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Awake for Days Announce Main Support on Cold’s Broken Human Tour!

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This is Cold’s first tour in eight years which kicks off August 29th in Teaneck, NJ and runs through October 20th in Lexington, KY and Cold have chosen Sardinia’s exploding stars Awake For Days to be main support for this amazing return to the road.

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Awake For Days on this tremendous news, “There are no words to describe how excited we are to take part in the Cold Tour as Main Support. This for us is the coolest thing that has happened in our career so far, and it is a great honor to have been called to open the shows of such an important band in the world music scene. We will never forget the day when that news was communicated to us by our manager Shawn Barusch! We would thank our management Music Gallery International for working so hard for our band and for all the efforts it is putting in place to make this tour for us as professional as possible! “
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Here’s what Shawn had to say about Awake For Days Landing the main support slot on the upcoming Cold tour, ” We at Music Gallery International are more than excited to have Awake For  Days on their First USA tour going out with such an Outstanding Band like Cold! This tour will bring the European Sounds of Sardinia to our shores. I can tell you people will be enthralled and amazed by this hard hitting 4some that it will pave the way for many more outstanding bands from abroad! Awake For Days will “Break your Chains”!!
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Sardinia’s Awake For Days are an alternative modern metal band of pure heart, unwavering talent and unrelenting drive on the bleeding edge of creativity and performance in the genre. Based out of the island paradise of Sardinia in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Italy Awake For Days bring a positivity and strength to their songwriting and lyrics that is desperately missing in the current status quo of bleakness in heavy music
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Tickets on sale here: https://coldarmy.com/
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Broken Human Tour (w Cold/ Awake For Days / University Drive)
Aug. 29 – Teaneck, NJ (Debonair Music Hall)
Aug. 30 – Stafford Springs, CT (Palace Theater)
Aug. 31 – New Bedford, MA (The Vault at Greasy Luck)
Sept. 1 – Scranton, PA (Levels)
Sept. 4 – Buffalo, NY (Iron Works)
Sept. 6 – Warrendale, PA (Jergels)
Sept. 7 – Lancaster, PA (Chameleon Club)
Sept. 8 – Concord, VA (DeVault Vineyards – Blue Ridge Rock Festival) *
Sept. 10 – Greensboro, NC (Blind Tiger)
Sept. 11 – Atlanta, Georgia (The Masquerade (Hell)
Sept. 13 – Greenville, SC (The Firmament)
Sept. 14 – Winchester, VA (Blue Fox Billiards)
Sept. 15 – Poughkeepsie, NY (The Chance)
Sept. 17 – Brooklyn, NY (Brooklyn Bazaar)
Sept. 19 – Baltimore, MD (Baltimore Sound Stage)
Sept. 20 – Lakewood, OH (Winchester Music Tavern)
Sept. 21 – Flint, MI (The Machine Shop)
Sept. 22 – Cincinnati, OH (Riverfront Live)
Sept. 27 – Houston, TX (Scout Bar)
Sept. 28 – San Antonio, TX (The Rock Box)
Sept. 29 – Dallas, TX (Trees)
Oct. 1 – Austin, TX (Come And Take It Live)
Oct. 4 – Denver, CO (Herman’s Hideaway)
Oct. 5 – Grand Junction, CO (Mesa Theater)
Oct. 6 – Colorado Springs, CO (Sunshine Studios Live)
Oct. 8 – Lincoln, NE (Bourbon Theatre)
Oct 10 – Angola, IN (The Eclectic Room)
Oct. 11 – Ringle, WI (Q and Z Expo Center)
Oct. 12 – Kansasville, WI (1175)
Oct. 13 – Chicago, IL (Bottom Lounge)
Oct. 16 – Belvidere, IL (The Apollo Theater)
Oct. 18 – Indianapolis, IN (The Vogue)
Oct. 19 – Champaign, IL (The City Center)
Oct. 20 – Lexington, KY (Manchester Music Hall)
*No Awake For Days / University Drive

BLOODYWOOD Tears Through Europe into the UK!

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New Delhi based Indian Metal band BLOODYWOOD’s ‘RAJ AGAINST THE MACHINE TOUR’ has left a path of sonic destruction through Germany and France on their way to the United Kingdom. The band will be hitting the UK like a hammer on July 24th in Bristol, England before winding through the UK, including a sold out London show on July 27th. The tour wraps up at the legendary WACKEN OPEN AIR in Wacken, Germany and TAMAN FESTIVAL in Krasnodar, Russia on August 8th.

