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Tilian Pearson Announces Summer U.S. Headline Tour

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Los Angeles, CA – Dance Gavin Dance frontman, Tilian (Pearson), has announced a new batch of summer headline tour dates for 2019. Tilian will be heading back out on the road in support of his latest album, The Skeptic (Sept. 2018 via Rise Records), which hit the #1 spot on Billboard’s Alternative New Artist chart and racked up 1.5 million total streams in just its first week alone.

“On his new album, the singer affirms that no matter how many years go by, a true artist can always find a new frontier, not just to explore, but to conquer. –Alternative Press

The 23-date trek kicks off in Denver on Friday, July 26 and wraps in Sacramento on Thursday, August 22. The run also hits major cities including Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. Landon Tewers (The Plot in You), Brent Walsh (I the Mighty), and RIVALS are confirmed to open for Tilian and will provide support on all dates. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, 5/24 at 11am local time and can be purchased HERE. VIP tickets also just became available to fans and are available at the same link. Don’t miss seeing Tilian live – a full list of shows can be found below.

“There’s no need for skepticism when it comes to the talents of Tilian Pearson.” –The Noise / Live Nation

Tilian Tour Dates:

7/26 – Denver, CO @ The Marquis
7/27 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
7/28 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
7/30 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Stache
7/31 – Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry
8/1 – Buffalo, NY @ Rec Room
8/2 – Somerville, MA @ ONCE
8/3 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
8/4 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independence
8/6 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
8/7 – Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
8/8 – Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger
8/9 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
8/10 – Orlando, FL @ The Abbey
8/11 – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall
8/13 – Lake Park, FL @ Kelsey Theatre
8/14 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
8/16 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
8/17 – Houston, TX @ Secret Group
8/18 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
8/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock
8/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
8/22 – Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver

Stream and Download The Skeptic:

Spotify | Apple Music | Amazon
Google Play | TIDAL | Deezer

“Explosive, emotional and absolutely stunning, every single track on The Skeptic shines for an entirely different reason.” –The Prelude Press

Stay tuned for more information on Tilian’s solo endeavors, and keep up with him on his social media platforms below.

TilianOnline:

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REVIEW: Hollywood Vampires — The Undead Awaken at the Pool (5-18-19)

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Scottsdale, AZ — It’s a sad truth that some of the best musicians are no longer with us; they found their way to rock ‘n roll heaven. However, they did leave a hell of a legacy in music. Hollywood Vampires is a band formed by Alice Cooper, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, and Johnny Depp in 2015 to pay tribute to the musicians that are no longer with us from the 1970s. Hollywood Vampires is a brainchild from Cooper, who used to hang out in the Rainbow Bar in Hollywood, California in the 1970s. That’s where Cooper and the original Hollywood Vampires followed their mission statement: drink until no one could stand up. Some of the members to this motley crew of drinkers were Keith Moon of The Who, John Lennon and Ringo Starr of The Beatles, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, and Elton John.  

On a strangely cool night — perhaps the undead bring a chill to the air — Hollywood Vampires came to Talking Stick Resort to play some classic rock by the pool. Co-Op warmed up the crowd — a band formed by Alice Cooper’s son Dash Cooper, who is on lead vocals.

Dash Cooper, CO-OP
Dash Cooper (Vocalist), CO-OP
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Their backdrop was a skull logo with a red left eye that changed to green for certain songs. As they began to play their second song, Cooper shouted, “Let me hear you howl!” It was fitting as they played under a full moon. The crowd wasn’t too loud, and Cooper once again spoke, trying to liven everyone up, “You’re going to need to be louder to wake the undead. We’re from right here in Phoenix!” One of their final songs was called “Silent Skies,” which Cooper said was a tribute song for a friend of his who committed suicide, and he encouraged the crowd to remember that there’s always help out there.

