With diverse inspiration ranging through Michael Jackson, The Police, Meshuggah, The Black Dahlia Murder, Charlie Parker, Morbid Angel, Tower Of Power, Parliament, Ghostbusters, Whiskey, The Lost Boys, and even Godzilla, PATHOS AND LOGOS, deliver an interesting mix of music blends that are as eclectic as they are beautiful.
PATHOS AND LOGOS have a new single coming out Friday 21 June 2019 called ‘Ministry of Defence‘ on Digital Empire Media. It is an incredible instrumental that has a heavy chugging feel that will satisfy the need for solid grooves and has a crisp clean delivery with almost jazz-like elements. It shouldn’t work but it does.
Seattle-based Fences, the alter-ego of musician/songwriter Christopher Mansfield, has announced album details for his new album, ‘Failure Scriptures‘ which will be released on 21 June 2019 via GRNDVW. This new album is replete with songs punctuated with a raw emotion that just flows through you with a chilled solitary feeling tapping into a vein of melancholic memories.
…further testament to Christopher Mansfield’s deeply emotional and expressive songwriting. Writers such as Mansfield remind us that pop can still be spiritual, sublime, its expressive qualities capable of elevating the spirits and challenging our preconceptions about art of any kind.”– PopMatters (Jedd Beaudoin)
“Haunting in its simplicity…teeming with emotionally charged inflections reminiscent of Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard.”- Earmilk (Valeria Kolomiets)
Perhaps most well-known through his collaborations with Tegan and Sara (the latter of whom produced his 2010 self-titled debut album) and Macklemore (who he’s teamed up with on various tracks), Fences upcoming release is Mansfield’s first new LP since 2015’s ‘Lesser Oceans’ which featured production by Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla, Jacquire King (Of Monsters and Men) and Ryan Lewis.
“Horse Not Running”
I’ve exited black tinted windowed vans in back alleys of tv studios to be met by young women and men in tie dye t-shirts with Fences screen printed horizontally in white. Some giving me notes and drawings. Drawings of me in pen, all the shapes on my face matching when held up. New Mexico, cheek. Often a song title on top in some sort of banner. My girl the horse, my mountain is cold. Sometimes they cry, sometimes I would cry too.
I’ve played in bars to a single man mopping, sometimes lifting his head to make eye contact with me then returning to the bar to wipe a glass as if hollowing it out. I have had a bell curve or more accurately put, pendulum
of a “career”. Highs like Everest and lows like sleeping bags in Portland parks.
How did I get here? Why do people care? This connection to other human beings has been my life’s greatest mystery and joy. Regardless of my confusion and self-loathing nature I knew I had and I know have to keep going.
The tears that fell in London have driven me to once again place the capo on the third fret and try to make sense of all of this mess. For you, for me, for no one sometimes.
My mother a chord, my daughter a melody, my right hand driven by god or Django Reinhardt. I have all my albums on vinyl or at least someone I know has them for safe keeping. My life poured onto a thin black wax the size of a dinner plate. Failure Sculptures is my favorite plate.
It holds the sweat of a Tennessee night and the fireflies that stopped glowing the moment I put them in a pint glass. It has the car rides with the street lights breaking and splintering like veins against the summer storm
windshield. It has a stool and a microphone and the most drunken warm warble we could muster with modern technology.
I remember specifically the sound of birds from open windows, lawnmowers, a cat put away in the other room. Richie’s house, Patrick’s studio after closing, raiding the fridge and smoking by a flickering light covered in spiderwebs. The beautiful humans who came to sing and perform in the chaotic play that is embarrassingly me.
After we finished the album I drove from Nashville to big sur in a broken car, a blue Volvo with stickers on the back that made the driver behind us clear of our political stance. The car was not mine, the stance was not mine. But it pushed us through miles of desert and I saw the sun rising and falling 4 times from the passenger window.
Big Sur, the deer, the bob cat and the cabin. The car angled by the sliding glass door. The beautiful driver often sitting on the trunk and rolling cigarettes. I would walk in the woods and wait to hear the final mixes. Sometimes you forget. Sometimes you have to wait.
I eventually headed up to Portland to meet Cheyenne, an artist and a large part of this story. We had a bond in our dreams and even nightmares. Hawk filming, slow motion sage smoke and found footage. He the director and me an admirer. “A mission” is the opening track of Failure Sculptures and the first video that was made. Our minds brothers and our eyes projectors.
