Comeback Kid: Raging Hardcore at Rock City

comebackkidlive1_032314Comeback Kid was back in the Southland, this time bringing the raging hardcore anthems to Rock City Studios in Camarillo,  On tour in support of their fifth album Die Knowing, now available from Victory Records. the Canadian collective sent the throngs into a slam pit overdrive.  Prior to their exhilarating set at Rock City, we caught up with founding member Andrew Neufeld to find out more about the compelling Die Knowing, working with former vocalist Scott Wade once again, his other band Sights and Sounds, thoughts on the current Christian hardcore scene, and many other topics of interest.  Read on as we catch up with Andrew Neufeld just right before Comeback Kid sent Rock City into the stratosphere…

So how’s this tour been going so far? What have been some of the highlights? This is the last day now.
Tour’s been going pretty cool. We’ve been out for like, 5 weeks.  There were a lot of really good shows on this tour.  NYC was was really fun to play. We got to do a lot of festivals on this tour, which was cool to mix it up. Playing club shows is fun but it’s also cool when you can – even if it’s festivals where we’re a little bit out of our element style wise. It’s fun to have fun, mix it up and play different types of venues. SXSW was cool as shit.

comebackkiddaze032314How does Die Knowing compare to the other Comeback Kid albums?
We set out to do a record that was a little more to the point. Looking back on it now, the songs are noticeably shorter and we just took a fun, simplistic approach to it. There’s still some rippers in there, but when we sat back and looked at the songs we had, we were like, wow there’s a lot of heavy songs on this. So we decided to just pack it towards the front with our heaviest hardcore stuff and then it ends on more of a brighter note. It’s kind of a throwback vibe a little bit of 90s metallic hardcore as well. Some of the stuff we grew up on, we’ve always been into really hard hardcore so that’s some of those influences shining through a little bit.

Select two songs off of Die Knowing and what inspired you to write the lyrics?
There’s a song called “Unconditional” and that’s about – it’s definitely the most chill out song on the record. That song is about a year that went by where my mom had cancer and we went through chemo. It’s about, for some reason I knew she would get through it, and she did get through it. It was one of those things for family members I feel like anybody who has anyone sick in the family – you are always waiting on results and hoping for the best to happen but also have to brace yourself that things could drastically change and really affect you. That’s what that song is about, just reflecting on that.

One song is called “Wasted Arrows,” which is actually my funnest song. We’ve been playing it live. I’m not usually a pissed off person, but that song is just kind of – about someone who’s kind of turned their back on me and just left me out to dry so to speak, is what the lyrics are. It’s an aggressive song, a pissed off song, which is straight and to the point.

Comeback-Kid-300x463One of the songs has Scott on it. What was it like working with him again? Does he ever want to come back to Comeback Kid?
We did some anniversary shows last year with him.  We did a few shows in CA, a few shows on the east coast. We did a small European tour, Turn it Around 10 year anniversary and he came back and sang. I played guitar. We’re super tight friends, we hang out all the time, so we’re always still talking about music. I was like, OK Scott, you can write some lyrics and I’ll write mine and then we were both procrastinators when it comes to it, then we end up smoking weed or something. But the funny thing about that song is, we recorded the drums in California for that. We recorded the music in Winnipeg and then I was on tour with my other band and I did the vocals for that song, because we didn’t finish in time, in Italy and Scott did them in Toronto. Then we just emailed them all and smashed them together.

Figure Four did some reunion shows. How did that feel to do those songs again? Especially since all of them have Christian tones to them?
We didn’t play any of the old Christian stuff. Figure Four – I started the band when I was a kid. 16 years old or whatever. Then towards the end of Figure Four - before the last record, Sufferering the Loss, was going through some changes and growing up a little bit. Started to think differently and not agreeing so much with the Christian aspect, but I was still going through it at that time. That was 12-13 years ago. We just played songs from Suffering the Lost that aren’t really religious.

That’s the best album anyway.
Yeah, that’s the one that can stand the test of time a little bit. That had the best production. I thought the other ones weren’t the best. They never were that great. Growing up for anyone to see every dumb thing I’ve said in my past is – lots of bad lyrics.

ckrock3_1200x900Looking upon the Christian metal scene today, what do you think of it?
It’s weird. I dont know. It’s hard, I notice just as an outsider now looking in how much more things like the world is a lot more politically correct, for the lack of a better term. Christianity, I mean, you even see the Pope pretty much – he gave a statement I saw, he said they don’t believe in a literal Hell anymore and that theres a lot of things, oh and he said all religions are true. That’s something I don’t think ten years ago a Pope would have said. Christianity is really changing, and sometimes people get surprised when a Christian band is homophobic or a little anti-gay. Dude, Christianity has always had that stuff in it. Why is it a surprise? It’s just less tolerated now, which is good as far as any bigotry or fascism or whatever. It’s interesting, I’m really just an outsider looking in. There aren’t really any hardcore Christian bands, is there?

