Phoenix-based rock band Never Us has released their newest single, “Retrograde,” featuring Matthew Good of From First to Last.
“Our newest release, Retrograde featuring Matt Good of From First to Last was written to reflect the feeling of being an introvert in an extroverted environment. We tried to explore multiple facets of this theme, one of them being emotionally drained from putting on a facade for the world. Another being self-doubt that comes from being in an environment you don’t feel that you belong in, but need to be in.” – Never Us
We are Never Us from Phoenix Arizona, a rock band that infuses many different popular music genres into our songs. Formed several years ago, we have spent time playing multiple shows in the Phoenix area while refining and building our unique sound. Recently, we recorded an album with Matt Good of From First to Last at Good Sound Studios in May of 2018. The album reflects our different musical backgrounds and influences which have been combined to create something truly unique. We are immensely proud of our newest songs and can’t wait to share them with the world.
Today, multi-platinum, acclaimed alternative rock band Chevelle have announced a new album, 12 Bloody Spies: B-Sides and Rarities, compiling sought-after B-Sides and rarities from 2002-2016, now remastered on one brand new collection for the very first time. Set for release on October 26, 2018, the album is now available for pre-order via Epic Records. Get it HERE!
The album pre-order unlocks the single “Sleep Walking Elite.” Originally recorded during the sessions for 2007’s Vena Sera, thick riffing drives the track, providing the perfect counterpoint to a hauntingly hypnotic hook. With its delicate push-and-pull between robust distortion and dynamic melody, it stands out as classic Chevelle.
The project’s full collection spans everything from an acoustic version of “Sleep Apnea” off 2009’s Sci-Fi Crimes to an unearthed bonus track off the now-classicWonder What’s Next entitled “Until You’re Reformed” and “A Miracle” recorded as a bonus track for The North Corridor in 2016. It’s essential listening for fans to say the least.
Check out the full tracklisting for 12 Bloody Spies: B-Sides and Rarities below.
Since the release of their full-length debut Point #1 in 1999, Chevelle have stood at the forefront of hard rock, consistently evolving and progressing while delivering a series of ubiquitous and inescapable anthems. 2002’s breakout Wonder What’s Next would go platinum, yielding smashes such as “The Red” and “Send the Pain Below,” while its follow-up This Type of Thinking Could Do Us Inreached gold status. In 2011, Hats Off to the Bull landed at #9 on the Billboard Top 200 and delivered “Face to the Floor.” La Gárgola crashed into the Top 5 at #3 and boasted “Take Out the Gunman.” 2016’s The North Corridor represented new heights for the group, marking its fourth Top 10 bow on the Billboard Top 200.
1. A Miracle
2. Sleep Walking Elite
3. In Debt To The Earth
4. Sleep Apnea (Acoustic Version)
5. The Clincher (Version 103)
7. Glimpse of the Con
9. Until You’re Reformed
10. The Gist
12. Leto’s Headache
Symphonic/Celtic vocalist LEAH – described affectionately by her fans as “the metal Enya” – recently announced the release of her upcoming full-length album, The Quest, out Friday, October 5. The album features a stronger Celtic and Fantasy connection in comparison to her previous release, Kings & Queens, as well as prog rock elements and ethereal ambiance, combined with traditional symphonic metal elements. The album is available for pre-order HERE
Today, LEAH is pleased to reveal a new track from The Quest, entitled “Edge of Your Sword“.
LEAH says about the track: “This track was interesting to write… it was inspired by a mood, more than anything else – medieval rock vibes with a bit of spice. I hope those vibes get passed onto the listener! Some of that spice is attributed to Chen Balbus (Orphaned Land) who added the middle eastern saz on the track, which gave it a really cool and unexpected flavour! Also on the track is Barend Courbois (Blind Guardian) playing bass, Timo Somers (Delain) playing rhythm guitars (with an epic solo!), and Sander Zoer (ex-Delain) on Drums and percussion. Oliver Philipps (Everon, Phantasma) added a ton of orchestration which really beefed the whole sound up.