CO-OP
CO-OP
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All the lights went off as a spooky recorded voice-over said, “Listen to them, the children of the night!” Cooper came out, first armed with his cane and mic. Perry and Depp followed with their guitars. The rest of the touring band filled the stage around them: Tommy Henriksen on rhythm and lead guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals; Glen Sobel on drums; Chris Wyse on bass; and Buck Johnson on keyboards, rhythm and lead guitar, and backing vocals.

Hollywood Vampires
Alice Cooper (Vocalist), Hollywood Vampires
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Before addressing the nearly sold-out crowd, Hollywood Vampires played “I Want My Now,” “Raise the Dead,” and “As Bad As I Am.” Before going into a tribute song combo with “Five to One / Break On Through (to the Other Side)” Cooper said, “We’re the Vampires. Paying tribute to our friends who are gone, The Doors.”

As the rift to “The Jack” by AC/DC filled the air, Cooper said, “We lost Malcolm from AC/DC.” As Cooper sang, he did his stage antics with his cane, walking hunched over going back and forth. As he walked he’d slowly pull jack playing cards from his jacket and would show the crowd the card for a few moments before throwing the card at eager fans.

Hollywood Vampires
Joe Perry (Guitarist), Hollywood Vampires
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Perry took the mic, saying to fans, “How are you all doing? It’s time for a ballad. This song is by a good friend of mine who died a long time ago, Johnny Thunders.” Perry sings Thunders’ song “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory.” As the song plays, pictures of Thunders flashed on the backdrop mixed in with Hollywood Vampires’ logo changing in colors.

Hollywood Vampires
Alice Cooper (Vocalist), Hollywood Vampires
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Cooper took back the mic, singing “My Dead Drunk Friends,” as pictures of Cooper’s fallen buddies, including musical icons such as Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison, took turns coming across the backdrop, showing how happy they were to be on stage in their prime. Before singing the next song, “Baba O’Riley” by The Who, Cooper said, “There wouldn’t be the Vampires without Keith Moon.”

Depp paid tribute to David Bowie by singing the song, “Heroes” as images of Bowie appeared on the backdrop.

Hollywood Vampires
Johnny Depp (Guitarist), Hollywood Vampires
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“It’s a fact most of the vampires have died, but one is still around,” said Cooper. The crowd cheered as they played Cooper’s “I’m Eighteen.” As Cooper sang the next song, “People Who Died” by The Jim Carroll Band, and people in the crowd raised their drinks into the air and sang along with the chorus line, “For the people who died, died.” The logo of the Hollywood Vampires would flash on the backdrop with gravestones inscribed with the names of fallen musicians.

The last song of the night was Cooper’s iconic “School’s Out” as the band played giant red and white balloons with the band’s logo on them were tossed into the crowd like beach balls. People hit them up into the air as others grabbed balloons to keep as souvenirs, and one person even fished their balloon out of the pool. Cooper wrapped up the show by introducing each member of the band. Cooper commented that Perry is one of the best guitar players that he knows.

Hollywood Vampires
Alice Cooper (Vocalist) & Joe Perry (Guitarist), Hollywood Vampires
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He put his hand on Depp’s shoulder and said, “You know him by many names, many characters, and now you know him as a guitar player.” Cooper talked about himself last, mentioning how he’s from Arizona and graduated from Cortez High School in Phoenix. The crowd cheered one last time before the lights went out and the Hollywood Vampires took to the night sky.

Hollywood Vampires
Johnny Depp (Guitarist) & Alice Cooper (Vocalist), Hollywood Vampires
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To see music legends Alice Cooper and Joe Perry together in a band with Johnny Depp is something no one at Talking Stick Resort is going to forget. As fans wandered about the property to the parking lot, went back up to their hotel room, or tried their hand at the slot machines in the casino they all had one thing in common: they knew they were never going to forget seeing Hollywood Vampires. The energy of the band as they jammed their songs and paid tribute to fallen musicians will live on inside them. That night was legendary.

