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Fire From The Gods Release Official Music Video for “The Voiceless” off of Upcoming ‘Narrative Retold’

Hardcore Metal band Fire From The Gods has released their Ramon Boutviseth directed Official Music Video for “The Voiceless”. Produced by Jonathan Davis (KORN), “The Voiceless” is off of their upcoming full length album, Narrative Retold, due out May 19th via Rise Records.

“The Voiceless is referring to the callousness of society. This generation is exposed to so many shocking and graphic events. No one seems to bat an eye. There is no compassion or care for one’s fellow man. Violence towards each other is a normal occurrence factored into our lives these days. Speaking up about it is nothing new, but it needs to be said. Yes, the world will keep spinning, and life does go on, but we need to slow down and smell the fucking roses once in a while.” – AJ Channer

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Heavy music deserves a heavier message.

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.”

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BLACKTOP MOJO RELEASES OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “WHERE THE WIND BLOWS” OFF OF NEW LP ‘BURN THE SHIPS’

Seamlessly blending melody with adrenaline fueled, heavy rock and roll, Blacktop Mojo draws in everyone from old metal heads to people whose radio dials have never left top 40 stations. With soaring, gritty vocals and impeccably blended heavy guitar grooves set around a raucous southern stomp, Blacktop Mojo’s live shows are sure to leave fans’ screaming at the top of their lungs with metal horns in the air.

It was a blast making this video. We got to do it with a bunch of our friends from our home town of Palestine, TX in the bar where we played our first show. It basically turned into a two day party and the fun we had really comes through in the video. – Blacktop Mojo

Formed in the final weeks of 2012, Blacktop Mojo began cutting their teeth in the numerous country venues that Texas has to offer, but the guys never quite felt like they belonged. With each song they wrote, the vocals got less twangy and the sound from the amps became more gravelly and distorted until the guys had found their own unique blend of heavy southern rock. Through touring, the band has played with many national acts such as Bon JoviSammy HagarAaron LewisDaryl “DMC’ McDanielsCandleboxDrowning PoolPuddle Of MuddSmile Empty SoulAudiotopsy, and Whiskey Myers.

After running the highways for two years in support of their debut album, I Am(2014), in July of this year the band loaded their gear in the van and made a trip to Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville, as well as FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL to make their sophomore effort entitled, Burn The Ships. In addition to the producer of the band’s first record, Philip Mosley, the band brought in co-producer, Jimmy Johnson of the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound studios as well as his long time engineer, Steve Melton (Lynyrd SkynyrdThe Rolling StonesBob Seger) to bring a seasoned sonic quality to their brand of raw, grungy rock. Burn The Ships was released March 10th of 2017 garnering critical acclaim in both US and European press outlets including Team Rock’s Classic Rock Magazine, who is quoted as saying “Blacktop Mojo might just be America’s next big rock band.”

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Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein Announces Upcoming ‘Abominate The World Tour 2017’

Legendary Misfits Guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein continues his domination with the launching of Abominate The World Tour 2017 with Davey Suicide. Launching June 1st in Raleigh, NC, the tour will wind south into Florida and Louisiana, then into California before heading East to finish in Niagra Falls, NY.

Abominate The World Tour 2017 Dates:
06/01 @ The Maywood – Raleigh, NC
06/02 @ Ground Zero – Spartansburg, SC
06/03 @ Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
06/04 @ Nichthawks – Jacksonville, FL
06/05 @ Respectables – West Palm Beach, FL
06/06 @ The Haven – Winter Park, FL
06/07 @ The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
06/08 @ Southpark Music Hall – New Orleans, LA
06/10 @ The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
06/11 @ Trees – Dallas, TX
06/12 @ Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
06/1 @ Scout Bar – Houston, TX
06/14 @ Thunder Alley – Oklahoma City, OK
06/16 @ Club Red – Mesa, AZ
06/17 @ Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA
06/18 @ Malone’s – Santa Ana, CA
06/19 @ Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
06/20 @ Liquid Joe’s – Salt Lake City, UT
06/21 @ Sunshine Studios – Colorado Springs, CO
06/22 @ Aftershock – Merriam, KS
06/23 @ RT Quinnians – Duluth, MN
06/24 @ The Reverb – Waterloo, IA
06/25 @ Home Bar – Arlington Heights, IL
06/26 @ Frankie’s – Toledo, OH
06/28 @ Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ
06/29 @ Evening Star Hall – Niagra Falls, NY

