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All-Star Quintet IMONOLITH Announces Weekly Quarantine Sessions with Tracks Off New Album

All-star modern metal band IMONOLITH released their highly anticipated debut album, State of Being, this past March. Like many bands in the music industry, they have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and were forced to cancel their European tour dates in March and April. 

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While the guys have isolated themselves at home, they’re still in daily contact with each other, keeping their creative juices flowing. Even though they are separated across the globe from each other, the members of IMONOLITH have been able to put together something special for fans entitled “The Quarantine Sessions.”

Drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen explains in further detail: “It’s tough times for everyone world-wide with COVID-19. The music industry and bands world-wide have literally been shut down from touring, from doing press tours and anything to do with public appearances. The one thing COVID-19 has not disrupted is the Internet and Social Media. Many bands are getting creative and doing live stream concerts and more…

IMONOLITH has come up with the ‘Quarantine Sessions’ for our supporters in correlation with our debut album release ‘State of Being,’ which came out on March 27th, 2020. What are the ‘Quarantine Sessions?’ They are videos released on our YouTube page, each Monday at 8 a.m. PST, of the full band playing through a song on our debut album. We will be releasing a new song every Monday until we have finished all 10 songs on our album. Then on every Tuesday, at 9 a.m. PST we will be doing a ‘Quarantine Session Live Feed’ on our Instagram page to talk about the song we released on Monday. We’ll go into many behind-the-scenes specifics about each song we release and do a live Q&A with you all. Let’s hang, have some fun and catch up, while self-isolating at home during these challenging times! 

This is our Quarantine offering to our loyal and new supporters to show how we play our material and to be able to chat with you all, albeit in Quarantine from our homes. This is Self Isolation at it’s finest while helping flatten the curve of COVID-19. Finding the positive in the negative 😉 

Tune in on Mondays for our new video and see you on Tuesdays for our live feed discussion. Be safe out there!”

Check out the first episode, “Becoming the Enemy,” here or below:

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IMONOLITH features drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen (Devin Townsend Project), guitarist Brian ‘Beav’ Wadell (Devin Townsend Project), Jon Howard (Threat Signal), guitarist Kai Huppunen (Methods of MayhemNoise Therapy) and Scott Whalen (Econoline Crush). The collective of heavy-hitting players is at the top of their game recently releasing their debut album, State of Being, on March 27. The album features special guest appearances from Jens Kidman (Meshuggah) and famed Swedish vocalist Johannes Eckerström and is made up of 10 hook-laden, riff-heavy tracks that center around the theme of how people deal with various stages of life.

The album has already seen the release of four singles and videos – “Hollow,” the 2019 debut single that made big waves, racking up 216K Spotify streams, “Instinct,” “Dig,” and the most recent single, “Becoming The Enemy.” With the release of these singles, IMONOLITH has already received worldwide praise that has garnered them a massive number of streams and attention from the media and fans alike. 

Check out the videos here:

Hollow | Instinct | Dig | Becoming the Enemy

State of Being is available in exclusive vinyl and CD formats at www.ImonolithBand.com, or you can stream the album at the service of your choice here: https://lnk.to/stateofbeing.

IMONOLITH Online

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Vancouver Pop Punk Band CHIEF STATE Announce Live Streamed Album Release Acoustic Set; New Album out This Friday

Vancouver pop-punk five-piece Chief State is releasing the new LP Tough Love on March 27 via Mutant League Records.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the band’s album release shows have been canceled. Instead, they’re going to live stream an acoustic performance this Saturday 3/28 via the Mutant League Records Youtube channel here.

Tune in at 6pm PST on Saturday to hear Chief State perform songs from the new album Tough Love (along with some old fan favorites). The band will also be giving away copies of Tough Love on CD.