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Highland Releases New Single “Growing Up” Today

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The Los Angeles based band called Highland consists of a drummer from Fargo, a guitarist from Santa Clarita, and a vocalist from San Diego. They all have a deep love for pop-punk, metal, and alternative music, which brought them together via Craigslist.

Highland made their music industry debut in October with a cover of Mason Ramsey’s “Famous”, where they successfully transformed a viral country tune into a hardcore banger. Their track gained momentum, and was recognized by major Spotify playlists, racking them up with more than 75K streams on their first ever release.

After taking some time to write and record, Highland is here with their single, “Growing Up”. Their powerful drums, clean vocals, and stellar guitar get you addicted to their sound. They have a ton of music in the works, as they are ready to deliver only the best to their fans. Stream it HERE.

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Highland Online:

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| Twitter | YouTube

 Featured (top) photo by Joshua James Stuebe

All Souls Announced As Support For Upcoming Tool Tour

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Los Angeles – All Souls, the Los Angeles based band who released their “gritty” (New Noise) and “epic” (Revolver) self-titled debut album in 2018, have been tapped to support Tool on their upcoming U.S. tour. Watch their video for “Never Know” from their debut album HERE.

Stream All Souls:

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Meg Castellanos (bass/vocals) said of All Souls being offered the coveted slot: “When one of the most epic bands in the history of music asks you to tour with them what do you say? We couldn’t be more thrilled. We are incredibly honored to be chosen… our heads are still spinning!”

The live pairing isn’t the first time the All Souls’ band members have crossed paths with Tool, having had Tool drummer Danny Carey play on the track “Sadist/Servant,” which appeared on All Soul’s nine-song album.

All Souls/Tool Tour Dates:

May 7 Birmingham, AL Legacy Arena at the BCC
May 8 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
May 10 Hampton, VA Hampton Coliseum
May 13 St. Louis, MO Enterprise Center
May 14 Kansas City, MO Spring Center
May 16 Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena
May 17 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena

All Souls Is:

Antonio Aguilar (vocals/guitar)
Meg Castellanos (bass/vocals)
Erik Trammell (guitar)
Tony Tornay (drums)

All Souls Online:

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Feature photo (top) by James Rexroad




WITH OUR ARMS TO THE SUN Announce Kickstarter Campaign for Band’s Fifth Album, “The Mogollon Monster”

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PHOENIX — With Our Arms To The Sun, the Phoenix-based band whose 2017 album, Orenda, was included on Loudwire’s 25 Best Metal Albums of that year, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the band’s fifth album, The Mogollon Monster.

“This album is a perfect representation of our creative journey so far,says singer/guitar player Josh Breckenridge. “Our hope that our genuine love for making music and art will rally our fans to come together to help us spread the word about the new album and the Kickstarter campaign.”

Free Download of New Song, “Rebirth,” Available Now

With Our Arms To The Sun is also giving fans a preview of what’s to come on The Mogollon Monster, offering a free download of new song “Rebirth” via their website.

Kickstarter Offerings

The Kickstarter campaign features a collection of collectible and rare items including an original oil painting from Chet Zar, a Schecter guitar, various versions of the Zar-created album artwork and music and merchandise bundles.

With Our Arms To The Sun Online:

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Spencer Sutherland Premieres New Music Video For “Wallpaper”

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Los Angeles, CA — Soulful pop singer-songwriter, Spencer Sutherland, has released the official music video for his single, “Wallpaper.” The new offering just premiered exclusively on Idolator and can be viewed HERE.

“The ‘Wallpaper’ music video is really saying ‘whatever’ to all the stress in life,” says Spencer. “The video is basically showing how easily your brain can play tricks on you, and then there’s a little twist at the end. I love poking fun at ‘serious’ things because life is not that serious!”

