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New York Hardcore Heavyweights BRICK BY BRICK to Release New Album, “Hive Mentality”

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Born out of Troy, NY’s infamous hardcore scene, Brick by Brick – featuring Mike Valente (Guitars), Andy Parsons (Bass), Ray Mazzola (Vocals, ex-Full Blown Chaos), and James Muller (Drums) – have relentlessly cultivated their reputation as a staple force of hybrid hardcore metal. Solidifying and reviving their sound in recent years with the addition of Mazzola on vocals, the band’s perspective is fresh with formidable intent.

Brick by Brick exemplifies a working-class band.” – New Noise Magazine

Hive Mentality out February 22, 2019 

Brick by Brick return in 2019 with their seventh studio album, Hive Mentality – an onslaught of brutal ferociousness. The album is scheduled to be released on February 22, 2019 via Upstate Records, and will be available to pre-order via major digital retailers beginning January 11.

Pre-Order Beginning January 11 Here

Produced by Jason Bourdeau, the album was recorded at Overit Media in Albany, NY, with mastering by legendary Alan Douches of West West Side Music.

Check out a brand new Hive Mentality album teaser now via YouTube 

Raising a massive middle finger to the establishment, Hive Mentality is a battle cry to all that is wrong with the world, yet signifying that all is right with heavy music convergence. Epitomizing the tone of the title track “Hive Mentality“, track guest Jessica Pimentel (Alekhine’s Gun vocalist, Orange is the New Black actress) seethes “Get the fuck out of the way or get trampled,” with a ranting rage. Based upon true events, track five, entitled “Bar Is Open“, sums up Brick by Brick flawlessly in their declaration of, “We live to drink/We love to fight/We bring the party/Rage through the night.” That statement is further emphasized by none other than guest vocalist Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste, Iron Reagan). The Acacia Strain‘s Vincent Bennett further exudes the savagery of Hive Mentality with his vocal spot on “In The Ruins“, before the album reaches its apex with a blistering rendition of Motörhead‘s “Iron Fist“, a sonically-heated kick like a belt of Jack that Lemmy himself would have savored and tipped his hat to.

Vocalist Ray Mazzola says, “It was an honor to have our guest vocalists join us for this album. We wrote it knowing all along that Tony from Municipal Waste/Iron Reagan was going to sing on ‘Bar Is Open‘, and it turned out that a few of the more thrash-edged songs were inspired by him. Vincent of The Acacia Strain agreed to redo an old tune of ours, ‘In The Ruins‘, that was featured as a limited edition run that he collaborated with us on. It needed to be heard internationally. Last but not least, Jessica Pimentel from Orange Is The New Black/Alekhine’s Gun was a perfect choice for the middle rant on ‘Hive Mentality‘, portraying anger from a woman’s perspective.”

Brick by Brick brings one metal riff after another, interwoven with slamming breakdowns and a relentlessly rhythmic battering. Hive Mentality transcends beyond genres – it embraces the angst within each soul from any heavy music scene and brings solace to every metalhead, muscle head, hardcore kid, and old school punk who’s been internally bleeding and eternally screaming in defiance.

 

Brick by Brick Hive Mentality Album Art

Hive Mentality track list:

“Hive Mentality” featuring Jessica Pimentel
“Bad Sign”
“Toe to Toe”
“Battleground”
“Bar Is Open” featuring Tony Foresta
“Never to Wake”
“In The Ruins” featuring Vincent Bennett
“Slave to the Grind” (Skid Row cover)
“Iron Fist” (Motörhead cover)

 

Brick by Brick has a long and storied career which reads like a documentary on all that’s upstate and heavy as fuck.” – RadioRadioX

Brick by Brick has shared the stage and/or toured with many notable artists such as Anthrax, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Biohazard, Agnostic Front, Madball, The Acacia Strain, Sick Of It All, and many more. The band has also appeared on many festivals, including New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, Black n’ Blue Bowl, Tsunami Fest, Breast Fest, Motorcity Fest, Toughlove Fest, Florida Rules fest, and more. Building upon their performance resume, Brick by Brick will perform at select shows this winter – see below for all current dates.

