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Atmospheric-Prog Rock Act Itayil Reveals Debut Single, “Bloom”

Bloom,” the first single from Itayil, the atmospheric-prog rock solo project of CanaItayil Reveals Debut Single, “Bloom”dian musician David Chunn, is available today. Listen to the song now exclusively via Sea of Tranquility here.

“This song reflects on the finite nature of life, and how nothing is constant,” Chunn says. “Just as quickly as we learn and grow, we forget and the light leaves us, similar to a flower in bloom.”

Translating to “in between,” Itayil is a word that resonates with Chunn on a personal level, both in terms of lifestyle and musical influences. A scientist by day and musician by night, Chunn blends sounds from various genres to create melodies that capture the meaning of Itayil.

In a swirl of ethereal soundscapes, with “Bloom” Chunn creates an immersive experience that ventures beyond sound and into the mind. Trained in piano and guitar, Chunn is a self-taught vocalist who cites Alcest, Tesseract and Tame Impala as influences.

“But I’m constantly trying to find new inspiration in any genre,” he adds.

Chunn previously served as vocalist for Calgary-based band Vallite and has appeared as a guest on tracks by Every Hour Kills, Depths of Titan and Gaia.

Itayil Bloom Art

Bloom” is available today via Itayil’s Bandcamp and major digital music providers.

Itayil Online:

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Lucky Boys Confusion Get Nostalgic on New Video “Arizona Stand”; For The First Time, Debut Album on Vinyl

Video Features Archival Footage from the Last 15+ Years

Lucky Boys Confusion and Mutant League Records have dropped an unofficial music video for LBC’s song “Arizona Stand.” The track appears on the limited-edition double vinyl release of the band’s 1998 debut album Growing Out Of It, which is out today. Featuring archival footage of the band from over the last 15+ years, the clip was edited by Alex Zarek.

View “Arizona StandHere:

1998 Debut Album Growing Out of It Out Now on Vinyl for The First Time Ever

Available for the first time ever on vinyl, the collectors edition deluxe double LP is limited to 500 copies and includes other fan favorites such as “Fred Astaire” and more. The record includes a double insert with song-by-song liner notes from the band.

LBC Growing Out of It LP
  • Pressing Info:
  • 200 copies – Solid Orange
  • 300 copies – Blue & yellow starburst

Purchase the Limited Edition Growing Out of It Vinyl here.

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Ferocious “Beauty-Core” Trio GFM (Gold Frankincense & Myrrh) Debut New Video for Joey Sturgis-Produced Single “Taking Over”

GFM (Gold Frankincense & Myrrh), a trio of teenage sisters who have already mastered the art of balancing a Paramore style of melodicism with a Slipknot-like ferocity, have debuted a new video for the single “Taking Over.” “Taking Over” is premiering today, exclusively via Alternative Press.

“’Taking Over’ is a song about standing up for yourself and for others,” says bassist/vocalist Maggie English. “We’re not taking no for an answer and nothing is going to stand in our way. The time to join Team GFM is now before it’s too late.”

Visualizing the young band’s sound, which they have dubbed “beautycore,” director Dale Resteghini juxtaposes images of military tanks emblazoned with GFM’s pink logo with aggressive performance footage of the band in their trademark pink GFM cheerleader uniforms, as the sisters proclaim, “Get up, stand tall If we fall, then we fall together/Take your shot, the best you got/We won’t stop, and we’re taking over.”

“The girls crushed the video,” Resteghini says. “I love helping hot new bands breakthrough the noise. One listen to the single ‘Taking Over,’ I knew I had to do this. These young girls have already shown they can handle the rigors of tour life and are destined for greatness!”

The Joey Sturgis (Of Mice & Men, The Devil Wears Prada, Attack Attack!, Asking Alexandria) produced “Taking Over” is the second single from an upcoming EP.

“Prepare to hear GFM at their heaviest,” says Sturgis. “Working on this song was all about capturing the girls at their heaviest moment, shattering your ears while allowing their melodic ability to continue to shine through the rubble.”