Everyone from this project has gone on with their lives. New relationships, new cities, countries, and even rehab. We always do and we must. I however continue to hold its leash, wondering when the coyote is safe to run. When
will it be accepted and when do the people who cried in London with torn corner posters want to hear it? This has always been about them.
Now I lay here in a wooden walled room waiting for you to hear it. It’s always a strange wait. I feel like a nervous father at the foot of a hospital bed wondering how to even hold her when the light splits her eyes in lemon yellow. When she breaths cold hospital air, replacing what once was water. When she stops swimming and I start drowning in how much I love her. Albums are just births, artists are just nervous parents.
It has everything in it. It could read like a will.
Seattle, March 2019
Praise for FENCES:
“…a cohesive set of sweetly depressing folk-pop anthems and whimsical musings on stellar sophomore LP Lesser Oceans.”- Idolator
“Fences…music is a fascinating amalgamation of emo and alt-country. His songs have drawn comparisons to everyone from The Cure to Hank Williams, and tracks such as “Girls with Accents” and “My Girl the Horse” certainly show Mansfield to be a slacker songwriter of some note.”- Dallas Observer
“Reminiscent of Death Cab For Cutie, he creates lyric-heavy, melancholy music with gorgeous melodies.”- Baeble Music
“The Seattle band — led by songwriter Christopher Mansfield — has drawn positive national attention…Melancholy and regret run through Fences’ self-titled debut, which draws on Mansfield’s songbook from 2004 to the present.”- NPR
Cluj-Napoca, Romania based Progressive Extreme Metallers LEFT HAND PATH just released their self-titled debut EP in collaboration with Loud Rage Music. Recorded with assistance by Doru Cailean (strings) and Sebastian Damian (vocals), mixed and mastered at the Liveset Studios, and designed by Alexandru Das, Left Hand Path hits the streets in digital and Jewel-case CD versions.
Left Hand Path - Egoschism (Official Video) - YouTube
Left Hand Path are:
Szenasi Attila (bass) – you’ve most likely heard him play with Negura Bunget, where he spent about a decade and with the brutal death metal band Malpraxis
José Morales (drums) – Behind the drum set, straight from South America, Jose, who joined the band after playing in Marchosias and Dark Aevum
Ádám András (guitars) – After a lot of gigging playing guitar with The Hourglass and Toy Machines, he is now ready to bring you our fresh flavor of modern metal
Wagner Tamás (guitars) – Tamás played guitar for Malpraxis and bass for Spiritual Ravishment, and is a big fan of heavy rhythms and groovy riffs
Cristian Aionese (vocals) – The former vocalist of Skullp and co-founder of Malpraxis, he is going to shout, scream, growl, and squeal everybody’s face off! Beware of the butcher
The path you make for yourself, the road less traveled. The one you lead on and not blindly follow. The way you travel to find who you are, and what secrets the world holds for you. Freedom of thought and of spirit.
Swedish visionary metallers SOILWORKhave made the ‘Underworld‘ bonus EP, which was made available before as part of the physical versions of the band’s globally acclaimed new record, ‘Verkligheten‘ (album of the month in Metal Hammer, Rock Hard, Aardschok and Scream), available digitally. Check out their back catalogue
‘Underworld‘ contains 4 more songs and can now be listened to via all known DSPs.
‘Underworld’ Bonus EP tracklist:
13. Summerburned and Winterblown
14. In This Master’s Tale
15. The Undying Eye
16. Needles And Kin (original version)
Recently, the band had also released an intense live video for their anthemic hit song, ‘Stålfågel’,
SOILWORK - Stålfågel (OFFICIAL LIVE VIDEO) - YouTube
The clip was shot by Jörg Harms from Black Vision Films and mixed by Tommy Bertelsen and SOILWORK‘s Sylvain Coudret.
‘Verkligheten’ is out now via Nuclear Blast. The first edition digipack, as well as the vinyl, also contain the exclusive ‘Underworld’ EP, carrying 4 more songs.
The digipack version will also feature special artwork with lavish foil print.
The album as well as accompanying merchandise is now available for pre-order in various formats (Digipack + T-Shirt, Digipack, black/orange/purple vinyl as well as digital download/stream).