There doesn’t seem to be, no. Just off the top of my head I can’t really think of any.  Maybe Gideon?
I haven’t heard them, but I’ve heard of them.

ckrock2_1200x900I think they’re the biggest band on Facedown now besides War of Ages.
Actually, Jason from Facedown. I keep in touch with him. Not super often, but he’s a cool guy. He’s in Uganda right now adopting a girl, they’ve been there for a few months trying to work all that out.

Facedown Fest is next weekend.
Maybe they’re flying in for it? I don’t knot. When we’re in California, sometimes we see the people from back in the day and get updates on everybody.

Your other band, Sights and Sound, you recently put out a new EP entitled Silver Door. How does it compare to Monolith and the other things you’ve done?
It was a collection of songs that we had, we weren’t real sure what we were going to do with it or how we were going to put it out. Then we ended up getting a tour with the band Bring Me The Horizon, who asked us to go to Europe with them for about 6 weeks. Those were huge shows, OK we’ll put out this record and we got Jake from Pure Noise to put it out for us, kind of an on a whim. We had been working on it for a while but we weren’t sure, but yeah. Then once we had a few tours that we could do, we actually have never played the states before. We were like OK we have to put out the new release. It’s a little more straightforward, also and Monolith was a Devin Townsend produced epic long songs and tons of layers. Sights and Sounds is always about layers, but these songs are a little more simple rock structures. Some are more shorter, I guess. Sights and Sounds is a fun way to play melodic rock stuff.

You said you toured with Bring Me The Horizon, how was that?
It was cool, I mean we were just warming up the shows so it was just interesting to play to thousands of little kids. Sometimes they’re into it, it was a fun tour to be on.

When will we see Sights and Sounds here in the states?
I don’t know, man. I dont know when and if it will happen. Because band members all have to get visas, we’re just a small band. Somehow it’s easier, financially to do a tour in Europe than come to the states, weirdly enough. Its just the way it works.

And when you do go over there, you’re touring with Bring Me The Horizon, [laughs].
We’re a band where if something cool comes up that we can tour, like a support option comes up we’ll do that, or we’ll do some headlining stuff in Europe and Canada. If someone wanted to bring us out in America, that would be cool. Its just so tough here, there are so many bands touring. Sights and Sounds just costs so much money to play.

Is Stu from Misery Signals in Comeback Kid now?
Yeah.

How did that come about?
He almost joined a couple of times. He was a natural fit, and he really wanted to gig and kept on talking to us about it. He was pretty stoked to be a part of this. He’s a great guitar player. We’ve been homies for such a long time, he’s been with us now for a couple of years and I really hope that he stays with us for a long time.

That’d be cool. Well, Misery Signals got back together. Was Stu not involved in that?
No, they’re doing the band without Stu. But actually, this summer they’re going to do a ten year anniversary for Malice, their first record with their old singer. He’ll do a similar thing that Comeback Kid did.

Oh nice. Will Stu be involved with that tour?
Yeah.

This has been a long tour, what’s the first thing you plan to do when you get home?
I live in Toronto these days, we’re driving to Toronto, 40 hours. We’ll leave after the show tonight, then we’ll have a day off. Practice with our new fill-in drummer and then go to Europe.

Do you have any messages for your fans who are reading this?
We appreciate the support. That’s it. We’re just happy to be playing music. Thanks for keeping on checking us out, for sure if you’re into Comeback Kid in anyway, please check out our new record Die Knowing.

(Review and Photos by Ken Morton)

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Hostage Calm Announce New Full-Length Die On Stage

Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

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Out September 16, 2014 via Run For Cover Records

AV Club Premieres New Video for “Your Head / Your Heart”

Connecticut rockers Hostage Calm shared the video for their new single “Your Head / Your Heart” on AV Club today. The Max Moore directed film visually plays on the classic pop elements that Hostage Calm blend with rock, punk and new wave. The track is off their up-coming full-length Die On Stage, arriving via Run For Cover Records on September 16th, 2014 (album art and tracklist below).

Watch the Video for “Your Head / Your Heart”

de9d035f-9102-4e5a-bbae-d3e699767c0dIn 2010, Hostage Calm funneled their heroes’ protest energy on their self-titled debut, and then found hope in political uncertainty on 2012’s critically acclaimed Please Remain Calm. This time around, Die On Stage celebrates the post-millennial fatalism in today’s youth culture, creating a message seldom found in pop-punk. The politically charged band continues to offer a genuine view of American culture through critical eyes.

