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Tilian (Pearson) Releases Third Solo Album, The Skeptic — Out Today Via Rise Records

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Los Angeles — Tilian (Pearson)’s highly-anticipated third full-length studio album, The Skepticis out today! The Dance Gavin Dance frontman’s 10-track effort is his first solo release with Rise Records and serves as a follow up to his previous work, Material Me (LP, 2013), Future Friends (EP, 2014), Perfect Enemy (LP, 2015), and most recently, the Patient EP (2017). Prior to creating DGD’s latest offering, Artificial Selection, Tilian retreated to Portland for three weeks to record The Skeptic with producer and frequent collaborator, Kris Crummett. The result is a solid blend of pop-punk and indie-pop anthems that highlight Tilian’s powerhouse vocals and heartfelt, raw songwriting.

The Skeptic Track Listing:

1. Made of Plastic
2. Cocky
3. Gone
4. Handsome Garbage
5. Hold On
6. Blame It On Rock n Roll
7. Let Her Go
8. Drunken Conversations
9. Right Side
10. Ghost Town

Fans can stream and download The Skeptic on SpotifyApple MusicAmazon, and other digital retailers HERE.

 

The Skeptic signifies a formative chapter in Tilian’s career where the more questions he asked, the more inspiration he found. The Florida-born, Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer continues his existential search on this record. “Musically and in my personal life, I kept thinking, ‘I’ve got to find and explore some new ground,’ ” says Tilian. “I’ve always been so much more questioning than most people around me are. I never really bought into things the way 90% of the crowd does. That sentiment communicated the idea of The Skeptic to me,” he adds.

Tilian Pearson
Tilian Pearson

As Tilian continues to pose questions on his journey, he has a better grasp on himself as an artist than ever before, and that ultimately shines through on The Skeptic. “I’m optimistic and excited,” he notes. “I’ve been through the ringer, but I’ve had a pretty awesome and fortunate life. The whole journey is ongoing, and I get to be responsible for it.”

Additional news from Tilian will be coming soon – stay tuned!

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OTEP Announces “The Art of Dissent” Fall U.S. Headline Tour Dates

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This summer, heavy revolutionaries OTEP unleashed their most uncompromising, candid, all-inclusive and controversial assessment of the current residing political regime that they have ever released – the new album Kult 45. In support of the album, OTEP recently announced her upcoming “The Art of Dissent” U.S. headline tour, kicking off in Bakersfield, CA on Friday, November 23. Tickets are available now via all venues – see below for a full listing of tour dates.

Otep Shamaya says, “In a time when apathy has been weaponized to suffocate the voice of the people, in a time when Americans are told not to believe what we see with our own eyes but to believe what one bloviating sack of sewage and a gutless Republican Party who care only about preying on the working class and the working poor just to feed his KULT from the same gruesome trough of racist, homophobic and sexist slop. We are proud to bring THE ART OF DISSENT tour to the people to hopefully remind them just how powerful we are and how important we are, as a nation, as a democracy, and that it’s damn well worth fighting for.”

Otep "The Art of Dissent" tour

OTEPThe Art of Dissent” U.S. Headline Tour:

11/23 – Bakersfield, CA @ Club 1933
11/24 – Tucson, AZ @ House of Bards
11/27 – Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
11/28 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
11/29 – Arlington Heights, IL @ HOME Bar
11/30 – Geneva on the Lake, OH @ The Cove
12/1 – Chesterfield, MI @ Diesel
12/2 – Dayton, OH @ Oddbody’s
12/4 – Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
12/5 – Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
12/6 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
12/7 – Auburn, ME @ Sapphire Club
12/8 – Easton, PA @ One Centre Square
12/9 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution
12/12 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Hell)
12/13 – Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zeroo
12/14 – Huntsville, AL @ Sidetracks
12/15 – Clarksville, TN @ Warehouse
12/16 – Memphis, TN @ Rockhouse Live
12/18 – Waterloo, IA @ Spicoli’s
12/19 – Lincoln, NE @ Royal Grove
12/20 – Greeley, CO @ Moxie
12/21 – Denver, CO @ Herman’s Hideaway
12/22 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios
12/23 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Liquid Joe’s

 

Check Out New Videos from OTEP:

“Shelter In Place”

“Molotov”

 

Kult 45 is available now in digital formats here, and/or CD and vinyl formats via the Napalm Records Online Store.

Otep - Kult 45 album cover
Art by PR Brown

You can also stream Kult 45 in full via Spotify here. While online, watch a new 20+ minute documentary about the making of Kult 45, performing together as a band, and more, here.

