Music Video for “Haunted,” Off of Upcoming ‘Neptune VII’

Denver, CO based Alternative Rock Band LaRissa Vienna and the Strange has revealed the Official Music Video for their single, “Haunted,” off of their upcoming, debut LP Neptune VII, due out September 1st. Originally premiered on Tattoo.com, “Haunted” was directed by Daniel Rachlitz and Demi Dehererra.

“I wrote Haunted” about the guilt of missing someone from your past. It is a song about the shame of desiring things you can’t have. For the music video, each band member has a storyline of what “haunts” them, whether it be relationships, alcohol abuse, or mental illness. Everyone has that one thing that haunts them, and in the music video, we wear it on our sleeves.” -LaRissa Vienna

Track List:
01. Same Devil, Different Ways
02. Like a Child
03. Rewind
04. California Man
05. Craving Chaos
06. Haunted
07. Labyrinth
08. The Chemistry
09. Limes
10. Surrender

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Influenced by David BowieMarilyn Manson and Shirley Temple (with a tattoo on her shoulder to match), LaRissa Vienna is a force to be reckoned with. Her somber, ghostly rock tunes will entrance you and run chills down your spine while the melodic, story-telling guitar mixe perfectly with the melancholy tones of her voice and the bass stays loyal to the hard-hitting drums.

Despite the soothing rock tones, LaRissa Vienna’s live show is nothing short of electric; despite standing only 4 feet 11 inches tall, her fiery energy demands the attention of every soul in the audience.

Starting out as a solo artist in 2008, LaRissa Vienna made her mark on the Denver music scene by writing and producing her own music, which she dubs “spooky rock.” Coming off of the local success of her 2015 and 2016 EPs, Strange Siren and Make the Pain Pretty respectively, and having had accumulated over 100,000 views on her “Underwater” music video within just a month of its release, Vienna is set to release her debut album, entitled Neptune VII” in September 2017.

There’s a definite camaraderie on the project, which finds her further honing her craft and establishing herself as a versatile artist within the rock realm, navigating the genre with grace and authority. Centering at its core around reconnecting with your inner child, the album’s lyrical content tackles the subject of facing the inevitable changes that come with growing older. Never shying away from autobiographical honesty, what results is arguably Vienna’s most personal project to date, embracing change and heartbreak as a natural course of life.

“The Strange” is Nick Workman – the lead guitarist with wild hair who has experience in every style. Aaron Mendoza on bass, influenced by The Cure and Coheed and Cambria, has experience in experimental bands and plays perfectly with the compelling drum styles of Luke Wolff. The classically-trained violinist Vanity Welch adds a perfect unique touch to the band.

LaRissa Vienna and the Strange intend to inspire and influence fans to be creative and express themselves by leading by example.

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Legendary MISFITS Guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein to Join GWAR The Blood of Gods Tour; AS WE DIE Tour 2017 Dates Announced

Beginning October 20 in Richmond, VA, Legendary Misfits Guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein will be joining “the Scumdogs of the Universe”, GWAR, on The Blood of Gods Tour, along with Ghoul and U.S. Bastards, for 13 dates spanning the East Coast and Midwest up to the Sioux City, IA show November 4. DOYLE then continues his reign of terror with his AS WE DIE WORLD TOUR 2017 supporting the band’s new album, As We Die, an EMP Label Group/ Monsterman Records release in stores or online at Doyle Official and EMP Merch. Picking up November 6 in Fargo, ND, the tour finishes up November 11 in Flint, MI (more dates to be announced).

GWAR The Blood of Gods Tour W/ Ghoul, Doyle and U.S. Bastards Dates:
10/20 @ The National – Richmond, VA
10/21 @ Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
10/22 @ Opera House – Toronto, ON *
10/23 @ Mr. Smalls – Millvale, PA
10/25 @ Arizona Petes – Greensboro, NC
10/26 @ Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
10/27 @ Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT
10/28 @ Palladium – Worcester, MA
10/29 @ Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
10/31 @ Irving Plaza – New York, NY
11/01 @ Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
11/02 @ Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY *
11/03 @ Pop’s – St. Louis, MO
11/04 @ Hard Rock – Sioux City, IA
11/05 @ Granada – Lawrence, KS
* No DOYLE

Doyle “As We Die” Tour 2017
11/06 @ The Aquarium – Fargo, ND
11/07 @ Big’s Bar – Sioux Falls, SD
11/08 @ Whiskey Junction – Minneapolis, MN
11/09 @ Every Buddy’s Bar – Chippewa Falls, WI
11/10 @ The Forge – Joliet, IL
11/11 @ The Machine Shop – Flint, MI

About Doyle:

Lodi, a small borough of Bergen County, New Jersey, is just over two square miles. There’s not much to suggest that the small village would be the birthplace of a world famous, blood-soaked form of music known as horror punk. Legendary acts The MisfitsSamhain, and Danzig all have their origins in Lodi, and something monstrous indeed lurks there. The poster child and originator of the genre, himself, has once again unleashed an evil noise on an unsuspecting world: Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein’s first release, Abominator, by his eponymous band, Doyle.