Brick by Brick upcoming shows:

12/21 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theater (w/ Cro-Mags, Murphy’s Law + more)
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12/22 – Waterford, NY @ Chrome (w/ The Acacia Strain, Recon + more)
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2/22 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall (w/ Dying Fetus) Hive Mentality Album Release Show
Facebook Event Link | VIP Purchase Link

 

“When it comes to by the number, blue-collar heavy hardcore there isn’t a need for a whole lot of innovation and Brick by Brick understands this. And that’s not a thinly veiled shot at the band. If you want to hear aggressive music firmly anchored in tradition, you will find it…” – PunkNews

Brick by Brick online:

Facebook | ReverbNation | Spotify | YouTube

 

Featured photo (top) by Jim Wertman

 

Melodic Metal Outfit THE CROWN REMNANT Reveals Guitar Playthrough Video for “Inferno”

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Los Angeles-based five-piece The Crown Remnant recently announced the upcoming release of latest conceptual opus, The Wicked King: Part II, available for pre-order now via Amazon, iTunes, Google Play and Bandcamp. Pre-orders are available with “Inferno” as an instant-grat download. You can also pre-save the album via Spotify HERE. The Wicked King: Part II, takes the listener on a dramatic, energetic joyride from start to finish!

Today, The Crown Remnant have revealed a brand new guitar playthrough video for their latest single, “Inferno“. Watch the video, featuring the skills of guitarist Will Ash, now alongside an interview via PureGrainAudio.com‘s Geared Up HERE.

Will Ash tells PureGrainAudio.com: “We’re lucky to have the opportunity to record with some amazing gear. This latest record, Part II, and The Wicked King: Part I were both recorded with a blend of amazing guitars and amps including a Mesa Mark IV, Peavey 5150 (block letter), and more. Of the three main guitars used to track the record, this Schecter Hellraiser was my main lead guitar.”

You can now watch two additional new videos from The Crown Remnant, including a live footage music video for “Inferno“, as well as part one of the band’s behind-the-scenes track-by-track video series, detailing the album’s intro track, “Into the Depths“.

Watch the videos:
Inferno” live footage music video
Behind-the-Scenes Part 1 – “Into the Depths

The Crown Remnant have mastered the art of melodic, theatrical, yet hard-hitting heavy metal, and the world is about to take notice. Combining a variety of metallic influences ranging from modern metalcore and prog, thrash and more, The Wicked King: Part II acts as the second part of the band’s previous release, The Wicked King: Part I. Within the first month of its release, The Crown Remnant garnered over 10,000 streams of their first single cut from The Wicked King: Part I, entitled “Haunted“. The band plans to follow suit and beyond with The Wicked King: Part II.

The Wicked King: Part II is loosely based on thematic concepts of oppression and tyranny. Originally recorded as one long album, the band decided to split it into two releases – with The Wicked King: Part II acting as the “darker” side of the two. Part II addresses tales of betrayal, mortality, exploring the afterlife and more. Intertwined within these ideals are scattered lyrics pertaining to the character designed on the front cover of the album: The Wicked King. He remains an everlasting shadow of a forgotten king set on immortality, with his insatiable lust for never-ending life.

The Wicked King: Part II was recorded in multiple studios throughout Southern California, with the help of S&W Audio, and producer/engineer Tyler Ruehl (Noble, At The Skylines, Taipan, Lion I Am). After a rigorous tracking process, the songs were mixed by Robin Leijon (In Dying Arms, Atena, Eternal Void).

The Crown Remnant will hit this road this winter for select tour dates! See below for a list of all confirmed tour stops.

The Crown Remnant tour dates:

1/23 – Fresno, CA – Barmageddon
1/24 – San Francisco, CA – The Noise SF
1/27 – Eugene, OR – Old Nick’s
1/29 – Seattle, WA – The Funhouse
2/1 – Boise, ID – The Shredder
2/2 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
2/3 – Phoenix, AZ – 51West

The Wicked King: Part II track listing:

1) Into the Depths
2) The End
3) Legacy
4) Inferno
5) The Eternal Façade
6) As Faith Fades
7) The Wicked King

The Crown Remnant is:

Geordy Shallan – Lead Vocals
Will Ash – Lead Guitar
Jorge Lopez – Rhythm Guitar
Josue Lara – Bass Guitar
Art Ramirez – Drums

THE CROWN REMNANT online:

Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter
Soundcloud | Bandcamp | YouTube

 

Chase Atlantic Debut New Song, “Like A Rockstar,” + Announce Signing to BMG

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“One of the most unpredictable and exciting bands in our world.”
– Rock Sound

Los Angeles, CA – Australian three-piece, Chase Atlantic, has debuted their much-anticipated new single, “Like A Rockstar.” The offering is a solid, atmospheric alt-pop track that underscores the band’s eclectic sound and diverse musicianship. It also marks the group’s first release under their newly-inked partnership between MDDN and BMG. A forthcoming EP is slated for release in early 2019. Stream and download “Like A Rockstar” on digital retailers HERE.