My part in it was composing the song, playing a lot of the keys, harps, synths, arrangements, lyrics, and of course vocals. I was actually scared out of my mind about that high note in the last chorus! I knew I could technically execute it, but was mentally blocked for some time about it. I had to do weird things in the vocal booth to overcome my vocal mental block, such as drawing an arrow pointing down on a piece of paper that I could look at, also using physical gestures when I went to sing it, such as pointing to the ground with my hands. The reason is because when you go to sing a high note, most singers tend to tense up and squeeze their vocal chords up, which make a horrible tone and tense up the voice. So, to overcome that default tendency, I had to convince my brain that I was actually singing lower and it would get easier, not harder. And when that note came out, it actually was a piece of cake! Amazing how the mind works!”
Hear a sample of more new music from The QuestHERE
LEAH is recognized in the music world for her work with established heavy metal musicians such as Eric Peterson of Testament and Dragonlord, Timo Somers of Delain, Troy Donockly of Nightwish and many others. To date, LEAH has released three albums, Of Earth & Angels, Otherworld , and Kings & Queens , as well as several viral videos. Her latest video features an ethereal cover of “The Dragonborn Comes“, the main theme from the massive video game Skyrim. The video has racked up 5.3 million views on Facebook and nearly 600,000 views on YouTube to date.
As mentioned in her comment above, in addition to LEAH‘s own vocals, keys, and orchestrations on The Quest, the album features an impressive international cast of guest musicians – including Troy Donockley of Nightwish on pipes and flutes, Barend Courbois of Blind Guardian on bass guitar, Timo Somers of Delain on rhythm and lead guitars, Sander Zoer formerly of Delain on drums and percussion and Chen Balbus of Orphaned Land on Middle Eastern Saz and Oud. The album features mixing and mastering from Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Epica, Amaranthe), as well as orchestration, arrangement and production from Oliver Philipps (Everon, Phantasma, Delain).
“I am totally delighted to work with the guest musicians on this album. Each and every individual is an expert at what they do, and I only wanted the best for these songs, as we were developing toward a very specific sound, which was a rock/metal album with a Celtic and fantasy twist,” says LEAH. “This album was truly an international effort!“
The Quest track listing:
1. The Quest
2. Edge of Your Sword
3. Lion Arises
5. Ruins of Illusion
8. Oblivion (Between Two Worlds)
9. Ghost Upon a Throne
10. The Water Is Wide
LEAH is a fan-described “Celtic vocal goddess” hailing from the coast of British Columbia, Canada, and is inspired by Celtic and world music influences such as Clannad and Enya to European symphonic and progressive metal influences. Her debut self-released album Of Earth & Angels received international critical acclaim, including landing the “The Best Symphonic Metal Album” Metalstorm Award for 2012. Her 2013 release, Otherworld, is a five-song Celtic-metal masterpiece, mixed by Christian “Moschus” Moos at SPACELAB in Germany (Delain, Everon, Imperia) and features the vocals of guitar legend Eric Peterson (Testament/Dragonlord) on the ethereal metal track “Dreamland“. 2014 was very successful year for LEAH as she raised over $27,000 through Indiegogo via her fans to record and produce her heaviest album, Kings & Queens, which was eventually released in early 2015 through Inner Wound Recordings. The album received dozens of four and five-star reviews, and helped her gain thousands of new fans around the world.
Most recently, LEAH raised over $87,000 in 30 days via Indiegogo and her shop to launch The Quest, again released via her own independent record label, Ex Cathedra Records, along with Inner Wound Recordings. Already, The Quest is receiving 5-star reviews and critical acclaim. Her fans have never been more loyal and excited for fantasy-inspired symphonic metal!