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Ludovico Technique Announces ‘Under Your Spell North American Tour 2017’ Dates With Birthday Massacre & Army Of The Universe

Dark Electronic band Ludovico Technique has announced they’re joining The Birthday Massacre and Army Of The Universe on the upcoming Under Your Spell North American Tour 2017. Launching 5/18 in Toronto, ON, the 26 date journey winds through the Midwest, East Coast, and across the Southern states,finally winding up in Allston, MA

After their debut album Some Things Are Beyond Therapy and the follow up We Came to Wreck Everything (both released by Metropolis Recordsworldwide) Ludovico Technique have stormed the music scene with their unique take on harsh, electronic, heavy music. Drawing from an emotional drive to create a sound that expresses an understanding of the dark aspects of the human experience, and the depths to which man’s mind can deteriorate.

Ludovico Technique bring every ounce of the music’s emotional gravity to live shows in full force. Delivering performances that fully reflect the intensity of the sound itself in the form of a physical, visually stimulating stage show. Under a wash of rhythmic lights, songwriter/vocalist Ben V- unleashes visceral energy into every song to create a dynamic audio/visual live experience for each viewer.

Ludovico Technique are a passionate force all their own in every performance; keeping focus on the artistic integrity and expressive sincerity that continuously defines the music.

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Raven Black Release Official Music Video for “Twinkle Twinkle Little Scars”

LA based Alternative Metal Band Raven Black has released the Official Music Video for their single “Twinkle Twinkle Little Scars” off of their debut EP Seven Sins, out NOW via WURMgroup. Directed Josh Apple and filmed by Andrew Spirk of Monoblocstudios.com.

“Twinkle Twinkle Little Scars” is about broken innocence. – Raven

raven black – a visciously sweet metal medley of feminine and masculine power harnessed through a tiny half human | half doll surrounded by her misfits, tossed into a theatrical debauchery of creepy fun and that’s just the beginning.” There is a story here, but you have to take the journey to the 13th hour where these 4 live.

a cunning hybrid femme fatale with playful mischievy, backed up by her twisted gentlemen. Raven black cranks out innocent melody that quickly evolves into wicked cursed screams. You know, blistering and burning your skin with chills and dropping jaws at the powerful vocals coming out of such a tiny stature. Evoked by the ripping guitars and ambient tones of the doctor, low end bass of stiches and thumping double kicks from the demon, muppet, this unique dark carnival of metal taunts your hunger for a new sound.

Their debut EP Seven Sins was recorded in the Wilderness, with Grammy Nominated Producer Ulrich Wild of WurmGroup. The seven song release has garnered loads of buzz and fans demanding more. Taken to the road again after a debut tour with Mushroomhead in October 2016, they will be playing Rock Fest 2017 in Austin, TX March 15-18th and then landing internationally to their adoring fans at the Foco Festival in Mexico with CrazyTown April 2017. It’s been too long since their last visit at Hell & Heaven Festival last July 2016.

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The Damn Truth Set To Re-Ignite Rock with ‘Devilish Folk’

Montreal based, blues-infused rock band The Damn Truth are re-writing the rules of the rock music industry with their sophomore LP, Devilish Folk. With the combination of front woman Lee-La Baum‘s scorching vocals, paired with brilliantly orchestrated instrumentals, it’s no wonder that their first radio single, “Heart Is Cold,” dominated national radio and Lee-La was tapped as the voice of the new YSL BEAUTY perfume MON PARIS, singing U2‘s “Love Is Blindness.”