Frontman Fraser Simpson says, “We were massively disappointed to cancel our release shows due to the coronavirus. It does at least give us a unique opportunity to take our performance to fans around the world and not just in Vancouver though! We’re excited to share some acoustic renditions of our songs old and new. We’ll be taking questions and chatting between songs so it’s a great opportunity to get to know us and all that we get up to! We’ll also be doing some giveaways so tune in on Saturday 3/28 at 6pm PST for some quarantine hangs!”

Check out the band’s latest single “Biding Timehere and the music video here:


“…an instant-classic…Tough Love is chock full of high-quality moments.”The New Fury

Chief State Tough Love Album Art

Tough Love Track Listing:

  1. Try Hard
  2. Deciduous
  3. Reprise
  4. Something Good For Once
  5. Biding Time
  6. Choke
  7. Peace Of Mind

Pre-order Tough Love:

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Chief State are a high-energy pop-punk quintet hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, who are tighter than a rich relative and as posi as your older siblings’ mangled youth-core records.”Alternative Press

Chief State Online:

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Caspian Share Live Clip of “Flowers of Light”; North American Tour Expanded

Beverly, MA Caspian, who recently played a pair of sold out shows at the historic Cabot Theatre in the band’s hometown of Beverly, Mass., share a clip of their first live performance of “Flowers of LightHERE.

The footage arrives as the band has added a new leg to their North American tour, with the first of the band’s Summer 2020 plans revealed:

  • 6/1/20 Ferndale, MI The Loving Touch
  • 6/2/20 Grand Rapids, MI The Pyramid Scheme
  • 6/520 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
  • 6/6/20 St. Paul, MN Turf Club
  • 6/8/20 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre

Tickets for the above dates are on-sale this Friday at 10 am local time. A premium package, including a ticket, exclusive patch and signed poster is available Wednesday at 9 am eastern HERE.

Caspian Tour 2020

Caspian’s 2019/2020 Full Tour Dates:

  • 12/12/19 Hangzhou, China Mao Livehouse
  • 12/13/19 Shanghai, China Mao Livehouse
  • 12/14/19 Shenzhen Shi, China B10 Live
  • 12/15/19 Guangzhou, China T:Union
  • 12/17/19 Tokyo, Japan Koenji High
  • 1/30/20 Los Angeles, CA Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
  • 1/31/20 Phoenix, AZ Rebel Lounge
  • 2/1/20 San Diego, CA The Casbah
  • 2/3/20 Fresno, CA Strummer’s
  • 2/4/20 Felton, CA Felton Music Hall
  • 2/5/20 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
  • 2/7/20 Portland, OR Doug Fir Loung
  • 2/8/20 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
  • 2/9/20 Seattle, WA Neumos
  • 2/11/20 Sacramento, CA Holy Diver
  • 2/12/20 Long Beach, CA Long Beach Art Theatre
  • 3/31/20 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace
  • 4/1/20 Buffalo, NY Rec Room
  • 4/3/20 Boston, MA The Sinclair
  • 4/4/20 Boston, MA The Sinclair
  • 4/5/20 Woodstock, NY Colony
  • 4/6/20 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
  • 4/8/20 New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge
  • 4/9/20 Washington, DC Black Cat
  • 4/10/20 Richmond, VA Gallery 5
  • 4/11/20 Asheville, NC The Grey Eagle Tavern
  • 4/12/20 Durham, NC Motorco Music Hall
  • 4/14/20 Atlanta, GA Aisle 5
  • 4/15/20 Orlando, FL The Abbey
  • 4/17/20 Nashville, TN Exit In
  • 4/18/20 Louisville, KY Diamond Pub & Billiard Concert Hall
  • 4/19/20 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups
  • 6/1/20 Ferndale, MI The Loving Touch
  • 6/2/20 Grand Rapids, MI The Pyramid Scheme
  • 6/5/20 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
  • 6/6/20 St. Paul, MN Turf Club
  • 6/8/20 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre

On Circles, the band’s fifth album and first release in over four years, arrives on Jan. 24 via Triple Crown Records. Album pre-orders, which include a highly limited 180 gram black vinyl variation as well as a green/blue vinyl offering, are available now via the Triple Crown Records’ webstore HERE.