Catch GFM Now on the First Ever Social Media E-Tour

While spending time at home during the quarantine, the trio is finding unique ways to connect with Team GFM. GFM is hosting the first ever “e-tour,” virtually touring a variety of different social media pages and platforms. The first round of tour dates have been announced on GFM’s social media pages, with more dates quickly being added. An entire acoustic performance will be featured along with a Q&A session during each livestream. Additionally, fans with a good eye will notice a phone number within the artwork for “Taking Over.” This Easter egg is an active number that is being used as fun and unique way to interact with fans.

Taking Over” is available via Apple Music

GFM Taking Over Artwork

GFM’s first album, Identity Crisis, was released in 2016, followed by Oh, The Horror! in April 2019. After touring the US multiple times, the group headed overseas to Germany in 2018, where their energetic performances established GFM as a festival favorite. A new EP is scheduled for release this spring.

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The first single from the EP, “I Don’t Need Your Fantasy” was released earlier this year. Listen to the track here.

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GFM Is:

  • CJ Sanders English – Guitar, Vocals
  • Magdalene “Maggie” Rose English – Bass, Vocals
  • Evie “LuLu” Louise English – Drums, Background Vocals

GFM Online:

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Baroness Share “Tourniquet (Socially Distant)” Video

Baroness share a new video for the song “Tourniquet”. Dubbed “Tourniquet (Socially Distant)” the footage features the four band members playing the six-and-a-half minute song at their respective homes, showcasing the band’s ability to both socially isolate and come together to share the message of unity amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Watch the video here.

The band issued a collective comment:

Hey everyone! Here’s an as-live-as-possible performance of ‘Tourniquet’ that we made over the course of a couple days during this period of isolation.

We have all maintained a rigid policy of social-distancing since becoming aware of this pandemic; which has unfortunately deprived us of our much preferred means of playing music. Throughout this crisis, the overall safety and responsibility of our global human community far outweighs the individual value of any show, festival or tour. We’re refocusing and redoubling our energy to adapt to this situation as it unfolds.

As difficult as it seems to navigate the effects of this virus, the isolation has not stripped us of our passion for Baroness’ music. Playing music so far from our bandmates will never be particularly natural. However, the experience of making this video through emails, texts and phone calls has been a powerful reminder of how inspiring and invigorating music can be in times of stress, struggle and confusion.

We hope you enjoy this performance. It isn’t meant to highlight musical perfection or precision. Personally, it serves as a reminder that, no matter what situation we face, we are still able to enjoy friendship, family and community through something as simple as a song. Isolated but never alone… Baroness.

The video closes with a message to fans: “Be safe. Be good to each other. Act with personal and civic responsibility. We’ll see you again soon.”

Tourniquet” is featured on the album Gold & Grey, which arrived in June of 2019 with Stereogum saying the collection “is the best thing Baroness has ever done… a masterpiece,” NME declaring it “a work of art in the truest sense of the word” and NPR, noting the synchronicity between Baroness’ music and imagery, observing that “Gold & Grey feels like a callback to the heyday of the rock album as art object.” The 17-track release debuted atop Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums Sales and Independent Albums’ Charts and found the band gracing the covers of both Revolver and Kerrang! magazines. Baroness has taken fans behind-the-scenes into the making of the Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, At War With The Mystics) produced album, releasing an 11-part web series dubbed “Making Gold & Grey”. Watch here.

The Philadelphia-meets-New York based band have grown to be one of rock music’s most critically-revered as well as one of the most inventive artists of the modern era with each release in their kaleidoscopic canon seeing the band further defining their unique musical vantage point. Baroness’ catalog of studio recordings is: Gold & Grey (2019), Purple (2015), Yellow & Green (2012), Blue Record (2009), Red Album (2007), A Grey Sigh in a Flower Husk (Split LP, 2007), Second (EP, 2004) and First (EP, 2004).

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Baroness Is:

  • John Baizley (vocals/guitar)
  • Gina Gleason (guitar)
  • Nick Jost (bass)
  • Sebastian Thomson (drums)

Baroness Online:

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Songwriter Mark Greenawalt Self-Makes “Don’t Cry Angel” Video While in Quarantine

PHOENIX — Singer-songwriter Mark Greenwalt took the opportunity to make a music video during the government mandated stay-at-home policy. With a crew of one, he propped his prosumer camera on a tripod to film himself at the piano and behind a guitar playing his original song, “Don’t Cry Angel.” The video was released on his YouTube channel on April 4th, Greenawalt’s 53rd birthday.