OTEP speaks out, savages President Trump and stands tall on Kult 45.Salt Lake City Weekly

 

OTEP is:

Otep Shamaya: Vocals
Aristotle: Guitars
Drewski Barnes: Bass
Justin Kier: Drums

OTEP Online:

Merch | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Snapchat: otepofficial

 

CHEVELLE Announces New Album, 12 Bloody Spies: B-Sides and Rarities, Set for Release on October 26

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Today, multi-platinum, acclaimed alternative rock band Chevelle have announced a new album, 12 Bloody Spies: B-Sides and Rarities, compiling sought-after B-Sides and rarities from 2002-2016, now remastered on one brand new collection for the very first time. Set for release on October 26, 2018, the album is now available for pre-order via Epic Records. Get it HERE!

The album pre-order unlocks the single “Sleep Walking Elite.” Originally recorded during the sessions for 2007’s Vena Sera, thick riffing drives the track, providing the perfect counterpoint to a hauntingly hypnotic hook. With its delicate push-and-pull between robust distortion and dynamic melody, it stands out as classic Chevelle.

The project’s full collection spans everything from an acoustic version of “Sleep Apnea” off 2009’s Sci-Fi Crimes to an unearthed bonus track off the now-classic Wonder What’s Next entitled “Until You’re Reformed” and “A Miracle” recorded as a bonus track for The North Corridor in 2016. It’s essential listening for fans to say the least.

 

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Check out the full tracklisting for
12 Bloody Spies: B-Sides and Rarities below.

Since the release of their full-length debut Point #1 in 1999, Chevelle have stood at the forefront of hard rock, consistently evolving and progressing while delivering a series of ubiquitous and inescapable anthems. 2002’s breakout Wonder What’s Next would go platinum, yielding smashes such as “The Red” and “Send the Pain Below,” while its follow-up This Type of Thinking Could Do Us In reached gold status. In 2011, Hats Off to the Bull landed at #9 on the Billboard Top 200 and delivered “Face to the Floor.” La Gárgola crashed into the Top 5 at #3 and boasted “Take Out the Gunman.” 2016’s The North Corridor represented new heights for the group, marking its fourth Top 10 bow on the Billboard Top 200.

TRACKLISTING:

1. A Miracle
2. Sleep Walking Elite
3. In Debt To The Earth
4. Sleep Apnea (Acoustic Version)
5. The Clincher (Version 103)
6. Fizgig
7. Glimpse of the Con
8. Indifference
9. Until You’re Reformed
10. The Gist
11. Delivery
12. Leto’s Headache

Chevelle Online:

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Celtic Metal Vocalist LEAH Reveals Powerful New Track, “Edge of Your Sword”, Featuring Members of Delain, Orphaned Land and Blind Guardian

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Symphonic/Celtic vocalist LEAH – described affectionately by her fans as “the metal Enya” – recently announced the release of her upcoming full-length album, The Quest, out Friday, October 5. The album features a stronger Celtic and Fantasy connection in comparison to her previous release, Kings & Queens, as well as prog rock elements and ethereal ambiance, combined with traditional symphonic metal elements. The album is available for pre-order HERE

Today, LEAH is pleased to reveal a new track from The Quest, entitled “Edge of Your Sword“.

Check out the brand new lyric video HERE

LEAH says about the track: “This track was interesting to write… it was inspired by a mood, more than anything else – medieval rock vibes with a bit of spice. I hope those vibes get passed onto the listener! Some of that spice is attributed to Chen Balbus (Orphaned Land) who added the middle eastern saz on the track, which gave it a really cool and unexpected flavour! Also on the track is Barend Courbois (Blind Guardian) playing bass, Timo Somers (Delain) playing rhythm guitars (with an epic solo!), and Sander Zoer (ex-Delain) on Drums and percussion. Oliver Philipps (Everon, Phantasma) added a ton of orchestration which really beefed the whole sound up.

My part in it was composing the song, playing a lot of the keys, harps, synths, arrangements, lyrics, and of course vocals. I was actually scared out of my mind about that high note in the last chorus! I knew I could technically execute it, but was mentally blocked for some time about it. I had to do weird things in the vocal booth to overcome my vocal mental block, such as drawing an arrow pointing down on a piece of paper that I could look at, also using physical gestures when I went to sing it, such as pointing to the ground with my hands. The reason is because when you go to sing a high note, most singers tend to tense up and squeeze their vocal chords up, which make a horrible tone and tense up the voice. So, to overcome that default tendency, I had to convince my brain that I was actually singing lower and it would get easier, not harder. And when that note came out, it actually was a piece of cake! Amazing how the mind works!”