Released on Doyle’s own label, Monsterman Records, Abominator is a sonically thick and lyrically evil slab of metal that finds Doyle expanding in a logical progression upon the genre of music he helped create. Doyle’s first band, the infamous Glenn Danzig-fronted Misfits, helped create the genre of speed/thrash metal with their last album, 1983’s Earth AD/Wolf’s Blood– in fact the record has been revered as one of the blueprints for the genre by many of its most respected players, as evidenced by countless groups covering the album’s songs, not the least of which being MetallicaAbominator is not the sound of some punk guitarist gone metal- it’s the roaring return of one of extreme metal’s original architects to his blood-splattered drawing board.

Coming from a legendary band of almost mythological proportions, and having first worked with one of the most talented and respected vocalists of the century (the infamous Glenn Danzig), Doyle’s new project would need a singer with brass balls, cast-iron pipes, a suitably twisted mind, and his own vocal delivery style. Enter Alabama’s Alex Story of Cancerslug, a Southern fiend who’s sand-blasted scream opens the record, and the evil doesn’t relent until the ending growl of “Hope Hell Is Warm”, the album’s defiant closer. The man can scream and sing, and employs both styles to great effect, switching seamlessly from raw-throated roars to rough-edged, yet melodic, clean vocals. Alex’s live performances can only be described as unforgettable, disturbing and strangely addictive – a perfect complement to the already mammoth stage presence of Doyle himself.

The unmistakable sound of Doyle’s signature Annihilator guitar cuts through on every tune like a sonic fingerprint, starting with the snarling opening title track Abominator. The Annihilator’s tone is sharp as a butcher’s knife in the wrong hands and just as nasty- fans of the Misfits will recognize it right away.
On tunes like “Headhunter” and “Land of the Dead” the riffs are relentless, and if a riff could be described in emotional terms, remorseless. “Dreamingdeadgirls” brings a blackened-blues swing, and the doom-laden “Love Like Murder” shows a healthy appreciation for all things Sabbath. “Blood Stains” moves from primal sludge to ripping off-time thrash with ease. The album is just that- an album, a cohesive and well executed piece of work that takes the listener on a journey; albeit a bloody journey to places some fear to tread.

As befits songs as musically dark as Abominator‘s, the album’s lyrics are not for the faint of heart. Throughout the entire record, there is absolutely zero attempt to balance its evil with any sort of good counterpoint- penned entirely by Story (probably in blood), Abominator‘s lyrics are entirely and uncompromisingly dark. Music fans looking for feel- good anthems had best look elsewhere- those who enjoy strolling through the shadows will be greatly satisfied.

So how did this Jersey devil and crew wind up with a Dixie-bred howler? “After I had written all this music, I realized I had to get someone to sing this stuff- once I’m done recording guitars, all I can see is myself just playing that riff, ya know? That’s my thing, not lyrics and singing,” Doyle says, with typically blunt candor. “I’ve known Alex for a while, so I called him up, then sent him a bunch of the tunes. Two days later he sent me back ‘Mark of the Beast’, just like it is on the record. I said ‘That’s exactly what I want!’, and the rest is history. I only wrote the word ‘abominator’- all the rest of that stuff is Alex. He’s just crazy, man”.

It’s a match made in hell. But no metal band would be complete without a complete animal behind the drum kit. Brandon “The Crusher” Pertzborn (of Black Flag) delivers all the aggression and insanity necessary (and then some) with his exquisite musicality and showmanship.

So what can fans expect at a Doyle show?

“To get fucking pummeled, man. And then go home and ask themselves ‘What the fuck just happened to me?!?’, hahaha…” he replies with a laugh that this time, no joke about it, actually sounds evil. Loud, aggressive, and technically proficient, Doyle and crew are set to show the world how true horror metal sounds today.

So crank up Abominator until your speakers blow, check out Doyle on tour, and let the beatings begin!

written by: Randy Blythe of Lamb of God

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