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BURDEN OF THE SKY Releases Official Music Video for “The Puppeteer”!

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Alternative Hard Rock/Metal band BURDEN OF THE SKY has released the official music video for their newest single, “The Puppeteer.” Directed by Scottie James and Jason Williams (with assistance from Savannah Bowles), “The Puppeteer” is the second single off of their upcoming sophomore release (due out 2019).

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“I tend to get lost in my head quite frequently thinking about life and how we choose to live it. I see a lot of people who get stuck in the cycle of get up, go to work, come home, watch tv, go to bed, and repeat. Falling into this kind of lifestyle terrifies me, and I’ve found music is my escape from that cage. I think a lot of people get stuck into that routine because they are afraid of the unknown, afraid of failure, or just afraid of change. They let their own anxiety and emotions control their fate, much like a puppet is controlled by its strings. My hope is that this song connects with others out there like me who want to take control of their lives. To inspire them to act on what they truly want out of their life.” – Scottie James (Vocals)

Click to Download / Stream “The Puppeteer” Online 11/16/2018

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Burden Of The Sky is an American Alternative Hard Rock/Metal band. The band was born in 2012, a project of Brad Shaw and Josh Appel. Cinis Ad Cinis, the group’s debut album, came to light in 2017 and pushed the band into the public eye. The album was driven by the lead single “Same Old Page”, which has been streamed worldwide over 800,000 times.

The debut album and new single “Sirens” were produced, mixed and mastered by award winning Nashville Producer/Engineer Colt Capperrune of Dark River Studios. Says Capperrune, “Working on an album like Cinis ad Cinis makes my job as a Producer easy. The songs were extremely strong just the way the band brought them to me.”

In 2018, the band has been reborn. Still lead by Shaw and Appel on guitars, as well as keyboardist Michael Mahoney, bassist Dustin Tritsch, and drummer Rick Streeter, they moved forward with new singer/songwriter Scottie James (Aterra Tale). Infused with new life, the band has moved forward with new material and look forward to their sophomore release in 2019.

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CITY OF TYRANTS Release Official Lyric Video for “Astral Projection”

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New Jersey based Metal band CITY OF TYRANTS has released the official lyric video for “Astral Projection,” the first single off of their upcoming album, REVELATIONS. Due out 11/16/2018, REVELATIONS will be a concept album addressing the conflict and confusion of pursuing ones personal ideology.

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“In 2018 we wrote and recorded what became Revelations. With the help of co writer Lukas Magyar (Veil Of Maya) we set out to create music that we liked and something that we could all be proud of. Stylistically, the biggest change is the addition of clean vocals contributed by our drummer. Revelations is a concept album telling the story of a god-like figure chosen to fulfill a prophecy. He is faced with several challenges that will eventually break him down causing him to become the evil which he sought to eradicate in the beginning of the story.” – City Of Tyrants
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City of Tyrants was formed in 2015 by Kevin Michael (drums), Ed Tyler (guitar), Chingkhei Akoijam (guitar) & Sean Mcgurr (vocals). During a time where the music scene in New Jersey was ever changing, City of Tyrants set out with one core goal in mind and that was to create music that they liked and could be proud of. After the release of the 2016 EP Erebus, the band saw the introduction of new vocalist Charles Horning and bassist Josh Palmer. With the new lineup, COT began the writing and recording of their new album, Revelations, in 2018. Underneath all of the crushing drums, polyrhythmic guitars and soaring vocals, Revelations delivers a strong concept which is both interesting and telling of today’s society.

The album is told from a first person perspective and is the story of a god-like character who is chosen to bring peace to a post apocalyptic world. The character ultimately ends up in battle with himself, fighting his urges to become the exact opposite of what he set out to be. “Fans will have to listen to the album through to find out how the story ends” adds Kevin.

In a sea of what seems to be a growing number of bands in the genre, City of Tyrants intends to set themselves apart with Revelations. “We hope that people enjoy it is as much as we do and are engaged by the story line” adds Kevin.