Renowned Testament guitarist Eric Peterson recently announced the release of his highly-anticipated new Dragonlord album, entitled Dominion, out September 21, 2018 via Spinefarm Records. The symphonic black/death metal album serves as the long-awaited follow-up to 2005’s Black Wings of Destiny, but takes the fantasy and storytelling to a whole new level. Dominion explores themes of darkness owning and influencing these times we now live in, and things that have come to pass. It also delves into other eras, real and otherworldly.
Get another taste of Dominion today via Gimme Radio‘s New Releases Show! Listen in today at 8:00 AM PT/11:00 AM ET to hear the world premiere of “Lamia“, a track about the mythical feminine man-eating creature! Listen by visiting Gimme Radio.
You can also tune in to encore airings of the show on:
Sunday, September 9 – 12:00 AM PT / 3:00 AM ET
Monday, September 10 – 8:00 PM PT / 11:00 PM ET
Wednesday, September 12 – 10:00 PM PT / 1:00 AM ET
“Oh Lamia it’s witching hour!” “Oh Lamia thy sons devoured!”
Eric Peterson says, “Musically, this song just rocks! Starting off with ethereal keys backed by a stronghold of bombarding riffs and drums, Leah‘s siren wails and my melodic screams of Lamia’s constant call for filicide, reaping forth complete despair! Tonight’s the night she’ll tear your soul apart! Through telepathy she knows who’s calling her and she will find you!”
Digital and physical pre-orders for Dominion are live here:
Also, watch the lyric video for the album’s first single, “Dominion” here, and the fantasy-driven music video for “Northlanders” here.
Dominion is a dark fantasy fan’s musical dream – exploring everything from Nordic history to Lord of the Rings! Dominion‘s eight songs create a deep and heady musical journey rife with meaning and menace, from the blackest and loudest recesses of Eric Peterson‘s mind.
Peterson recorded Dominionat Northern California’s Trident Studios and produced it with an assist from engineer/mixer Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head, M.O.D.). Dominion was mastered by famed producer/engineer Jens Bogren of Fascination Street Studios in Sweden. In addition to Eric Peterson, Dominion features the musical talents of Lyle Livingston (Psypheria) on orchestrated keys and pianos, Alex Bent (Trivium) on drums, and notable fantasy metal singer Leah on female vocals and choirs (who has performed/recorded with members of Blind Guardian, Nightwish, Delain, and others).
Peterson formed Dragonlord in 2000 as its singer and guitarist (with keyboardist Lyle Livingston and now-ex-members Steve DiGiorgio of Testament and Jon Allen of Sadus), and notes that the growth from Dragonlord‘s first two records to the cinematic triumph and brutal blast-beats of Dominion has been immense. Dominion‘s stellar, complex, brutally symphonic metal is triumphant in its execution, bringing together layers of meaning and musicality into an unholy whole.
Dominion track listing:
3) Ominous Premonition
5) Love of the Damned
7) The Discord of Melkor
8) Serpents of Fire
LOS ANGELES – Following the release of three massive singles and videos for “Saints Of The Sinners,” “Midland Line,” and “Summer Is A Curse,” The Faim have returned with yet another anthemic track, “A Million Stars.” The song highlights a more pop-leaning, melodic side of the group and features a vibrant chorus paired with frontman Josh Raven’s striking, powerhouse vocals. Listen HERE, and stream/download “A Million Stars” HERE.
After kicking off 2018 on a strong note with extensive global touring, including selling out their first ever headline show and sharing the stage with Sleeping With Sirens, PVRIS, Lower Than Atlantis, and more, The Faim will release their debut EP, Summer Is A Curse, on Friday, September 7th. All songs on the EP were recorded with legendary producer, John Feldmann (blink-182, All Time Low, Good Charlotte), and serve as a prelude to the band’s hotly-anticipated first full-length album, slated for release in 2019. During the recording process, the Perth natives teamed up with industry staples including Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy (on “Saints Of The Sinners”), Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots, Mark Hoppus of blink-182, and Ashton Irwin of 5 Seconds of Summer (on “Summer Is A Curse”).