‘Verkligheten’ album tracklist:
03. Bleeder Despoiler
04. Full Moon Shoals
05. The Nurturing Glance
06. When The Universe Spoke
08. The Wolves Are Back In Town
10. The Ageless Whisper
11. Needles And Kin (feat. Tomi Joutsen/AMORPHIS)
12. You Aquiver
SOILWORK live ‘European Tour – Summer 2019’
14.06. ES Z! Live Rock Fest
21.06. FI Nummirock Festival
05.07. DE Rockharz Open Air
06.07. DE Colos-Saal
07.07. SR Exit Festival
12.07. AT Aerea 53 Festival
25.07. SL Metal Days Festival
26.07. IT Rock Planet
27.07. IT Legend Club
28.07. PT Laurus Nobilis Music
03.08. FR SYLAK Open Air
04.08. RO Rockstadt Extreme Fest
06.08. SK Majestic Club
07.08. CZ Brutal Assault Festival
08.08. DE Party.San Open Air
09.08. NL Into The Grave Festival
10.08. BE Alcatraz Festival 11.08. UK Bloodstock Open Air
12.08. NL Effenaar w/ HYPOCRISY
13.08. DE Essigfabrik w/ HYPOCRISY
14.08. DE Summer Breeze Open Air
16.08. FR Motocultor Festival
23.08. DE Reload Festival
24.08. SE Helsingborg Rockfest
More SOILWORK dates:
29.10. SGP Singapore, EBX Live Space
31.10. AUS Brisbane, The Triffid
01.11. AUS Sydney, Manning Bar
02.11. AUS Melbourne, Max Watts
04.11. JPN Osaka, Umeda amHall
05.11. JPN Nagoya, Reny Limited
06.11. JPN Tokyo, Shinjuku Reny
Björn “Speed” Strid – vocals
David Andersson – guitars
Sven Karlsson – keyboards
Sylvain Coudret – guitars
Bastian Thusgaard – drums
‘Bleed for Passion’ is the new album from Melodic Hard Rock group FAITHSEDGE. Produced, mixed and mastered by former DOKKEN guitarist Alex De Rosso, ‘Bleed For Passion’ takes the listener back to the days of big guitars and powerful melodic vocal lines of the 80’s and early 90’s, but keeping an up to date view on the lyrics and subject matter.
The band features singer/songwriter Giancarlo Floridia, Mr.Big/Ace Frehley drummer Matt Starr, ex-Stryper bassist extraordinaire Timothy Gaines and Alex De Rosso himself. The track listing is as follows:
Back From This
Through The Scars
I know I Need To Let You Go
Bleeding With The Memories
Reflecting A Voice
FAITHSEDGE - 'Faith And Chris' official video - YouTube
The powerful cover artwork was made by Federico Mondelli (Frozen Crown/Be The Wolf). The album will be available starting from 26 July, 2019 on Scarlet Records (and on Spiritual Beast in Japan).
Multi-platinum selling band SKID ROW will embark on a full UK tour this year, which will see the New Jersey rockers playing shows across the UK, starting in WINTERSTORM FEST, Scotland on 29th November and ending at The Mill, Birmingham on 8th December.
SKID ROW started in 1986 when a group of New Jersey kids, armed with their punk and metal attitude, and a collection of riff-heavy, high-octane songs, set out to conquer the world, one concert at a time. This determined and focused approach proved to be an unquestionable success, as the group went on to clock up numerous Top Ten singles, Gold and multi-Platinum selling albums and a Number 1 on the Billboard albums chart. In other words, the world was theirs.
They might have conquered the world several times over, but guitarist Snake Sabo admits the success hasn’t changed him or the band, and Skid Row are focused on making more earth shattering music. He says: “I will always be that 16-year-old kid in front of the mirror, pretending to be Ace Frehley or Michael Schenker. It’s still about writing a great song with your friends, praying it connects with someone. That has never left me. That willfulness will always exist, and there’s so much left to say!”
Skid Row - 18 And Life (Official Music Video) - YouTube
Joining SKID ROW for a special co-headline show at Winterstorm Fest, Scotland is HOLLOWSTAR .