The eight-song album was recorded at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, Pa. by producer Will Yip (Code Orange, Defeater, Quicksand, Turnstile), On Circles marks the most organic writing and recording sessions in Caspian‘s 15-year history. Together for four week-long songwriting sessions, the band opted for music gleaming with visceral impact instead of over-thought tangles, over-arching concepts and drawn-out crescendos.

Caspian have released four albums: The Four Trees (2007), Tertia (2009), Waking Season (2012) and Dust and Disquiet (2015). Since the Beverly, Mass.-based band’s inception, they’ve earned accolade upon accolade for their sweeping, cinematic music. 2015’s Dust and Disquiet was hailed by Noisey as “the life-affirming soundtrack you need in your life,Brooklyn Vegan exclaimed “eardrums will be blown and jaws will be dropped” upon hearing the 10-song release, while Spin described the sextet’s output as “epic, wordless orchestral swells on the lush, layered, and crushingly pretty.

Caspian Is:

Philip Jamieson (guitar/keyboards)
Erin Burke-Moran (guitar)
Jonny Asburn (guitar)
Jani Zubkovs (bass)
Calvin Joss (guitar)
Justin Forrest (drums)

Caspian Online:

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Featured photo (top) by William McLean



YOB Share Amoeba Green Room Session + Kick off North American Tour On Tuesday

Oregon – YOB, who kick off a new round of North American tour dates on Tuesday, share a recently taped Amoeba Green Room session. The session was filmed during the band’s previous national tour and features the songs “The Lie That is Sin,” “Breathing from the Shallows,” and “Our Raw Heart,” the title track from the band’s critically-acclaimed 2018 album. View the session HERE.

Born in Berkeley, CA in 1990, Amoeba Music Hollywood is the world’s largest independent record store. Nestled deep inside Amoeba Hollywood is its Green Room, home for each of its visiting artists and an intimate performance space. Amoeba’s Green Room Sessions have featured stripped down, acoustic performances by Julien Baker, First Aid Kit, and Father John Misty, as well as full-throttle, powerhouse electric sets from Youth Code, U.S. Girls, and The Heavy.

Album Success

Our Raw Heart surfaced on a wide range of best of 2018 lists, nabbing the #1 spot in Decibel Magazine’s extensive year-end issue, as well as receiving nods from NPR, Rolling Stone, ArtForum, Mashable, New York Magazine’s Vulture, Noisey, Treble and more.

Consequence of Sound’s Heavy Consequence said of the album that they placed at the top of their 2018 countdown:Our Raw Heart… possesses a serene almost uplifting quality,”
while PopMatters, who also placed the release at the top of their Best Metal of 2018 list, said “… true art… offers us an insight into the most frightening of human emotions. Our Raw Heart acts as a portal to another’s pain…”

YOB‘s eighth album, Our Raw Heart, is a riveting document of Scheidt‘s year,” said Rolling Stone in an online feature. “A gauntlet of sickness and health, clarity and confusion, the record wrestles with mortality and ultimately perseveres.” Decibel Magazine, in their July cover story said “one of the byproducts” of Scheidt’s illness “is a brilliant new album that takes the YOB blueprint of punishingly heavy, delightfully angular doom/sludge into unexplored areas of heart-breaking melody and triumphant resolve.” The album has won accolades from the Associated Press (“Yob… swing effortlessly between menacing distortion and hushed reverie”), NPR (“…the group’s sprawling gravity and thunderous majesty have taken an introspective turn…”), Pitchfork (“…metal that sounds sensuous, bellicose, and jubilant all at once”).

North American Tour

Tickets, as well as exclusive ticket and merch bundles, are on-sale now. The bundles, which can be found via YOB‘s website, include an entry ticket, an exclusive t-shirt as well as the option of vinyl or CD versions of Our Raw Heart.

