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Derek Sanders (of Mayday Parade) Announces First Solo EP, My Rock and Roll Heart

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Los Angeles, CA — Derek Sanders, the frontman of beloved Tallahassee emo/alternative band, Mayday Parade, has announced the release of his first solo EP, My Rock and Roll Heart, out on Friday, February 14 via Rise Records. 

New Record Features Acoustic Covers of Songs by
Something Corporate, Saves the Day, and More

Comprised of five stripped-back covers of tracks from Jimmy Eat WorldSomething Corporate, Saves The DayThe Juliana Theory, and local Tallahassee band Goodbye Love, the acoustic EP acts as a snapshot of songs that inspired Sanders to become a musician. The first single, Sanders’ stunning version of Jimmy Eat World’s “A Praise Chorus,” debuted today and includes a guest feature from fellow Tallahassee native, Daniel Lancaster (Stages and Stereos). 

“When I started getting into music, I got an acoustic guitar when I was ten years old. I spent all of my time with that guitar, just learning to play and writing my first songs. I’ve been in so many bands since then, and it’s cool to go back to playing acoustic and singing the way it all started,” Sanders says of the EP. 

Listen to “A Praise Chorus” (Jimmy Eat World Cover)

The official lyric video can be viewed here:

Stream the track, and digitally pre-order the EP here

My Rock and Roll Heart Track Listing:

  1. But Lauren
  2. Rocks Tonic Juice Magic
  3. A Praise Chorus
  4. Punk Rock Princess
  5. August In Bethany

The track listing of My Rock and Roll Heart is all music that Sanders loved as a teenager, anchored by the “But Lauren” cover, which he gifted to his wife for Valentine’s Day in 2017. The song was originally recorded by Sanders’ favorite local band, Goodbye Love. The group was the brainchild of Mike Hanson, who had been in several Tallahassee bands throughout the years, and whose music served as a major source of inspiration to Sanders.

For Sanders, the EP is not only a chance to cover a song by one of his heroes, but also to expose people to the track for the first time. “This was before the internet, and Mike never really broke out of Tallahassee,” he says. “It’s such a shame his music never had a chance to do more than it did, and it’s cool that people will be able to hear it through me.

Considering that “But Lauren” was an impactful song for him in high school, Sanders looked for other songs from that time in his life to round out the record.

“All of the songs on the EP are ones I was listening to at 15 or 16 years old,” he says. “I was like, ‘I gotta do a Saves The Day song, I have to do a Jimmy Eat World song.’ It was very nostalgic.” 

Limited Headline Tour Begins in February – Tickets on Sale Today

Despite already having a successful career in the music industry, Sanders isn’t slowing down anytime soon. In support of My Rock and Roll Heart, he will play a limited run of headline shows in the U.S. next month in OrlandoAtlanta, and Nashville. A full list of dates is included below, and tickets go on sale today at 10am local time HERE 

U.S. Headline Tour Dates

  • February 15 – Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
  • February 16 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
  • February 17 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt


Follow Derek Sanders:

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Follow Mayday Parade

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Instagram | YouTube
Spotify | Apple Music

Featured photo (top) by Lupe Bustos


Pearl Jam’s NEW Album Gigaton Available 3/11/20, North American Spring Tour Dates

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SEATTLE — Pearl Jam will release their much-anticipated eleventh studio album, Gigaton, on Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records on March 27, 2020 in the US. Internationally, the album will be released and distributed by Universal Music Group. Produced by Josh Evans and Pearl Jam, Gigaton marks the band’s first studio album since GRAMMY award-winning Lightning Bolt, which was released on October 15, 2013.

Gigaton is available for pre-order now at HERE. The first single, “Dance of the Clairvoyants”, will be released in the coming weeks.

“Making this record was a long journey,” explains Mike McCready. “It was emotionally dark and confusing at times, but also an exciting and experimental road map to musical redemption. Collaborating with my bandmates on Gigaton ultimately gave me greater love, awareness and knowledge of the need for human connection in these times.”

Gigaton’s cover features Canadian photographer, filmmaker, and marine biologist Paul Nicklen’s photo “Ice Waterfall.” Taken in Svalbard, Norway, this image features the Nordaustlandet ice cap gushing high volumes of meltwater.