 

Hear a sample of more new music from The Quest HERE

 

LEAH is recognized in the music world for her work with established heavy metal musicians such as Eric Peterson of Testament and Dragonlord, Timo Somers of Delain, Troy Donockly of Nightwish and many others. To date, LEAH has released three albums, Of Earth & Angels [2012], Otherworld [2013], and Kings & Queens [2015], as well as several viral videos. Her latest video features an ethereal cover of “The Dragonborn Comes“, the main theme from the massive video game Skyrim. The video has racked up 5.3 million views on Facebook and nearly 600,000 views on YouTube to date.

As mentioned in her comment above, in addition to LEAH‘s own vocals, keys, and orchestrations on The Quest, the album features an impressive international cast of guest musicians – including Troy Donockley of Nightwish on pipes and flutes, Barend Courbois of Blind Guardian on bass guitar, Timo Somers of Delain on rhythm and lead guitars, Sander Zoer formerly of Delain on drums and percussion and Chen Balbus of Orphaned Land on Middle Eastern Saz and Oud. The album features mixing and mastering from Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Epica, Amaranthe), as well as orchestration, arrangement and production from Oliver Philipps (Everon, Phantasma, Delain).

I am totally delighted to work with the guest musicians on this album. Each and every individual is an expert at what they do, and I only wanted the best for these songs, as we were developing toward a very specific sound, which was a rock/metal album with a Celtic and fantasy twist,” says LEAH. “This album was truly an international effort!

LEAH The Quest album art by Jan Yrlund
The Quest art by Jan Yrlund (Tina Guo, Apocalyptica, Manowar)

The Quest track listing:

1. The Quest
2. Edge of Your Sword
3. Lion Arises
4. Heir
5. Ruins of Illusion
6. Labyrinth
7. Abyss
8. Oblivion (Between Two Worlds)
9. Ghost Upon a Throne
10. The Water Is Wide

 

About LEAH:

LEAH is a fan-described “Celtic vocal goddess” hailing from the coast of British Columbia, Canada, and is inspired by Celtic and world music influences such as Clannad and Enya to European symphonic and progressive metal influences. Her debut self-released album Of Earth & Angels received international critical acclaim, including landing the “The Best Symphonic Metal AlbumMetalstorm Award for 2012. Her 2013 release, Otherworld, is a five-song Celtic-metal masterpiece, mixed by ChristianMoschusMoos at SPACELAB in Germany (Delain, Everon, Imperia) and features the vocals of guitar legend Eric Peterson (Testament/Dragonlord) on the ethereal metal track “Dreamland“. 2014 was very successful year for LEAH as she raised over $27,000 through Indiegogo via her fans to record and produce her heaviest album, Kings & Queens, which was eventually released in early 2015 through Inner Wound Recordings. The album received dozens of four and five-star reviews, and helped her gain thousands of new fans around the world.

Most recently, LEAH raised over $87,000 in 30 days via Indiegogo and her shop to launch The Quest, again released via her own independent record label, Ex Cathedra Records, along with Inner Wound Recordings. Already, The Quest is receiving 5-star reviews and critical acclaim. Her fans have never been more loyal and excited for fantasy-inspired symphonic metal!

LEAH Online:

Website | Facebook | Youtube
Instagram | Twitter

 

Mark Hunter of CHIMAIRA Stars in Upcoming Documentary About Mental Health, “Down Again”

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“I have dealt with depression and bipolar for a good part of my life,” says Mark Hunter, vocalist for iconic Cleveland, Ohio-based heavy metal band Chimaira. “It’s probably safe to say that most Chimaira fans understand that the band’s music, lyrics, and live performances were my cathartic outlet.”

On October 10, 2018 – World Mental Health Day – Mark Hunter will share his personal story about utilizing his art to battle personal struggles and bipolar disorder in a heartfelt upcoming documentary, Down Again. The film is directed by Nick Cavalier – also recognized for directing Derek Hess‘ award-winning Forced Perspective documentary – and will be free and available to stream on October 10 at Down Again Film

Read an in-depth interview about Down Again and view clips of the film via Loudwire

Mark Hunter and director Nick Cavalier met on a panel speaking about Mental Health and Creativity monitored by Dr. Patrick Runnels (featured in the documentary) during the Acting Out! festival in Cleveland – a festival put on in 2017 to raise mental health awareness. After hearing his story at the panel, Nick approached Mark to create a short film around his ability to cope with mental illness in the public spotlight through the art. Down Again juxtaposes Chimaira‘s history with Mark‘s life events and lyrics, presenting an intimate timeline through the rise and fall of the band and Mark‘s ability to channel it into art. The film also explores the catharsis created by the act of making music and art and how the end result affects the fans.

