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Blacklite District Goes Viral With “Cold As Ice” Music Videos

“Cold as Ice (A Minecraft Original Music Video)” Garners Over 15 Million Plays

Spearfish, SD based electronic alternative rock act Blacklite District (BLD) has released two Official Music Videos for their single, “Cold As Ice,” off of their third LP, Instant Gratification. The original video, released on February 24, 2017 and posted by famed radio DJ Lou Brutus the same day, scored 350,000 streams in its first week and later accrued several million since. The second video, featuring imagery from the hit video game Minecraft, has garnered an additional +15 million views since its release on August 23.

“I don’t really know what else to say about this song, because the music really does the talking. “Cold As Ice” has exceeded every expectation we set for it. From 20 million views on YouTube, to major airplay on SiriusXM Octane, to the “Rock Hard” playlist on Spotify, and now heading Top 40 on the Billboard Charts, we’re excited for “Cold As Ice” to continue to scratch and claw it’s way into 2018 with us.” – Kyle Pfeiffer (Vocalist/Producer)

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Track List:
1. Living in a Nightmare
2. Goodbye
3. Slave to You
4. Cold as Ice
5. Just so You Know
6. Blood Red (Turn the Dollar Green)
7. Okay
8. No I Will Not
9. Starboy
10. Live and Learn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Primitive Race Share “Dancing On The Sun” Off of ‘Soul Pretender,’ in Honor of Late Front-Man, Chuck Mosley

On November 3rd, Primitive Race released their compelling Alternative Rock album Soul Pretender, with vocals handled by Chuck Mosley (Faith No More, Bad Brains, Cement, VUA), music by Erie Loch (LUXT, Blownload, Exageist), Mark Gemini Thwaite (Peter Murphy, Tricky, Gary Numan), Bass and song-writing from founding member Chris Kniker, and drums by Dale Crover (The Melvins). On November 9th, Chuck Mosley died after many years battling addiction, making the long awaited album the legendary front-man’s swan song. In honor of Chuck, the band has chosen to share his favorite track off of the album, “Dancing on the Sun,” and to donate 100% of 2018 album sales to MusiCares to benefit substance abuse treatments for artists battling addiction.

Says Chuck’s long-time friend Chris Kniker:

“I wasn’t prepared for any of this. Most only knew Chuck Mosley as the former singer of Faith No More; to me was a friend with whom I had formed a special bond over the past 17 years. Chuck was funny, witty, charismatic, and charming in a way that was only Chuck. He was truly one of a kind. Chuck inspired Mark, Erie, and I, and I knew we did the same for him. He felt we had created something that allowed him to grow as an artist. He was thrilled and honored to be playing on a record with Dale Crover. I was just happy to know that we made a record that I enjoyed; a group of friends creating something together. I am sure that Chuck would want us all to learn and grow from his struggles. Addiction is a horrible burden to bare for the afflicted and their loved ones. If you are or know someone who needs help don’t be afraid to ask.”

“When I listened to the music, ideas just came pouring out,” Mosley had previously stated. “I couldn’t say no to doing the record. When we completed the first few tracks, I found myself wishing I had written them. Not just the lyrics…just good heavy riffs and grooves really sucked me in. The melodies and words came super easy with this music. Even though it’s a whole different vibe it brought out a side of me I haven’t experienced since writing with Faith No More.”

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Chuck’s family is also running a Go Fund Me to cover memorial costs and a planned memorial show, fans and supporters can donate HERE.

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The Damn Truth Release Official Music Video for “White Lies” Off of ‘Devilish Folk;’ US Tour Dates Announced for Winter 2017-2018

Montreal based, blues-infused rock band The Damn Truth are back at their devilish ways with the release of the video for “White Lies,” off of their sophomore LP, Devilish Folk. The gritty, heavy grooves of “White Lies” is a raw. indie rock masterpiece that is perfectly paired with visuals by Fatty Soprano and Shutterr.

The Damn Truth have also announced their first US Tour kicking off on the (Sold Out) Rock Legends 2018 Cruise (Sammy HagarBad CompanyUriah Heep, and more) and will spend the next two months making friends across the U.S. with their high energy rock’n’roll.

Catch The Damn Truth LIVE:
12/08 @ Jewel Music Club – Manchester, NH
12/16 @ Widowmaker Lounge – Carabasset, MN
01/26 @ Java Barn at St. Lawrence University – Canton, NY
02/09 @ FLX live – Geneva, NY
02/12 @ Preservation Club – Knoxville, TN
02/15-19 @ Legends of Rock Cruise – Miami, FL
02/21 @ Vista Room – Decatur, GA
02/24 @ Curtain Club – Dallas, tx
02/25 @ Fitzgerald’s Bar – San Antonio, TX
03/09 @ Arcadia Blues Club – Arcadia, CA
03/10 @ The Pour House – Paso Robles, CA
03/22 @ El Corazon/The Funhouse – Seattle, WA
03/23 @ The Garages – Beaverton, OR
05/04 @ Nietzsche’s – Buffalo, NY

Over the years, Canada has given us a lot of great bands; Neil Young , Alanis MorrisetteArcade FireBryan AdamsThe Guess WhoBTORush and many more.

Well, now there’s a new name you can add to that list; The Damn Truth.