In support of Gigaton, Pearl Jam will embark on their first leg of North American tour dates in March and April. The 16-date tour kicks-off on March 18 in Toronto and wraps with a two-date stint in Oakland April 18-19. Full tour dates follow.

Pearl Jam’s North American tour is in addition to the band’s previously announced European summer tour. Full details HERE.  Watch the announcement HERE.            

Pearl Jam Spring 2020 Tour Dates

Ticket Information

Tickets for Pearl Jam’s North American concerts will be made available through a Ticketmaster Verified Fan registration and ticket presale, a Ten Club presale for eligible members and a general public ticket sale. More details on all of those points of sale follow. To give fans the best chance to buy tickets at face value for this tour, Pearl Jam has decided that tickets will be mobile only and strictly non-transferable, except in NY and CO where transferability is required by state law.

For fans who are unable to use their tickets, Pearl Jam and Ticketmaster will offer North America’s first Fan-to-Fan Face Value Ticket Exchange, which will allow fans to resell their tickets for the price they paid (including all fees). The Fan-to-Fan Face Value Ticket Exchange will launch on February 18, 2020. There will be no additional fees charged to Exchange users for buying or selling tickets on the Exchange.

1. Ticketmaster Verified Fan® Registration and Ticket Sale                       

General public tickets will be sold first through a presale powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fan. Pearl Jam has partnered with Ticketmaster to create a safe, reliable, ticket-buying experience and ensure tickets get directly to fans for all of these concert dates.

A simple registration is required and only fans that have been verified and invited to the presale will receive an access code that will allow them to shop for tickets.

Ticketmaster Verified Fan registration begins today and closes on Wednesday, January 15 at 11:59pm PT. To register, please visit: HERE.

The Verified Fan presale then begins on Thursday, January 23 at 10am venue local time.

2. Ten Club Ticket Presale                                                           

A special ticket presale for members of Pearl Jam’s Ten Club (current as of January 12, 2020) is being supported on the Ticketmaster Request platform. Full details at HERE.

3. Public Ticket Sale                                                                      

A remaining, limited number of tickets for each venue will be released through a traditional general sale on January 24, 2020 at 10am local time on Ticketmaster.

NOTE: $5 of each ticket is a charitable contribution to the Vitalogy Foundation, a United States-based public charity under I.R.C. section 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1).

SafeTix Ticket Transferability Information

SafeTix mobile tickets will be issued for all tickets for all shows. These tickets will be non-transferable, (except in NY and CO where transferability is required by state law), which means that ticket purchasers will be required to enter the venue with their guests. SafeTix tickets use a unique barcode that automatically refreshes every few seconds so they cannot be counterfeited. SafeTix tickets require a smartphone to display. No other tickets will be accepted for entry.                    

Fan-to-Fan Ticket Exchange

Ticketmaster Fan-to-Fan Face Value Ticket Exchange is an artist-driven resale marketplace built just for fans. It keeps tickets in the hands of fans at prices set by the artist. Whether you buy a primary ticket or a fan-to-fan ticket, if you can’t attend the show, you can simply list your ticket for sale on the Fan-to-Fan Face Value Ticket Exchange for another fan to purchase. Fan-to-Fan sales will also be fulfilled as SafeTix non-transferable tickets.  There will be no additional fees charged to Exchange users for buying or selling tickets on the Exchange.

About Pearl Jam

2020 officially marks 30 years of Pearl Jam performing live. Eleven studio albums, hundreds of unique live performances and official live concert bootleg releases later, the band continues to be critically acclaimed and commercially successful — with over 85 million albums sold worldwide and a 2017 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

About Paul Nicklen

Paul Nicklen lives a life of art, purpose and adventure, combining a career as an assignment photographer for National Geographic Magazine and founder of his own conservation society, SeaLegacy. In addition to being one of the world’s most acclaimed nature photographers, Paul is an acclaimed polar specialist, speaker, author, conservationist, National Geographic Fellow, and a regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine with 20 completed stories to date.