“I was a bit apprehensive [to do this documentary] at first,” continues Mark Hunter. “Not because I am unwilling to share my story, but more so because there are thousands of people infinitely more interesting than me. And worse off than me. But in the end, I am thankful to have been a part of this short documentary. It captured an extremely critical moment in time. The rekindling of friendships with my former bandmates was one of the most significant healing moments of my entire life.”

Mark adds, “It’s unfortunate to note the past couple of years have been tough on the music community. We lost a lot of talented people to their struggles with depression. I hope the viewers of our film will take away a story of healing and feel the impact of dealing with mental health issues head-on.”

In addition to interviews with Mark Hunter and those in his life about his mental health, upbringing, and the formation/rise of Chimaira, the documentary also includes high-quality video footage of the band’s 15th Christmas show at the Agora in Cleveland (2017), featuring the band’s original line-up – marking their first performance together after nearly seven years of separation.

Mark Hunter explains, “This is not a story about Chimaira, although fans of the band will be excited to see familiar faces and hear some of their favorite songs. The audience will get a glimpse into my personality and how I use art to better deal with the harder moments of life.”

In addition to direction of photography by Tyler Clark, the film also features a devastating live audio mix by Chimaira guitarist Rob Arnold.

Not only does Down Again explore Mark‘s art via Chimaira, but also his photography – visiting Mark‘s world not only through his figurative lens, but his literal one. He adds, “Since the band ended in 2014, photography has been my passion and a great way to fill my time with positivity.”

Down Again was made possible by a generous donation from The Centers for Family and Children, and marketing support via Hope For The Day.

To learn more, visit the film’s IMDB page here, or www.nickcavalier.com

About Nick Cavalier:

Nick Cavalier is a director of films, commercials, branded content and music videos. A visual and character-focused storyteller, Nick is known for his high production value docu-driven films with poetic hero-centered themes. Nick has been honored with awards and selections at festivals such as SXSW, Palm Springs, and Cleveland International. His work is featured in multiple national publications including New York Times, VICE, Shorts TV, Devour, HYPEBEAST, Alternative Press, Funny Or Die, G4, MTV, Fast Company, Juxtapoz Magazine and many more. In addition to the praise received for Forced Perspective, Nick is lauded for his short film about vinyl record resurgence, Gotta Groove Records.

 

 

Renowned Guitarist Eric Peterson Reveals New DRAGONLORD Track “Lamia” with Gimme Radio

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Renowned Testament guitarist Eric Peterson recently announced the release of his highly-anticipated new Dragonlord album, entitled Dominion, out September 21, 2018 via Spinefarm Records. The symphonic black/death metal album serves as the long-awaited follow-up to 2005’s Black Wings of Destiny, but takes the fantasy and storytelling to a whole new level. Dominion explores themes of darkness owning and influencing these times we now live in, and things that have come to pass. It also delves into other eras, real and otherworldly.

Get another taste of Dominion today via Gimme Radio‘s New Releases Show! Listen in today at 8:00 AM PT/11:00 AM ET to hear the world premiere of “Lamia“, a track about the mythical feminine man-eating creature! Listen by visiting Gimme Radio.

Gimme Radio - Dragonlord World Premiere

You can also tune in to encore airings of the show on:

Sunday, September 9 – 12:00 AM PT / 3:00 AM ET
Monday, September 10 – 8:00 PM PT / 11:00 PM ET
Wednesday, September 12 – 10:00 PM PT / 1:00 AM ET
(Thursday morning)

“Oh Lamia it’s witching hour!”
“Oh Lamia thy sons devoured!”

Eric Peterson says, “Musically, this song just rocks! Starting off with ethereal keys backed by a stronghold of bombarding riffs and drums, Leah‘s siren wails and my melodic screams of Lamia’s constant call for filicide, reaping forth complete despair! Tonight’s the night she’ll tear your soul apart! Through telepathy she knows who’s calling her and she will find you!”