YOB Tour Dates:

(All dates with Voivod and Amenra except where noted)

March 26 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line
March 27 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall
March 28 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups SOLD OUT
March 29 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
March 30 Toronto, ON Phoenix
March 31 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
April 2 Portland, ME Geno’s SOLD OUT
April 3 Boston, MA Royale
April 4 Brooklyn, NY Warsaw
April 5 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
April 6 Richmond, VA Broadberry
April 7 Raleigh, NC Kings
April 9 Knoxville, TN Concourse
April 10 Atlanta, GA Masquerade (Hell)
April 11 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jack’s
April 12 Houston, TX Warehouse
April 13 Austin, TX Barracuda
April 14 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey
April 16 Denver, CO Marquis Theater *
April 18 Phoenix, AZ Club Red +
April 19 San Diego, CA Brick by Brick + SOLD OUT

* – No Voivod
+ – YOB only

YOB Is:

Travis Foster (drums)
Aaron Rieseberg (bass)
Mike Scheidt (vocals/guitar)

YOB Online:

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Featured photo (top) by Jimmy Hubbard


Queen + Adam Lambert Rock the 91st Academy Awards

Los Angeles, CA (February 24, 2019) – The 91st Academy Awards saw the world’s biggest rock band own Hollywood’s biggest night.

Legendary rock band QUEEN + Adam Lambert opened—and stole—the show at the star-studded Oscars, performing a medley of two of their most iconic songs, “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions,” getting a much-deserved standing ovation from Tinseltown’s elite. Watch their electrifying tour de force HERE.

Queen Is First Rock Band to Ever Open the Oscars

It was also a history-making performance, as QUEEN is the first rock band to ever open the Academy Awards. “Guitarist Brian May was the first to appear on stage, shredding on his guitar to the iconic beat of ‘We Will Rock You,’” wrote Rolling Stone. “Lambert joined, paying homage to (Freddie) Mercury’s gravity-defying vocals and unmistakable showmanship.”

Bohemian Rhapsody Is Highest-grossing Biopic of All Time

QUEEN, who were recently the No. 1 streamed artist on Spotify, was celebrating the Oscar nomination and blockbuster success of the award-winning 20th Century Fox film, Bohemian Rhapsody, a tribute to the band’s enduring legacy and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and convention to become one of history’s most beloved entertainers. Bohemian Rhapsody is the highest-grossing biopic of all time and the fifth top-grossing release of all time for Fox.

The legendary Bohemian Rhapsody single, regularly cited as one of the greatest songs ever recorded, was recentlyrecognized as the world’s most-streamed song from the 20th Century, as well as the most-streamed Classic Rock song of all time. “Bohemian Rhapsody” hit No. 1 on the iTunes Rock Chart and No. 10 on Spotify’s Global Top Songs Chart and has been on that chart every week since the film’s release.

QUEEN original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor will team up once more with vocalist Adam Lambert for the Rhapsody tour, an epic 25-date run from mid-July through late August. The North American headline tour will be produced by Live Nation. 

After blowing everyone away on the eighth season of American Idol, Adam Lambert went on to release his debut album For Your Entertainment which included the international hit “Whatya Want From Me” and earned him a Grammy Award nomination. Adam followed this success with his second album Trespassing which became the first album to reach the number one spot in the US and Canada by an openly gay artist. His highly anticipated third album The Original High was executive produced by Max Martin and Shellback and included the smash hit “Ghost Town.” Adam joined the cast of Glee for a six-episode story in 2013 and performed the role of Eddie in Fox’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He went on to judge on The X Factor Australia where his artist, Isaiah, won the show. 2019 will see Adam releasing his fourth album, and also exploring the world of film, voicing character Emperor Maximus in upcoming animated-live action hybrid movie Playmobil: The Movie. His new song “Feel Something” came out on February 22nd. 

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