Audio: Devour The Day Stream S.O.A.R., Pre-orders Start Tomorrow

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Rockers Devour The Day have premiered their new single, the title track of their forthcoming album S.O.A.R., releasing from Razor & Tie on April 1st. You can hear ‘S.O.A.R.’ at this link or below:

 

Guitarist Blake Allison commented:

‘S.O.A.R.’ is an acronym for ‘Suffer, Overcome, And Recover.’ It references the true nature of hard work, dedication, and the feeling of strength through any process. When the pressure of life and all its struggles has beaten you down, it’s what one does in response that really matters and makes us grow as human beings.”

 

‘S.O.A.R.’ will be available for purchase as a grat track with all Pre-orders of the album starting tomorrow, at this link:

 

 

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Failure Anthem Books tour With Adelitas Way, New Album Pre-Order

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Up and coming rockers Failure Anthem have booked a winter tour supporting Adelitas Way, playing dates from January 16th through February 16th. This will be the first tour supporting the new Failure Anthem album, First World Problems, releasing from the Razor & Tie label on January 22nd. The pre-order for First World Problems is available at these links: iTunes, Amazon, and MerchNow.

 

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The band kicks off a run of dates to close 2015 tonight with Like A Storm. Their new single ‘Paralyzed’, is out now and you can see exclusive live performance of the single when you use the Shazam app. The band is also booking shows for later in 2016, including a slot at Carolina Rebellion.

Failure Anthem Tour Dates with Like A Storm

Dec 15: The Studio – New York, NY

Dec 16: Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY

Dec 18: The Music Factory – Battle Creek, MI

Dec 19: Q and Z Expo – Ringle, WI

Dec 20: The Back Bar – Janesville, WI

Failure Anthem, opening for Adelitas Way

Jan 16: Pub Rock- Scottsdale, AZ

Jan 20: Gas Monkey Bar & Grill -Dallas, TX

Jan 21: Scout Bar- Houston, TX

Jan 22: Clicks Live -Tyler, TX

Jan 23: Kress Live- Biloxi, MX

Jan 24: England Brothers Bandshell Park- Pinellas Park, FL

Jan 26: The Masquerade- Atlanta, GA

Jan 29: The Blind Tiger*- Greensboro, NC

Jan 30: Hard Times- Hagerstown, MD

Jan 31: Chameleon Club- Lancaster, PA

Feb 02: Stanhope House – Stanhope, NJ

Feb 03: Iron Works – Buffalo, NY

Feb 04: Realm – Toledo, OH

Feb 05: The Machine Shop – Flint, MI

Feb 06: The Tree – Joliet, IL

Feb 08: Austin’s Fuel Room – Libertyville, IL

Feb 09: POV’s 65 – Spring Lake Park, MN

Feb 10: District – Rockford, IL

Feb 11: Aftershock* – Merriam, KS

Feb 12: Lookout Lounge- Omaha, NE

Feb 13: Marquis Theater- Denver, CO

Feb 14: Black Sheep- Colorado Springs, CO

May 07: Charlotte Motor Speedway – Concord, NC

*festival show

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A Shift In Change – Phil Labonte of All That Remains

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Building a core but steady fanbase out of their roots within the New England metalcore scene, All That Remains have moved forward by revamping their sound and winning over new audiences. They found themselves performing at Knotfest 2015 in Devore, CA and Aftershock 2015 in Sacramento, CA where they were promoting their latest album The Order Of Things (out now via Razor and Tie).

Frontman Phil Labonte shared his thoughts on their weekend:

It was great. It was really, really cool. Playing a fest like this with all of these heavy bands, we haven’t played a show that consisted of mostly heavy bands in a long time. So we took our set list and adjusted it. We brought back some of the older, heavy ones and stuck them in there. It’s nice to be able to do that.

Yesterday we played Aftershock. Shinedown was playing so it was more of a rock…they had heavy bands without question but it was really more of a rock kind of thing and we adjusted the set for that. Today we’re playing with more heavy bands so we were set for that. It’s cool to have that kind of versatility.

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What was the highlight of playing Knotfest? “Playing the show was the best thing. Playing in front of that many people and having the kind of reaction that we had. Kids are singing along and going crazy. It doesn’t get any better than that. That’s the reason we do this.

He also shared his thoughts on Aftershock. “Same thing – very similar. A lot of the same bands are playing today that were playing yesterday. Bring Me The Horizon is playing. Slipknot played last night. They’re playing here tonight. [It is] a lot of the same vibe.

Following this weekend, All That Remains has been a regular playing the growing American festival circuit, and had previously hit some of the European festivals in the past. While the European ones have a storied past, he compared the two and how it affected the band.