The band entered Pennsylvania’s Studio 4 to produce their fourth full-length with Will Yip (Balance and Composure, Title Fight), as well as including long-time friend Vinnie Caruana (I Am the Avalanche, The Movielife) on the track “Raised”. The record will be out on the rapidly growing Run For Cover Records (Tigers Jaw, Modern Baseball, Basement, Pity Sex), which is run by Hostage Calm guitarist Tom Chiari.

Throughout Die On Stage, Hostage Calm expands on their own identity, adding Glockenspiel, pianos, organs and bells into their arrangements. The record captures a classic sound that Hostage Calm has developed into a progressive and original style.

Die On Stage Track Listing:
01) When You Know
02) A Thousand Miles Away From here
03) Love Against!
04) Someone Else
05) Fallen Angel
06) Your Head / Your Heart
07) Raised
08) 12/31
09) Darling You
10) Past Ideas Of The Future

Bio:
Hostage Calm confront the darker realities of a modern America as a means of survival. In 2010, the critically acclaimed Connecticut band funneled their heroes’ protest energy into an optimistic hybrid of punk, pop and new wave, only to see rising hopes filtered out through the uncertainty of the Great Recession on 2012’s bruised Heartland rocker Please Remain Calm. Die on Stage celebrates the subsequent post-millennial fatalism permeating today’s youth culture with timeless grandeur. It’s not a political statement as so much it is an honest portrait of growing up in America, embracing all that is fleeting while clutching what semblance of decaying dreams remain for a generation future endeavored.

The band entered Pennsylvania’s Studio 4 space to produce their fourth full-length alongside the venerable Will Yip (Balance and Composure, Title Fight), choosing the recording auteur for his careful ear in magnifying strengths for a widescreen audience. Hostage Calm’s traditional foundation as a five-piece transcends past influences and furthers their own identity with Glockenspiel, pianos, organs and bells conjoined into their arrangements, creating a big, enchanting rock album stacked with infectious new classics.

At Die On Stage’s core are Hostage Calm’s endlessly evolving creativity placated against a fully engulfed existential crisis .The record is fighting for its life and for the love that has survived the emotional wreckage with lead singer Chris Martin’s romantic punk poetry battling dark, unforeseen interpersonal conflict and a loss of identity. This is a public diary of songs that both celebrates and vilifies those moments, and those feelings of emotional turmoil toppled onto Hostage Calm’s aim to create a new rock standard are what dig out a legacy.

“I’ve said before that ‘more than being remembered, I’d rather be worth remembering.’ I think this album strives to find that which is worth our precious memory,” says Martin. “It is in fact a memorial, a monument to the tumult and disenfranchisement that has become the centerpiece of American childhood. Not to spite it, or preach to it, but to embrace the sheer enormity of it for the sake of our own reveling.

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Cruel Hand Announce New Album “The Negatives”

2183JULY 22nd, 2014 – PORTLAND, ME – Cruel Hand and Hopeless Records are thrilled to announce the band’s upcoming full-length, The Negatives, which will be released September 23rd, 2014! The album is now available for pre-order now through iTunes and MerchNow.

To pre-order The Negatives:
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Cruel Hand has also released a brand new song and music video for their single, “Monument Square People“. Fans can see the video here: http://bit.ly/1zYpYpI

Monument Square People” is now available for purchase on iTunes. Grab it here: http://bit.ly/1zYp24x

The Negatives Track Listing:
1. Pissing-Spitting
2. Battery Steele
3. Why Would I
4. The Negatives
5. Scars For The Well-Behaved
6. Heat
7. Unhinged-Unraveled
8. Monument Square People
9. Vigilant Citizen
10. Gasoline
11. Still
12. Cheap Life

Cruel Hand will be holding a CD release show in their hometown of Portland, ME at Portland City Music Hall on September 20th, 2014 with Bane, Too Late The Hero, DNA and Battery Steele.

The band is also confirmed to perform at this year’s This Is Hardcore Festival, taking place at The Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, July 26th. The line-up for the festival includes Converge, Killswitch Engage, Title Fight and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now and can be purchased at: http://thisishardcorefest.com/tickets

Cruel Hand recently released a music video for their song “Cheap Life“. Fans can see it here: http://bit.ly/1qRrK6R

Since forming in 2006, Cruel Hand’s sound is equal parts New York hardcore and west coast thrash, all with a twist of their own. The band has toured the globe relentlessly, sharing stages with bands like Terror, H20, Balance and Composure, Title Fight and many more.

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ACCU§ER

Who Dominates Who? 2014 cover art

Who Dominates Who? 2014 cover art

Who Dominates Who? (2014 version) by ACCU§ER (Red Shift Records)

The triumphant comeback for the mighty thrash metal collective ACCU§ER continues to rage on with an all-out vengeance. And now, we look to the days of the past – 25 years ago to be exact – the underground classic Who Dominates Who? was originally unleashed in 1989 – and remains highly regarded as crucial thrash metal. In modern day 2014, the German ACCU§ER has chosen to re-issue Who Dominates Who? on this significant anniversary – and not only did they remix the original recording – but they revisited each of the songs, presenting all new versions that are wondrous to behold. So we have both editions of Who Dominates Who? in one single package – rendering this one absolutely required listening for all thrash metal connoisseurs looking for a collectable they’ll want to replay time and again.