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The tour launched July 13th at DONG OPEN AIR in Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany where the band received a roaring ovation.

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Wiesloch, Germany – SOLD OUT!

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Paris, France – A line around the block for a SOLD OUT show!

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Raj Against The Machine Tour Dates:
07/24 @ The Lanes – Bristol, England
07/25 @ Rescue Rooms – Nottingham, England
07/26 @ Rebellion – Manchester, England
07/27 @ o2 Academy Islington – London, England – SOLD OUT
07/29 @ Craufurd Arms – Milton Keynes, England
08/01 @ Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany
08/03 @ Taman Festival – Krasnodar, Russia

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Bloodywood is:
Karan Katiyar – Guitars, Production, Programming
Jayant Bhadula – Vocals
Raoul Kerr – Rap Vocals

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STRONG LIKE BULL Release Official Music Video for “Live While You Can”

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Kansas plains rock band STRONG LIKE BULL has released the official music video for their debut single, “Live While You Can.” Originally premiered on PureGrainAudio, “Live While You Can” was directed by Daran Herrman of Colored Lion Productions and is available to download / stream vie TLG / INgrooves. The track was produced by Carter Green at GreenJeans Studios.

“‘Live While You Can’ is a song about not letting anyone keep you from living your life like you want to…including yourself. We give ourselves more reasons that we shouldn’t do something we want to than anyone else does. We’re supposed to know what we want to do with our lives, have a career by 22, and anything else we think society has told us we need to do to be normal. Just be yourself. Live your own life. Don’t let someone else’s fears or your own fears hold you back. ‘You build your own cage. You carve your own jail…. You get one time around, you’ve got to understand, you build your own prison…gotta live while you can.’” – DAVE GRAY

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“this is straight and pure old school rock n’ roll at its best, from a group that comes from the rural environments of motorcycle rallies, rod runs, and all-night keggers. The roots of Strong Like Bull’s sound extends back to the early 1970s when rock was something your parents hated and, if you’re old enough, you would have been defying their every instruction and pumping your fist in your air, either in your room or out at a gig.” – Christopher Gonda – PureGrainAudio

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Catch STRONG LIKE BULL Live:
07/25 @ Barleycorn’s w/ Them Evils – Wichita, KS
08/31 @ Lake Perry w/ Shaman’s Harvest – Topeka, KS

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STRONG LIKE BULL is a straight up Pure Rock N’ Roll band with rural roots in the land of motorcycle rallies, rod runs, and all night keg parties. Influenced by rock from the 70s to now, Strong Like Bull is delivering
foot-stomping, fist-pumping, high energy rock n roll and earning new fans at every show the band plays.

Strong Like Bull sounds like the first cold one you crack open to start the weekend… like your Harley when you fire it up to hit the road… like the smell of high performance octane and the roar of an engine at a drag race… yeah, that’s what rock n roll is all about!

That’s #RuralRock.

That’s Strong Like Bull.

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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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Exclusive BEAUTY IN THE SUFFERING Performance Featured In New Horror Film, CLOWN MOTEL

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 BEAUTY IN THE SUFFERING producer and bassist for legacy fetish/industrial act Lords Of Acid DieTrich Thrall has taken his horror approach in his bands music videos to the next step, co-producing a key scene in the newly released Clown Motel: Spirits Arise.

Released on June 4, 2019 in the United States and set for a drop date of July 29, 2019 in the UK, “Clown Motel: Spirit’s Arise” features Ari Lehman (the original Jason Voorhees from 1980 Friday the 13th), Tony Moran (the original Michael Myers from the 1978 Halloween), Martin Klebba (Pirates of the Caribbean), and Chalet Brannan (Cyborg X, Crepitus).

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Clown Motel follows a group of ghost hunters, coming from an old ghost town and a bachelorette party, returning home from Las Vegas. When the groups meet up, by mistake, they’re left to discover if the motel is really abandoned and haunted by the souls, of the clowns, that once lived there.

An exclusive performance by Beauty In The Suffering of the song “REVEILLE'”which features producer DieTrich Thrall and drummer Galen Wailing, both of the legacy industrial/fetish act Lords Of Acid, takes place during a key scene.

Writer and director Joseph Kelly weighed in on the collaboration, “DieTrich and his band brought our Las Vegas party scene from Clown Motel to life with a blistering rendition of their song ‘REVEILLE!’ Awesome energy!”

