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APR 21 – Los Angeles, CA-based progressive metal outfit, Elitist, has signed to Equal Vision Records.

“We could not be more excited to sign with Equal Vision Records – we have been waiting a long time to find the right label for us and the search is finally over,” shares vocalist Chris Balay. “With EVR’s awesome roster and the name they’ve made for themselves, we have no doubt that Elitist’s future is in good hands.”

The band will head into the studio in May to record their sophomore full-length, which is expected to be released later this year. The album will be co-produced by Daniel Braunstein (Volumes, Elitist) and Julian Rodriguez and recorded at both DB Music Studios in Woodland Hills, CA and Parallel Focus Studios in Westlake Village, CA. The band also released a short teaser video today announcing the new signing and the upcoming album. The video can be seen HERE.

To date, Elitist has self-released one full-length album: Reshape Reason (2012) and three EPs: Caves (2010), Earth (2011) and Between the Balance (2013), the latter of which charted on the Billboard New Artist, Hard Rock and Independent Albums charts.

The band will kick off a US tour supporting labelmates Texas In July tomorrow, April 22, in Baltimore, MD. The four-piece band has previously toured with the likes of Volumes, Misery Signals, The Color Morale, Scale The Summit and more. All upcoming tour dates can be seen below.

Elitist is comprised of Chris Balay (vocals), Julian Rodriguez (guitar), Brian McGraw (bass), Ben Kazenoff (drums).

tij_full_web-updatedTOUR DATES
Texas In July w/Structures, Erra (4/22-4/27), Myka, Relocate (4/29-5/10), and Elitist
Apr 22 Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
Apr 23 Wilmington, NC @ Orton’s
Apr 24 Charlotte, NC @ The Casbah
Apr 25 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Apr 26 Jacksonville, FL @ Atticus Bar
Apr 27 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
Apr 29 Houston, TX @ Walter’s
Apr 30 San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
May 01 Dallas, TX @ The Door
May 02 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
May 03 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown+
May 04 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
May 05 Newport, KY @ Thompson House
May 06 Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
May 07 Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room
May 08 Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry
May 09 Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
May 10 Lemoyne, PA @ The Championship

+ Texas In July w/Myka, Relocate, and Elitist only

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Andrew Kinnecom (Motivational) Announces Solo Project Kinnecom, Releases Introduction Video

Kinnecomnews1Andrew Kinnecom of Motivational (ex-Wealth In Water) has announced that he has been working on his own solo project that will go by the name of Kinnecom. The project will bring deep instrumentals and emotional soundscapes to modern music and Andrew plans to use it to challenge modern day mainstream artists with powerful songwriting. He had this to say on the new project, “I am confident that the new music I am releasing will inspire a new generation of songwriting combining countless styles of music. We are living in the age of information and technology, an age where what we create and what we listen to isn’t limited or defined by what is sitting in front of us. Music is blending together more and more day by day and we now have the power to choose not to give it limitations.” With the announcement, Kinnecom released an introduction video that features a snippet of a song HERE.



HEART TO HEART To Release New Album ‘Dulce’ June 17th on Pure Noise Records

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Heart to Heart has announced they will release their sophomore album Dulce June 17th on Pure Noise Records. Dulce was produced by Kyle Black (Stick To Your Guns, Comeback Kid, Set Your Goals) in Southern California. Preorders for the new album will be coming soon and a full track listing can be seen below. Fans can also catch Heart to Heart on this summer’s Vans Warped Tour June 13th through July 13th.

While keeping busy out on the road, Heart to Heart is getting ready to release their sophomore full length, Dulce, which will be more diverse and heavier than their previous music, but still show their punk rock roots; and unlike their previous album, the whole band was present during tracking to help ensure this record is as tenacious as it can be.

Heart to Heart is an aggressive rock band from Pismo Beach, California consisting of Nick Zoppo (vocals), Johnathan Hayes (guitar/vocals), Taylor Stillwell (guitar/vocals), Justin Bratcher (bass) and Blaze Blanke (drums). Since their start, Heart to Heart has remained consistent road warriors with numerous tours under their musical belt including support for Forever Came Calling on the Road to Mixtape Tour, support for The Story So Far on their headlining tour, and their last tour with Rotting Out and No Bragging Rights - just to name a few.

And the band’s strong “keep touring” mentality is paying off greatly. In 2013, the band signed with Pure Noise Records, have significantly grown their fan base, and gained heavy media acknowledgment including being named one of Alternative Press’ “100 Bands You Need To Know” for 2014.

For more information on Heart to Heart and a full list of tour dates, please click here.