Revelations will be available on all major music platforms November 16, 2018.

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ZARDONIC Releases Highly Anticipated New LP, ‘BECOME’

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Internationally renown Electronic Music Producer ZARDONIC has released his newest LP, Become, via Entertainment One. The 11 track album is a culmination of the Venezuelan masked demon’s unique blending and evolution of rock, metal, and electronic elements, featuring collaborations with such accomplished artists and bands as Celldweller, American Grim, The Qemists, Coppa, Jorgen Munkeby, and Malke & Ape.

BECOME is a very personal album. It is a journey of change, transition, resistance, self-reflection and evolution.” – ZARDONIC

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Imagine if you will crossing Ministry with Gravity Kills and then adding in a touch of Atari Teenage Riot and Nine Inch Nails. That’s what you get here. Sounds wild, right? – Philip Sayblack

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Track List:
1. No Mas Revolucion (Intro)
2. Revelation
3. Black And White (feat. American Grim)
4. Takeover (feat. The Qemists)
5. Children Of Tomorrow (feat. Coppa)
6. Before The Dawn (feat. Celldweller)
7. Follow The Light
8. Transhuman (feat. Jorgen Munkeby)
9. Army Of One
10. Monster (feat. Malke & Ape)
11. Libertadores (Finale)

 

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“No Mas Revolucion” depicts a cold realization about the big picture of the Venezuelan Crisis, as seen from an outside perspective which was granted to me as I left to live in the United States and now Germany.

“Revelation” is a personal statement inspired by the people who took stances both in favor and against Zardonic, both as myself and as my music project. It’s a celebration of the best revenge anyone can have against backstabbers, bad-mouthers, copycats and hypocrites: your own success.

“Black And White” is pure, blind rage. The overflowing power that becomes a fighter ready for the ring. American Grim was perfect for this, because Ryan Grim is a fighter himself. They are a mammoth of a band, and I love them like family. It made me very happy to have them on the record!

“Takeover” is a reminder to the world that before EDM and Rock / Metal became the trend it is today, we were pursuing this sound since 2004, and there were also many before us all the way back to the 60s. It made perfect sense then, that The Qemists were the right act for this collaboration. We pay homage to the great artists before us, those who made it big, those unsung, Pendulum, The Prodigy, Celldweller, Ministry, Linkin Park, and all other great artists that contributed to bring Electronic fused Rock to the mainstream, and as the scene takes shape, you better be ready to brace for Takeover!

“Children Of Tomorrow” is an anthem for the resistance. For the people who have raised their voice as the system continues to oppress us. Many sadly took this fight to the streets and violence, leading eventually to riots and their deaths. This is our homage to them. Coppa did a wonderful job with the vocals and lyrics. He is a truly illuminated guy and one of the most genuine artists I’ve had the pleasure to work with. I’d gladly do an entire record with him!

“Before The Dawn” to me is a fanboy’s dream come true. Celldweller was the one artist I heard that blew my mind with his seamless mix of Metal and Electronic Dance Music back in 2003 when he released his Self-Titled debut album. Working with him is an absolute honor, especially because his vocals and lyrics fit the album concept wonderfully well. “Alone I pray for something I know will surely come, is this the dark before the dawn? I hear the voice that’s calling, says not to be afraid, fears that surround me fade away…”

“Follow The Light” continues on to follow the voice in Before The Dawn: “We reunite as the worlds collide. Fear is an illusion. We are your salvation. By eventide our journey begins, so heed the call and follow the light”. The worlds collide is a perfect analogy to our manipulated society. It pains me to see this, because I see the results of it in every aspect of our lives. How through fear people are led to create enemies out of fellow humans, and are capable of the worst atrocities against them. I have no idea if this will ever end, but I know I don’t want to be a part of the collide, so I follow the light above. The light that lets me see with real eyes what is going once you look at the big picture.