Wallpaper” appears on Spencer’s debut EP, NONE of this has been about you, which was released last month via BMG. The five-track effort is an introspective journey that spotlights his signature tone and falsetto, reminiscent of the 60s with stripped-down 80s-inspired production. Listeners can hear traces of his major influences on the record, ranging from Marvin Gaye and Bruno Mars, to Prince, Elvis, and The Temptations. Spencer’s honest and relatable approach to lyrics, in tandem with his powerful live performances, culminate in what is being lauded as a fresh new sound in pop.

NONE of this has been about you Track Listing:

1. Sweater
2. Freaking Out
3. NONE of this has been about you
4. Wallpaper
5. It May Sound Strange

Stream + Download EP:

Spotify | Apple Music | Amazon
Pandora | Google Play | Deezer | TIDAL

Spencer kicked off 2019 with a bang and is an artist on the rise, to say the least. After inking his first major record deal, he unveiled his infectious lead single, “Sweater,” which scored impressive Apple Music playlisting including Breaking Pop (Global), Best of The Week (#2 spot), Hot Tracks (#1 Pop spot), Top Songs–Pop, and Beats of the Week. The smooth and lush title track from his debut EP also landed on Apple’s The A-List: Pop (Global), Pure Pop 50, and Breaking Pop (Global). Additionally, Spencer racked up his first New Music Friday playlisting on Spotify with “Freaking Out,” his vulnerable and vibrant latest song.

Spencer played his first ever sold out headline shows earlier this year in New York City and Cincinnati and is currently on the road supporting Jack & Jack on a massive tour across North America. The trek stops in Orlando this evening and hits major cities including Atlanta, New York, Boston, Toronto, Chicago, and more.

I’m so excited to be on tour with Jack & Jack,” says Spencer. I have so much respect for them, and the shows have been crazy. 2019 is turning out to be an amazing year!

A full list of dates can be found below, with tickets available to purchase HERE.

Spencer Sutherland Tour Dates (supporting Jack & Jack):

April 18 – Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
April 19 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
April 20 – Nashville, TN @ The Cowan
April 21 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
April 23 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
April 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
April 25 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
April 26 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
April 27 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
April 29 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
April 30 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
May 1 – Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrew’s Hall
May 3 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
May 4 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze Plaza
May 5 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium

Spencer will be releasing his sophomore EP later this year and is currently working on his full-length debut album. Stay tuned for more news to come.

About Spencer Sutherland

Based in Los Angeles by-way-of Ohio, Spencer Sutherland began to garner mainstream recognition in 2017 with his single, “Selfish,” which was heard on multiple Apple Music Pop Playlists, Sirius XM-Venus, Spotify, Pandora, and iHeartRadio stations. This led to iHeartRadio’s Elvis Duran selecting Spencer as The Today Show’s ‘Artist of the Month,’ followed by him earning a spot among the Top 5 finalists for iHeartRadio + Macy’s Rising Star competition. He was also the first American to compete on the X Factor UK and landed as one of the top 12 finalists on the show.

Spencer Sutherland Music Videos:

Freaking Out | NONE of this has been about you
Sweater

Spencer Sutherland Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter
Instagram | YouTube



Chase Atlantic Announce Summer North American Headline Tour

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Los Angeles, CA — Emerging alt-pop trio, Chase Atlantic, have announced a massive headline tour across North America this summer. Presented by Live Nation’s Ones To Watch and The Noise, the 29-date trek launches in Philadelphia on Friday, June 14 and hits major cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, and New York before wrapping in Silver Spring, MD on Thursday, July 25. Lauren Sanderson will also provide direct support on all shows. The fan pre-sale commences on Tuesday, April 9 at 10am local time and will conclude on Thursday, April 11 at 10pm local. More information can be found on the band’s website and social media platforms. The general public on-sale begins on Friday, April 12 at 10am local, with tickets available to purchase HERE. The full touring itinerary can be found below as well. 

Sophomore Album, Phases, out June 28 via BMG/MDDN

Chase Atlantic is also pleased to announce the release of their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Phases, out Friday, June 28 via BMG/MDDN. The record serves as a follow up to their latest EP, DON’T TRY THIS (Jan. 2019), and their self-titled debut effort (2017).