 

Digital and physical pre-orders for Dominion are live here:

Physical + Merch | Digital 

Stream/Download via Additional Retailers Here

Make sure to pick up the newly available Ultimate Dragonlair” merch bundle, which will be available today via Spinefarm Records, featuring:


LP gatefold w/ large size 20 page lyric booklet

DIGI CD Pack

THE BURNER Comic

T-shirt
Dragonlord merchWhile online, make sure to check out the “The Making of Dominion” video series! Unreleased audio clips of the album are also mixed in amid the video content. Watch here:

Part One

Part Two | Part Three

 

Also, watch the lyric video for the album’s first single, “Dominionhere, and the fantasy-driven music video for “Northlandershere.

 

Dominion is a dark fantasy fan’s musical dream – exploring everything from Nordic history to Lord of the Rings! Dominion‘s eight songs create a deep and heady musical journey rife with meaning and menace, from the blackest and loudest recesses of Eric Peterson‘s mind.

Peterson recorded Dominion at Northern California’s Trident Studios and produced it with an assist from engineer/mixer Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head, M.O.D.). Dominion was mastered by famed producer/engineer Jens Bogren of Fascination Street Studios in Sweden. In addition to Eric Peterson, Dominion features the musical talents of Lyle Livingston (Psypheria) on orchestrated keys and pianos, Alex Bent (Trivium) on drums, and notable fantasy metal singer Leah on female vocals and choirs (who has performed/recorded with members of Blind Guardian, Nightwish, Delain, and others).

Peterson formed Dragonlord in 2000 as its singer and guitarist (with keyboardist Lyle Livingston and now-ex-members Steve Di Giorgio of Testament and Jon Allen of Sadus), and notes that the growth from Dragonlord‘s first two records to the cinematic triumph and brutal blast-beats of Dominion has been immense. Dominion‘s stellar, complex, brutally symphonic metal is triumphant in its execution, bringing together layers of meaning and musicality into an unholy whole.

Album artwork painted by artist Eliran Kantor (Testament, Iced Earth, Sodom)
Album artwork painted by artist Eliran Kantor (Testament, Iced Earth, Sodom)

Dominion track listing:

1) Entrance
2) Dominion
3) Ominous Premonition
4) Lamia
5) Love of the Damned
6) Northlanders
7) The Discord of Melkor
8) Serpents of Fire

 

Dragonlord Online:

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The Faim’s Debut EP, “Summer Is A Curse”, Out Today Via BMG

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Los Angeles, CA – The Faim’s debut EP, Summer Is A Curse, is out today! The six-track effort was recorded with the iconic John Feldmann (blink-182, Good Charlotte, All Time Low) and features four brand new songs in addition to smash single, “Summer Is A Curse,” and the band’s latest release, “A Million Stars.” The EP also serves as a prelude to the group’s highly-anticipated first full-length album, slated for 2019. During the recording process, the Perth natives teamed up with industry staples including Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy (on “Saints Of The Sinners”), Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots, Mark Hoppus of blink-182, and Ashton Irwin of 5 Seconds of Summer (on “Summer Is A Curse”).

The Faim - Summer is a Curse EP artwork

Summer Is A Curse showcases the pop-rock/punk outfit’s stadium-ready anthems, infectious hooks, impressive songwriting chops, and frontman Josh Raven’s striking, powerhouse vocals. The record includes a solid blend of pop-punk and indie-pop tunes, and the final product is both explosive and fiery, while being authentic, raw, and emotive at the same time. Listen to the EP on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and other digital retailers.

The Faim have this message to share with their fans:
“To say we’re excited about releasing this EP is an understatement. More than just songs, to us these six tracks are a window into our world. We’ve been overwhelmed by the support of the community around us and welcome you all on this beautiful journey. We’re proud to be able to share our music with you and hope you enjoy listening as much as we’ve enjoyed writing it.”

Summer Is A Curse EP Track Listing:

1. Summer Is A Curse
2. A Million Stars
3. Make Believe
4. I Can Feel You
5. My Heart Needs To Breathe
6. When It Comes

 

Photography by Max Fairclough
The Faim
| Photography:
Max Fairclough

The Faim will head out on tour this month, supporting Against The Current for a run of dates across Europe. The stint launches on Saturday, September 15th in Dublin and hits major cities including London, Amsterdam, and Berlin, before ending in Paris on Thursday, October 11th. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased HERE, with a full list of dates included below.

It has also just been announced that The Faim will soundtrack the brand new Coca-Cola television advertising campaign in the U.K. with their cover of Blondie’s classic hit, “One Way or Another.” Check it out HERE, and the song is also up on Apple Music and Spotify.