We’re a much bigger band in the US than in Europe. We don’t really have a label still after all these years in Europe. We get a lot more press coverage and a much better slot on the bill and people know our stuff better in the US. So for us, it’s much more enjoyable and it’s much better to play the US shows.

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Is there any weirdness playing more melodic tunes after their focus was on the heavy side for so long? “Nowadays no because we’ve been doing stuff that’s played on rock radio since 2008,” he said, on the subject of their stylistic shift. “Right now we’ve had a number one on ‘A War You Cannot Win’ and a number two on ‘A War You Cannot Win.’ We had multiple top fives and multiple top tens so we’ve had a real history at rock radio, so it doesn’t feel odd or weird. We’ve lived in both worlds for a long time now.

He shared his thoughts on whether he noticed if their audience has attracted more from their recent success at rock radio.

There’s a significant amount of our fans that come from rock radio. Metal fans are kind of finicky and even though they don’t like to admit it, they do follow trends. There’s a lot of bands that came out when we came out that really aren’t bands any more. It’s because the trend that we got caught up in or were part of, it ended. If there is a trend, there’s only a couple of bands that make it out alive.

Essentially you’ve got Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God and you’ve got us. It’s really about it for all of the bands that came out at that time in the early part of the 2000s. We’re the only bands that are left. The fact that we managed to get out of the trend and have our own sound and have our own career independent of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal, that’s cool.

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Over their past few albums, the band has visibly shifted away from their heavier metallic sounds in favor of incorporating clean singing and stronger harmonies. Labonte was quite open about his dislike of their previous album, 2012’s A War You Cannot Win, and felt working with producer Josh Wilbur helped bring out more of their strong points of their sound. Through that, he felt that helped attract a bigger audience for them plus allowing them to transcend their metalcore origins.

It was more of a challenge to come up with stuff that I was satisfied with. I was fairly dissatisfied with the last record that we did. There was a lot of stuff I had to criticize about it. So it was a lot more work with me and Josh [Wilbur], working on the vocal melodies, making sure that the stuff we were going to put down was really what we wanted to do and not forcing stuff in. If it seemed like it wasn’t working, then we’d change the style.

There’s a song on the record called “No Knock” that’s all screaming all the way through. We were trying to come up with an idea that was kind of Alice In Chains-y because the riff has a bent and a swing to it, but we could get something that we liked. We were like scream through the whole thing. That kind of versatility and having that ability is something that we really utilized a lot on this record. It worked out pretty well for the singing stuff that we came up with was really strong.

Photo Credit: Melina Dellamarggio

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One visible change within All That Remains is the loss of longtime bassist Jeanne Sagan, who left the band in September. Former Devildriver bassist Aaron “Bubble” Patrick came in and filled the role immediately.

We’ve been touring with him for a long time. The first tour we ever did with him was when he was in a band called Bury Your Dead. That was in 2006. We’ve known him for a long time. We have a lot of the same friends. He’s working with a lot of bands that we know. He started being our tour manager and working for us last year in June. He tour managed us for a year and some change and then Jeanne decided that she wanted to leave. It was a real easy fit.

We were supposed to play Japan. If you get someone that quits…getting into Japan you have to have a visa in advance so fortunately because we decided to go with our tour manager as our bass player, we didn’t have to cancel the show.

Former bassist Jeanne Sagan

Former bassist Jeanne Sagan

While they parted on amicable terms, Labonte clarified the reasons behind Sagan’s departure from the band. “She’s engaged. She met a guy and they’re getting married. She joined his band and wanted to focus on him and working on his band. We’re like…it’s cool. Totally amicable and I know what it’s like to be separated. I’ve been married for a couple of years now so I know what it’s like to miss home.

While All That Remains has made significant progress in the US, their overseas progression has been steadily growing but not quite the way they would like it to go.

We’ve been to Europe…maybe ten times? We just came back. We were there this summer and it was I think our eleventh trip. We do go over periodically but unless we get our label to get some heat over there, there’s not a whole lot we can do.

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Lastly, Labonte has drawn much attention for his overageous non band related comments in the press and on social media over many political issues, and has drawn public outrage along the way. He shares some of his favorite internet rumors he has learned about himself and his thoughts on fuelling the controversy.

I heard I did cocaine…a lot….and which I don’t. Every stereotype that people throw at people in bands they’ve thrown at me. Every stereotype you can throw at someone who has unpopular opinions, they’ve thrown at me. It doesn’t matter. My response is do more.

There’s this guy named Milo Yiannopoulos. He’s a brilliant guy. I heard something he said and I’ll get the quote wrong – ‘when you’re dealing with people who are outraged at everything, the only option you have being more outraged.’ If people get all kinds of upset because you had the audacity to think a thought, or say something on the internet or type that into your status line, they get really upset about that. The only option you have to say things to make them even more upset. [It’s] because they’re literally upset about nothing. They’re upset because someone might have a different idea in their brain than they do. They think ‘well…I have to let the world know that this person is, in my opinion is wrong. Your opinion of that person being wrong is no more valuable than the other opinion you’re upset about. So get fucked!