Pearl Jam Online:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube


Foreigner, Kansas, and Europe Set To Launch Juke Box Heroes 2020 Tour

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I Want To Know What Love Is,” “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Urgent,” “Dust In The Wind,” “Carry on Wayward Son,” “Point of Know Return,” “The Final Countdown,”  “Carrie”…

…These are some of the iconic songs of summer by rock’s ultimate “Juke Box Heroes”. Legendary band Foreigner, with special guest Kansas and featuring Europe, will bring these hits to your city this summer with the Juke Box Heroes 2020 Tour.

Set to launch in Albuquerque, NM on July 9th, and presented by Live Nation, these acclaimed artists will join for unforgettable nights of night of rock ’n’ roll. Tickets go on sale January 17, 2020 at 10am local time at HERE. Full tour dates can be found below.

Foreigner

With 10 multi-platinum albums and 16 Top 30 hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 80 million. Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including: “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Long, Long Way From Home” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is.”

Foreigner still rocks the charts more than 40 years into the game with massive airplay and continued Billboard Top 200 album success. Foreigner’s November 2019 release of Double Vision, Then & Now is a DVD/CD (or Blu-ray/CD) package that celebrates the 40th anniversary of Foreigner’s iconic album.  It features a stunning reunion concert that brings together the current and original band members playing all the hits at the top of their game.

2020 will kick off with a three-day run at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra in mid January.  Another highlight forthcoming is a residency at The Venetian, Las Vegas which kicks off on January 24, 2020.

“We can’t wait to hit the road with our good friends Kansas and Europe and bring all our biggest hits to cities across the country,” says Foreigner founding member, songwriter and lead guitarist Mick Jones. “We always have such a good time together, and combined we share some of the greatest songs in rock and roll. We are so excited to see our fans from coast to coast, and plan to make this summer our most epic tour yet!” 

Kansas

With a legendary career spanning more than four decades, Kansas has firmly established itself as one of America’s iconic classic rock bands. This “garage band” from Topeka released their debut album in 1974 after being discovered by Wally Gold, who worked for Don Kirshner, and have gone on to sell more than 30 million albums worldwide.

Composing a catalogue that includes fifteen studio albums and five live albums, Kansas has produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-platinum albums (Leftoverture, Point of Know Return, Best of Kansas), one platinum live album (Two for the Show), and two one million-selling gold singles, “Carry On Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind.”

Kansas appeared on the Billboard charts for over 200 weeks throughout the ‘70’s and ‘80’s and played to sold-out arenas and stadiums throughout North America, Europe and Japan. “Carry On Wayward Son” continues to be one of the top five most played songs on classic rock radio, and “Dust In the Wind” has been played on the radio more than three million times. Last month “Carry On Wayward Son” was certified as a 4x Platinum-selling single, and “Dust In the Wind” was certified as a 3x Platinum-selling single by RIAA. Continuing to write their legacy, Kansas will be releasing their 16th studio album in the summer of 2020.

Says Kansas, “We look forward to touring with Foreigner. It has been nearly ten years since both bands have done a full tour together. That run was a blast, and we are excited to get started this summer. The bands and the crews get along great, and we’ll all be working tougher to perform an exceptional show for the fans.”

Europe

With over three decades and dozens of millions albums sold, including a number one hit in 25 countries, Europe’s Joey Tempest (vocals), John Norum (guitars), Mic Michaeli (keyboards), John Leven (bass) and Ian Haugland (drums) are as hardworking as ever, annually performing concerts worldwide and producing new albums that are critically acclaimed by fans and the music industry alike.

Their eleventh studio album, Walk The Earth, was released October 20, 2017 on Hell & Back Recordings (Silver Lining Music). It was recorded at famed Abbey Road Studios in London with Grammy® Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (Rival Sons, Shooter Jennings, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton) and won a Swedish Grammy for Best Album.

“The band is super thrilled that this summer, we’ll be back in the USA… the birthplace of rock and roll,” says Europe’s Joey Tempest. “It’s been four long years and we are honored to be on the road with Foreigner and Kansas for this extensive tour across North America. Strap yourself in! Europe in America once again!”

Tour Dates

Check out the tour at any of the following stops.
Fans can visit Live Nation for updates on tour dates and news. 