 

The Faim Tour Dates w/ Against The Current:

9/15/18 – Dublin, Ireland @ The Academy
9/17/18 – Bristol, U.K. @ SWX
9/18/18 – Southampton, U.K. @ Engine Rooms
9/19/18 – Norwich, U.K. @ Waterfront
9/21/18 – Birmingham, U.K. @ O2 Institute
9/22/18 – Leeds, U.K. @ Stylus
9/23/18 – Manchester, U.K. @ O2 Ritz
9/25/18 – Glasgow, U.K. @ Garage
9/27/18 – Newcastle, U.K. @ Riverside
9/29/18 – London, U.K. @ O2 Forum
10/2/18 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix Club
10/3/18 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
10/5/18 – Cologne, Germany @ Kantine
10/6/18 – Berlin, Germany @ Gretchen
10/7/18 – Hamburg, Germany @ Uebel & Gefaehrlich
10/9/18 – Munich, Germany @ Ampere
10/10/18 – Frankfurt, Germany @ Batschkapp
10/11/18 – Paris, France, @ Yoyo

 

 The Faim Online:

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
YouTube | Spotify | Apple Music

 

The Faim Unveil New Single, “A Million Stars”

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LOS ANGELES – Following the release of three massive singles and videos for “Saints Of The Sinners,” “Midland Line,” andSummer Is A Curse,” The Faim have returned with yet another anthemic track, A Million Stars.” The song highlights a more pop-leaning, melodic side of the group and features a vibrant chorus paired with frontman Josh Raven’s striking, powerhouse vocals. Listen HERE, and stream/download “A Million StarsHERE.

More Music Videos from The Faim:

Saints Of The Sinners | Midland Line | Summer Is A Curse

After kicking off 2018 on a strong note with extensive global touring, including selling out their first ever headline show and sharing the stage with Sleeping With Sirens, PVRIS, Lower Than Atlantis, and more, The Faim will release their debut EP, Summer Is A Curse, on Friday, September 7th. All songs on the EP were recorded with legendary producer, John Feldmann (blink-182, All Time Low, Good Charlotte), and serve as a prelude to the band’s hotly-anticipated first full-length album, slated for release in 2019. During the recording process, the Perth natives teamed up with industry staples including Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy (on “Saints Of The Sinners”), Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots, Mark Hoppus of blink-182, and Ashton Irwin of 5 Seconds of Summer (on “Summer Is A Curse”).

Regarding Summer Is A Curse, The Faim have this message to share with their fans: “To say we’re excited about releasing this EP is an understatement. More than just songs, to us these six tracks are a window into our world. We’ve been overwhelmed by the support of the community around us and welcome you all on this beautiful journey. We’re proud to be able to share our music with you and hope you enjoy listening as much as we’ve enjoyed writing it.”

Comprised of six tracks, Summer Is A Curse showcases the pop-rock/punk outfit’s stadium-ready anthems, infectious hooks, and impressive songwriting chops. The EP also includes five brand new songs in addition to smash single, “Summer Is A Curse,” which has clocked over 3.5 million global streams and landed on notable Spotify playlists including Rock This, The New Alt, Top of the Morning, The Scene, and New Noise.

It’s needless to say that The Faim is an artist to watch, with their fiery, explosive live shows in high-demand. To see if for yourself, check out their special performance at London’s St Pancras Station and highlight reels from this year’s Slam Dunk and Reading Festivals.

“These guys could become one of the biggest new names in rock this year.” -Rock Sound

“Arena-sized” Billboard

“There’s no doubt that the Faim are going to be heard everywhere.” Alternative Press

“The cult of The Faim is here to stay.” Upset

“Massive tunes…You have to hear them right now” KERRANG!

“If you haven’t heard of The Faim yet, don’t worry – you’re about to.” -Punktastic

 

Stay tuned for more news from The Faim – the forthcoming track listing for the Summer Is A Curse EP will be revealed soon!

 

The Faim Online:

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
YouTube | Spotify | Apple Music

Featured photo (top) by Max Fairclough

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES Announces CONVERSE Footwear and Apparel + Reveals New Track

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Heavy music legends Suicidal Tendencies recently announced the upcoming release of their latest album, STill Cyco Punk After All These Years, out September 7, 2018. STill Cyco Punk After All These Years is a re-recording and re-imagining of a Cyco Miko (Mike Muir) solo album recorded in 1995, originally entitled Lost my Brain! (Once Again). The album is an auditory time capsule – a full-on Cyco Punk record taken to a whole new level – featuring legendary drummer Dave Lombardo brutally beating the songs and sound that is made to get your slam on.