“We made this album because we wanted to drastically pivot the angle in which pop culture is viewed and ultimately digested,” says lead vocalist, Mitchel Cave.“Throughout our career so far, Chase Atlantic has always been represented as a ‘go to’ for unique and complex music with high sonic value. We’ve been able to fuse genres and aesthetic together to create a defined nocturnal bliss of our own, blending dreamy melodies with moody progressions, all the while touching on subjects from drug abuse to romantic pieces.” 

“This album feels as though it is truly a work of astronomical measures,” he adds. “It’s the first time we were able to honestly and openly hone into something so monumentally special and raw without compromising even an inch of our integrity as artists. We’ve developed a completely new sound within a matter of months that has never been tapped into before. Chase Atlantic is now dwelling within a realm of its own; it’s both scarily isolating and blissfully euphoric at the same time. Welcome to a whole new era.” 

The official track listing and more details about Chase Atlantic’s forthcoming album will be revealed soon. Stay tuned for more news to come.    

Chase Atlantic Headline Tour Dates:

6/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
6/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
6/17 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
6/18 – Nashville, TN @ Exit / In
6/19 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
6/21 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
6/22 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
6/24 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
6/25 – Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn
6/27 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
6/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theater
6/29 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades 
7/01 – San Francisco, CA @ August Hall
7/02 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
7/03 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
7/05 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
7/06 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
7/08 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
7/09 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada
7/11 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
7/13 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
7/15 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
7/16 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at Old National Centre
7/18 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
7/19 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
7/20 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
7/22 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
7/23 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
7/25 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore

About Chase Atlantic:

Chase Atlantic personally write and produce all of their own music, which helped the three-piece build a strong following in Australia during their teenage years. Their stylish, distinctive sound, along with their viral single, “Friends,” captured the attention of Good Charlotte’s Joel and Benji Madden, who subsequently signed them to their esteemed music company, MDDN, in 2015. Since then, the three-piece has seen rapid success – headlining and selling out shows globally, including tours with Blackbear, Sleeping With Sirens, and Lights. Their explosive live performances have also landed slots at notable festivals including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Firefly, Reading & Leeds, and the final run of Vans Warped Tour. 

Music Videos

Numb To The Feeling | SWIM | Okay | Keep It Up | Why Stop Now | Cassie | Triggered | Into It | Church | Obsessive | Like A Rockstar

DON’T TRY THIS EP – Stream and Download:

Spotify | Apple Music | Google Play | Amazon | Deezer | TIDAL

Chase Atlantic Is:

Mitchel Cave / vocals, bass guitar
Clinton Cave / lead guitar, saxophone, programming
Christian Anthony / rhythm guitar, vocals

Chase Atlantic Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter 
Instagram | YouTube

Featured photo (top) by Ryan Watanabe

Progressive Metal Quartet Valence Reveals Jam-Influenced, Eclectic New Track, “Walrus”

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New York-based progressive metal fusion quartet Valence recently announced the release of their upcoming album, Cognitive Dissidents, out April 12, 2019. Expertly fusing genres like metal, rock, jam, classical, jazz, and more, Valence‘s varied, yet cohesive, influences offer every listener a passport to a new state of mind that is cerebral and emotive, while not sacrificing accessibility.

Today, Valence have revealed a third new track from Cognitive Dissidents, entitled “Walrus“, which is available to stream via New Noise Magazine HERE.

Guitarist Geoffrey Schaefer says about the track: “‘Walrus‘ is one of the more eclectic songs on Cognitive Dissidents that really highlights the way we incorporate jam band influences in with the progressive metal. You can really hear this about two and a half minutes into the song, as well as with the section that comes about five minutes in. It’s also one of the longer songs on the album, but one that we don’t think feels long.”