Chase Atlantic Music Videos:

Numb To The Feeling | SWIM | Okay | Keep It Up | Why Stop Now
Cassie | Triggered | Into It | Church | Obsessive

“The group’s genre-bending sounds echo The Weeknd and The 1975.” – Associated Press

Comprised of brothers Clinton and Mitchel Cave, and their longtime friend, Christian Anthony, Chase Atlantic personally produce, perform, and passionately conjure up dark alternative pop, punctuated by rock and R&B that blurs the lines between a nocturnal aesthetic and primal bliss. Since forming in 2011, the trio has headlined shows worldwide, released their successful self-titled debut album (2017), as well as two independent EPs, Dalliance (2014) and Nostalgia (2015). In 2015, their single, “Friends,” went viral and caught the attention of Good Charlotte’s Joel and Benji Madden, who signed them to their music company, MDDN.

“Chase Atlantic is going to be big” – QRO Magazine

Chase Atlantic has crossed over 80 million global streams on Spotify and Apple Music, racked up over 7.2 million total views on YouTube, and clocked over 1.1 million monthly Spotify listeners. The band has also built a strong following on social media, with 650k total combined followers across their platforms. In addition to touring with Blackbear, Sleeping With Sirens, and Lights, the group has played notable festivals including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Firefly, Reading & Leeds, PukkelPop, Lowlands, and the final run of the Vans Warped Tour. Chase Atlantic is currently on a headline trek across Europe, with a full itinerary of dates included below.

In other impressive news, Chase Atlantic landed the front cover of Rock Sound Magazine’s August issue, and has also garnered critical acclaim in the media from the likes of Billboard, Alternative Press, Associated Press, and more.

Chase Atlantic Headline Tour Dates:

12/7/18 – Manchester, U.K. @ Rebellion Club
12/8/18 – Leeds, U.K. @ Key Club
12/9/18 – London, U.K. @ The Garage
12/11/18 – Paris, France @ Les Etoiles
12/12/18 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Zappa JC
12/13/18 – Haarlem, The Netherlands @ Patronaat
12/14/18 – Dortmund, Germany @ FZW
12/15/18 – Hamburg, Germany @ Knust
12/16/18 – Innenstadt, Germany @ Colos-Saal
12/17/18 – Munich, Germany @ STROM
12/19/18 – Milan, Italy @ Legend Club
12/20/18 – District 5, Switzerland @ Dynamo
12/22/18 – Madrid, Spain @ Moby Dick
12/23/18 – Barcelona, Spain @ La Nau

“On the fast track to the top.” – Substream Magazine

Chase Atlantic Is:

Mitchel Cave –  vocals, bass guitar
Clinton Cave – lead guitar, bass saxophone, programming
Christian Anthony – rhythm guitar, vocals

Chase Atlantic Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
YouTube | Spotify | Apple Music

 

The Glorious Sons Announce U.S. Headline Tour for 2019

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Los Angeles, CA — Canadian rock quintet, The Glorious Sons, have announced an extensive U.S. headline tour for 2019! The trek runs from February through March and sees the JUNO-award winning band returning to key cities including Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nashville, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. LA-based newcomers, LIILY, will also provide direct support for the shows. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, November 16th and will be available to purchase HERE.

The Glorious Sons - US SOS TOUR Before the end of the year, The Glorious Sons will once again join The Struts on tour for a short leg of dates in Chicago, Des Moines, and Lawrence. The five-piece is also confirmed for notable radio holiday festivals in Pittsburgh, Charlotte, and Washington, D.C., sharing the stage with the likes of Bastille, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, and Meg Myers. A full itinerary of shows can be found below.

The Glorious Sons are having a massively successful year with their smash single, S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun), which is skyrocketing on a global scale. The track is climbing the Spotify Viral 50 charts, hitting #36 globally and #15 in the U.S. “S.O.S.” also just cracked the top 10 on the U.S. Active Rock radio charts and has racked up over 3.5 million streams and 105k Shazams. Furthermore, it was added to Spotify’s marquee Rock This playlist in the #1 position last week and is prominently featured on their other top-performing playlists including Rock Hard, Totally Alt, New Noise, Rockin’ Vibes, and more. In other impressive news, the song recently held the #1 position on Apple Music’s influential playlist, “The New Rock,” in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Stream and download “S.O.S” on all digital retailers HERE, and watch frontman Brett Emmons’ accompanying ‘Open Letter’ video HERE:

Listen to the 2017 album release Young Beauties and Fools:

iTunes | Apple Music | Spotify
Google Play | Amazon | TIDAL

The Glorious Sons on Tour:

11/16/18 – Prince Albert, SK @ EA Rawlson Centre ^
11/17/18 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre ^
11/19/18 – Thunder Bay, ON @ Community Auditorium ^
11/22/18 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena ^
11/23/18 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues *
11/24/18 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues *
11/26/18 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s *
11/27/18 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada *

12/1/18 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE (105.9 The X’s Kick-Ass Christmas) *
12/3/18 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore (106.5 The End Festivus) # %
12/4/18 – Washington, D.C. @ The Anthem (DC 101 Office Party) # ^^ %

2/12/19 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair ^
2/14/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade ^
2/15/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s ^
2/16/19 – Harrisburg, PA @ Club XL Live ^
2/17/19 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom ^
2/20/19 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl ^
2/21/19 – Nashville, TN @ Basement East ^
2/24/19 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall ^
2/25/19 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon ^
2/27/19 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club ^
2/28/19 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern ^

3/2/19 – Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar ^
3/4/19 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep ^
3/5/19 – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall ^
3/7/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar ^
3/8/19 – San Diego, CA @ Voodoo Room at House of Blues ^
3/9/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre ^
3/10/19 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop ^
3/11/19 – Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver ^
3/13/19 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern ^

^ Headline
* w/ The Struts
# w/ Bastille
% w/ Meg Myers
^^ w/ Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

 

The Glorious Sons Is:

Vocals, guitar, harmonica: Brett Emmons
Guitar, vocals: Jay Emmons
Guitar, vocals: Chris Koster
Drums, vocals: Adam Paquette
Bass: Chris Huot

The Glorious Sons Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter
Instagram | YouTube | SoundCloud

 

MAC SABBATH Releases Meaty Marionette Music Video for “Sweet Beef”

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Fast food-themed Black Sabbath parody kings Mac Sabbath are about to kick off another North American tour, beginning October 27 in Pomona, CA at Lagunitas Beer Circus! In celebration of the tour, the band have released their second recorded song, “Sweet Beef”, along with a brand new, zany music video for the track. The music video features maniacal marionettes in the image of the band members themselves!

Watch the “Sweet Beef” video now via premier comedy site
The Laugh Button

This video is so psychedelic, it will leave you with the munchies! Deranged vocalist Ronald Osbourne says: “Mac Sabbath ‘meats’ marionettes! There will be blood!

The “Sweet Beef” video concept was created by Mac Sabbath, Michael Serwich and Matt Scott, with maroniettes managed by Matt Scott and Rasputin’s Marionettes and editing and effects by Joe Seafus.

The most impressive-and terrifying-thing about Mac Sabbath is that they’re actually really good. Ronald channels his inner Ozzy onstage, from the manic jumping to the frantic hand waving…” – Bryan Rolli, Paste Magazine

 

New Tour Begins October 27 in Pomona, CA

See below for all confirmed tour dates! Tickets are available via each venue. Learn more at: http://www.officialmacsabbath.com/

Mac Sabbath Confirmed U.S. Tour Dates:

10/27 – Pomona, CA @ Pomona Fairplex – Lagunitas Beer Circus
10/28 – Long Beach, CA @ Alex’s Bar
10/29 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
10/31 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
11/1 – San Jose, CA @ The Ritz
11/2 – Crystal Bay, NV @ Crown Room at Crystal Bay Casino
11/3 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s
11/4 – Tacoma, WA @ Jazzbones
11/07 – Calgary, AB @ Dickens
11/08 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlight Room
11/09 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos Cantina
11/10 – Regina, SK @ Riddell Centre
11/11 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Pyramid Cabaret
11/14 – Hamilton, ON @ This Ain’t Hollywood
11/15 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
11/16 – Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall
11/17 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
11/18 – Palatine, IL @ Durty Nellies
11/19 – Hobart, IN @ Hobart Art Theater
11/21 – Lincoln, NE @ The Bourbon
11/22 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
11/24 – Scottsdale, AZ @ BLK Live

 

“… one of the most interesting bands to come around in a long, long time. They have Dead Kennedys’ outrageous sense of humor mixed with total irreverence and ornate style on top of a solid, engaging performance (even if the crowd is reluctant to respond). So while this whole thing was probably thought up after eating too many pot brownies, it is one of the most brilliant ideas in a long time.”­ – Troy Farah, Phoenix New Times

 

About Mac Sabbath

Mixing raucous comedy with borderline-horrific theatrics, the only thing more petrifying than impending health problems resulting from years of overeating is a Mac Sabbath show. Show attendees should be prepared to partake in the fun – Mac Sabbath puts on a theatrical, multimedia stage show – complete with a smoking grill, laser-eyed clowns, bouncing burgers and many more magical surprises… basically anything and everything an unwary show-goer could ever want in their wildest dreams. Named by Buzzfeed as one of the “13 Metal Bands You Didn’t Know How to React To” + Named as LA’s “Best Tribute Band” by LA Weekly.
 

