AURIN Release Official Music Video for “Pause Rewind Repeat”

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New Jersey based Hard Rock Band AURIN has released the official music video for their emotionally charged, new single, “Pause Rewind Repeat,” off of their upcoming third album, Serotonin.

The band has also launched a Kickstarter campaign to help facilitate the production and release of Serotonin.

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“We are in a time in which political divides are tearing nations and their people apart. So many of us are too busy placing the blame or turning a blind eye, that we have lost the importance of being humanitarian. “Pause Rewind Repeat” is intended to show that we need to be stronger in order to push through all of the pain and suffering in this world. We need to lift each other up in order to break through the barriers that have been placed between us.” – AURIN

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Support AURIN’S Serotonin Kickstarter Campaign:

“We are raising funds to help with the production and release of our upcoming third studio album Serotonin slated for release Summer 2019, produced by Grammy award nominated, Mike Ferretti (Sevendust, Thank you Scientist, Saliva) and Mastered by Andy VanDette (Rush, Porcupine Tree, Breaking Benjamin, Beastie Boys).

We have been busy behind the scenes focusing on writing, recording and preparing for the launch of this album, which includes 7 brand new tracks.

Serotonin is inspired by struggles with depression, losing loved ones to suicide, and the perseverance of hope in humanity through the decline of society.

Our goal is to continue reaching out to and connecting with people through music. We have all seen our fair share of ups and downs, and came to realize it was a vital step in making us who we are currently as individuals and as a band.

We have some really cool perks for our backers who want to get involved in the final stages of making this album come to life! We want to thank everyone for listening to our new single “Pause Rewind Repeat”, and THANK YOU for your support!”

Perks:

$5 – “Thank You” From The Band & New Single Digital Download of new single “Pause Rewind Repeat” “Thank You” letter from the band via email

$15 – Digital Download Serotonin Digital Download of new single “Pause Rewind Repeat” Digital Download of Serotonin full album “Thank You” letter from the band via email

$20 – Serotonin Physical CD (signed optional) Digital Download of new single “Pause Rewind Repeat” Digital Download of “Serotonin” full album Serotonin Physical CD “Thank You” letter from the band via email

$50 – Handwritten Lyrics & Signed Band Photo Limited (6) Digital Download of Serotonin full album Digital Download of new single “Pause Rewind Repeat” Signed Band Photo Serotonin Physical CD Handwritten Lyric Sheet “Thank You” letter from the band via email

$60 – Bass String Necklace & Physical Copy Digital Download of new single “Pause Rewind Repeat” Digital Download of Serotonin full album “Thank You” letter from the band via email Serotonin Physical CD

$75 – YOUR NAME IN THE ALBUM & Signed CD Serotonin Physical CD Digital Download of Serotonin full album Digital Download of new single “Pause Rewind Repeat” “Thank You” letter from the band via email

$100 – Signed Drum Sticks Used During Recording & CD Limited (1) Digital Download of new single “Pause Rewind Repeat” Digital Download of Serotonin full album “Thank You” letter from the band via email Serotonin Physical CD

$125 Signed Drumhead & Serotonin Digital Limited (2) Digital Download of “Serotonin” full album Digital Download of new single “Pause Rewind Repeat” “Thank You” letter from the band via email

$150 Exclusive T-shirt, Handmade Steampunk Goggles by Lisa Toniolo & CD Serotonin Physical CD Digital Download of Serotonin full album Digital Download of new single “Pause Rewind Repeat” “Thank You” letter from the band via email Exclusive T-Shirt Exclusive Handmade Goggles (By Lisa)

$150 Exclusive Campaign T-Shirt, Exclusive Beanie & CD Serotonin Physical CD “Thank You” letter from the band via email Digital Download of Serotonin full album Digital Download of new single “Pause Rewind Repeat” Exclusive Beanie Exclusive T-Shirt

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$350 Stage Banner Limited (1) Serotonin Physical CD Digital Download of Serotonin full album Digital Download of new single “Pause Rewind Repeat” “Thank You” letter from the band via email

$1,000 – Executive Producer Credits Limited (1) Serotonin Physical CD Digital Download of Serotonin full album Digital Download of new single “Pause Rewind Repeat” “Thank You” letter from the band via email

Click HERE to Support AURIN’s ‘Serotonin’ on Kickstarter

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Aurin is back with their upcoming third album, Serotonin, slated for release Summer 2019 through TLG / INgroovesSerotonin was produced by Grammy award nominated Mike Ferretti (SevendustThank you ScientistSaliva).