Dulce Track Listing
Bad Habits
Yours Truly, You.
Black Widow



Nordavind signs Vinterbris and set release date for new album; premieres first track

vinterbris-promo_smallToday, NORDAVIND RECORDS sets June 16th as the international release date for VINTERBRIS’ sophomore album, Solace.
Formed in 2008 in Bergen (Norway), the music from VINTERBRIS is highly inspired by groups such as Primordial and Moonsorrow while retaining its own atmosphere and originality. After having released an EP and a self-titled full-length, the band is now back with Solace, a desolate and melancholic record with the backbone of true Norwegian black metal. With a lyrical concept centered around one man’s struggle with self-acceptance, existence and place in nature, the soundscapes of Solace are complete.

Front-CoverNow, VINTERBRIS have joined forces with label NORDAVIND RECORDS. Kristoffer Aalhus (bass) comments on the signing: “Today we announce the great news of inking our first record deal! Vinterbris are very happy to have signed a contract with Nordavind Records for the release of Solace, and we look forward to seeing what this partnership can bring.”

Cover and tracklisting are as follows:
I. Dysphoria
II. Ash Alight
III. Fathoms
IV. The Aurora Of Despair
V. Gazing At A Fallen Sky
VI. Euphoria

Fathoms,” the first sample from VINTERBRIS’ Solace, can be heard HERE!

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17-year-old Inexhaustible Tunesmith Dylan Gardner To Release Debut Album Adventures In Real Time on May 13th

utre_albumcov_2Conan O’Brien’s TeamCoco Premieres Video for First Single “Let’s Get Started”

17-year-old Dylan Gardner is one of a new breed of young artists for whom the internet is a great education, an overwhelming wealth of musical knowledge available at the click of a button. An incredibly prolific and talented songwriter, Dylan has spent the last 10 years absorbing this knowledge day and night. The outcome is his debut album Adventures in Real Time, set to be released on May 13th, which was whittled down from 9 albums worth of material, over 100 songs, which Dylan wrote, recorded, and produced entirely on his own, with final sonic and seasoning refinements courtesy of co-producer John Dragonetti (Submarines, Jack Drag).

Conan O’Brien’s TeamCoco premiered Dylan’s new video for single “Let’s Get Started.” Watch it HERE.

Adventures in Real Time features an effortlessly joyous collection of 21st century pop rock ‘n’ roll blazing bright with the same glorious hope and enthusiasm that has fueled great debut albums. It’s animated by brisk hooks, breezy melodies, and big, big dreams, melding sophisticated, disciplined songcraft with irrepressible energy and Dylan’s resolute belief in the enduring power of pop. “It’s a celebration of great music,” Gardner says, “music that doesn’t insult your intelligence.”

In honor of last week’s anniversary of the breakup of The Beatles (April 10th, 1970), Dylan spent the day recording 15 second clips of each song on Side 2 of Abbey Road. He posted the videos in succession on his Instagram, Twitter, and also compiled them into one YouTube clip. Boing Boing immediately picked up on the video series, as well as Mashable,, and Tunecore. His thread #DylanBrokeUpTheBeatles was also retweeted by over 150 accounts reaching 6.7 million viewers.

Gardner grew up in a world of music, influenced by his dad, a founding member of power pop legends, The Kind. Learning to play drums, piano, and guitar at a very young age, Dylan also dabbled in songwriting. However, once he focused on the task, he was hooked. He became an inexhaustible tunesmith, a 24-7 font of ideas, lyrics, and melodies. Before long his teenage bedroom had transformed into a Pro Tools-equipped home studio, his closet the ideal vocal booth as he tracked what became 2012’s debut EP, Morning Stories. With ever more distinctive material gathering by the day, Gardner set to work on his long-inevitable full-length debut. Gardner spent the summer of 2013 recording Adventures in Real Time in his own inimitable fashion, cutting near-complete tracks in his ever-expanding bedroom studio before passing them on to co-producer Dragonetti for additional input and instrumentation. The result is crisp and timeless, expertly combining widescreen sonics with lo-fi ingenuity.

Adventures in Real Time marks an unforgettable introduction to a gifted new artist in the first flush of what is sure to be a prolific creative life, alive with innocence and ambition, promise and excitement. Not surprisingly though, Gardner is already nose to the grindstone penning songs for his next album. “I’ve had this drive, ever since I was born, to keep working at it,” Dylan says. “I love the idea of constantly working on your craft and always trying to be a step ahead. Then at the end of your lifetime, you have this wide-spanning discography of music that you’re really proud of. I’m constantly in the pursuit of that.”