“This is not a drill. Be it exchanging Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” for a “Pair-a-buns” or “Iron Man” for a “Frying Pan,” these food-focused musical dweebs are cooking up something hot ‘n’ ready just for you.” – Alicia Lutes, MTV.com

“Even if the songs are dripping with onions and extra cheese, Mac Sabbath put on one righteous stage show, complete with smoke machines, gritty power chords, and endless head-banging.” – Chris Coplan, ConsequenceofSound.net

 

Mac Sabbath Online:

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Featured Photo (top) by Jeremy Saffer

 

Tech-Death Icons GOROD Reveal Epic, Cinematic Music Video for “Bekhten’s Curse”

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Technical metal icons Gorod have released their brand new 10-track album, Aethra, today via Overpowered Records! The album can be ordered digitally via Amazon, iTunes and Google Play, and in several physical formats via Overpowered Records‘ merchandise site HERE.

In celebration of today’s release, Gorod have revealed an epic, cinematic music video for the track “Bekhten’s Curse”, produced by Disclosure Productions and available to view now via Revolver HERE.

 

Vocalist Julien Deyres tells Revolver: “Out of all of the songs on the album, these lyrics required the most research. I am not at all a specialist in Egyptian antiquity, but in doing my research on lunar deities I discovered this extraordinary story about a so-called miraculous healing of Ramesses II‘s sister-in-law. This legend is engraved on a stela that is currently in the Louvre Museum and is a proven historical fake. In this song, I am playing the role of a Bekhten’s city survivor, which was completely destroyed to restore a form of eventual reality… because way too often, popular legends such as this one were created to hide misdeeds by those who have the power and wish to be considered as heroes…”

Behind-the-scenes videos from Gorod:

Behind-the-scenes Aethra guitar + bass tracking 
Behind-the-scenes Aethra drum tracking

Aethra

Produced and recorded by Gorod guitarist/mastermind Mathieu Pascal in his own Bud Studio, mixed at Dugout Studio by the outstanding Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, Behemoth, Decapitated, In Flames) and mastered by Lawrence Mackrory at Obey Mastering (Decapitated, Nightrage), Aethra is a profound progression in terms of production, songwriting and arrangements.

With Aethra, Gorod transports the listener to a tragic and melancholic universe – a completely new level of darkness – while preserving what Gorod considers their tried and true core sound: incomparable groove, remarkable dexterity, and relentless technicality. But all the while, the band never sacrifices earworm hooks and unforgettable riffage.

Gorod - Aethra Album Art
Aethra Album Art by Jeff Grimal

Aethra track listing:

1) Wolfsmond
2) Bekhten’s Curse
3) Aethra
4) The Sentry
5) Hina
6) And the Moon Turned Black
7) Chandra and the Maiden
8) Goddess of Dirt
9) Inexorable
10) A Light Unseen

New Tour

As a live band through and through, Gorod plan to bring their trademark power and precision to North America on a full tour in support of Aethra. Before coming to the states, Gorod will tour in Europe and the UK with headliners Beyond Creation, as well as fellow support artists Entheos and Brought By Pain.

EU/UK Tour Dates:

02.11 Hamburg (D) Headcrash
03.11 Hannover (D) Faust
04.11 Berlin (D) Musik & Frieden
05.11 Prague (CZ) Nova Chmelnice
06.11 Vienna (A) Viper Room
07.11 München (D) Feirwerk
08.11 Ljubljana (SLO) Orto Bar
09.11 Retorbido (I) Dagda Club
10.11 Venice (I) Revolver
11.11 Aarau (CH) Kiff
12.11 Grenoble (F) L’Amperage
13.11 Barcelona (E) Upload Club
14.11 Madrid (E) Caracol
15.11 Porto (PO) Hard Club
16.11 Donosti (E) C.C. Larratxo
17.11 Angoulême (F) La Nef
18.11 Paris (F) Petit Bain
19.11 Manchester (UK) Satan’s Hollow
20.11 Glasgow (UK) Audio
21.11 Dublin (IRE) Voodoo Lounge
22.11 London (UK) Underworld
23.11 Birmingham (UK) Asylum2
24.11 Netherlands Oss Groene Engel
25.11 Oberhausen (D) Kulttempel

Gorod Online:

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Gorod is:

Julien “Nutz” Deyres: Vocals
Mathieu Pascal: Guitars
Ben “Barby” Claus: Bass
Nicolas Alberny: Guitars
Karol Diers: Drums

 

After 2 Postponed Dates, Christina Aguilera’s “Liberation Tour” Continues Across the US

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After two tour dates postponed due to loss of her voice and the advisement of doctors, multi-platinum superstar Christina Aguilera is back on the road with Liberation going through North America. It’s been ten years since she’s been on tour before the “Liberation Tour”.