Executive Producer and Film Editor David W Bailey also chimed in, “DieTrich brought fire to the set of Clown Motel with his scorching song ‘Reveille’ that left the cast and crew speechless!”

Executive producer and co-star Don Schell, who plays the part of Chris in the film commented, “Beauty In The Suffering have already amassed a solid fan base with their initial zombie/horror themed music videos produced by mastermind DieTrich Thrall so it only made sense to have him bring his twisted talents to ‘Clown Motel!’”

Guest drummer Galen Wailing: “Having previously worked with Dietrich Thrall in Lords of Acid, I got the pleasure of working with him on his solo project Beauty in the Suffering. Always professional and a great guy to work with!”

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DieTrich is currently on tour in Europe with death metallers TAIPAN. Taipan is touring in support of the album Straight From The Underground which features members of MegadethStatic XMinistry, and Xandria.

Tour Dates:
06/29 @ Sanam Metal Day – Ibiza, Spain
07/05 @ Eradication Fest – London, England
07/09 @ Le Klub – Paris, France
07/10 @ Rock N’ Eat – Lyon, France
07/18 @ Zer-bizio Sala Moratalla – Murcia, Spain
07/19 @ Sala Spectrum – Murcia, Spain
07/20 @ MORGULL – Albacete, Spain
07/21 @ La Tribu 2015 – Cantabria, Spain
07/22 @ Sala Sonambula – Benidorm, Spain
07/25 @ Darkness Pub – València, Spain
07/26 @ The Cave Rock Club – Amsterdam, Netherlands
07/27 @ Stonehenge Festival – Steenwijk, Netherlands

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Artist & producer DieTrich (pronounced “Dee – Trick”) Thrall is known for his extensive international touring with industrial legacy band LORDS OF ACID and MISFITS guitar legend DOYLE WOLFGANG VON FRANKENSTEIN’s solo project DOYLE. He was also a primary creative contributor to underground Marazene, who scored a hit – and the approval of rock legends NIKKI SIXX and TOMMY LEE – with their extreme cover of Motley Crüe’s “Live Wire.”

“For their first outing as a new band, Thrall and team decided to adopt a horror motif, beginning with the track ‘The Crazies (The Zombie Song),’ which is no doubt influenced by the horror classics of George A. Romero – not just the film of the same name, but his beloved Dead saga as well.
‘The Crazies’ is the first of three zombie-themed songs to be incorporated into a long-form music video conceived by Thrall (which is currently in production), and you’ll be hearing more about [the] project soon.” – Gregory Burkart (FEARnet.com)

“Beauty In The Suffering is an evolving concept I came up with years ago that best described a sense of optimism during some bright spots of an otherwise massive struggle against overwhelming odds.

Music I have been writing and expressing over the last several years has been uniquely intimate in reflecting those struggles and I am very excited about putting out some fresh ideas that represent the here and now.

Beauty In The Suffering deals with universal themes of love and loss, defeat and resolve, and struggle and triumph.

Everybody has moments where the road looks impossible to pass. But somehow, little by little we manage through our own inner strength and the purposeful placement of fate, chance, and karma. We emerge wiser and with a deeper understanding of ourselves and of our place in the world and – The Beauty We Glean From The Suffering We Have Endured Can NEVER Be Denied..

This is a journey I accepted long ago. I wear the scars of my personal triumph over my struggles with pride and I stand ready to face new challenges.

And, like the phoenix rising from the ashes, this is a new beginning. I thank you all for standing by my side during some very difficult years of active-inactivity. The future is wide open and full of nothing but payoff.” ~DieTrich Thrall 11.18.12

“[Beauty In The Suffering’s debut zombie themed music video ‘The Crazies’ is] ..A visual mini-epic.. Chilling!” – Gregory Burkart (FEARnet.com)

“Beauty in the Suffering’s debut song ‘The Crazies (The Zombie Song)’ is a thunderous assault amidst apocalyptic party lyrics!” – COMA Music Magazine

“[Beauty In The Suffering is a] charging electro soaked metal project that evokes the likes of Deathstars and Motionless In White with its thick and filthy tone.” – Necromag.co.uk

“Brilliant!” – Melissa Themeli (Our City Radio – Minneapolis)

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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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MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT STRANGE AFFAIRS TOUR with CURSE MACKEY!
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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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

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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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