Who Dominates Who? 1989 cover art

Who Dominates Who? 1989 cover art

Two of ACCU§ER’s very best are featured on this special release – the relentless Master Of Disaster and the scathing Who Pulls The Wire? remain two of the most compelling tunes the genre has to offer, and in a remarkable contrast, both versions dazzle the senses with their vibrant intensity. Another grand standout is the driving Bastard, heading straight at the listener causing a sonic version of blunt force trauma. Comparing all 9 tracks both old and new is pretty exciting, resulting in an exhilarating auditory experience that is not to be missed!

accuser1The combustible new version of Who Dominates Who? has been newly recorded by the current line-up with producer Martin Buchwalter (Destruction, Suidakra, Perzonal War) at the helm. This is the chance for fans to get the songs with Frank Thoms on vocals, who was the guitarist on the original album. Included in the release is the old as well as new artwork, rendering this double CD a must have for thrash metal fans all across the world. Be sure to check into this, and the many other ACCU§ER releases, and get ready to bang your head into the realms of oblivion and beyond.

The 21 Century ACCU§ER assault force consists of Frank Thoms on vocals and guitar, Dennis Rybakowski on guitar, Frank Kimpelon bass, and Oliver Fechner on drums. Here’s hoping the mighty ACCU§ER make their way to their States one day!

(Review by Ken Morton)

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Fallujah

fallujahcd2The Flesh Prevails by Fallujah (Unique Leader Records)

An absolutely staggering work of magnificent artistry and sheer ambition, The Flesh Prevails by Fallujah unleashes death metal at its most devastating. Atmospheric and enigmatic, The Flesh Prevails is an all-out epic – a grand assault to the senses that will leave the serious music aficionado wanting to experience a whole lot more. The follow-up to their well-received debut Harvest Wounds, The Flesh Prevails is a blistering triumph that should place Fallujah firmly within the ranks of the metal elite. The controlled instrumental chaos and scathing vocal attack are wondrous to behold, sending all nine of the tracks soaring into the stratosphere.

fallujah2014_2The fantastic journey commences with the dazzling Starlit Path, where an ominous overture explodes into a tirade of progressive madness and intrigue. Carved From Stone then slams through your psyche with its ferocious reprieves and unforgiving atmospherics. The Night Reveals is spiraling and technical, with searing vocals and superb musicianship from all sonic Fallujah travelers.

Title track The Flesh Prevails is mostly instrumental, derived from the most threatening of dreams, followed by the relentless pummeling of the mesmerizing Levitation. Alone With You serves as a diabolically sensual overture to the gorgeously lethal soundscapes of Allure. And then the final compositions Sapphire and Chemical Cave demonstrate a band at the very height of their creative prowess – a thunderous one-two punch of massive proportions that is nothing short of astounding.

Based out of the wildly diverse San Francisco music scene, the sonic jihad known as Fallujah consists of Alex Hofmann on vocals, Scott Carstairs on guitars, Brian James on guitars, Robert Morey on bass, and Andrew Baird on drums. Currently on the Summer Slaughter Tour supporting none other than Morbid Angel and Dying Fetus, Fallujah is destined to leave their mark on metalheads all across the country, and are imaginative enough to appeal to an even wider audience.   An exciting collective we are sure to hear a lot more in the months ahead, Fallujah and their compelling symphonies of the extreme are not to be missed!

(Review by Ken Morton)

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War Of Ages

surpremechaos2Supreme Chaos by War Of Ages (Facedown Records)

It’s been ten years since their Independent debut Unite Us All was presented upon the world at large, and since that time, War Of Ages has certainly made a name for themselves within the Christian metal market and beyond. Their Self-Titled album was released on Strike First Records in 2005 – shortly thereafter, they graduated to Facedown, and together, band and label has left an indelible impression upon the music world. Supreme Chaos is the sixth magnum opus for War Of Ages, and is destined to be known as a defining moment in their already impressive discography. Featuring powerful lyrical content and vibrant anthem-like melodies that will make you want to shake your fists triumphantly in the air, Supreme Chaos showsWar Of Ages in their finest hour. Expect this one to break it on out in a celebrated way, especially if the ten songs contained within are indicative of the sweeping glories ahead.

warofages2014“I will stand by your side” is the opening proclamation of From Ashes, the inspiring first cut from Supreme Chaos – this track alone will make the listener want to take on the world while singing along to its striking reprieves. “We are the face of a generation broken” then cries out Lost In Apathy, whose potent lyrics and dynamic choruses render this one a standout. Doomsday shows a sweeping diversity that is sure to thrill listeners – an ambitious, melodic songs that soars deep into your senses.