Her last tour was 2006-2008 for Back to Basics. Since then Aguilera has been raising two children and she wants to return to the stage. Not only will Aguilera be singing gems from her newest album, but she will also sing songs that made her a powerhouse and unforgettable singer in the early 2000s. This is a show that can’t be missed.

Unfortunately for her fans in Orillia, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan, Aguilera was urged by her doctors to take time off to recover from her illness. However, fans showed great understanding in response to the news, wishing her a speedy recovery. Upon each postponement, Aguilera lamented via Twitter over letting fans down, and reassured them that she will be coming back and give her best.

Aguilera went on with the show tonight (October 16) at The Chicago Theatre, where she will be performing tomorrow night as well. She currently has thirteen dates afterward, no doubt with two new dates coming soon. (View the remaining tour dates below.)

Aguilera’s eighth studio album, Liberation, is the perfect title to describe her amazing musical and life journey. Aguilera is a fighter, proving the domestic violence she faced as a child with her mother at the hands of her father wouldn’t silence her. Aguilera has suggestively shredded her 90s pop princess image and tirelessly fought for creative control over her music. Throughout her career, Aguilera has proved nothing can hold her back.

Her 2002 Grammy-winning fourth studio album, Stripped, is a four times platinum record and it is also the second highest-selling album by a female US artist from the 2000s. The 2006 Grammy-winning album, Back to Basics, has become a three times platinum record. A hot single from the 2006 album, “Ain’t No Other Man” reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100 list and has sold more than 1.7 million digital downloads in the US. Aguilera has also worked in film, television, perfume, and as a judge on The Voice. Presently, Aguilera is ready to hit the road again after a decade and is prepared to amaze audiences with her powerful voice and soul.

In a press release with Aguilera’s record company RCA, she was quoted saying after her latest album release since her 2012’s Lotus,

I just needed to get back to truth. I felt like I was stuck, like when you can do something in your sleep and you’re unmotivated by it and you need to take a reflective moment and look at how you got away from your passion and off your path. It’s a big step to walk away from something that’s comfortable, but it can also be liberating to say, ‘Okay, I’m being true to myself now. I’m back to what I feel is my God-given purpose for being on this Earth.’ I’m not a commentator. I’m an artist. I’m a creator. I like to inspire. And when I stop believing in something, I have to evaluate my integrity in the situation and get back to the root of my truth and purpose.

Christina Aguilera - Photo Credit: Milan Zrnic
Christina Aguilera | Photography: Milan Zrnic

A popular track on Liberation is the song “Maria,” which is about going back to the little girl who simply wants to be inspired by music without the black cloud of the business side of things and feel alive again. Aguilera was quoted saying, “It’s not that my love of music depreciated, but being a young girl in a world of older men who sometimes had ulterior motives, and having no say in my own creativity or expression was very isolating.” The song has even more meaning, not only is “Maria” Aguilera’s middle name, but it is also from Julie Andrews’ character in The Sound of Music. Andrews’ performance in the film is what inspired a young Aguilera to sing.

Liberation contains beautiful songs that have powerful uplifting messages (“Maria”, “Fall in Line”), relationship songs (“Twice,” “Unless It’s With You,” “Masochist,” “Deserve”), and songs that make the listener feel good (“Accelerate,” “Sick of Sittin’” “Pipe,”). This album comes out during a time in the world where women need music in the wake of sexual harassment and the #metoo movement. Aguilera wants to connect to fans and let them know they are not alone, saying, “I wanted to talk not only about my journey but also deliver it in an honest way that connects with the soul. Everyone has their own version of ‘Maria’ — that little dreamer inside of them who might have to be put on hold because of kids, work, or family. So I hope that the album is a discovery of some kind for the listeners, as it was for me, and can be a form of release and independence and strength and inspiration to go out and find their own version of being liberated.