“Transhuman” is the ascension of our consciousness into a higher state of being. It is a slow, painful, confusing and chaotic process that requires breaking through paradigms deeply ingrained in our minds since the moment we are born. I took this concept to madman Jorgen Munkeby of the norwegian Blackjazz band SHINING who contributed with the most insane saxophone execution I have ever heard. He is an absolute genius!

“Army Of One” is the loud voice of frustration, anger and fear pulling back. A fear covered by a false fearlessness, for a man who truly has no fear has no need to attack or fight back. It’s easy to fall for it. The relentlessness of anger is very seductive. Pure, raw, unrestrained, and potentially devastating if not under control. Philosophical whatnots aside, I think this will make a great track for First Person Shooters!

“Monster” was the perfect counterpart for Army Of One. Originally a demo project by fellow producer Mario Malke who is an insanely talented Hard Techno producer, sound designer and drummer. He did it together with band APE. I liked how the lyrics say “the voices, we don’t need them at all” and “we’ve seen it all before”. Leaving anything behind always comes with a lot of pain, but once you’re on the other side, everything makes sense.

“Libertadores” is the final mourning of the dying world. It’s walking forward knowing that the pain might always linger, but there is no way to go but forward. To portray this, I based the song in the recent events of the Venezuelan rebellion, which ended in the assassination of Oscar Pérez with the use of a Rocket Launcher. Looking at this is something that still sends chills down my spine. How is it possible that men could carry such acts? What were their true motives? It’s not like we’re strangers to these atrocities as they have been very well documented, but one thing is to read a book or watch a documentary and another is to have it hit close to home. It is my farewell to the fight, my apology to the resistance and my homage to those who fell. I hope I never have to deal with it ever again.

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Swiss Dark Metal Band XAON Release Official Music Video for “Zarathustra”!

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Sion, Switzerland based Dark Metal Band XAON has released the official music video for their single, “Zarathustra,” off of their 2017 released The Drift LP. The studio duo (Vincent Zermatten on Guitars and Rob Carson on Vocals) will be joined by their live crew (John Six on Bass, Jordan Kiefer on Drums, and Onbra Oscouŗa and Klin HC on Guitars) performing around Europe and the UK throughout the rest of 2018 before hitting the studio again for their next album. Head over to the Facebook page for tour dates and more info.

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“We’re extremely proud to finally release the music video for Zarathustra! When we finished writing the album it was always obvious to us that this was the song that needed to be put into picture and after going through a ton of technical issues and scheduling conflicts, we are thrilled to finally unveil it to the world..” – XAON

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Track List:
1. Terra Incognita
2. On The Nature Of Flights
3. Khadath Al Kold
4. Frozen Shroud
5. Zarathustra
6. Broken Anchor
7. I Write My Hopes
8. The Wounded Gods

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Click HERE to Buy / Download ‘The Drift’ via Sliptrick Records!

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Catch XAON LIVE:
09/20 @ Rock’N’Eat – Lyon, France
09/22 @ Le Grillen – Colmar, France
10/19 @ No Man’s Land – Volmerange-Les-Mines, France
10/20 @ Le Cercle by Hell&M Prod asbl – Chapelle-lez-Herlaimont, Belgium
10/24 @ The Black Heart – London, England
10/25 @ The Fenton – Leeds, England
10/26 @ B2 Venue Norwich – Norwich, England
10/28 @ Aatma – Manchester, England
10/29 @ Ivory Blacks – Glasgow, Scotland

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XAON. An elusive name born amidst Switzerland’s highest mountains. Never quite fitting in any of the numerous galleries metal has to offer, drifting through the extremes whilst juxtaposing finesse and vehemence, exploring the vast echoic gloominess of the human mind. You can simply call it DARK METAL.