Even before one note was written for Devilish Folk I knew what this album should be about. ROCK AND ROLL changed my life and made me question everything. The way Lee-la and I feel about the world we are a part of is so intense, kind of like a boiling pot that has to erupt one way or another.
Some thoughts and feelings can only be told through music, and for us the only way to tell our story is through a loud, proud and rebellious Rock and Roll.
Tom

There’s a new rock n’ roll smell powerfully breezing through the Montreal airwaves and it’s not just the typical stale booze, body odour, and butt stinkin’ kind. The Damn Truth’s funk is so strong that even Yves Saint Laurent wants to work with these badasses. Although he isn’t salvaging the sweat from drummer Dave Traina’s undies to mix the perfect blend of lavender and hot, sick ass, according to Mr. Montreal Gazette, Yves finds Damn Truth frontwoman Lee-la Baum’s raw and raspy voice so sexy that he wants it singing U2’s “Love Is Blindness” on one of his advertisements. How’s that for recognition? Well, they deserve it.Keenan KerrBucket List

Devilish Folk Track List:
1. WHITE LIES
2. PIRATES & POLITICIANS
3. PLASTIC FLOWERS
4. WOULDN”T BE LYING
5. BROKEN BLUES
6. ALEX
7. HEART IS COLD
8. GET WITH YOU
9. THE MATCH
10. HANGING ON
11. LEAVE IT IN THE DARK
12. DEVILISH FOLK

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There are times when rock’n’roll is off the leash, off the rails and, at the risk of understatement, off its rocker. For the most part, now is not one of those times. But there are forces at work in defiance of this state of affairs. And that’s The Damn Truth.

You could say that Montreal’s The Damn Truth are keeping rock honest, and nowhere is that more apparent than on the group’s newest full-length album, the sophomore Devilish Folk. The follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut, Dear in the Headlights, Devilish Folk sees the band – Lee-La Baum (vocals/guitar), Tom Shemer (guitars), PY Letellier (bass), and Dave Traina (drums) – doubling down on the bruising blues-based, blue-collar rock that distinguished them, and made them something of a musical anomaly, from the moment of inception. In a world where being different doesn’t always mean being celebrated, The Damn Truth are fighting the good fight.

“There isn’t much out there like us,” says Lee-La. “Being the only ones is, in a way, part of what keeps us going, especially during the tough times. All we ever wanted was just to be in a band that we would want to listen to. So we’ve always been kind of fighting for our place.”

“Which is not a bad place to be,” adds Dave. “It keeps us on edge.”

And they in turn have a well-earned reputation for keeping audiences on the edge… of their seats. Not that anyone’s actually sitting at their shows. A live dynamo that has shared the stage with the likes of The Cult, Dee Snyder, Three Days Grace, Rival Sons, Monster Truck, Airbourne and July Talk. The Damn Truth concerts are something of a wild, unpredictable animal. Spontaneous, emotional and visceral, it’s the kind of music you feel like you can almost touch.

The Damn Truth have never aspired to be anything other than what they are, and they come by it naturally. Musically, they exist at the point at which band members’ abilities and interests intersect, “And the pieces just kind of fall where they fall,” says Tom. The first pieces began falling into place when Lee-la and Tom met butt-naked in a hippie festival. Lee-la was singing CSNY’s “almost cut my hair ” and Tom immediately pulled out his guitar and they jammed all night. ” And we never really stopped.” adds tom.

Then came the band’s statement-making, four-song The Damn Truth EP (2010). Noteworthy Montreal producers/engineers François Lalonde (Céline Dion, Seal, Michael Bublé) and Jean Massicotte (Lhasa, Patrick Watson, Pierre Lapointe) assisted with the arranging and recording of the EP.

The EP gave listeners a first glimpse of the band’s now not-so-secret weapon: singer Lee-La Baum, a ferocious, no-holds-barred vocalist capable of running the range of emotions without breaking a sweat, at times suggestive of a Janis Joplin or Joan Jett, at others mildly reminiscent of a Stevie Nicks or Tracy Chapman, Lee-La is nevertheless very much her own woman, a vocal powerhouse who resists narrow definitions. “I think it’s pretty awesome that people can find a reference that works for them and I’m cool with that,” says Lee-La. “I have a lot of inspirations, and I’m always listening to music, but I’ve never said, ‘Okay, I want to be that’ or ‘I’m going to emulate or channel, say, Janis Joplin.’ That’s never, ever been a thing. When I close my eyes and sing, I’m just me.”

Lee-la has also recently been chosen as the voice of the new YSL BEAUTY perfume MON PARIS, singing U2‘s Love is blindness in their worldwide campaign ad.