Liberation debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 list in the US and the album sales will only grow as Aguilera takes it on the road. Aguilera is proof you can remake yourself, own yourself, and be yourself even in the chaotic world of music. Aguilera is only getting better.

Pick up the newest album Liberation now!

Catch Christina Aguilera on the Remaining Dates of Her Tour:

OCT 17, 2018 – THE CHICAGO THEATRE – CHICAGO, IL

OCT 19, 2018 – PEPSI CENTER ARENA – DENVER, CO

OCT 22, 2018 – PARAMOUNT THEATRE – OAKLAND, CA

OCT 24, 2018 – FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO – INDIO, CA

OCT 26, 2018 – THE GREEK THEATRE – LOS ANGELES, CA

OCT 27, 2018 – THE COLOSSEUM AT CAESARS PALACE – LAS VEGAS, NV

OCT 29, 2018 – COMERICA THEATRE – PHOENIX, AZ

NOV 1, 2018 – SMART FINANCIAL CENTRE AT SUGAR LAND – SUGAR LAND, TX

NOV 3, 2018 – WINSTAR WORLD CASINO – THACKERVILLE, OK

NOV 4, 2018 – PARADISE COVE AT RIVER SPIRIT CASINO – TULSA, OK

NOV 6, 2018 – STIFEL THEATRE – ST LOUIS, MO

NOV 9, 2018 – SAENGER THEATRE – NEW ORLEANS, LA

NOV 11, 2018 – FOX THEATRE – ATLANTA, GA

NOV 13, 2018 – MAHAFFEY THEATER – ST. PETERSBURG, FL

 

Featured Photo (top) by Luke Gilford

 

Incite to Release New Album “Built To Destroy” on January 25, 2018 + New Tour Dates with Soulfly, Kataklysm, and More

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Last month, heavy metal frontrunners Incite – lead by frontman Richie Cavalera – announced select details about their upcoming fifth full-length album, Built To Destroy. Produced by Steve Evetts (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Suicide Silence) and mastered by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed), Built to Destroy is a visceral, urgent, voracious distillation of modern metal with reverence for the past, and boasts a progressed, matured sound for InciteIncite can now announce that Built To Destroy will hit the metal masses with full force on January 25, 2018 via MinusHead Records.

Last month, Incite dropped a new single, “Ruthless Ways”, originally revealed last month via SiriusXM Liquid Metal. Listen HERE.

Download/Stream “Ruthless Ways”:

iTunes | Spotify | Amazon | Bandcamp

New Tour Dates

In celebration of the album’s release, Incite will kick off a massive North American tour with headliners Soulfly and direct support artist Kataklysm beginning on the same day! The tour will visit several cities across North America, coming to an end on February 26 in Los Angeles, CA. The tour will feature additional support from Chaoseum, Alukah and Skinflint on select dates.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 19 at 10:00 AM local time. Tickets are available via each venue. See below for all confirmed tour dates!

Incite vocalist Richie Cavalera says, “Metalheads! We’re fired up to hit the road with Soulfly and Kataklysm and all the other killer bands on this bill. This will be the first tour in support of our new album, so expect to hear some new Incite tracks at these raging shows!”

Incite Tour Flyer

Incite with Soulfly & Kataklysm
(Chaoseum, Alukah and Skinflint) on select dates:

1/25/19: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater*
1/26/19: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey*
1/27/19: Austin, TX @ Come & Take It Live*
1/28/19: New Orleans, LA @ Santos*
2/5/19: Orlando, FL @ Soundbar #
2/6/19: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade #
2/7/19: Frederick, MD @ Cafe 611 #
2/8/19: Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz #
2/9/19: Reading, PA @ Reverb #
2/10/19: Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall #
2/11/19: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre #
2/12/19: Toronto, ON @ Mod Club &
2/13/19: Flint, MI @ Buick City Events Center &
2/14/19: Joliet, IL @ The Forge &
2/15/19: Ft Wayne, IN @ Piere’s &
2/16/19: Dayton, OH @ Oddbodys &
2/17/19: Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall &
2/18/19: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room &
2/19/19: Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios Live ^
2/20/19: Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater ^
2/22/19: Spokane, WA @ The Pin ^
2/23/19: Seattle, WA @ Club Sur Rocks ^
2/24/19: Portland, OR @ BossaNova ^
2/25/19: Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix Theatre ^
2/26/19: Los Angeles, CA @ 1720 Club ^

Support Lineup Key:

* w/ Incite supporting Soulfly
# w/ Kataklysm, Incite, Chaoseum supporting Soulfly
& w/ Kataklysm, Incite, Alukah supporting Soulfly
^ w/ Kataklysm, Incite, Skinflint supporting Soulfly

 

Nearly 15 years into a career in which everything they’ve accomplished was earned and nothing was taken for granted, Incite bridges the gap between various metal sub-genres, but one thing is for certain – you will be banging your head in no time. This is a band who will open for Gorgoroth one night and Cancer Bats the next, converting true-believers out of everyone who crosses their path.