The Making of the Video

He co-wrote the song with songwriter Angel Pizzaro in 2011. Pizarro presented the heart-felt lyrics about a personal friend of his who had tragically passed away. The songwriting team crafted the story to discuss the relationship between a new angel and the grieving friends and family they have left behind. “It seemed to have a message,” he said, “for people to relate to who are suffering from losses during our current pandemic.

The chords and melody of the song were developed while Pizarro sat with Greenawalt at his piano nearly ten years ago. The opportunity to record the song came from a mutually beneficial relationship with the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS) in Phoenix, who needs bands and musicians to help their students learn the ropes of professional recording techniques. The core players in the session were Pizarro on drums, Webb Pickersgill on bass, and Greenawalt on keyboards, guitars, and vocals. Student engineer, Daniel Armijo, later stated that he ended up getting a grade of 97 on the project and a song was born.

While in the studio, Greenawalt had shot some video of Pizarro playing drums. “It wasn’t the greatest of quality,” he said, “but it seemed to be a good way to get started on the music video.” There wasn’t any usable footage of Greenawalt and Pickersgill from the studio, and at this point Pickersgill had moved to Colorado to be a game director with Deck Nine (Life Is Strange). Pickersgill, however, was very interested when asked if he would be willing to film himself playing the song. “I’ll bring my bass to work”, he said, “and just ‘Milli-Vanilli’ a few takes on video for you.

When it was time for Greenawalt to perform his sequences, he envisioned singing in front of a stained glass window. At a loss for where to find one that he could record in front of, he went to YouTube to find a DIY way to make his own. After a trip to the hobby shop to get glass paint and faux leading, he created a mosaic image of angel wings with sun rays reminiscent of the Arizona state flag.

Watch Mark Greenawalt’s Time-Lapse Video

Another project behind the scenes was getting the overhead shots of the piano. For this, Greenawalt build an iPhone carrier and hung it from fishing string over a raised backdrop stand. The raising and lowering was accomplished by reeling the string around a rotating electric drill bit. “It seemed to be a good idea,” said Greenawalt, “but most of the footage was shaky and unusable. It was worth a try and a few clips actually made it into the video.

Overhead shot of Mark Greenawalt playing the piano

I wanted to include an aerialist in the video who would be spinning up high in hoop,” he said, “And I envisioned filming them over water and wearing angel wings. With the quarantine if full swing, it didn’t seem like I was going to have the opportunity to get that footage.” The eureka moment came when he found a video on a friend’s page on Facebook that was as beautiful as he had envisioned. I wasn’t over water and aerialist Dakoa O’Kane wasn’t wearing angel wings, but the imagery was stunning. He reached out to videographer Glen Goldblatt for permission to use the footage was thrilled when it was granted. This footage ended up being the bookends of the fade in and fade out of the video.

Aerialist Dakoa O’Kane footage by Videographer Glen Goldblatt

Greenawalt had a guest vocalist come to his home studio to record some harmony vocals on the song after the initial recordings at CRAS. She also “sang” some angelic whispers saying, “Goodbye, I’ll be waiting for you.” This was such a feature in the song that it seemed important to have it performed in the video. Keeping social distancing to a minimum, Greenawalt reached out to his daughter-in-law Savannah Greenawalt to play the part of the angel in the video. There were just a few short takes of her behind the stained glass and some extreme closeups of her singing the harmonies and it was a wrap for Savannah on the home “set.”

Savannah Greenawalt behind Mark Greenawalt’s handmade stained glass window

The rest of the shots were self performed and filmed by Greenawalt in his living room including a “martini shot” of him playing a “keytar” in the recently renovated tile bathroom. He culled on his knowledge from his day job as a lighting designer to successfully illuminate the sets and his brief education from film classes at The Film School at Scottsdale Community College for the editing process.