Check out other videos featuring tracks from Cognitive Dissidents :

“Damnit, Lana!” Music Video
“Preferred Nomenclature” Full Band Playthrough

Cognitive Dissidents, the ambitious follow up to their Independent Music Award-winning 2014 EP, Laser Baron, was recorded and produced at Westfall Studios in Long Island, NY.

Valence wastes no time in launching Cognitive Dissidents intro the stratosphere with lead single “Damnit, Lana!” (linked above), setting the course for what is about to be one hell of a ride. Rock technicality blends into a seductive Latin fusion-inspiredsection driven by multi-talented percussionist Chris Romano, only to finish as an unrelenting metal opus. “II. Calmer Than You Are” shows the softer side of Valence, illustrating a synth-laden soundscape led by bassist Wilhelmus Sapanaro. The band continue to flex their tech-muscles on tracks like “III. Preferred Nomenclature“, in which guitarists Michael Buonanno and Geoffrey Schaefer burn through over five minutes of deft ebb and flow – fluxing between absolute mano-a-mano, battle-like shreddery, deep grooves and classically-influenced passages. “Walrus“, amid its journey, provides an unexpected mid-track jam trip before the album closes with “Red Sky at Morning” – a 14+ minute sonic escapade that can only be described as positively monumental.

Rather than utilizing samples, bassist Wilhelmus Sapanaro performed upright bass and cello and guitarist Michael Buonanno performed violin and viola on Cognitive Dissidents to maintain an organic sound.

Pre order Cognitive Dissidents via Bandcamp, iTunes, and Spotify Pre-Save

Valence Cognitive Dissidents Album Art

Cognitive Dissidents track listing:

1. Damnit, Lana!
2. Prelude: Parlance of Our Time
3. I. If You’re Not into the Whole Brevity Thing
4. II. Calmer Than You Are
5. III. Preferred Nomenclature
6. Walrus
7. Red Sky at Morning

Valence has performed across the eastern United States and Canada with artists like Scale The Summit, Sarah Longfield, Consider The Source, Felix Martin and more, and will soon expand their national footprint later in 2019. In the meantime, Valence has several U.S. performances booked this winter and spring. See below for all confirmed tour dates:

Valence Tour Dates:

4/13 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ Darkside Records – Record Store Day
4/26 – Holbrook, NY @ Rams American Pub
4/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
4/29 – Orange, VA @ 3 B’s Bar & Grille
5/1 – Raleigh, NC @ Slims
5/2 – Atlanta, GA @ Smith’s Olde Bar
5/3 – Asheville, NC @ Odditorium
5/24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus w/ Black Crown Initiate // Album Release Show

Visit this Facebook event for a listing of these shows.

“…Valence is a style unto themselves, and listening to them is more about a direct connection to the moment than a study of any genre.”
William Berger, Author, Wagner Without Fear et al.;
Producer and Commentator, the Metropolitan Opera

“Ever watch a band enjoy themselves so much while playing live, that their mood becomes Infectious? It’s literally impossible not to smile while these dudes are having the best time on stage. It also helps that they can all super shred on their instruments too.”
Metal Injection

“If you love some of the acrobatic, complex, and heavy material of current acts like Scale the Summit, Between the Buried and Me and Animals as Leaders, this is a band you need to check out.”
Sea of Tranquility

“When we hear prog, we actually expect the music to suck hard like a mouthful of coarse-grade sandpaper, because we know it’s a clever ruse. It’s a way for many failed musicians to pretend they have relevance. Valence, however, have given us more to expect out of this “prog” thing…”
Deaf Sparrow

Valence Is:

Michael Buonanno – Guitar, Violin, Viola
Geoffrey Schaefer – Guitar
Wilhelmus Sapanaro – Bass, Upright Bass, Cello
Chris Romano – Drums

Valence Online:

Website | Facebook | Bandcamp | YouTube

Featured photo (top) by Marissa Rodriguez of Scryer Photo


Dark Folk/Post Rock Project SULDUSK Reveals “Lunar Falls” Full Album Stream

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Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Suldusk – a new project led by other-worldly front woman Emily Highfield – weaves acoustic tones of dark folk with elements of doom, atmospheric black metal and post rock. Suldusk will release their debut full-length album, entitled Lunar Falls, on April 12, 2019. The album is available for pre-order now via Bandcamp.