Chaos Theory furthers the War Of Ages journey into the darkness of the human psyche, followed by the massively potent strains of the wondrous Lionheart. On Broken Wings absolutely ascends with its spiraling soundscapes and impassioned vocals, followed by the infinitely moving Amber Alert.

Renegade possesses towering guitar interludes that will dazzle the ears. “I gave her everything, swallowed in hate that I created,” is the stark confession to be found within Ecstacy. And then closing out Supreme Chaos is Still Small Voice, a thrashing testament to faith and conviction mixing in the very best of the old and new school War Of Ages.

Powerhouse performance are delivered tenfold from the metal brigade known as War Of Ages – amongst the ranking members are Leroy Hamp on vocals, Steve Brown on guitar, Jack Daniels on guitar, Elisha Mullins on bass, and Alex Hamp on drums. The visionary Supreme Chaos was recorded with Josh Barber at Covenant Studios (Norma Jean, EISM) and mixed by Will Putney (Impending Doom, For Today). Supreme Chaos is a landmark work that should reverberate through the hearts and minds of all metal connoisseurs looking for an inspirational adventure in sound.  Featuring the stellar artwork of the one and only Dave Quiggle.

(Review by Ken Morton)

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Invent, Animate Announce Debut Album

ts3b_promo2_1(Port Neches, TX) – Texas metalcore band Invent, Animate has announced that their debut album Everchanger will be released on 8/26/14 via Tragic Hero Records. Pre-orders and exclusive merch is available here. The effort is a follow-up to their first EP Waves and their label debut Native Intellect (a two song mini EP). The new album Everchanger was produced by Brian Hood (MyChildren, MyBride, Being As An Ocean) and Jesse Cash the guitarist/vocalist for metalcore juggernauts ERRA.

ts3b_InventAnimateCover_1Today, the band has teamed up with Revolver Magazine to bring you the official music video for “Nocturne: Lost Faith,” directed by Justin Beasley. The song’s intricate patterns and divine melodies create an unforgettable balance of chaos and harmony.

“So glad to finally be in this position,” says vocalist Ben English. “About to release this album/video that we worked so hard on, and about to hit the road for a month with I Declare War, Oceano, and some other awesome bands. Huge thanks to Justin Beasley and the whole KOTK team for all the work and the video, and of course huge thanks to Brian Hood for absolutely destroying the mix on this record. Can’t wait for you all to hear this whole thing.”

Invent, Animate will be on “THE HEAVIER THAN HEAVY TOUR” presented by MerchNow and features I Declare War, Oceano, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, and Barrier. Special VIP ticket packages are on sale now via Soundrink where fans can get a ticket, VIP laminate, and a custom screen printed poster, all for just $25.

Tracklisting:
1.Sol
2.Naturehold
3.Nocturne : Lost Faith
4.Courier
5.Moon Phase
6.Forest Haven
7.Eventide
8.Native Intellect
9.Half-Life
10.Luna

Tour Dates:
8/8: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
8/9: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
8/10: Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk
8/11: Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
8/12: Bakersfield, CA @ The Gate
8/13: Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
8/14: Canoga Park, CA @ Cobalt Cafe
8/15: San Diego, CA @ SOMA
8/16: Las Vegas, NV @ S. Nevada Sports Centre
8/17: Mesa, AZ @ The Underground
8/19: San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
8/20: Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats West
8/21: Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
8/22: Houston, TX @ Walters
8/23: Austin, TX @ Red 7
8/24: Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
8/26: Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall
8/27: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
8/28: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Loading Dock
8/29: Boise, ID @ The Shredder
8/30: Spokane, WA @ The Hop

ts3b_WebAdmat_1About Invent, Animate:
“With so much metalcore out these days, the best thing to do is be fresh. Invent, Animate does this,” says music critic Mike Bohn who reviewed the band’s first EP Waves. “They do a lot more than other bands out there and they do it well.”

Creating an idea and bringing it to life is what inspired the progressive metalcore band Invent, Animate to pursue their passion for spreading positive messages through their music. The group was formed on the cloudy Christmas Eve of 2011 in a small town east of Houston called Port Neches, Texas. Ben English (vocals), Logan Forrest (guitar), Keaton Goldwire (guitar), Caleb Sherraden (bass), and Trey Celaya (drums) came together through their mutual love of bands like Deftones, Underoath, and Norma Jean. They are heavily influenced by what these bands have to say and the way they carry themselves as musicians.