The video was completed in time for a premiere on the evening of his 53rd birthday where friends and family joined in on the chat to speak with songwriters Greenawalt and Pizarro.

“Don’t Cry Angel”

  • Written by Mark Greenawalt and Angel L. Pizarro Jr.
  • Future-Class X Publishing, ASCAP
  • Faded Periwinkle Publishing, ASCAP

Mark Greenawalt is both a Senior Concert Photographer and part-time Music Journalist for Burning Hot Events! See his concert photography here, and writing here.

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BANKS Releases Live and Stripped EP

Avant-pop/dark R&B artist BANKS has released an EP entitled Live and Stripped, stating that she is “using music as a tool to bring us together.” BANKS utilizes her music to release her emotions, which is both apparent through her lyrics and the raw vocals heard on this EP.

One of her messages to fans was: “My new Live and Stripped EP is out today! I’m so excited to be able to share these stripped back versions of my songs with you.

Most of my songs are written on the piano before anything else, so it is a gift to be able to share these acoustic versions of songs with my fans during this tough time. We cannot physically be near each other right now, so I am using music as a tool to bring us together.”

Live and Stripped Track List

  1. Stroke
  2. Contaminated
  3. Drowning
  4. If We Were Made of Water

Listen to the Live and Stripped EP

I think people are most beautiful in their rawest form, and sometimes same goes for music. I am so happy you guys can get to know me a little better by hearing these songs like this.” says BANKS.

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BANKS Online

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Italian Melodic Metal Band Ravenscry Releases First Video from Upcoming Album, “100”

Italian alternative metal band Ravenscry has revealed a video for the first single, “Maybe,” from the upcoming album, 100, set for release on May 15. The “Maybe” video was directed by Salvatore Perrone (Fleshgod Apocalypse, Bring Me the Horizon).

Watch “MaybeHere:

“‘Maybe’ is a sort of manifesto of the human condition,” says vocalist Giulia Stefani. “It talks about resilience, willingness and finding a way to carry on without any doubt. We hope that anyone listening to this song can find the same energy that we feel in it. ‘Maybe’ it will help somebody to find his/her inner strength.”

Maybe” is available via Distrokid here.

100

The female-fronted, melodic metal band is launching back onto the global metal scene with the highly anticipated 100. Featuring dramatically soaring vocals, bone-shaking rhythms and dark songwriting, for nearly a decade this fierce group has been hooking millions of listeners worldwide with their infectious anthems. Their first album in three years, 100 attests to Ravenscry’s bold return. With more energy, more melody and even smarter lyrics, 100 stays true to the core of Ravenscry’s sound while remaining accessible enough to hook even more new listeners. Sincere, intelligent and brutally honest — the album sums up the human experience to a tee, from epic highs to soul-crushing lows.

100 was produced by Ravenscry, mixed by Roberto Laghi (In Flames, Hardcore Superstar) and mastered by Dragan Tanasković (In Flames, Dark Tranquillity). The album features artwork by Spanish artist Mario “Aégis” S. Nevado.

Ravenscry 100 Artwork
100 Album Artwork

100 Track Listing:

  1. Maybe
  2. Binary
  3. The Gamer
  4. The Door Inside
  5. The Entertainer
  6. Destination: Nowhere
  7. Light You Up
  8. Leader
  9. Paper Boat
  10. All My Faces
  11. The Gatekeeper

Pre-order 100 now via the Ravenscry webstore here.

About Ravenscry

Ravenscry first made a mark on the world in 2011 with their debut album, One Way Out, and began steadily grinding their way up the ranks of the global metal scene. In 2014, the band spearheaded a campaign to raise awareness about violence against women with the release of The Attraction of Opposites and the single “Alive,” released on International Women’s Day. 2017 saw the release of the concept album The Invisible, which told a complex and mystifying coming of age tale, followed by numerous European festival appearances and tours with Angra and Geoff Tate’s Operation: Mindcrime.