As an early gift to listeners, Suldusk is streaming their entire new album a full two weeks early! Stream it now via Decibel Magazine HERE.

Emily Highfield says, “It is very exciting to finally release Lunar Falls, the first Suldusk album. It has realized my vision of fusing acoustic elements with post rock and metal influences.”

In addition to the digital version, Lunar Falls will also be released as a Collector’s Edition Digipack-CD (first press, limited to 1000 copies) and LP (limited colored vinyl with poster) via the Northern Silence Productions Webshop or Bandcamp page. The black/white half-and-half edition of the vinyl, which is limited to only 99 copies, is only available via the NSP webshop while stock lasts.

Check out Suldusk‘s latest music video for the track “AphasiaHERE.

Lunar Falls‘ undercurrent theme is about living on the margins, and the intolerable suffering and sacrifice in the quest for identity. Nature provides much of the lyrical inspiration as the source of refuge and guidance throughout this quest. Lunar Falls is dedicated to the memory of late singer-songwriter Aleah Starbridge (Trees of Eternity).

With Lunar Falls, Emily Highfield explains that she wants to convey an escape to a soothing and real place. Her organic, earthly approach to music creates an immersive soundscape – a powerful panorama of shimmering guitars, haunting melodies and atmospheric density.

Highfield says, Lunar Falls is a sonic midnight forest trek – at times beguiling and soothing, and at once harsh and raw. Like nature itself. Bands that inspire me are immersive, honest and risk takers. I’m inspired by and love acoustic-driven and atmospheric/depressive metal – like Agalloch, Opeth, Saor, Unreqvited, Heretoir and Trees of Eternity.”

Suldusk first turned heads a few years ago after front woman and then-solo artist Emily Highfield uploaded some of her compositions to Soundcloud. When the melancholic black metal-infused acoustic track “Drogue” ended up reaching over 10,000 plays in less than a month, Highfield knew she was onto something great. This inspired Highfield to create the live and current incarnation of Suldusk – a chamber metal ensemble which has since been embraced by audiences and underground musicians alike.

Lunar Falls was engineered, mixed and produced by Mark Kelson, with additional engineering by Jesse Oberin. The album was mastered by Joseph Carra at Crystal Mastering.

Suldusk Lunar Falls Album Art by Aki Pitkänen, Narikka Photography
Suldusk “Lunar Falls” Album Art by Aki Pitkänen, Narikka Photography

Lunar Falls track listing:

1. Eleos
2. Solus Ipse
3. The Elm
4. Aphasia
5. Three Rivers
6. Autumnal Resolve
7. Catacombs
8. Nazaré
9. Drogue
10. Sovran Shrines

Emily Highfield, the sole creator of Suldusk, has succeeded in creating thoroughly entrancing musical experiences through seamless juxtapositions of contrasting musical styles. Even her vocals are representative of those contrasts – both caustic in their acidity and beautifully ethereal in their clarity.”
No Clean Singing

“Mysterious, hypnotic, compelling songwriting. Haunting and beautiful, very original – gentle, soothing, and then at times unexpectedly powerful when it conjures other-worldly dark screams from the collective sub-conscious – like Mother Nature venting her fury!”
David Hirschfelder, Internationally award-winning soundtrack composer

“Varyingly described as acoustic Black Metal, Blackgaze or Doom Folk, Suldusk have a sound that is entirely their own and utterly captivating… While no comparison can truly capture the magic of Suldusk, fans of Opeth‘s ‘Damnation‘ album are likely to be impressed.”
Overdrive Magazine

Suldusk Is:

Emily Highfield: Vocals, Guitar
Mark Kelson: Guitar, Bass, Keys
Glenn James: Percussion
Marty O’Shea: Drums
Nicky Blackmore and Bryan Murphy: Additional Guitar
Francesca Mountford: Cello

Suldusk Online:

Facebook | Instagram | Bandcamp


Featured photo (top) by Tanya Voltchanskaya


The Faim Share Fiery New Pop-rock Track, “Amelie”

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Los Angeles, CA —The Faim have shared another brand new song,“Amelie,” in anticipation of their forthcoming debut album, which is due in September. “Amelie” is an explosive pop-rock anthem that follows the release of “Fire,” the first track from the record that dropped in January. “Fire” received critical acclaim in the press and landed on notable playlists including Spotify’s New Noise and Pop Rock Shot, as well as Apple Music’s Breaking Alternative in 40 countries worldwide.

According to frontman Josh Raven, “The concept behind Amelie draws on the idea that everyone is born the same, but we become the people we are due to the influence of our surroundings. These influences can affect us both positively and negatively, but only we control the way we react to them.” Stream and download “Amelie” on all digital platforms HERE

The official music video for “Amelie” is also out today, which captures The Faim on their first ever headline tour of Europe and Australia, where the majority of shows sold out completely or were upgraded due to popular demand. This achievement marks a huge milestone in the group’s career, considering they played their first live shows just over a year ago. Watch the new video HERE

North American Tour Dates With Andy Black Kick Off
Sunday, April 7 in Sacramento

The Faim will be heading back to North American in April and May for their massive tour supporting Black Veil Brides’ frontman, Andy Black, on his solo headline run. The 28-date trek launches on Sunday, April 7 in Sacramento and concludes in Virginia Beach on Friday, May 17. The band will also play in major cities and venues along the tour includingThe El Rey in Los Angeles, The Gramercy Theatre in New York City, and Metro in Chicago. The four-piece was also just confirmed to play Reading & Leeds Festivals in the U.K. for the second year in a row, sharing the BBC Radio 1 Stage with Bastille, CHVRCHES, The Story So Far, and more. A full list of dates can be found below, and all tickets are available to purchase HERE

New music from The Faim is on the way, with more details about their debut album to be revealed soon. Stay tuned and keep up with the band on social media below.

Andy Black Admat 2019 (feat The Faim)

The Faim Tour Dates Supporting Andy Black:

4/7/19 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
4/9/19 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
4/10/19 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
4/12/19 – Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl
4/13/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
4/14/19 – Mesa, AZ @ The Nile Theatre
4/16/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
4/17/19 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
4/19/19 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
4/20/19 – San Antonio, TX @ The Rock Box
4/22/19 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
4/23/19 – Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
4/25/19 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
4/26/19 – Greensboro, NC @ The Blind Tiger
4/29/19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
4/30/19 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
5/1/19 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
5/3/19 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
5/4/19 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
5/6/19 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Elevation
5/7/19 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
5/8/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
5/10/19 – Cleveland, OH @ Phantasy Nightclub
5/11/19 – Detroit, MI @ The Majestic
5/13/19 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
5/15/19 – Montreal, QC @ L’Astral
5/16/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
5/17/19 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Elevation 27

Festival Appearances:

8/17/19 – St. Polten, Austria @ FM4 Frequency Festival
8/23/19 – Leeds, U.K. @ Leeds Festival (BBC Radio 1 Stage)
8/25/19 – Reading, U.K. @ Reading Festival (BBC Radio 1 Stage)

The Faim Is:

Josh Raven / Lead vocals
Sam Tye / Guitar
Stephen Beerkens / Bass, keyboard
Linden Marissen / Drums, percussion

The Faim Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter
Instagram | YouTube

 

Summer Is a Curse EP – Stream and Download:

Spotify | Apple Music | Amazon | Pandora
Google Play | Deezer | TIDAL

Feature photo (top) by Jonathan Weiner