Surging into the top five in the ‘Best New Band’ category at Planet Rock’s 2019 awards, HOLLOWSTAR are carving their own route to the top, paved with hard-hitting riffs and cemented by melodic yet inherently impactful lyrics. HOLLOWSTAR will also be supporting Skid Row on every date of their UK tour apart from Birmingham, along with quintessential British rock’n’roll band
Following the band’s inception in 1984, THE QUIREBOYS are certainly enjoying a revival – selling out venues around the world. 2019 saw the release of their new studio album ‘Amazing Disgrace’.
Ultimate sleaze hard rock bandCRASHDIET will be joining Skid Row on five out of the eight dates of their UK tour. “Go big or go home” has been their motivational “catchphrase” for the Swedish group ever since they started out in 2000. Their undeniable flirt with the 80s big arena rock bands like Guns N’ Roses, Kiss and Skid Row themselves, combined with a notable element of punk, has made them a significant name in the revival of the sleaze and glam genre. In September 2019, they will release their fifth studio album.
MATT MITCHELL & THE COLD HEARTS will be joining SKID ROW at both Winterstorm Fest, Scotland and The Mill, Birmingham. Matt started out singing and writing songs in his late teens, leaning his craft in several bands early on and MATT MITCHELL & THE COLD HEARTS is Matt’s solo project with an array of extremely talented guests players. The project got off to a great start, with the first single ‘Black Diamonds’ released on January 25th 2019, being championed across the UK and the rest of the globe.
Full Skid Row Tour Dates: Winterstorm Fest, Scotland – 29th November – Skid Row + Hollowstar Warehouse, Wakefield – 30th November – Skid Row + Quireboys + Hollowstar + Matt Mitchell & The Cold Hearts Rock City, Nottingham – 1st December – Skid Row + Quireboys + Crashdiet + Hollowstar Engine Rooms, Southampton – 3rd December – Skid Row + Quireboys + Crashdiet + Hollowstar Tramshed, Cardiff – 4th December – Skid Row + Quireboys + Crashdiet + Hollowstar Planet Rock Stock, Trecco Bay – 6th December – Skid Row + Quireboys + Hollowstar Corp, Winter Rocks, Corporation, Sheffield – 7th December – Skid Row + Quireboys + Crashdiet + Hollowstar The Mill, Birmingham – 8th December – Skid Row + Quireboys + Crashdiet + Matt Mitchell & The Cold Hearts
Killing Us Slowly (Official Full Video) by Against The Grave - YouTube
Inspiration can sometimes be found, just lurking around the corner.
An unlikely alignment of solitary spirits from all around the world, brought together by none other than Metal itself. This uncanny formation culminates a fire of heavy metal power, hard rock passion, and electric force. Tuned much in the vein of metal legends Pantera, Slipknot, and Five Finger Death Punch, Against the Grave brings new damage to the heavy metal lifestyle.
“We just clicked, immediately, almost as if we had been writing together for years, the music just simply erupted.” Asserts Jordan Gaw, vocalist of Against The Grave
“‘Killing us Slowly‘ is pure blunt force trauma, it’s my favorite song right now, Nathan did such a great job on the video!” exclaims Andrea Martis guitarist of Against the Grave
“Dead (repeater)” is another glimpse at the horsepower resonating from the depths of a grimy downtown Los Angeles rehearsal studio. Give it a spin, see how long you last, don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Newly ignited, just don’t be fooled, hailing from the ashes of Final Drive & *Media Solution* fame, expect a hell of a lot more out of this gang of metalheads as they rage a new path of pure will, determination and glory. Make some noise for Against the Grave.
Illinois based Alternative Heavy Rock Band ALBORN has released the official music video for their single, “Let Me Bleed“.
The single was produced by MORGAN ROSE of SEVENDUST and THE ATTIC in Geneseo, IL, while the video was filmed and edited by Philip Goode Cinema.
ALBORN - Let Me Bleed (Official Video) - YouTube
“Absolutely love working with these guys. They never settle, and refuse to conform to any mainstream formulas. Great lyrics, great riffs. It’s all there.” – Morgan Rose (Producer)
Alborn has already drawn the attention of Morgan Rose of Sevendust and Jose Urquiza of 3 Years Hollow, and they’re just getting started.
Formed in 2016, Northern Illinois based alternative metal band Alborn is comprised of Justin Taylor [guitar/vocals], Alex Raser [Drums/vocals], Zame Lewis [bass] and Tyler Mendenhall [guitar]. Their sound has been compared to Deftones or a heavier version of Alice in Chains. But, make no mistake, Alborn has created something hard, melodic and unique.