Ravenscry Is:

  • Giulia Stefani – Vocals
  • Mauro Paganelli – Guitar
  • Federico Schiavoni – Guitar
  • Andrea “Fagio” Fagiuoli – Bass
  • Simone “Simon” Carminati – Drums

Ravenscry Online:

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Victoria K Shares The New Single “The Haunting”, Music Video

Australia’s Victoria K is sharing their new video for “The Haunting” in support of their forthcoming debut album Essentia – due out April 24, 2020 via Rockshots Records. The full length was produced by Lee Bradshaw and features special guest Michalina Malisz (Eluveitie).

Watch “The Haunting” Here:

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Forsaken” | “Lacuna

The band comments about the song: “‘The Haunting‘ is about a tortured past that relentlessly plays on your thoughts and keeps you captive at that point in time. These memories and thoughts haunt you continuously until you can learn to let go of them, if you ever can. Only when you do let go of these torturing thoughts and feelings can you actually move forward again.”

Stream “The Haunting”:

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Essentia

Victoria K Album Art Essentia
Essentia Album Artwork

Although Essentia was originally a solo project, it has now developed into the current band structure with each member bringing their own energy and experience to the collective.  The band is looking forward to collaborating on future releases and is now heavily focused on the release of this debut full length in April.

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Essentia Track Listing:

  1. Freedom Uncharted (feat. Sheri Vengeance)
  2. Surreal
  3. Forsaken (feat. Sheri Vengeance)
  4. Matrix (feat. Sheri Vengeance)
  5. Shroud of Solitude (feat. Michalina Malisz – Eluveitie)
  6. The Haunting
  7. Freaks
  8. Mist Filled Sky
  9. Humanity
  10. Lacuna

About Victoria K

Victoria K’s talented songwriting and compositional influences include” Evanescence, Within Temptation, Nightwish and Kamelot amongst other current bands in the European metal scene, and her music has been likened to a blend of these influences.

Victoria K

Victoria K has racked up hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube with her own original creations and through featured videos alongside a number of talented musicians covering a plethora of songs. Victoria K’s covers include Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper”, Nightwish’s “Last Ride of the Day”, Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” and Kamelot’s “Insomnia”, the latter of which received attention from the band themselves on Twitter and led to a meeting of talents when the American power metal band found themselves in Melbourne during their 2018 ‘The Shadow Theory’ Australian tour.

Victoria K Is:

  • Victoria K – Vocals
  • Sheri Vengeance – Extreme Vocals (Black Like Vengeance, ex. Ne Obliviscaris)
  • Julia Mammone – Guitar (Enlight)
  • Martin Kawaler – Bass (Black Like Vengeance, ex Ten Thousand)
  • James Davies – Drums

Victoria K Online:

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Orange County, CA Ska/Pop/Punk Band BITE ME BAMBI – Fun Tunes for Trying Times

Orange County, CA ska/pop/punk 7-piece Bite Me Bambi is the next band poised to help usher in a new wave of the beloved yet often maligned genre.

Fronted by talented singer and superstar-in-the-making, Tahlena Chikami (who also moonlights as an actor and has appeared on shows like Parks and Recreation, Gilmore Girls, etc.), Bite Me Bambi sports a killer OC ska/punk pedigree, with other members having played in bands such as My Superhero, Save Ferris, and Starpool.

Through steady gigging and raucous shows supporting such legends as The Selecter, Fishbone, Reel Big Fish, Mad Caddies, The Toasters and more, Bite Me Bambi’s popularity continues to rise.

See Bite Me Bambi’s latest music video
for their recently released single “Hot Lavahere:

The clip was directed by Chris Graue of The Maxies, Suburban Legends, The 131ers and stars Megan Berndt and Vincent Del Rio.

About Bite Me Bambi:

Bite Me Bambi Logo

Bite Me Bambi brings sounds reminiscent of British 2 Tone and 3rd wave ska into the 21st century. With energetic songs and masterful musicianship, BMB gets the crowd on their feet and dancing. Comprised of members from some of your favorite ska bands (My Superhero, Save Ferris, Starpool), this new group breathes fresh life to a genre that may have originated in Jamaica, and honed in Britain, but was perfected in the haze, blight, glamour, and beauty of Southern California.

Stream Bite Me Bambi Tracks:

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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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