In conjunction with the release, Suicidal Tendencies is pleased to reveal details about their upcoming Converse collaboration. The new Converse x Suicidal Tendencies collection will be available the same date as the new album, September 7, via Converse.com and select retailers. To celebrate, in Converse’s hometown of Boston, the collection will be available at Bodega Boston, in a pop-up on September 6 from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM and on September 7 from 11:00 AM to 8:00 AM, before the Suicidal Tendencies show at the House of Blues in Boston.

Converse x Suicidal Tendencies Footwear and Apparel
Converse x Suicidal Tendencies Footwear and Apparel
Photo Photo Courtesy of Converse

Vocalist Mike Muir‘s relationship with Converse started long before Suicidal Tendencies. “When I was young, I still remember getting my first pair of ‘Chucks’ for my birthday and how stoked I was to wear them to school the next day,” says Muir, reflecting on the iconic sneaker. “It was almost like a rite of passage, the beautiful thing about them is whatever ‘direction’ you were headed, you could go there with your Chucks.

Converse x Suicidal Tendencies is a collection of Chuck 70’s and accompanying apparel based on digital and screen-printed graphics in the classic style of Ric Clayton, who designed posters and fliers for the band back in the ’80s. The Chuck 70 HI’s vintage canvas upper features an all-over digital print and the Suicidal Tendencies leather patch on the lateral side. An Ox version, comes in black with an all over digitally-printed lining. The Suicidal Tendencies logo is printed on the tongue and heel. Both the Hi and the Ox pair feature two sets of additional laces including a Suicidal Tendencies printed logo lace.

All apparel, which feature original, screen printed Suicidal Tendencies artwork, include a woven poplin shirt, two pull over hoodies, a pair of sweatpants, a pair of sweatshorts, one long sleeve tee, and two short sleeve tees.

The footwear will retail for a suggested retail price of $90-$95 USD. Apparel will retail for SRP of $35-$80 USD.

“All these years later, Converse has the same meaning to me,” adds Mike Muir. “Just as young Mike will never forget putting on his first pair of Chucks, I can’t wait to relive that amazing feeling with the new Converse x Suicidal Tendencies, a massively proud moment for the band, our fans and of course me personally!”

Listen to two re-imagined tracks from
STill Cyco Punk After All These Years” here:

“F.U.B.A.R”

“It’s Always Something”

As originally premiered via Full Metal Jackie, featuring footage of Alan Pirie a.k.a. Samurai Guinea Pig airbrushing wall art the Nuthouse STudio:

STill Cyco Punk After All These Years will be available in digital, CD, opaque purple vinyl (with download card) and opaque gold vinyl (with download card, patch and poster) formats. All merch and physical formats can be pre-ordered via the official webstore, and digital formats can be pre-ordered via iTunes and Amazon. You can also pre-save the album via Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer here.

“STill Cyco Punk After All These Years” Track Listing:

1) I Love Destruction
2) F.U.B.A.R.
3) All Kinda Crazy
4) Sippin’ From The Insanitea
5) It’s Always Something
6) Lost My Brain… Once Again
7) Nothin’ To Lose
8) Gonna Be Alright
9 Aint Gonna Get Me
10) All I Ever Get
11) Save A Peace For Me

New Album, “STill Cyco Punk After All These Years”,
out September 7, 2018
Pre-Order:

Physical/Merch | iTunes | Amazon

 

Suicidal Tendencies will perform in several cities this coming September and October. See below for all confirmed performance dates:

Suicidal Tendencies North American Tour Dates:

9/7 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues – album release party and anniversary show, playing first album in its entirety!TICKETS
9/8 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club – album release party and anniversary show, playing first album in its entirety!TICKETS
9/16 – Chicago, IL @ Douglas Park – Riot FestTICKETS
9/18 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Pressroom – TICKETS
9/19 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater – TICKETS
9/21 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar and Grill – TICKETS
9/22 – San Antonio, TX @ The AT&T Center Grounds – Bud Light River City RockfestTICKETS
9/23 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues – TICKETS
9/25 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade – Heaven – TICKETS
9/27 – Greensboro, NC @ Cone Denim Entertainment Center – TICKETS
9/28 – Louisville, KY @ Champions Park – Louder Than LifeTICKETS
9/29 – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop – TICKETS
10/1 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue – TICKETS
10/3 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s – TICKETS
10/5 – Denver, CO @ Summit – TICKETS
10/6 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex – TICKETS
10/27 – Huntington Beach, CA @ Huntington State Beach – Surf City BlitzTICKETS

 

Suicidal Tendencies Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Suicidal Tendencies is:

Mike Muir – lead vocals
Dean Pleasants – guitars
Dave Lombardo – drums
Ra Díaz – bass

 

Progressive Metal Group ETHERIUS Reveals Stunning New Music Video for “March and Defy”

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New EP, Thread of Life, out Today

New Jersey-based progressive metal quartet Etherius are thrilled to release their remarkable new instrumental progressive metal EP, entitled Thread of Life, today. The impressive new five track offering is available to order now via AmazoniTunes, and Google Play. You can also stream it now via Spotify.