Following the EP, The Damn Truth fully unloaded with the thunderous, unrelenting and uncompromising Dear in the Headlights LP (2012), unveiling a sound that comfortably touches on many different eras and genres of rock, from ’70s classic rock to ’60s psych-folk, to blues to punk and many points in between. This goes some way towards explaining the band’s unusually broad appeal: to the traditional rock crowd as well as indie rock aficionados, to men and women, to teenagers to twentysomethings to their parents, who may recognize the spark of something wild and free that was once very familiar. “I think some of the older people are drawn to the band because we remind them of what rock’n’roll used to be like in its heyday,” says Tom. “When it was still a bit dangerous.”

With Devilish Folk, everyone’s about to get another loud reminder. From the outset, the 12-song Devilish Folk gives no quarter and takes no prisoners. It comes roaring out of the gate with the propulsive, heavy-bottomed “White Lies,” which sets the tone for much of the remainder of the record. Songs like the epic riff rocket “Pirates & Politicians,” metal-edged rager “Wouldn’t Be Lying,” retro-styled garage rocker “Get With You” (also the first single off the album, released on vinyl in May 2014), the compellingly melancholic “The Match” and the album-closing “Devilish Folk” (“It’s an incentive to get to the end of the album,” says Dave, “because there’s a candy waiting there for you”).

Devilish Folk was produced by the aforementioned Jean Massicotte, while Grammy-Award-winning producer/engineer/mixer Tchad Blake (Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys, U2) mixed nine of the 12 songs on the album. For mastering they enlisted John Davis ( Led Zeppelin, Arctic monkeys, Florence and the machine). The results surpassed already high expectations, something they also attribute to a change in their process.

Dear in the Headlights happened naturally, without too much thought,” explains Tom. “But Devilish Folk happened in a different way. We spent a lot more time on arrangements and the forms for the song and working through them in several stages before going into the studio to record them. It was a lot more mindful process.”

A great deal of thought also went into the artwork for Devilish Folk. A recent Montreal exhibition of work by NYC street artist Enzo Sarto so inspired the band that they reached out to him to collaborate on artwork for the new album. The admiration would become mutual and deep connections forged, so much so that in addition to creating Devilish Folk’s front and back covers, Enzo is also collaborating with The Damn Truth on a series of edgy street art band member portraits to be rolled out in New York, Boston and Montreal for starters.

It doesn’t get much more rock’n’roll than that. And again, that’s The Damn Truth.

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Mallen Release Official Video For “Jack Of Cards”

UK Heavy rock band Mallen has released the Official Video for their Debut Single, “Jack of Cards”. Recorded and produced by David Radahd (aka Johnny RockerHeavens Basement) of Red City Recordings, “Jack of Cards” is available to download via iTunes,  Google Play and Amazon.

“Groove filled riffs, sweeping melodic verses and punchy choruses. A song that tells the listener what we are all about.” – Mallen

Mallen were more than a little humbled when asked to play an acoustic set on the forum stage before Alice Cooper and Mötley Crüe during Mötley Crüe’s farewell tour. Granted, an acoustic set would be a far cry from the wall of sound this Midlands (UK) hard rock band usually produces. But for legends like Alice Cooper and Mötley Crüe … they decided just this once, the dials could go from 11 to 10.

Formed in late 2013, the empowering, anthemic music of songwriter Dann Pritchard and the captivating vocals of frontwoman Kelly Jane were brought to life with the addition of bassist Dean Ellis and drummer Tom Crowfoot. A mutual love for Hot-rods, “Greasers” and heavy rock gave Mallen the fuel for inspiration and the band set to work on their first EP.

February 2015 saw the release of Mallens debut EP Ignition, which was well received between reviewers and radio stations alike. This sparked a stream of gigs for the band, including some great opening slots for bands like Toseland and Funeral for a Friend as well as the slot at the LG Forum stage at the Birmingham NEC during Mötley Crüe’s farewell tour. After which, guitarist Rhys Broomhall joined the band. With the retirement of Dean from the playing circuit left a very big hole to be filled within the band. However a challenge that was not daunting to bassist Joe Horton, who raised the bar to the next level for the band.

November 2016 Mallen released the single “Jack of Cards”. Recorded and produced by David Radahd Jones ( ex Heavens Basement), “Jack of Cards” set a new bar for Mallen’s sound. Groove filled riffs, sweeping, melodic verses and punchy choruses create a song that fans of Halestorm and Alterbridge would love.

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