After a successful major european tour with gothic metal monsters SIRENIA and folk metal legends TYR promoting their debut EP Face Of Balaam and several large festival shows with the likes of PARADISE LOST, ELUVEITIE and ROTTING CHRIST, the combo led by Vincent Zermatten (guitars) and Rob Carson (vocals) took their alchemical artistry to a new level with the release of their first album The Drift through Sliptrick Records. The album progresses from spectral ambiances to grandiose and intricate orchestrations, it evolves from oppressing aggressiveness to majestic lamentations and will make you journey through a turmoil of monolithic pummeling and distinguished mournfulness.

Following this critically acclaimed release, XAON has set foot for the first time in the USA, toured in JAPAN while supporting OBSCURA, performed at the first edition of ROCK THE CASTLE in Verona opening for bands like MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS and more and is ready to take the rest of 2018 by storm and proving themselves as an upcoming force around the world.

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FEAR IS DEAD Release “BLISS,” Off of ‘OMNICIDAL’

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New York based Heavy Rock / Metal band FEAR IS DEAD has released the first single, “Bliss,” off of their fifth EP, OmnicidalOmnicidal is available to download via bandcamp.

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The band has also announced that they will be hitting the road in support of the EP having begun with a kick off show at The Delancey in New York on August 3rd and has since crossed to the West coast through California going into Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

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Fear Is Dead Omnicidal Tour Dates:
08/07 @ 5 Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA
08/09 @ Frost Music School – Anderson CA
08/10 @ EastSide Bar and Grill– Portland, OR
08/11 @ The Heavy Metal Brewing Co – Vancouver, BC
08/12 @ Mirkwood Shire – Arlington, WA
08/13 @ The Funhouse – Seattle, WA
08/16 @ Winter Tavern– Pacifica, CA
08/17 @Mardi Gras Lounge – Redwood City, CA

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Omnicidal Track List:
1) Digitally Stoned
2) Home in the Dark
3) Bliss
4) Omnicidal
5) Seismic

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In today’s overcrowded Metal scene it’s virtually impossible for a band to rise up and stand out, against the odds, that’s what Fear Is Dead is doing.
Since 2011 they’ve been racking up large numbers of awe inspiring live performances, Fear is Dead has garnered the acclaim of many of New York’s underground, bringing fans from the Metal scene, and Hardcore / Punk scene together. Melting faces from BK’s Knitting Factory to LES Mercury Lounge, most recently packing out Brooklyn’s new Metal haven Lucky 13 Saloon. Their unique sound and intense energy some would say is reminiscent of early Machine Head and Korn.

Established in 2011 by Skila and Jacqueline Burns, the early line up included Anthony Moreno Brown on drums. Jax’s guitar and bass stylings set the tone for the heavy sound that would evolve to what we hear today. They released two EPs, Fear Is Dead in 2011, and Mourning Ritual in 2013, that were both well received. Songs like “I’m Slow” “Lie to Me” and “Boomerang” are still requested by fans today.

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The band went on hiatus in 2014, and in 2015 Skila returned with a new line up, composed of Matt Pompeii on Bass, Carlos Crowcell on Drums, and newcomer David English on Guitars. This new Fear Is Dead still had the trademark strong groove and poetic introspective lyrics, but was musically much heavier and darker than it’s earlier incarnation. In the beginning of 2016 the band released their 3rd EP, Eleutherophobia. An appropriately more aggressive project, reflecting the times personally, socially, and politically. Songs like “Pretty Ugly” and “Miranda” quickly became underground favorites.

In mid 2017 the band released their 4th EP titled What Remains (2017). This project was musically more experimental and creative, and, lyrically from a darker, more personal place.

The band’s 5th EP Omnicidal is expected to be released late July 2018, followed but the Omnicidal West Coast Tour Aug 5th thru the 18th.

Their music, videos, and artwork all embody what Fear Is Dead is about: evolving musically and artistically. Losing yourself to find yourself, even for a moment.

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QUOR Release Official Lyric Video for “RAISING THE DEAD”

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Heavy Rock band QUOR has released the official lyric video for “Raising The Dead,” off of their January 25th released EP, The Way We Are. With art and animation by Svitlana Reinish, “Raising The Dead” originally premiered on Loudwire.