Invent, Animate are a highly energetic band that puts an unsullied look on the metalcore market. Their work is multi-dimensional and shows their ability to be very dynamic. Never fearful to be chaotic and crazy one minute, but then decelerate and bring a softer, more beautiful aspect the next. “We’re not afraid to slow it down, experiment with different vocal styles, and maybe even sing in a few parts,” says vocalist Ben English. In addition to performing at the South By So What?! festival, the group has shared the stages with Oh, Sleeper, Of Mice & Men, and Architects.

Invent, Animate recently signed with Tragic Hero Records and have plans to release their debut full-length Everchanger on 8/26/14. “It’s still so surreal to me,” says English. “Growing up, some of my favorite bands were a part of Tragic Hero, and I’m super excited to be a part of the family. The record that we’ve been pouring ourselves into for months is really going to be unlike anything we’ve done before. We’re branching out and doing things that we’ve never done, and the outcome is really sounding incredible and we’re super excited for everyone to hear it.”

For fans of: Architects, ERRA, Northlane, and Reflections.

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ARSIS ANNOUNCE “A DECADE OF GUILT” NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

arsisguilt1Virginia-based melodic tech-death metal masters ARSIS proudly announce the ten year anniversary tour commemorating the release of the band’s debut 2004 album A Celebration Of Guilt. Presented by MetalSucks.net, the 19-date “A Decade Of Guilt” September tour through the U.S. and Canada will feature ARSIS playing the album in its entirety. Colorado’s technical melodic death metallers ALLEGAEON will be direct support; opening each night will be Los Angeles’ technical melodic death thrashers EXMORTUS.

allegaeon-arsis“Ten years ago, I was a full-time college student that was given an opportunity,” states ARSIS guitarist, songwriter, and founding member James Malone. “The musical project that I had been working on ‘for fun’ on breaks from school was asked to record a full-length album for a small independent record label. I had no idea at the time what the response would be to it or if there would be any response at all. Almost as soon as the album was released – much to my surprise – we were getting attention from around the world and my life was forever changed. That album was called ‘A Celebration Of Guilt’ and myself and everyone in ARSIS would like to celebrate its ten year anniversary by playing the album in its entirety on tour. Many of songs have not been played live in years, if ever. Here’s to a decade of guilt and METAL!!!”

“A Decade Of Guilt” North American tour dates are:
09/01/14 Empire – Springfield, VA
09/02/14 Championship Bar – Trenton, NJ
09/03/14 Santos – New York, NY
09/04/14 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
09/05/14 Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC – CANADA
09/06/14 Dagobert – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
09/08/14 The Foundry – Lakewood, OH
09/12/14 The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
09/13/14 Rock Bottom – Saskatoon, SK – CANADA
09/16/14 Red Room – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
09/17/14 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
09/18/14 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR
09/20/14 O.C. Music Hall – Anaheim, CA
09/21/14 New Royal Dive – San Diego, CA
09/23/14 Moon Room – Denver, CO
09/25/14 Rail Club – Fort Worth, TX
09/27/14 Haven Lounge – Orlando, FL
09/18/14 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL

More dates will be announced soon.

Official ARSIS music videos include “Scornstar” and “Carve My Cross.”

Update your music collection with Unwelcome – the latest studio album by ARSIS – and their back-catalogue, all available at the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop: http://shop.nuclearblast.com/en/shop/

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Allegaeon joins Arsis for fall ‘A Decade of Guilt’ North American tour

allegaeon-arsisColorado’s Allegaeon will embark on tour this fall with Arsis! Allegaeon has been selected as the direct support act for the ArsisA Decade of Guilt” North American tour to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the release of “A Celebration of Guilt“. Opening the tour will be Exmortus! This line up will prove to be one of finest displays of musicianship that the American metal scene has to offer. It is not to be missed and more dates will be added soon!

Allegaeon’s new album “Elements of the Infinite” was released this past June worldwide on Metal Blade Records. For the first time ever, Allegaeon cracked the Billboard Charts and Canadian Charts with the new album. “Elements of the Infinite” came in at #25 on the Billboard Hard Music Chart, #31 on the Canadian Hard Rock Charts and #141 on the Canadian digital music charts. On the day of release in Canada, the album was #1 on iTunes Metal Chart, #6 on the iTunes Rock Chart and #38 on the iTunes Top 200 Current Album Chart. In the US, the album peaked at #3 on the iTunes Metal Chart.

The album is available for order in special bundle packages at http://www.metalblade.com/allegaeon

A play-through video for the song “Dyson Sphere” is available for viewing HERE.

Allegaeon’s video for the song “Our Cosmic Casket” can be streamed HERE.

Their video for the song “1.618” can be viewed HERE.