Regarding Summer Is A Curse, The Faim have this message to share with their fans: “To say we’re excited about releasing this EP is an understatement. More than just songs, to us these six tracks are a window into our world. We’ve been overwhelmed by the support of the community around us and welcome you all on this beautiful journey. We’re proud to be able to share our music with you and hope you enjoy listening as much as we’ve enjoyed writing it.”
Comprised of six tracks, Summer Is A Curse showcases the pop-rock/punk outfit’s stadium-ready anthems, infectious hooks, and impressive songwriting chops. The EP also includes five brand new songs in addition to smash single, “Summer Is A Curse,” which has clocked over 3.5 million global streams and landed on notable Spotify playlists including Rock This, The New Alt, Top of the Morning, The Scene, and New Noise.
It’s needless to say that The Faim is an artist to watch, with their fiery, explosive live shows in high-demand. To see if for yourself, check out their special performance at London’s St Pancras Stationand highlight reels from this year’s Slam Dunk and ReadingFestivals.
“These guys could become one of the biggest new names in rock this year.” -Rock Sound
“Arena-sized” – Billboard
“There’s no doubt that the Faim are going to be heard everywhere.” –Alternative Press
“The cult of The Faim is here to stay.” – Upset
“Massive tunes…You have to hear them right now” –KERRANG!
“If you haven’t heard of The Faim yet, don’t worry – you’re about to.” -Punktastic
Stay tuned for more news from The Faim – the forthcoming track listing for the Summer Is A Curse EP will be revealed soon!
Los Angeles, CA — Dance Gavin Dance frontman, Tilian Pearson, is excited to share his new single, “Cocky,” out today via Rise Records. The track is an upbeat, infectious alt-pop anthem, bound to be a staple on summer playlists. The accompanying music video is also out today, which features Tilian and his love interest on a picturesque road trip throughout San Bernardino and Crestline, California. Watch it HERE.
New Album, The Skeptic, Due 9/28 – Available for Pre-order Here
Tilian is also pleased to announce that his third full-length studio album, The Skeptic, is due this fall, confirmed for release on Friday, September 28th. The record is rounded out at 10 tracks and complete with a solid mix of pop-punk and indie-pop offerings. Fans can pre-order it HERE.
“Musically and in my personal life, I kept thinking, ‘I’ve got to find and explore some new ground,’ ” says Tilian. “I’ve always been so much more questioning than most people around me are. I never really bought into things the way 90% of the crowd does. That sentiment communicated the idea of The Skeptic to me,” he adds.
The Skeptic Track Listing:
1. Made of Plastic
4. Handsome Garbage
5. Hold On
6. Blame It On Rock n Roll
7. Let Her Go
8. Drunken Conversations
9. Right Side
10. Ghost Town
North American Headline Tour Kicks Off Next Week in San Francisco
After touring non-stop with DGD, Tilian will head back out on the road next week, kicking off his North American headline dates at San Francisco’s Brick & Mortar on Thursday, August 23rd. The stint hits notable stops in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Nashville, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and Toronto, before wrapping in Denver on Sunday, September 23rd. Former DGD vocalist, Kurt Travis, will provide direct support with his new band, Royal Coda, along with Sunsleep and another special guest (TBA). Tickets and VIP packages can be purchased HERE, and a full itinerary is included below.