The concept for the track came from a walk through a shallow burial ground in Ireland, “There was an impact left from the image of the bones laying under the rock patches covering the graves. It made me wonder what those old bones might want to say to us from the grave. How would they view their own actions in life differently now? How would they advise the living to live?” – QUOR

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“‘The Way We Are‘ was recorded at a studio that we’d never been to, with a mixing engineer and producer we’d never worked with., in a time frame we’ve never produced a record in, all putting us in about the most uncomfortable recording situation possible; right where we like it. Uncomfortable as fuck. If you listen to the ‘The Way We Are‘ from front to back and still think it isn’t a great record and shouldn’t be played by every industry person out there, then maybe we should quit and so should you, because you don’t know what great heavy songs are even if they hit you in the face.” – QUOR

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Track List:
1. Fly Little Bird
2. Raising the Dead
3. Unicorn
4. Life Is a Hard Thing
5. The Way We Are

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What is QUOR? Something you should hear, you should feel, and should tell your closest friends about. QUOR is a quiet difference of styles and dynamics that follow no rules of the rock/metal/punk genres, but still stands as a whole, consistent within itself. Something new and fresh. Every song is an epic ride, a storied tale. Subtle and furious in groove; hooked for days in harmony. Will you find yourself uttering a line or two caught deep inside your head? To where will it take you? The answer is yours but the outcome is always the same. By listening to QUOR, you will arrive into awesomeness. Bold but true.

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JUST 6 HOURS Release Official Lyric Video for “One Way Doors” Off of ‘SOBER’ EP

New Jersey based alternative rock band JUST 6 HOURS has released the official lyric video for their single, “One Way Doors,” off of their sophomore EP, Sober, which is out NOW via Moto Records.

“‘One Way Doors’ is a song about drug use and not being able to become sober, like going through a door and not being able to open it back up, hence the title, ‘One Way Doors.’ The lyrics use quotes from real drug addicts – Just 6 Hours

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Early Praise for Sober

“Jersey Shore-based Just 6 Hours’ forthcoming sophomore EP, Sober, finds the young band maturing with an angst-filled, metal-rooted, punk-fueled sound that will please fans of both Tool and Black Sabbath. Among the standout tracks is “One Way Doors,” which features such an emotional vocal delivery by singer-rhythm guitarist, Seth Barnett, it almost seems as if he is mistakenly trapped in hell and can’t get out. A blend of metal and blues guitar by Nick Marrotta adds to the intensity and integrity of the track.” – The Aquarian.

Track List
1. Ashes
2. Patrick
3. Pity Me
4. One Way Doors
5. Dan
6. Number Man

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Just 6 Hours is an alternative rock band formed in 2014 by bassist Gordon Sine. Lead vocalist/guitarist Seth Barnett joined the group in June of 2015 and the band is now based out of Asbury Park, NJ. A change in the band’s lineup just before a gig at The Saint in Asbury Park resulted in the addition of Nick Marrotta and Anthony Giordano on lead guitar and drums, respectively, in the spring of 2017. With only six hours of rehearsal time leading up to The Saint show, the reinvented band took the stage and performed a powerful set. Since that first show at The Saint, Just 6 Hours has performed at major venues across NJ including The Brighton BarThe House of IndependentsThe Wonder BarThe Stone PonyDingbatz, and Boontunes. In May 2018, Just 6 Hours was named Jersey Rock Band of the Week by WRAT 95.9 FM and in April 2018 played a live set on WMCX 88.9 FM.

Borne from musical influences that include NirvanaGreen DayYellowcardPierce the VeilBlack SabbathMetallica, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Just 6 Hours sound is a combination of powerful rhythms supporting aggressive guitar drive melodies with lyrics that are thoughtful and emotional. As an original member of the Moto Records community, Just 6 Hours released their second EP, Sober, in March 2018 to rave reviews. Their first EP, H.O.P.E., was released in early 2017. Both are available on all streaming services.

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