DATE CITY VENUE
Thurs July 9, 2020 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
Fri, July 10, 2020 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
Sat, July 11, 2020 Chula Vista, CA North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
*Mon, July 13, 2020 Irvine, CA FivePoint Amphitheatre
Tues, July 14, 2020 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Wed, July 15, 2020 Wheatland, CA Toyota Amphitheatre
*Fri, July 17, 2020 Portland, OR Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
Sat, July 18, 2020 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
Tues, July 21, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Wed, July 22, 2020 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Fri, July 24, 2020 Kansas City, MO Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
Sat, July 25, 2020 Indianapolis, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Sun, July 26, 2020 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Tues, July 28, 2020 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Wed, July 29, 2020 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
Fri, July 31, 2020 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sat, August 1, 2020 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Sun, August 2, 2020 Pittsburgh, PA S&T Bank Music Park
Tues, August 4, 2020 Boston, MA Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
Wed, August 5, 2020 Syracuse, NY St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
Fri, August 7, 2020 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Amphitheater
Sat, August 8, 2020 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
Sun, August 9, 2020 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Fri, August 21, 2020 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Sat, August 22, 2020 Holmdel, NY PNC Bank Arts Center
Sun, August 23, 2020 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Tues, August 25, 2020 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
Wed, August 26, 2020 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Fri, August 28, 2020 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Sat, August 29, 2020 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
Sun, August 30, 2020 Birmingham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Tues, Sep 1, 2020 Alpharetta, GA Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
*Fri, Sep 4, 2020 Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place
Sat, Sep 5, 2020 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sun, Sep 6, 2020 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Tues, Sep 8, 2020 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheater
Wed, Sep 9, 2020 Southaven, MS BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove
Fri, Sep 11, 2020 Dallas, TX Dos Equis Pavilion
Sat, Sep 12, 2020 Houston, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sun, Sep 13, 2020 Austin, TX Germania Insurance Amphitheater

*Kansas Not Performing

tētēma (Mike Patton/Anthony Pateras) Return with Necroscape

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Melbourne, Australia – tētēma, the bi-continental outfit featuring Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle) and the Melbourne based, electro-acoustic artist Anthony Pateras, return with their sophomore album, the mind-bending Necroscape (April 3, Ipecac Recordings).

An early preview of the Spring release can be heard now, with “Haunted On The Uptake,” a track Pateras describes as sounding “like The Melvins’ tour van broke down in the Balkans and instead of going home, they decide to open a mountain laboratory dedicated to possible hybrids of Rembetika and hardcore.” Pre-order and stream here: https://smarturl.it/necroscape

Necroscape is sculpted around isolation in the surveillance age; and although lofty/high-concept sounding, it is still an intensely fun and heavy listen. Necroscape synthesizes a lot of territory: odd-time rock, musique concrète, otherworld grooves, soul, industrial noise, microtonal psychoacoustics… seemingly strange bedfellows on paper, yet they seamlessly coalesce into 13 songs which playfully challenge our notions of sonic logic and make you move at the same time. In a nutshell, listening to Necroscape creates the weird sensation of exclaiming “of course!” and “wtf?” simultaneously.

Necroscape Tracklist

  1. Necroscape
  2. Cutlass Eye
  3. Wait Till Mornin’
  4. Haunted on the Uptake
  5. All Signs Uncensored
  6. Milked Out Million
  7. Soliloquy
  8. Flatliner’s Owl
  9. Dead Still
  10. Invertebrate
  11. We’ll Talk Inside A Dream
  12. Sun Undone
  13. Funerale Di Un Contadino

About tētēma

Pateras and Patton “created an intelligent but ferocious mixture of avant-garde experimentalism, world music accents, and heavy metal velocity” (All Music) within the confines of their 11-track, 2014 debut, GeocidalNME described the collection as “Roni Size getting spiked with GHB and fed through a woodchipper” while Alternative Press said, “once you are acclimated, it will leave you tingling.

tētēma
tētēma | Photography: Sabina Maselli

The pair, joined by Will Guthrie (percussion) and Erkka Veltheim (violin), both of whom appear on Necroscape as well, made their live debut, fittingly at the Tasmania Mona music and art festival. The Guardian said of the outing: “tētēma didn’t enrapture with anthems or token festival rock gestures, they enraptured with mood, with surprises, and with evocations rarely felt by audiences…

Death Valley High Reveals New Surprise Single and Video

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To celebrate tonight’s tour kick-off, horror obsessed provocateurs Death Valley High have surprised fans with a new song, “Raise Hell,” available today. Watch the video for the track now via Revolver HERE.