As a startup, Alborn worked on their live show. This work resulted in winning multiple Battle of the Bands competitions locally. For one of those, the grand prize was a studio session with Jose Urquiza. As part of that session, another opportunity surfaced. Morgan Rose of Sevendust was interested in working with Alborn and producing them.
As a result, the band spent the end of 2018 tracking 10 songs with Jose and Morgan. The band released the first, Full Circle, in October of 2018. It drew immediate attention locally and regionally. The song was immediately featured on 97X WXLP in the Quad Cities, including a live on-air performance.
Plans for the remaining singles are in place and will be released in 2019. Hold on to your hats. Alborn is coming.
Escape Music have just announced the signing of EIGHTEENTH HOUR, the US rock band from Bethlehem, PA. Their latest album, the self titled “Eighteenth Hour” will be released on 23 August 2019 on their new label.
1-Where The Truth Lies 4:21 / 2- In Denial 3:41 / 3-Try 3:22 / 4- Damage Done 4:07 / 5- Takes Me Back 4:57 / 6- Such A Shame 3:24 / 7- Unnoticed 4:23 / 8- Should’ve Been Gone 5:23 / 9- The Rising 5:02 / 10- All This Time 4:10
Listen to the single “Damage”
Eighteenth Hour - Damage Done - YouTube
Eighteenth Hour is: Tom Chaffier – Drums | Geoff Houser – Vocals/Guitar | Jim Touchton – Bass | David Zullo – Guitar
Bethlehem is a city of 75,000 people in eastern Pennsylvania – a city known for its rich colonial and industrial history. It is home of The Moravian Book Shop, the oldest continuously operating bookstore in the world dating back to 1745. Bethlehem Steel Corporation was the second largest steel producer in the United States and the largest ship builder. It manufactured steel for the George Washington Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, Empire State Building, Hoover Dam, and many other American landmarks. It perfectly exemplified the hard working nature of the historic area.
Bethlehem is also home of Eighteenth Hour, a band that has captured the Lehigh Valley’s hard working essence by continually reaching new heights throughout their extensive career. The most recent achievement being selected as the opening act for Bon Jovi in their hometown area. The band has gradually put a bigger and bigger stamp on the vibrant Lehigh Valley music scene and is now poised to break out.
Eighteenth Hour’s musical prowess has earned them a reputation for being one of the area’s best live original bands. Their music resonates with a broad audience as exemplified by the eclectic mix of artists they have shared the stage with including 3 Doors Down, Bret Michaels, Thin Lizzy, Spacehog, Collective Soul, Hinder, Skid Row, Days of The New, Saigon Kick, The Outfield, Ratt, Blessid Union of Souls, Great White, and blues great Shemeika Copeland.
Eighteenth Hour’s remarkable list of accomplishments includes being named “Best Band” in the Lehigh Valley Magazine’s Best of The Valley Poll, “Best Original Band” in the Reader’s Choice Poll of Pulse Weekly Magazine, winning the 95.1fm WZZO 15th Annual Backyard Bands Competition, and winning numerous Lehigh Valley Music Awards including “Best Rock CD” and “Best Original Band”. The band’s high energy performances have captivated audiences along the east coast including such notable venues as PPL Center (Allentown, PA), Alive@Five Festival (Stamford, CT), World Cafe Live (Philadelphia, PA), The Bitter End, (New York NY), and the main stage of the USA’s largest free music festival, Musikfest.
The CD you hold in your hand showcases straight-ahead rock & roll songwriting at its finest while capturing Eighteenth Hour’s live performance musicianship, which is what this band has become known for over the years.
Mask of Judas, progressive-tech metal from the UK, have released their debut full length album “The Mesmerist” in 2018 with a UK headline tour and several music videos to support the album.
Mask of Judas | The Mesmerist | FULL ALBUM STREAM - YouTube
The album and first single “The Conspirator” have received stellar reviews from Kerrang, Metalhammer, Total Guitar Magazine, Power Play, MetalSucks, and many more, with writer SamBell one of the main faces of technical guitar across the U.K.
Mask of Judas - The Conspirator (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO) - YouTube
The band has previously supported Tesseract, Veil of Maya, Periphery, Monuments, Sikth, and Dead Letter Circus.