Etherius - Thread of Life - Album ArtIn celebration of today’s release, Etherius have revealed a brand new music video for their barnburner track, “March and Defy”, filmed/directed/edited by Michael J Adams of Blackline Studios and recorded at High Tor State Park, NY.

Guitarist Jay Tarantino says about the track and video: “‘March and Defy’ was the last track that was finished for this EP. When I brought the song to the guys we agreed that it felt incomplete. We worked out a new section for after the intro and made some changes to the arrangement and it really came together. It features some of my most challenging lead work and I love the way the main hook came out.”

The new video for “March and Defy” introduces new guitarist Jon Perkins, stepping in for former guitarist John Kiernan. Perkins originally hails from São Paulo, Brazil, and brings a strong a jazz guitar and classical composition background into the fold, accelerated by his studies at both UMiami’s Frost School of Music and Columbia University. He came in contact with the members of Etherius after performing with drummer Zaki Ali in guitarist Gus Sinaro’s backing band.

Perkins says, “It’s been exciting getting to know the members of Etherius and getting a sense of how they interpret musical ideas in a performance setting. I’ve come to see a strong sense of musical discipline and a shared sense of focus, determination and all around professionalism in everyone. I am greatly looking forward for the album release and what lies ahead for Etherius.”

Jay Tarantino adds, “We’re excited to have Jon come into the band. We’ve had the chance to get to know him after he filled in on guitar for us a few months ago for a gig at the last minute. I was impressed with how quickly he picked up the material, because it is not easy music to play. His jazz background makes him a versatile player and his attitude and work ethic fit right in with the chemistry that’s been created between Zaki, Chris, and myself.”

While online, check out the latest Etherius behind the scenes videos detailing the making of Thread of Life, exclusively hosted by Gear Gods. Catch parts one and two here, detailing drums and bass, respectively, and stay tuned for part three detailing the recording of guitars: Part One, Drums  |  Part Two, Bass

 

Check out more Etherius videos here:

“The Inevitable End” Music Video

Drum playthrough for “The Inevitable End”

Guitar playthrough for “Soothsayer”

Guitar playthrough for “Thread of Life”

Bass playthrough for “Thread of Life”

 

Etherius was formed by guitarist Jay Tarantino in 2017. After gaining experience as a touring rhythm guitarist for guitar virtuoso Angel Vivaldi, Tarantino decided to branch out on his own with the goal of making music unlike the djent/electronic stylings of the current instrumental guitar scene. The result is Etherius – a fresh new take on progressive metal/neoclassical shred incorporating classic thrash elements. Etherius features lead guitarist Jay Tarantino, drummer Zaki Ali, bassist Chris Targia and second guitarist Jon Perkins.

The concept of Thread of Life and the album’s artwork were inspired by ancient Greek mythology, specifically TheMoirai (moy-ray), or “three fates”. Thread of Life was produced and engineered by Jay Tarantino and Zaki Ali with Angel Vivaldi acting as co-producer, was recorded at Backroom Studios in Rockaway, New Jersey (owned by Dillinger Escape Planguitarist Kevin Antreassin), and was mixed/mastered by Mutiny Within vocalist Chris Clancy at Audioworks Productions. Additional tracking was completed with Angel Vivaldi at his home studio.

With one listen to Thread of Life it’s clear that combined, the four extremely talented musicians of Etherius produce a clean, awe-inspiring sound merging powerful progressive elements that will appeal to not only the most discerning and critical metal fans, but to the heavy music-loving masses as well.

Etherius are currently endorsed by Kiesel Guitars.

 

Thread of Life track listing:

1. Thread of Life
2. The Soothsayer
3. March and Defy
4. The Inevitable End
5. Lament

Etherius Live Dates:

9/2 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge w/ The Astra Cadence, Book of Harmony – 6:00 PM, $12 – TICKETS

Etherius Online:

Facebook  |  Bandcamp | YouTube