Tilian Tour Dates:
8.23.18 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar
8.24.18 – Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
8.25.18 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
8.26.18 – Fresno, CA @ Strummers
8.28.18 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
8.29.18 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock
8.30.18 – El Paso, TX @ The Perch
8.31.18 – San Antonio, TX @ Jack’s
9.01.18 – Dallas, TX @ Prophet Bar
9.02.18 – Houston, TX @ Secret Group
9.04.18 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
9.05.18 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Respectables
9.06.18 – Orlando, FL @ Soundbar
9.07.18 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
9.08.18 – Nashville, TN @ The End
9.09.18 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
9.11.18 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
9.12.18 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
9.13.18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
9.14.18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kingsland
9.15.18 – Ashbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents
9.16.18 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
9.18.18 – Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee’s
9.19.18 – Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
9.20.18 – Berwyn, IL @ Wire
9.21.18 – St. Paul MN @ Amsterdam
9.22.18 – Kansas City, MO @ Aftershock
9.23.18 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Athens, GA based alternative rock band Lullwater has released the official music video for their cover of Pearl Jam’s “Release,” off of the 1991 hit album TEN. Originally premiered on Loudwire, “Release” features live Footage with Dave Krusen (Pearl Jam, Candlebox) and Kevin Martin (Candlebox), and was recorded at London Bridge Studios in Seattle, WA, where TEN was originally recorded, with engineering and mixing by Justin Davis.
“The entire experience of recording Pearl Jam’s ‘Release’ in London Bridge Studios was so surreal. Pearl Jam is one of my favorite bands and to cover that song in the same room as they did, was very emotional for me. I had no idea that a couple of years later we would be performing it live with Dave Krusen and Kevin Martin on the Candlebox tour; it’s such an odd and incredible feeling of living and experiencing the moments we’ve made because of ‘Release.’ It’s by far the coolest thing that’s ever happened to me as a musician. Thinking back to when I was in my adolescent years playing that song over and over and then one day to be performing it live with the original drummer, is simply crazy for me. ‘Release’ has a special place in my heart and is one of my favorite songs to play live.” – John Strickland (Vocals/Guitar)
For more than a decade, alt rockers Lullwater have been blazing their way to the top of the industry thanks to their gritty, Southern-infused sound and straight-up, raw performances.
Formed in 2007 in Athens, GA, the foursome was born from the indelible mark that the godfathers of grunge left on music. The convergence of this inspiration, mixed with a healthy helping of swagger, defines this critically acclaimed alternative rock band.
The group released its debut, self-titled album in 2012 to solid reviews and were immediately invited to join some of the biggest tours that same year, as well as had the single “Albatross” featured on Sirius XM Octane Radio. Since that time, Lullwater has spent the majority of their career on the road sharing the stage with such A-list acts as Candlebox, Theory of a Deadman, Flyleaf, Passafire, Amaranthe, Butcher Babies, and more. The band released their critically acclaimed sophomore album, Revival, in 2015, followed by a live EP, The Seattle Sessions, in 2017.
Voodoo, their latest effort and arguably their best work to date, was recorded at the end of 2017 in New Orleans at Marigny Studios by Swedish producer and engineer Jakob Herrmann, co-produced/engineered by Justin Davis, and mixed by Jakob Herrmann at top floor studios, is scheduled for a Winter 2018 release; this record promises an even bigger, more explosive sound that will shake you to your core.
John Strickland – Rhythm Guitar & Lead Vocals Daniel Binnie – Lead Guitar Roy ‘Ray’ Beatty – Bass & Vocals Joseph Wilson – Drums & Vocals
PHOENIX — Touring alternative singer-songwriter, Emric‘s new single “Go Down” will hit the internet on August 15th. Be the first in line to experience this powerful message that “to live a full life, you must go down into your darkness”.
Painting a profound atmosphere with his gritty, signature soulful vocals, Emric’s talent is on display as he steps away from guitar, and makes “Go Down” his first piece written on piano, featuring intense synths and hard-hitting stomps.
Having made himself a home in Arizona, Emric will be celebrating his new single release party in Phoenix at the Listening Room on Friday, Aug. 24th at 7pm. Joining him will be alternative pop band Spar Afar.
A dynamic pop solo artist based in Arizona, Emric has appeared on the 2017 Van’s Warped Tour, and opened for such national touring bands as Puddle of Mudd. In 2015, he released a three-song EP, where he received praise from noted producer Stuart Epps (Led Zeppelin, George Harrison) for his single “Set Me Free”. What makes him unique is how he brings his music to life with an ecletic soundscape and gritty, soulful vocals.