Singer-guitarist Lee-la Baum has been called the love child of Robert Plant and Janis Joplin; mixing up the best of the classic rock the band loves with the indie energy of their hometown Montreal scene.

The band is here to introduce their new album (their 2nd), Devilish Folk, meet their American fans, and promote the new single, “White Lies”.

But the journey to get here has been a Behind The Music tale of drama, misfortune, and lucky breaks.

For example, you could say there’s nothing more rock n’ roll than your van blowing up in the middle of your biggest national tour to date. Unless of course, you’re The Damn Truth, and you’ve barely escaped with just the clothes on your back while most everything else is up in flames. And, oh yeah, it’s pitch black in the middle of nowhere in the northern Canadian backwoods. And you’ve got your 3-year old son and his babysitter also on board. And, did we mention it’s in the middle of winter – A Canadian winter.

“We had literally just driven out from a garage in the last town where the mechanic told us everything was fine. Thank god this car drove up beside us on the highway – waving their arms frantically – and told us that the van was on fire . We stopped, got as much stuff out as we could, and then literally watched the van blow up in front of us; all our gear – gone.” remembers drummer Dave Traina.

Nothing has ever come easy for The Damn Truth, but for every adversity there has been some unexpected reward. In this case, they quickly scrambled a funding campaign that raised over ten thousand dollars within 24 hours. The experience brought out the best from their fans and the local community and a renewed faith in the power of music. The tour continued. The shows – and their belief in rock n’roll – got stronger.

And now The Damn Truth are set to do it all over again (except for the blowing up part, of course).

A lot of good things have happened since then for the Montreal based quartet such as singer Lee-la Baum turning in a heart-stopping vocal for an Yves St Laurent TV commercial- their new perfume, Mon Paris, that is rolling out worldwide. The vocal (a cover of “Love Is Blindness” by U2) has had such an impact, raking in over 400K views, thousands of comments, emails and orders have come in from around the globe, exposing the band to a wide audience of new “Truth Seekers “.

The Damn Truth have their roots definitely in 60s and 70s rock ,but they are adding to that palette with alt-rock and indie-rock and whatever-else-kind-of rock attitudes and power; basically, what makes the music stronger is all that counts. Consider the pedigree of the alternative and classic rock credentials of Devilish Folk.

Devilish Folk mixed by Grammy-award winner Tchad Blake (Black KeysPearl JamArctic Monkeys, and others). All this power was brought to the forefront via the mastering of John Davis, responsible for the recent Led Zeppelin re-issues in addition to work with U2Lana del RayStone RosesFlorence & The Machine, and others.

The Damn Truth have always been a self-contained unit; producing their own records, videos, and hanging out old-school after a show; meeting the fans one by one.

“We’ve had to work hard every step of the way,” says lead guitarist Tom Shemer. “But that’s ok. People know it’s real when they come to the shows”.

Part of that ethos is the family vibe amongst the band; Tom and Lee-la travel with their 3-year old son “there has never been a choice in the matter. Rock n’ roll has always been our lives and his too. He’s been on tour since he was 2 months old. “ says Lee-la

The Damn Truth are Lee-la Baum (vocals/guitar), Tom Shemer (guitars), PY Letellier (bass) and Dave Traina (drums). There are echoes of Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Gretta Van Fleet, and Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes, all of it uniquely channelled through Lee-la’s powerful vocals; creating an emotional rock that’s both distinguished them and made them something of a musical anomaly.

“Jimi Hendrix taught me everything I needed to know about that rock’n’roll attitude,” says Lee-la, “and he was my first real rockstar crush!”

The world is evolving , rock n’ roll and social norms are changing.
Women are taking charge and Lee-la Baum and The Damn Truth are here to break those sexist stigmas every step of the way.

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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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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!

Dark Signal Release Lyric Video for Debut Single “Build You Back”

Sacramento based Rock/Metal Band Dark Signal are setting out to challenge expectations with their bold, debut single and lyric video, “Build You Back.” The song was produced by Drew Fulk and mixed by Taylor Larson; the video was directed/edited by guitarist Matt Thomas.

“This song is the embodiment of what our band has been through these last two years as we stepped back from our former band and brand to break the walls down that we built and create something new. This, as our first song, leads the way for Dark Signal, describing exactly how we have felt these last two years. Now we are here to build back what we once had, only better.” – Matt Thomas

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Dark Signal is elegant, and destructive. The best of us, at the worst of times. Dark Signal is everything we wanted it to be, and nothing we imagined. In the end we’re all looking for a story, something to connect to. Dark Signal is a choice. The choice to be our true selves, and create music we connect to in the same way we connect with others.

Dark Signal, hailing from Sacramento California, comes with a new rock sound. Powerful and dynamic rock, rooted in the origins of a driving foundation. Dark Signal formed in 2017 by Sammy KarlinAnthony Grant, Matt Thomas, David Gorman, and Isaiah Adbul-Rahman. 5 members taking 10 years of writing, recording, performing and growing together to craft a refined sound in the image of their take on modern music; Dark Signal is tasteful as it is heavy, aggressive as it is beautiful. Absorbing the influence of new artists like Nothing More and Stone Sour creating a new sound for music that can translate into performance. Make no mistake this is a performing group, with a vision for the stage as strong as the studio; working to deliver an experience worthy of their fans support.

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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