ALLEGAEON
A Decade of Guilt North America Tour
w/ Arsis, Exmortus
09/01 Springfield, VA Empire
09/02 Trenton, NJ Championship Bar
09/03 New York, NY Santos
09/04 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
09/05 Montreal, QC Foufounes Electriques
09/06 Quebec City, QC Dagobert
09/08 Lakewood, OH The Foundry
09/12 Winnipeg, MB The Zoo
09/13 Saskatoon, SK Rock Bottom
09/16 Vancouver, BC Red Room
09/17 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
09/18 Portland, OR Tonic Lounge
09/20 Anaheim, CA O.C. Music Hall
09/21 San Diego, CA New Royal Dive
09/23 Denver, CO Moon Room
09/25 Fort Worth, TX Rail Club
09/27 Orlando, FL Haven Lounge
09/28 Tampa, FL The Orpheum

ALLEGAEON
Artery Metal Tour ’14 w/ Chimaira, The Plot in You, Upon This Dawning, Silence the Messenger

08/05 Joliet, IL Mojoes
08/06 Spring Lake Park, MN Pov
08/07 Peoria, IL Rail II
08/08 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
08/09 Lansing, MI The Loft
08/10 Akron, OH Rock Factory
08/11 St Louis, MO Fubar
08/12 Shawnee, KS Aftershock
08/13 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
08/14 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
08/15 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
08/16 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
08/17 Spokane, WA The Hop
08/19 Sacramento, CA Assembly
08/20 West Hollywood, CA Whiskey a Go Go
08/21 San Diego, CA Soma-Sidestage
08/22 Phoenix, AZ Joes Grotto
08/23 Tucson, AZ The Rock
08/25 Odessa, TX Club Patron
08/26 San Antonio, TX Korova (basement)
08/27 Austin, TX Dirty Dog Bar
08/28 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
08/29 Dallas, TX Trees
08/30 Oklahoma City, OK The Chameleon Room

Allegaeon will be hitting the road next month with Chimaira, The Plot in You, Upon This Dawning and Silence the Messenger as part of “The Artery Metal Tour“. The tour begins August 5th in Joliet, IL and runs through August 30th in Oklahoma City, OK. A complete list of dates can be found below. Tickets for the tour can be purchased HERE.

Elements of the Infinite” was recorded, mixed and mastered by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio in Colorado Feb-April 2014. Otero’s work has been more prominent in the last few years – some fans may have heard his work on the latest Cattle Decapitation album, Cephalic Carnage, and more. Otero’s efforts here, along with the band’s new material, has led to Allegaeon’s most realized and mature release to date. Musically, fans will be treated to orchestrations that provide significant depth to the sound. The orchestrations were composed by guitarist Greg Burgess along with Joe Ferris (monumentalaudio.net).

Allegaeon is:
Ezra Haynes – Vocals
Michael Stancel – Guitar
Greg Burgess – Guitar
Corey Archuleta – Bass
Brandon Park – Drums

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The Word Alive: Keeping It Real on Vans Warped Tour

thewordalive062514The Word Alive is spending another hot and heavy summer on the Vans Warped Tour, this time with a dynamic new album to promote entitled Real.  Now available from Fearless Records, Real. is a passionate effort showing each and every member at the very height of their artistry.  The band is especially intense live, as concert goers all across North America are witnessing.  We caught up with The Word Alive frontman Telle Smith at the San Diego edition of Warped Tour just prior to their set, where we discuss the concept of Real., a few of the song lyrics, musicians as role models. and what he thought about playing directly opposite Linkin Park at the Warped Ventura date.  Read on as we keep it very real with the one and only Telle Smith…

twajl16We’re here with Telle from The World Alive. How has Warped Tour been going for you so far? What have been some of the highlights?
It’s been great. I think its, unless your bus breaks down or you get super sick, I think its hard to have a bad time on Warped Tour. It’s a great, fun tour. The highlights have been Dallas, that was great. It was the first really great show of the tour. Then Arizona was our hometown show for the band that was absolutely amazing. Then Pomona, probably was my favorite show so far. It was a special day. I think certain shows, cities you really connect with. With everyone. When you can connect with a group of a few thousand people then it just makes you feel like you’re on top of the world.

twajl1What is it you’d like fans to know about the title Real?
I don’t want people to take it the wrong way. I think certainly people could look at it and be like, ‘oh, that’s kind of egotistical’ but I think as fans of music people should want something genuine from bands and artists. That’s what this album is, its genuine. It’s a collection of songs, it’s our art, love and passion. I think it’s hard to not feel that and hear it coming through in the music and vocals. Its just a really honest and open record and we felt the title was fitting.