As renegade disciples of trailblazing metal architects like Pantera, Slayer, Sepultura, and Machine Head, Incite raises the torch for trend-killing and hipster-smashing metal. Incite is as much a part of the fabric of the style championed by Lamb of God as the surge of newer bands like Power Trip. Incite perfected their signature brand of extreme sounds by playing shows with DevilDriver, Crowbar, Brujeria, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, and Six Feet Under.

Incite Online:

Website | Facebook |Twitter | Instagram

Incite Is:

Richie Cavalera – Vocals
Lennon Lopez – Drums
Christopher “EL” – Bass
“Dru Tang” Rome – Lead Guitar

Featured photo (top) by Jeremy Saffer

 

Joe Settineri Releases Official Music Video for Emotionally Powerful New Single, “Batman Cries”

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Joe Settineri Batman Cries single cover

American Singer/Song-writer Joe Settineri has released the official music video for his deeply moving new single, “Batman Cries.” Originally premiered on CelebMix, “Batman Cries” was directed by Jared Cordes.

“The new video for Batman Cries explores the inner superhero in us all — the strong, inner-spirit that fights for us and keeps us moving, dreaming, and striving. It’s about the eventuality that even our strongest self needs to be reassured, lifted up, and cheered on. It’s about being down – seriously down – with seemingly no way up and finding that inner strength to go forth. When a superhero is down, it tears us apart, but when that superhero is us, it’s a matter of life and death.” – Joe Settineri

“In terms of musicality, “Batman Cries” is a powerful single and Settineri has been able to convey his emotions well. The sincerity that one finds in his lyrics is also visible in his vocals and the music video. The music video is an addition to the conversation around embracing one’s self and Settineri’s song is an interesting take on the concept.” – CelebMix

Download/Stream “Batman Cries”:

iTunes | Amazon | Spotify

 

Joe Settineri Batman Cries Press Photo 2
Joe Settineri

Originally from the mid-west, Los Angeles based singer songwriter Joe Settineri was a late bloomer. After the music world wooed him away from a finance career, and years spent being one of a handful of go-to singers in Los Angeles, Settineri established himself as an exceptional singer-songwriter in 2009 with his widely praised first studio album, Stay (LML Records). His second full studio album, Beyond Your Control, was released 2014 and followed up by his most recent EP, Be The One in 2017.

Joe’s newest singles, “Hello Goodbye,” “Batman Cries,” and “Oxygen,” all collaborations with multi-platinum Nashville-based producer Mike Krompass (Smash Mouth, Nellie Furtado), are slated for release in Summer and Fall 2018.

Joe lives in Los Angeles with his husband and two children.

 

Joe Settineri Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

Francesco Fonte Band Releases New Music Video for “Universe Garden”

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Francesco Fonte Band "Eight" Album Cover

UK-based progressive rockers Francesco Fonte Band have released a new music video for “Universe Garden“, the third song from their new album Eight. With this song the band recalls 80’s goth and dark rock in a poetic and driving track. The music video features black and white cinematography following a young woman in her journey of the “Universe Garden“. The video was shot by Torturett Photography in Hampstead Heath, London. Watch the new video HERE.

“The mercurial FRANCESCO FONTE BAND (IT/UK) – imagine Prince, the[sic] Nine Inch Nails, Suede and Pink Floyd all collapsing into an absinthe-induced cloud of beauty and melancholy and throw in a brutally powerful rock backbone. Unforgettable and unfathomable.” – Howlin’ Anton Bleak


Francesco Fonte Band
 formed in the UK in 2011. Previous releases were debut album Blue Omens (2011) and the EP Arousal Addiction (2013). Both records were reviewed by many webzines and magazines all over the EU. The same year as their latest release, they performed more than twenty successful shows in some of London’s best music venues. The band also achieved numerous airplays from radio stations (K2KRadio, VirginRock, ClassicRock and Bcfm-Bristol). The new album Eight was released via NMTCG records.

Francisco Fonte Band is:

Francesco Fonte: Voice/Guitar
Douglas Wheeler: Bass Guitar
Wayne Casserly: Drums

Francisco Fonte Band Online:

Bandcamp/Merch | Facebook | YouTube 
Twitter | SoundCloud