Adventures in Real Time Track List:
1) Let’s Get Started
2) Heroes Tonight
3) I’m Nothing Without You
4) Too Afraid To Love You
5) I Think I’m Falling For Something
6) The Actor
7) Sing For The Stars
8) Feeling Of Love
9) With A Kiss
10) Invincible

Dylan Gardner on Facebook


ANNISOKAY Sign Worldwide Deal With SPV/Steamhammer

3wayDebut album “The Lucid Dream[er]” set to be released in May/June 2014

ANNISOKAY – the up and coming post-hardcore 5-piece from Halle/Germany has signed a worldwide deal (excl. Japan) with SPV/ Steamhammer. Their debut album “The Lucid Dream[er]” is mastered by Joey Sturgis (The Devil Wears Prada, We Came As Romans, Asking Alexandria) and will be released on May 27th in N.America (Digital only) and June 2nd in UK & Europe.

As veterans to the live scene ANNISOKAY captures the essence of their audience by delivering an unrelenting performance that never leads to a dull moment. They push every limit to create a musical energy that brings themselves closer to their fans, on and off the stage and they one day hope to share that same energy with the world. Within the last years ANNISOKAY shared the stage with amazing bands like THE GHOST INSIDE, SILENT SCREAMS, UPON THIS DAWNING, ESKIMO CALLBOY, HEART IN HAND, LIONHEART and HIS STATUE FALLS.

On their debut album “The Lucid Dream[er]” the band took the concepts of nightmares and lucid dreaming and explored the depths of the human mind by applying these dream metaphors to everyday situations in life. See and hear the perfect example of this in their music video of the track entitled “Sky“. The song received a huge positive resonance from their fan base and got over 270.000 views on YouTube by now. The release of their stunning music video for “Monstercrazy“, directed by the guitarist and singer of the band, brought them even more attention overseas. ANNISOKAY is a team of musical workaholics, so they recently released an intense interpretation of Miley Cyrus’ number one hit “Wrecking Ball” (over 350.000 clicks on youtube by now), while they are already writing on their next release.

and a cover version of Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball”

3hgmTrack Listing:
1 The Final Round 03:53
2 Sky 03:45
3 Anniversary 03:32
4 Firewalk 04:04
5 Monstercrazy 04:26
6 Who Am I 03:25
7 The Believer 02:43
8 Insanity 03:31
9 Ghost Of Me 03:21
10 By The Time 03:09
11 Where Do I Start 03:51

Bonus Tracks
12 Day To Day Tragedy 03:44
13 Wasted & Useful 03:42
14 The Final Round (HoppiTronic Remix) 04:57

Line Up:
Dave Grunewald – Shouts
Christoph Wieczorek – clean Vocals/Guitar
Norbert Rose – Bass
Daniel Herrmann – Drums
Philipp Kretzschmar – Guitar

Label – SPV / Steamhammer (A&R Niko Tsagarakis, PM Manuel Schönfeld)
Managment – Monster Artists
Booking – KingStar
Publishing – SPV / BMG Rights
Merchandising – SPV / Impericon

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LIV KRISTINE Currently Working on New Solo Album

u3ekLEAVES’ EYES Front Woman LIV KRISTINE is currently working on her new solo album! Her fans will be thrilled looking forward to the upcoming fifth album from the sensational front woman. Liv Kristine commented on the new album:

“I have good news for you! I am now in the midst of recording my fifth solo album “VERVAIN” at Mastersound Studio! With this album I wish to take you on a journey through my artistic vision of the spheres – shadows and light, by eye and mind.”

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VENI DOMINE re-sign with Massacre Records, reveal artwork and new song

Copyright Jens Forsberg 2014

Copyright Jens Forsberg 2014

We’re happy to welcome VENI DOMINE back in the Massacre Records family!

If you’re not familiar with the band, it’s our pleasure to introduce you to them:

The story of VENI DOMINE began in 1987 when Torbjörn Weinesjö, Thomas Weinesjö and Anders Olofsson formed the band. Fredrik Sjöholm (back then Olsson) joined them shortly after.

At first, the band’s name was Glorify, which soon got changed to Seventh Seal. The band name VENI DOMINE exists since the early 90’s as the first record deal was landed.

Bass and keyboard positions have changed a few times since then but the band’s core still remains.

The musical style was soon labeled as doom but this was not the aim of the band. VENI DOMINE was always trying to evolve and symphonic elements as well as progressive ones are often heard on the albums.

The band recorded their debut album “Fall Babylon Fall” in Eastbourne, England, for Kingsway Music Records. The next albums – “Material Sanctuary” and “Spiritual Wasteland” – were released via Thunderload Records in Sweden only. Both albums, as well as the debut album, were then licensed from Thunderload to be released via Massacre Records in the rest of the world.

There was a huge gap between the release of “Spiritual Wasteland” and the fourth album “IIII – The Album Of Labour”, which saw the light of day via Rivel Records, due to various reasons.