Once you’ve said something that’s offended them, then it’s easy to keep them wound up. That’s the fun part.

Being a Libertarian and often siding on viewpoints unpopular within the American public, Labonte claims his views often gets twisted and becomes the subject of web news everywhere. Considering how outrageous some of his comments is shared, he was not surprised by any of this.

Everything gets twisted. Any chance that someone can twist something around to make a headline on a blog they’ll twist it as much as they can just to get the click. The click is what they want. You click on the link, that goes to their views and that could sell their ads for more money. The more outrageous the headline is the better. But I’ve heard everything from I’m a racist to I’m a bigot to I’m a misogynist…every slanderous thing you could come up with.

I’m a Libertarian and I don’t think the government should be involved in people’s lives excessively. Maybe the government shouldn’t be taking care of the roads…you don’t want roads. No I didn’t say I don’t want roads. Maybe government shouldn’t be involved in education. You don’t want kids to be educated. No I didn’t say I didn’t want kids to be educated. So as soon as you say maybe the government shouldn’t be doing this or maybe this shouldn’t be something we should leave up the bureaucracy of whatever, then automatically you don’t want that. Maybe the government shouldn’t be paying for people’s healthcare – you want people to get sick and die. People always do that and twist it around to make it sound shocking.

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Video: All That Remains – Victory Lap


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All That Remains have released a new music video for their single ‘Victory Lap’. You can watch the clip at this link or below.

 


The band recently announced the departure of long-time bassist/vocalist Jeanne Sagan and named her replacement, Aaron “Bubble” Patrick (ex-Devildriver). Kicking off a tour tonight with Devour The Day, Audiotopsy, and Sons Of Texas, the band is on the road supporting their album The Order of Things (Razor & Tie) released earlier in 2015.

 

All That Remains tour dates, with Devour The Day, Audiotopsy, and Sons Of Texas

Dec 08: Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

Dec. 09: The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC

Dec 11: Asylum – Portland, ME

Dec 12: Webster Theater – Hartford, CT

Dec 13: Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD

Dec 14: Gramercy Theater – New York, NY

Dec 16: Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA

Dec 17: Machine Shop – Flint, MI

Dec 18: Mr. Smalls – Millvale, PA

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Audio: The New Low Cover Hello By Adele, Debut Album Due in 2016

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Salt Lake City, UT rock band The New Low released a cover of Adele’s internationalsmash hit ‘Hello’. You can listen to the cover at this link or below:

 

Previously known as Hearts & Hands, the band recently signed to the Razor & Tie label, the band is in the studio recording their debut album, entitled Continuance, due in 2016.

The New Low are:

Garrett Garfield – vocals

Fletcher Howell – bass, vocals

Hiram Hernandez – guitar

Christopher Kim – guitar

Corey Beaver – drums

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Finding Tribulation – Devour The Day

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I got to see Helmet! They played my favorite song (“Unsung”), and I got it on video on my iPhone,” said lead vocalist Blake Allison, sharing his favorite moments after his band Devour The Day completed playing on the Sunday of Knotfest. The band was coming off of a high, playing in front of a large crowd who showed up early to watch the band rock the side stage.

My favorite was the macaroni and cheese. Amazing I wanted to eat so much more of it. The ladies in catering mean so much more business today. They know that metal guys will eat will so much at home on one plate,” added bassist Joey “Chicago” Walser, about one of his favorite moments during Knotfest.

Being they were one of the few rock bands to share a stage with variations of metal bands, they used this to their advantage and won over fans along the way. In fact, Walser said they found new fans within situations like this and attracted new fans.

Absolutely for us, at these kinds of shows Blake and I experienced it during Ozzfest, which was super similar. To assume that everyone here to watch metal only and listens to metal is small minded. We get fans every time we play something like this. There’s got to be people out there and jump on Lambgoat and say we suck, but we don’t care. We had a great time. The energy was great.

In fact on Lambgoat, I think they said every band today on here sucked…except for Cannibal Corpse and Helmet!,” he said, with a chuckle.

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Since Allison and Walser began Devour the Day in 2012, following the end of their previous band Egypt Central, they immediately began writing new material that resulted in becoming their debut album, 2013’s Time and Pressure.

We were in a band called Egypt Central for a long time. Joey and I have been playing music together since we were teenagers. That band broke up for whatever reason…it doesn’t matter. The point is this band’s here and we’re making the best music that we have and we love this project, all the way to the soul of it. It’s something we never had before as musicians. We’re proud of who we are and what we’ve done and the music that we’ve made,” explained Allison.