Los Angeles, CA – Just last month, Hollywood Undead released their hotly-anticipated new track, “Gotta Let Go,” which has already racked up over three millionglobal streams, with the accompanying music video clocking over one million views. Today, the band is proud to release their follow up single, “Another Level,” a fiery, EDM-infused song, saturated with heavy beats and explosive rhythms. Listen HERE, and click HERE to download and purchase the new offering.
“ ‘Another Level’ is self-explanatory,” says Johnny 3 Tears (vocals, bass). “It’s about taking it as far as you think you can possibly go, and then taking it ten steps further.”
The band will close out this summer with festival performances at Impact Music, Heavy Montréal, and Reading & Leeds. A complete itinerary is included below, with tickets available to purchase HERE.
Hollywood Undead is set to release more music this year, with brand new singles on the way. Stay tuned!
Hollywood Undead Tour Dates:
7/28 – Bangor, ME @ Impact Music Festival
7/29 – Montréal, QC @ Heavy Montréal
8/24 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
8/26 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
Hollywood Undead Is:
Johnny 3 Tears – vocals, bass guitar J-Dog – vocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, programming Charlie Scene – vocals, guitar Funny Man – vocals Danny – vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass
Los Angeles, CA – Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, Greg Holden, is proud to unveil his new single, “The Power Shift,” a political, call-to-action earworm and arguably, one of his most important efforts to date. Although there was no singular event or figure who inspired Holden to write “The Power Shift,” he uses the song to call out the widespread inequality many Americans endure at the hands of those in power. Listen HERE, and download and stream the track HERE.
“I was trying to manifest a collective call on the, for lack of a better word, bullshit. I think it’s important that when someone is lying to you, you call them out,” says Holden, who often uses his inherently rebellious spirit to push back against the status quo. “I was getting tired of screaming into the social media echo chamber and really wanted to put my frustrations into a song that wasn’t so toxic. I’m under no illusion that this is just a song, but it’s better than a tweet,” he adds.
While “The Power Shift” draws inspiration from the current divisive climate in the U.S., it doesn’t harp on pessimism; rather, it has an inspiring message for people to rise up, come together, and shift the power to better leaders. Ultimately, the track demands fair treatment for all, no matter their race, gender, sexuality, or socioeconomic status. It’s upbeat and catchy, yet meaningful and relevant, and an example of how the intersection of music and politics can be an impactful tool to incite change. It’s bound to be a significant song this year, given the tentative political landscape.
New Video for “On the Run” Out Now
In May, Holden returned to the music scene after nearly three years with “On The Run,” an anthemic, 80s-inspired single produced by the legendary Butch Walker (Katy Perry, Panic! At The Disco, Weezer), who also performs the song with Holden in the accompanying music video. It’s a stellar performance between the two artists, and fans can watch it HERE.
Confirmed to Support Butch Walker on Fall U.S. Tour
Holden is currently on his European headline tour, which hits notable stops in Amsterdam, Berlin, and London. This fall, he’ll head back to the states and join forces once again with Butch Walker, providing direct support on his fall U.S. run. The trek kicks off on Sept. 7th in Phoenix, AZ and concludes on Sept. 23rd in New York, NY. At the end of the year, Holden will also open for Josh Radin for a quick tour across Brazil.
A full list of live dates can be found below, and tickets are available for purchase HERE.
Greg Holden Tour Dates:
July 20th – Frankfurt, DE @ Special Event ^
July 21st – Cologne, DE @ The Nomad Music Festival ^
July 24th – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso ^
July 25th – Hannover, DE @ Faust ^
July 26th – Berlin, DE @ Frannz ^
July 27th – Munich, DE @ Zehner Club ^
July 28th – Tettnang, DE @ Schlossgarten Open Air #
August 1st – London, UK @ Special Event ^
August 2nd – London, UK @ St. Pancras Old Church ^