“I got sick of hearing the misuse of the term ‘witch hunt’ and the ignorance just throwing it around. I started to imagine a scenario bridging physical and metaphysical uproar,” says frontman Reyka Osburn. “‘Raise hell’ usually means to rebel rouse, but in this instance, I actually mean to devil rouse.”

The “Raise Hell” single is currently available exclusively via Bandcamp HERE.

Death Valley High begins a nine-date west coast tour with electro-industrial outfit Silver Snakes tonight in San Francisco.

Death Valley High released a new EP entitled Duel this past summer via Minus Head Records. The band has described Duel as a sort of modern-day mix tape that defies the rules of a conventional release. While the first half of the record features covers, the latter half is an offering of intense remixes, lending to the record’s name. Each song on Duel features a special guest, including Chino Moreno (Deftones), Spirit in the Room, Chris Connelly and more, each of whom was challenged – along with Death Valley High themselves – to venture outside of their comfort zone.

Check out the video for the Christian Death cover “Cavity – First Communion,” featuring Chino Moreno HERE.

Swerving between the sarcastic and the saccharine, Death Valley High deliver doom pop and death disco of the highest order. Outburn heralded them as the “New Face of Goth Rock,” while UK tastemaker Kerrang! advised fans of Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails to take note. But where most macabre music-makers craft anthems for the grave, Death Valley High make songs to wake the dead. These guys don’t dwell in melancholy; this is a funeral procession to dance to. Universal monsters, Hammer films and haunted houses collide within their sonic psyche, earning them coveted spots on tours with likeminded rabble-rousers like Killing Joke, Combichrist, Crosses, Powerman 5000, and Orgy. Death Valley High turns convention on its head, with unapologetic distaste for conformity and a tongue-in-cheek whimsy. Death Valley High is unmistakably important, conjuring New Romantic majesty for the modern age.

Death Valley High Tour Dates With Silver Snakes:

  • 1/3 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
  • 1/4 – Portland, OR @ Twilight
  • 1/5 – Seattle, WA @ Funhouse
  • 1/7 – Eugene, OR @ Old Nick’s
  • 1/8 – Reno, NV @ Jub Jubs
  • 1/9 – Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
  • 1/10 – Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar & Billiards
  • 1/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ 5 Star Bar
  • 1/12 – Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar

Death Valley High Online:

Website | Instagram | Twitter
Facebook | Minus Head Records



Featured photo (top) by Bailey Kobelin


Lamb of God Guitarist Mark Morton to Release New Solo EP, “Ether,” in January

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Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton returns in 2020 with his second solo offering, entitled Ether, a primarily acoustic five-song EP scheduled for release in January via Rise Records/BMG.

As with Morton’s solo debut, Anesthetic, released earlier this year, the guitarist enlisted the talents of various musicians and vocalists to bring his songs to life. Ether features appearances by Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Howard Jones (Killswitch Engage, Light the Torch), John Carbone (Moon Tooth) and Mark Morales (Sons of Texas), who is also a member of Morton’s live band. The EP is made up of three original songs and two covers that once again showcase Morton’s diversity as a musician.

Says Mark Morton, “I’m thrilled to announce the upcoming release of my new, five song EP, ‘Ether,‘ on Rise Records! Once again, I’ve had the great pleasure of working with some amazingly talented artists and friends to assemble this collection of tunes, all of which feature a strong acoustic guitar component. Inspired by the acoustic sets I had the opportunity to perform last spring and summer in support of ‘Anesthetic,‘ I began writing some new songs to reflect that more mellow vibe. I’m stoked with the results and I can’t wait for everyone to hear what we’ve been putting together. I’ll be debuting these tunes on my upcoming U.K. acoustic tour, so you can hear them live before they’re released anywhere else!”

“I continue to be honored to have the chance to work with so many incredibly talented people and I remain beyond grateful to the fans that have come along with me and supported these projects. Thanks so much everyone!”

First single from Ether, “All I Had to Lose” featuring Mark Morales, will be released January 10.

Ether was produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Gojira, Trivium).

