In Flames – I, The Mask

 

In Flames is a band, much like most of the daring few whoever made ground-breaking original art, that seems to be judged forever for their earliest success. While it’s true that that have departed from their original pioneering “Gottenburg sound” of melodic death metal, they are certainly never dull and always capable of solid releases with memorable songs. The chorus of angry, arms-crossed dudes that say “I don’t listen to those guys anymore” will always get drowned out by the die-hards, many whom the band picked up as they exploded in popularity. Once you get past the old narrative of the band that escaped beyond what was narrow sub-genre with four good bands, you can appreciate their entire career arc, which is still evolving on their new album, I, The Mask (Eleven Seven Music Group). Continue reading

Jay Wud – Transitions

While a career in music, in general, seems to be predicated on a fickle game of risk and reward, for my money no genre has it worse than Hard Rock (Metal, Punk or otherwise). You push too far into a musical extreme and you’re considered a niche product at best. Streamline the sound and introduce a melody, and pockets of fans are deriding you as sellouts before the first check is cleared. Dubai’s Jay Wud attempts to control the chaos down the middle with their new release, Transitions (self-released). Continue reading

All That Remains – Madness

I’m pretty good at separating the art from the artist. James Woods’ political leanings aren’t my cup of tea, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to change the station whenever Videodrome or Casino comes on. I can ignore his tweets and enjoy the work. That’s the approach I took with All That Remains’ latest, Madness (Razor & Tie). Continue reading

Of Mice And Men Returns, Bassist Aaron Pauley Assumes Lead Vocal Role

 

Chart breaking metalcore act Of Mice And Men are preparing for spring and summer festival shows in the USA. With the departure of popular vocalist Austin Carlile early this year, the band has regrouped with a reformulated lineup and a new song and video. You can hear the fitting track ‘Unbreakable’, below: Continue reading

Video: In Flames Release A Lyric Video For The End, New Album This November

 

In Flames Battles album cover ghostcultmag

In Flames has released a lyric video for their new track The End, from their forthcoming new album Battles, due on November 11th from Nuclear Blast Continue reading

P.O.D. Releases New Single, The Awakening Due This Summer

Photo courtesy of BWR PR

Photo courtesy of BWR PR

After 23 years into their career and 16 years after their break-through hit record The Fundamental Elements of Southtown, P.O.D. are poised to release their 10th album this summer. The new album Awakening will be released on August 1st, and the first single ‘This Goes Out to You’ can be heard at this link:

Produced by Howard Benson whose work on the Fundamentals.. album yielded the hit that put them on the map, ‘Southtown’, was again in the producers’ chair for The Awakening.

Vocalist Sonny Sandoval comments on the reunion with Benson:

 

“Howard said, ‘Let’s do it for the fans who have been there for 23 years, who are growing with you and love your band and get you and your bigger-picture ideas, but let’s also make it accessible for other listeners and fans.”

 

Recently split from Atlantic Records, P.O.D. is currently on tour in Europe, but has US tour dates booked as well.

POD Islander summer 2015 tour poster

 

P.O.D. US tour dates:

Jun 14: The Bear’s Big Growl 4

W/ Buckcherry – Hinder South Bend, IN

Jun 16: Shakas – Virginia Beach, VA

Jun 17: Ziggy’s By The Sea – Wilmington, VA

Jun 19: Blue Fox – Winchester, VA

Jun 20: 95x Fest – Pennellville, NY

Jun 21: The Paramount – Huntington, NY

Jun 22: The Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA

Jun 24: Piere’s Entertainment Center – Fort Wayne, IN

Jun 26: Tail Creek Mud Music Festival – Alix, CAN

Jun 27: Stars & Stripes Festival – Sterling Heights, MI

Jun 28: Q&Z Expo Center – Ringle, WI

Jun 30: Majestic Theater w/ Islander, From Ashes – Madison, WI

Jul 02: The Castle Theatre – Bloomington, IL

Jul 03: Dream Makers Theater – Sault Ste. Marie, MI

Jul 04: Carver County Fairgrounds – Waconia, MN

Jul 07: The ‘O’RIGINAL – Minot, ND

Jul 09: District Bar & Grill – Rockford, IL

Jul 10: Common Ground Music Festival – Lansing, MI

Jul 11: The Watering Hole – Green Bay, WI

Jul 12: Val Air Ballroom w/ Hoobastank – West Des Moines, IA

Jul 14: Marathon Music Works w/ Islander, From Ashes – Nashville, TN

Jul 15: Festival Of The Lakes – Hammond, IN

Jul 16: Pop’s – Sauget, IL

Jul 17: The Odeon – Cleveland, OH

Jul 18: Mickey’s Bar & Grill – Lancaster, OH

Aug 02: Grassroots Music Festival – Council Bluffs, IA

Aug 07: Guitars Under The Stars – Lebanon, OR

Oct 24: Aftershock 2015 – Elverta, CA

Theory Of A Deadman Releasing Angel Acoustic EP On April 28th

theory of a deadman acoustic ep

Theory Of A Deadman will be releasing Angel Acoustic EP, a collection of acoustic versions of their fan favorite songs along with an acoustic version of Tove Lo’s “Habits (Stay High),” on April 28, 2015 via Roadrunner/604. The EP was produced by Howard Benson (Halestorm, My Chemical Romance).

Angel Acoustic EP track listing
01: Angel
02: Santa Monica
03: Habits (Stay High)
04: Not Meant To Be
05: The One

Roadrunner Records/604 Records recording artists Theory Of A Deadman have announced the ANGEL ACOUSTIC EP, a collection…

Posted by Theory of a Deadman on Tuesday, April 14, 2015