What or where is 94th Street?
94th Street is the street that our band in its current formation first met up. It’s where Luke came in and we tried him out. It was actually one of our first times we had ever practiced at that new studio. It’s kind of like the place where the band, as everyone knows it today bonded and we were all like, yeah, this is The Word Alive. We’ve been practicing there ever since. So a little over two years now. We wanted a song that was for us. Just the title that was just for us. That’s what it is.

twajl13Was “Never Forget” a hard song to compose?
It was. Zack wrote almost all of it, him and Daniel wrote that song and when I heard it, it was – I had already started writing some – not necessarily journal, but lyrics down. Especially if I’m feeling something. When Mitch (Lucker) passed away, I wrote down a handful of notes and things that I was thinking and feeling at the time. When that happened, I wasn’t thinking “oh man, I need to write a song about this.” But when I heard the music for some reason it reminded me of Mitch. It kind of reminded me of the spirit of Suicide Silence as a band and friends of ours. It’s very upbeat, it’s a faster song and to me its just fun but deep and meaningful at the same time. So when I listened to it, I instantly associated it with some of the thoughts and memories I had of Mitch and the rest of the guys in Suicide Silence. I started writing to it and it took me the longest to write because I wanted to word everything the most respectful way. I didnt want to reach too far and make it too individual based because I think as hard as it is to lose him there’s a lot of fans who’ve lost their best friends and loved ones. I understand more now than I have even in the past for our records that if I’m in this position and I have this voice that I get to speak these words, I would rather them be something that can help someone than be a detriment. That’s what it ended up being, a thank-you to him. A remembrance of him but also a universal song for anyone that’s lost someone that meant a lot to them. Or someone influential that other people, even if you didn’t know Mitch, you know the impact he had on a lot of people and a lot of bands. And the impact Suicide Silence had and still will have moving forward. It’s a tribute to him and to all people that leave something important behind.

twajl2As an artist, is it important for musicians to be positive role models for their fans?
I think it should be, but I don’t think it always is. It’s another thing, some bands, they only want to make money. That’s their only reason for being a band. Or maybe not being a band but being the band that they are. I think some people take routes where it’s very obvious. For every one of those bands there’s ten bands that are doing something positive. I think negative press always gets more press it seems. I know that my family reads the things about our band and about me. I represent my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers. So for me, it’s very important to be that way. But it’s not always beneficial to be that way from a financial or business standpoint, it’s just the way the world is I suppose.

twajl12What did you think about Linkin Park playing in Ventura? How did it affect The Word Alive?
We went on at 5:10 and they went on at 5:25 so we got a few songs in. We started out with a really big crowd and then three songs in, there was definitely a group of people that went to watch Linkin Park, admittedly had I been one of those kids I would have left to go see Linkin Park. So I don’t fault anyone, judge anyone. I love Linkin Park. Chester, as many people know, is a big influence on me and I love his voice, I love that band. It was cool because it’s like the circle of life. I talk to fans, I had a little impromptu speech that was like, there’s fans who are there now that are going to be on the stage that I was on that day. Hopefully on that day when they are, I’m on that stage and theyre speaking to their new fans saying “The Word Alive is a part of why I’m on this stage.” It’s just the circle of life. I just had a real peaceful moment on stage where I felt a part of something bigger than my band and that’s the circle of life, the circle of music. I’m not saying that we will go down as another Linkin Park, but hopefully The Word Alive can be something that influences people to start singing and pick up instruments and be on the Vans Warped Tour one day.

What is the secret to maintaining a healthy relationship with someone while being on the road all the time?
It is a challenge. I dont know that it ever will be 100% perfect. You just have to have two people that want it. That goes for most relationships, friendships, business relationships. The two people or multiple people involved have to want it to work.  It’s not like Hollywood. You have to try in a relationship, it’s not like you find someone and it’s perfect all the time and you don’t have to work for it. People change and grow and especially when you’re gone a lot, it’s easy to potentially grow apart or not understand changes in a relationship. I think being open minded and understanding and willing to try to go above and beyond to let that other person know that you care about them and that they’re part of your life and day, even if you’re 10,000 miles away. That’s what’s really important.

twajl17What’s up next for you guys after Warped Tour?
After Warped we’re going to announce one headlining show in the US and then we have a UK and small run in mainland Europe dates that we’re headlining. We’re bringing out The Color Morale and Like Moths to Flames. Then we have a tour in the US, maybe even a little bit of Canada for November and December, but due to being on Warped Tour, we can’t really say what it is yet. But I’m really excited about it and it will be an opportunity for The Word Alive fans of every era to come out and enjoy. Hopefully people will be paying attention.

Do you have any messages for your fans who may be reading this right now?
Thank you for every person who has purchased our new album, who has shared a link to their friends so they could listen to it on YouTube. Spreading music now a days, whether you’re buying it or telling your friends about it is so important. We understand that not everyone can go and buy every favorite record that comes out. But we appreciate the fans who understand that and try to help in other ways like spreading our music and videos. We wouldn’t be here without you guys.

(Interview and Candid Photo by Ken Morton – Live Photos by Jack Lue)

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