Mark Morton Ether EP Cover

Ether Tracklisting:

  1. All I Had To Lose (featuring) Mark Morales
  2. The Fight (featuring John Carbone)
  3. She Talks To Angels (featuring Lzzy Hale)
  4. Love My Enemy (featuring Howard Jones)
  5. Black (featuring Mark Morales)

Tour

Following his first UK acoustic performance at the Download festival earlier this year, Mark Morton will return for a handful of special and intimate acoustic shows in January 2020.

Mark Morton comments, “We had such an amazing time with the acoustic set at Download and I’m really looking forward to expanding on that experience with these upcoming shows. Joining me once again will be Mark Morales on vocals and guitarist extraordinaire, Joe Harvatt. I can’t wait to make each show extra special for you all with an evening of stories, acoustic versions of many of the songs from Anesthetic, and a few covers of some of our favorite tunes. We’ll also be debuting some new original material as well! Look forward to seeing you all!”

Mark Morton UK tour dates:

  • 1/8 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
  • 1/9 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 3
  • 1/10 – Glasgow, UK @ Cathouse
  • 1/11 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy 2
  • 1/12 – London, UK @ Camden Underworld

About Mark Morton

Anesthetic, Morton’s first 10-track solo album, was made alongside a dream team of highly respected musicians from a multitude of musical worlds. Singers on the album include Chester Bennington, Randy Blythe, Jacoby Shaddix, Myles Kennedy, Alissa White-Gluz, Mark Lanegan, Chuck Billy, Jake Oni, Josh Todd, Mark Morales and Naeemah Maddox. Musically, Morton performs all guitars, with Roy Mayorga, David Ellefson, Ray Luzier, Paolo Gregoletto, Alex Bent,
Mike Inez, Jean-Paul Gaster, Steve Gorman, Marc Ford, Yanni Papadopoulos and Chris Brooks completing the band. The single “Cross Off,” featuring late Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington and Trivium‘s rhythm section of Paolo Gregoletto and Alex Bent, spent six weeks in the Top 10 Active Rock US radio chart and has now amassed more than 14 million plays on Spotify and YouTube.

Following the release of Anesthetic, Morton took his live band, consisting of Morales on lead vocals, Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves) on guitar, Nick Villarreal (Sons Of Texas) on bass, Art Cruz (Lamb of God, Prong, Winds of Plague), on a North American co-headline tour with Light the Torch.

Mark Morton Online:

Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube



Ravenword Album Details and First Single Out Now

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Italian symphonic power metal band Ravenword has unleashed “No More,” first single from their one-time studio album, Transcendence, out January 31 via Rockshots Records.

Vocalist Chiara Tricarico comments: 
“This song is a classical power metal track with a beautiful piano part and a super-fast solo.” 

The track features Davide Lovecchio as special guest on the lead guitar. 

“No More” is available as digital single at all major online stores, paired with an official audio track on YouTube.

Spotify |  iTunes | YouTube

Transcendence is now available for pre-order at the Rockshots Records’ official store. Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s novel The Raven, the Milan, Italy, based band was originally formed in 2007 by keyboardist and composer Davide Scuteri (Choirs Of Veritas). After several years of activity, which included a self-titled demo, the band went on a brief hiatus, re-grouping in 2016 when singer Chiara Tricarico (Sound StormMoonlight Haze), drummer Michele Olmi (ChronosfearSkeleeton) and bass/guitar player Cesare Ferrari (Choirs Of Veritas) joined the band, in order to create a one-time studio album that embodies the whole history of the band.  

With TranscendenceRavenword captures the romantic and decadent poetic themes typical of Edgar Allan Poe’s period, combined with an equally decadent symphonic metal sound. In line with Ravenword’s ode to poetry, the title Transcendence was chosen to symbolize the idea of always going beyond one’s perception of reality and seeking deeper meanings. 

Transcendence Tracklisting:

  1. Blue Roses
  2. Life Is In Your Hands
  3. No More
  4. Lullaby Of The Last Petal
  5. Purity
  6. Rain Of Stars
  7. The Queen Of Darkness
  8. What I Need
  9. The Swansong
  10. Dylan
  11. Crimson Lake
  12. The Distance
  13. Bleeding Moon

Ravenword Online:

Rockshots Records | Facebook


Five Finger Death Punch Announce Massive Spring 2020 U.S. Arena Tour

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Special Guests Papa Roach, I Prevail,
& Support from Ice Nine Kills

4x Platinum, 6x Gold record selling rock juggernaut Five Finger Death Punch have announced that they will kick off the 2nd leg of their current U.S. arena headline tour in April, featuring special guests Papa Roach, I Prevail, as well as highly acclaimed newcomer Ice Nine Kills. The tour is co-produced by Frank Productions and Live Nation. See all dates below.