For the latest full-length albums, “23:59” and “Tongues”, VENI DOMINE joined forces with the German label MCM Music.

VENI DOMINE now re-signed with Massacre Records, where the first album since 7 years, entitled “Light“, will soon be released.

Light” was produced and mixed in Stockholm by Torbjörn Weinesjö at the Room Of Doom and mastered by Erik Marthinsen at the Skyline Studio.

The artwork’s created by the band’s vocalist Fredrik Sjöholm himself.

The band has also released the first song off the upcoming album!

Listen to the album opener “In Memoriam” in its entirety on

VENI DOMINE’s new album “Light” will be released on May 23, 2014 via Massacre Records!

Fredrik Sjöholm – Vocals
Torbjörn Weinesjö – Guitars
Klas Petterson – Bass
Thomas Weinesjö – Drums
Olov Andersson – Keyboards

“In Memoriam” Song Pre-listening:



u34n_Anathema4UK’S Celebrated Rock Band Divulges Details On Upcoming 10th Studio Album

April 16, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Recognized as one of the UK’s most cherished and critically acclaimed rock bands, ANATHEMA have pulled back the curtains on their boldest and most dynamic album to date, distant satellites, which is due out in the U.S. on June 10th. Today, the band has revealed further details of the upcoming release including the track list and insight into the making of their timeless and transcendent tenth studio album.

Stream a teaser for distant satellites here:

Initially hailed as pioneers of an entire sub genre, ANATHEMA has spent the vast majority of their career making music that defies description and easy pigeonholing. Quietly progressive and perpetually focused on new horizons, the band have been steadily and constantly evolving: they embraced languorous Floydian hues as far back as the mid 90s, when such things were wildly unfashionable; their mastery of melancholy, melody and spine-tingling atmosphere setting them proudly apart from their erstwhile peers, and as progressive music entered a new phase of credibility and renown in the 21st century, propelling them to the forefront of a nebulous but increasingly adored musical movement.

Previous albums like Judgement, A Fine Day To Exit and A Natural Disaster strengthened their reputation beyond all measure, but it was the startling evolutionary leap of 2010’s critically acclaimed We’re Here Because We’re Here – famously mixed by modern prog’s undisputed high priest, Steven Wilson – that firmly and finally established ANATHEMA as a unique force in modern music and among the modern era’s foremost songwriters and musicians.

ANATHEMA returns in 2014 with what will surely be recognized as their finest album to date. A gleaming anthology of beautifully crafted songs, performed with vitality, intensity and utmost passion, distant satellites is gloriously realized and painstakingly crafted as any in their illustrious canon. Furthermore, it showcases yet another imperious forward step into the realm of miraculous songwriting. Working again with producer/mixer Christer-André Cederberg, not to mention using the incredible talents of Steven Wilson to mix two tracks – ‘You’re Not Alone’ and ‘Take Shelter’ and also employing the legendary services of Dave Stewart (Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson) to create the new album’s extraordinary orchestral arrangements, the overall feel of the record is much more restrained and stripped down than its predecessors, as Danny Cavanagh explains.

“This album is more stripped back and that was conscious. We thought it was time to strip the elements back, so unless something really needs to be there we’re not gonna put it on,” he says. “It was a bit of the Radiohead Kid A approach. OK Computer was very dense and layered, and they came back with this stripped back recording that was based and built around the vocals and it wasn’t totally jammed and multi-layered.”

Complementing the album is the beautifully ethereal artwork created by Korean new media artist Sang Jun Yoo, based around his Distant Light Installation in New York.

Destined to be one of the most celebrated and acclaimed albums of 2014, distant satellites is the work of a band whose collective love of making music and sharing its intangible magic with others grows stronger by the year.

ANATHEMA recently finished a hugely successful tour of the U.S. which followed the band’s first ever headlining tour of North America last Fall. The band will tour extensively behind the new record including their “Satellites Over Europe” tour a run in Australia and select European festival dates.

distant satellites Track List:
1. THE LOST SONG part 1
2. THE LOST SONG part 2
3. DUSK (dark is descending)
5. THE LOST SONG part 3

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At Your Command Records Set to Release the Reissue of LIMITS’ Rebirth May 6th

limitsksnews1Wichita’s LIMITS, who just recently signed with At Your Command Records, will see the reissue of their latest EP, entitled Rebirth, released May 6th on At Your Command Records.

The reissue will feature “Cheap Talk” which was exclusively premiered on Under The Gun last month.

LIMITS will be hitting the road this summer with a new release, which is currently being worked on, slated to drop afterwards.

REBIRTH (REISSUE) [May 6th, 2014]
1. Surrender Your Throne
2. Faceless
3. Cheap Talk
4. Forgtten
5. Champion
6. An Endless Struggle
7. Collapse