Photo Credit: Melina Dellamarggio

Photo Credit: Melina Dellamarggio

Within their touring cycle, Devour The Day has since recorded a new album. Allison talked about it plus the story behind the album.

We just went and finished doing another record recently. So we have another record coming out in 2016 called Sore.

It is about the struggle of the past few years. I think as much as we’ve talked about on the first record – our issues with the business, realizations of young men growing up doing this and touring. This record is more about the human being universally and how we all relate to each other. I think that’s through tribulation and how you respond to that tribulation. The record speaks to that on a spiritual level, on a political level, on an addictive level – a lot about the power of addiction. I think a lot of people can relate to that. The record is for human beings, not dogs,” said Walser.

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Photo Credit: Melina Dellamarggio

Another change within their camp is that Sore will be coming out through their new label home, Razor and Tie.

I’ll say the biggest change so far is that we were able to make this record the way we intended to. I think it’s one thing to make a record on your own – in your own garage or your own living room, like we did on the last one. But on this one, because they saw something in the band and what we’ve done before, they thought it would be a good idea to stay in the studio with a guy who knows what he’s doing. His name is Dan Korneff. He did the Killswitch Engage record, a lot of Breaking Benjamin and Paramore…the list goes on and on. So he gets it. He knows where our background and the music and what we listen to.

We didn’t have to fight for the record that we wanted. It was already set up that way. We couldn’t be there without Razor and Tie. We’re extremely excited about the future of this band and what’s going to happen with this record. I think if we didn’t sign with them we’d be in a different spot, none better or none worse – just different,” said Allison.

Being that Devour The Day had built a fan base more from a DIY standpoint since the formation of the band, they knew what they were seeking from a recording label as a partner.

I would say, especially since most of the guys involved in our do it yourself kind of approach are still very much involved with the group. I think when they signed us, even in the initial meetings when we talked, Blake and I were pretty clear about our vision for what our band was and if they were interested in doing that. We turned down other deals from other labels. We have not found the right thing until we were with Razor and Tie. I think a lot of that had to do with the team that we have now being with us all the way through that,” said Walser.

He also talked about experiencing the DIY method helped them work harder towards achieving goals they were after.

We feel that hard work really does pay off, as cliché as it sounds. We work our asses off for years to achieve a fraction of the eventual goal that we’re after. At this point, we want people to relate to our music because that’s what saved our lives. Music really got us through every weird situation. We could always go back to my bass and…she never cheats. She never lies,” said Walser.

Another aspect has been touring with heavier bands such as their current tour with All That Remains has made Devour The Day the missing void on an often heavier billed tour. Walser shared his thoughts on the matter.

Blake one time said he had heard it through a couple podcasts or read that it’s almost for us, what we want to be is original and looking for the gaps within music. I don’t think we want to hear some band or CD that we like and go make that CD that sounds like…it’s pointless.

For us, we have such a large variety of influences. We’re just trying to show that what we are and how we are. I think that our fans that love where we’re coming from will get that and those who don’t will hate it and that’s perfectly ok. That’s the power of diversity.

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Audio: Crossfaith Streams New Album- Xeno, Out Next Week

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Crossfaith have streamed their entire new album Xeno, due out next week from Razor & Tie. You can hear the album at this link or below:

Xeno track listing:

01. System X
02. Xeno
03. Raise Your Voice
04. Devil’s Party
05. Ghost In The Mirror (feat. Caleb Shomo from Beartooth)
06. Dystopia
07. Wildfire (feat. Benji Webbe from Skindred)
08. Tears Fall
09. Paint It Black
10. Vanguard
11. Calm The Storm
12. Astral Heaven

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Pre-order the album and get ‘Ghost In The Mirror’ and ‘Xeno’ and an instant grat download: http://smarturl.it/CrossfaithXENO

Tour dates are pending for a UK tour withSkindred this fall.

 

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Video: Crossfaith Releases Devil’s Party Video

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Crossfaith have released a new video for their song Devil’s Party, the first clip from their forthcoming album Xeno (Razor & Tie) due out on September 18th. You can watch the Devil’s party video at this link or below:

 

 

Front man Kenta “Ken” Koie commented on the video:

“This is the first music video from our new album, ‘Xeno’, and we put a lot of effort into it. I’m certain that you can feel our vision/concept of the album through this music video. Learn the words and sing with me at the show!”

 

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Xeno track listing:

01. System X
02. Xeno
03. Raise Your Voice
04. Devil’s Party
05. Ghost In The Mirror (feat. Caleb Shomo from Beartooth)
06. Dystopia
07. Wildfire (feat. Benji Webbe from Skindred)
08. Tears Fall
09. Paint It Black
10. Vanguard
11. Calm The Storm
12. Astral Heaven