VIP presale, artist fanclub presale, and cyber monday presale begins today at 10:00 AM (local time). Citi is the official presale credit card of the tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase U.S. presale tickets beginning Tuesday, December 3rd at 10:00 AM (local time) until Thursday, December 5th at 10:00 PM through Citi’s Entertainment program. Local promoter venue and radio presales will kick off on Thursday, December 5th at 10:00 AM (local time). Tickets will go on-sale to the general public beginning Friday, December 6th at 10:00 AM (local time).

Five Finger Death Punch are currently touring US arenas before heading to Europe right after the holidays for their nearly sold out European arena run with very special guests Megadeth and global breakout rock sensation Bad Wolves. Information on all tour dates including links to tickets and VIP packages can be found HERE.

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Five Finger Death Punch Spring 2020 Tour Dates:

  • 4/8 – Sunrise, FL // BB&T Center
  • 4/10 – Duluth, GA // Infinite Energy Center
  • 4/11 – Pelham, AL // Oak Mountain Amphitheater
  • 4/13 – San Antonio, TX // AT&T Center
  • 4/14 – Ft. Worth, TX // Dickies Arena
  • 4/16 – Houston, TX // Toyota Center
  • 4/18 – Phoenix, AZ // Talking Stick Resort Arena
  • 4/19 – San Diego, CA // Viejas Arena
  • 4/21 – Los Angeles, CA // The Forum
  • 4/23 – Tacoma, WA // Tacoma Dome
  • 4/25 – Portland, OR // Veteran Memorial Coliseum
  • 4/27 – Morrison, CO // Red Rocks Amphitheatre
  • 4/29 – Kansas City, MO //Sprint Center
  • 5/3 – Baltimore, MD // Royal Farms Arena
  • 5/5 – Worcester, MA // DCU Center
  • 5/6 – Newark, NJ // Prudential Center
  • 5/8 – Cincinnati, OH // Heritage Bank Center
  • 5/12 – Detroit, MI // Little Caesars Arena
  • 5/14 – Pittsburgh, PA // PPG Paints Center
  • 5/15 – Camden, NJ // BB&T Pavilion
  • 5/17 – Nashville, TN // Bridgestone Arena
  • 5/19 – Rosemont, IL // Allstate Arena
  • 5/20 – St. Paul, MN // Xcel Energy Center

Coinciding with the unveiling of their next massive tour, Five Finger Death Punch have announced their long awaited eighth studio album, titled F8. The album will be released globally on February 28th, 2020 and is available for pre-order now.

Five Finger Death Punch have amassed over 3 billion streams to date, over 2 billion video views and are the 3rd biggest artist in the hard rock space measured by total consumption (sales and streams) – surpassed only by Metallica and AC/DC. Newly signed to Better Noise Music, they’ve garnered 22 top 10, hit singles over the last few years.

Today, Five Finger Death Punch also premiered the debut single from F8, “Inside Out” one of the most personal songs that the band has released to date. Watch the official lyric video HERE.

Fans who pre-order the album digitally will receive an instant download of “Inside Out” along with two other new tracks before the release on February 28th. The album will be available in the following formats: CD, digital download, mastered for iTunes download, double gatefold vinyl and picture disc vinyl. The band also curated special F8 merchandise bundles of albums with exclusive t-shirts, hoodies and more, available for pre-order HERE.

Says Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory, “We had an extremely successful, yet tumultuous couple of years as a band. We didn’t just weather the storm but came out on the other side better than ever. It was a focused sober group recording, our most important album to date and without a question it shows.”

“This album represents rebirth, progression, transcendence both personally and musically.” Vocalist Ivan Moody adds, “This record to me is ‘absolution’ – everything I’ve done in my life has led up to this moment.”

F8 was produced by Five Finger Death Punch with long time producer Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Disturbed, Slash, etc). See the full tracklisting for F8 below.

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TRACKLISTING FOR F8:

  1. F8
  2. Inside Out
  3. Full Circle
  4. Living The Dream
  5. A Little Bit Off
  6. Bottom Of The Top
  7. To Be Alone
  8. Mother May I (Tic Toc)
  9. Darkness Settles In
  10. This Is War
  11. Leave It All Behind
  12. Scar Tissue
  13. Brighter Side Of Grey
  14. Making Monsters (BONUS)
  15. Death Punch Therapy (BONUS)
  16. Inside Out (Radio Edit) (BONUS)

The new album F8 follows Five Finger Death Punch’s hugely successful 2018 release, And Justice For None, which debuted in the Top 5 around the world and became the #1 streaming Hard Rock/Heavy Metal album of that year. They’ve built a rabid, global fan base by creating a unique sound that blurs the line between rock and metal, which has never been more apparent than on their upcoming eighth studio album F8 and their upward trajectory doesn’t seem to waver.

Five Finger Death Punch Is:

Zoltan Bathory
Ivan Moody
Jason Hook
Charlie Engen
Chris Kael

Download/Stream Five Finger Death Punch:

Spotify | Apple Music

Five Finger Death Punch Online:

Website | Twitter | Instagram  
Facebook | YouTube



Featured photo (top) by Stephen Jensen


Rivals Reveals “Thunderstorm”, Supernova EP out Today; On Tour with Slaves

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Rivals brand new 2-song, 7″ EP Supernova was released today via Smartpunk Records HERE and is available on streaming services as well. Listen HERE. The title track has already received over 53k streams on Spotify alone. “We’ve really started to step up the creativity with sounds and environments,” describes Rivals vocalist Kalie Wolfe. “Building and creating a world around a theme and trying to show everyone what we see and feel. Between Supernova and “Thunderstorm“, we really stepped out of our comfort zone for this.”

“I’ve always wanted to write a song that was like ‘what’s up b@*%#*$, were back’ and that’s what ‘Thunderstorm‘ is,” explains Wolfe of their new single “Thunderstorm.” “For those who doubted us, said we wouldn’t last or said we couldn’t make it. For the doubt in our own hearts throughout the last two years and how we pulled our own ‘guns’ out to really pushed our way through all of that doubt. We became our own heros and I’m proud as hell of us for what we’ve accomplished in the past few years. ‘Thunderstorm‘ is our fight song.”

Catch them on tour with Slaves

Rivals Is:

Kalie Wolfe (vocals)
Sebastian Clarke (bass)
Micket Woodle (guitar)
Josh Alves (drums)

Rivals Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Featured photo (top) by Matt Bender



Rivals Announce New EP, “Supernova” Music Video, and Tour With Slaves

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Rivals forthcoming 2-song EP Supernova is due out on November 8th on 7″ vinyl via Smartpunk Records and is now available for pre-order HERE. Limited edition pre-order items include ultra clear vinyl 7″ (500 units), 3’x3′ wall flag (100 units) and Supernova t-shirt.

“We’ve really started to step up the creativity with sounds and environments,” describes Wolfe. “Building and creating a world around a theme and trying to show everyone what we see and feel. Between “Supernova” and “Thunderstorms,” we really stepped out of our comfort zone for this.”

In addition, The band revealed their motion video for “Supernova” that captures the atmospheric textures of the music. “A long time ago I dumped a guy and later on, when my career started to take off, he tried to come back into my life,” explains Rivals vocalist Kalie Wolfe of their new single “Supernova“. “I sort of wrote this as a f*ck you song to him, that he won’t get me now after all the stuff between us happened.”

In support of their forthcoming EP, the band will be kicking off a run of dates with Slaves today in Dallas, TX. Their double outing with Slaves will be making stops throughout Texas (Dallas, San Antonio, Houston). Also, they’ll be joining back up on release day (November 8th) for a few more shows that includes three dates in California (Sacramento, Fresno, Los Angeles) and the final show of the tour at Club Red in Mesa, AZ.

Rivals Fall Tour 2019 with Slaves

Rivals Is:

Kalie Wolfe (vocals)
Sebastian Clarke (bass)
Micket Woodle (guitar)
Josh Alves (drums)

Rivals Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter


Featured photo (top) by Matt Bender