After their critically acclaimed 2014 release of record label debut album Catharsis on Pavement Entertainment / RED, the band hit the road, honing their live show while doing dates and touring with…. Art of DyingOtepNonpointIcon For HireGemini SyndromeIll NinoAdrenaline MobFit for RivalsSmile Empty Soul, Members of Breaking Benjamin40 Below SummerIslanderTantricSpineshankThe Bunny The Bear and more…

After bringing their new bassist Lisa Toniolo on board, they have been busy mainly behind the scenes focusing on writing, recording and preparing for the launch of Serotonin. “This album was a little different than our previous releases. We created a record that drifted a bit from our earlier and heavier music, though it was still heavily driven by our roots in hard rock. I personally feel like this album is our best by far, and features a lot more hooks while diving into more of an active rock sound. The subject matter is mainly inspired by the struggles of depression, losing loved ones to suicide, and the perseverance of hope in humanity through the decline of society. We hope to continue reaching out to and connecting with people through music. We have all seen our fair share of ups and downs, though realize it was a vital step in making us who we are currently as individuals and as a band.”

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SEPTEMBER MOURNING Release Official Music Video for New Single, “Glass Animals”

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Hard Rock Graphic Novel Art Project SEPTEMBER MOURNING has released the official music video for their newest single, “Glass Animals.”

”’Glass Animals’ is about the fragmented soul. It’s about the realization that we are all broken. Something or someone has broken us and within that broken state we ultimately find the strength to survive. Musically, it’s a little bit of a tribute to one of our favorite bands: The Deftones. The song ties into the comic book as well…. Hannah is a broken soul who, through the help of September and Claire, finds the strength to face her personal demons and live again.” – Emily Lazar (Founder)

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Shortly after Glass Animals drops, Image Comics is releasing September Mourning The Complete Collection co-created by Lazar and Marc Silvestri, co-written by Mariah McCourt and David Hine, illustrated by Sumeyye Kesgin and Tina Valentino and published by Top Cow. “In a world where Reapers prey on the souls of the living, imprisoning them in the shadow-land of Mortem, there is one last hope for humanity…. September Mourning” describes Lazar. The graphic novel will be sold in comic stores, books stores (Barnes & Noble) nationwide and on Amazon.

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To support the release of the graphic novel and new music, September Mourning will be hitting the road, supporting Smile Empty Soul. Before and after the dates, the band will also be doing a handful of headline shows that will be announced soon. Doing this tour the band will also be stopping by local comic retailers for special meet and greets and acoustic performances.

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Tour Dates: 03/01 @ Dirty Days Car Show – Atkins, AR 03/02 @ Rockhouse Live – Memphis, TN 03/05 @ Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA 03/06 @ Stage West – Scranton, PA 03/07 @ Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ 03/08 @ Webster Underground – Hartford, CT 03/09 @ Wally’s – Hampton Beach, NH 03/10 @ Providence Tattoo and Music Festival – Providence, RI 03/12 @ House of Music – Portland, ME 03/13 @ The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY 03/14 @ Revolution – Amityville, NY 03/15 @ Fish Head Cantina – Baltimore, MD 03/16 @ HMAC – Harrisburg, PA 03/19 @ Frankie’s – Toledo, OH 03/20 @ Cheers – South Bend, IN 3/20 South Bend, IN – Cheers 03/21 @ Token Lounge – Westland, MI 03/22 @ Muddy Creek Saloon – Heath, OH 03/23 @ Music Factory – Battle Creek, MI 03/24 @ Route 20 – Racine, WI 03/27 @ Gabe’s – Iowa City, IA 03/28 @ Rose Music Hall – Columbia, MO 03/29 @ Riot Room – Kansas City, MO 03/30 @ OKC Limits – Oklahoma City, OK

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“September Mourning’s debut album (Volume II) and comic books (A Murder of Reapers/ The Hand of Fate) tells an epic tale of “heartbreak, loss, pain, joy, love, redemption, but most of all, courage…” while the comic books chronicle the first chapter of her story.” Produced by Sahaj Ticotin and Howard Benson, September Mourning revives the concept of rock star meets superhero. If Marilyn Manson and X-Men’s Storm had a kid, it would be September Mourning, who also cites influences as varied as Motionless In White, Disturbed, and Muse.

“For me, the project is a story, a theatrical art piece,” September explains. “Music is the backbone, but for this to work, it has to include the imagery and the narrative all symbiotically linked into the whole. Music taps into your innermost being. There’s something very intimate and personal about it.”

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The character of September Mourning is a human-reaper hybrid, who feels the need to give some human souls a second chance, and thus toys with Fate. To expound on this narrative, September is working with iconic comic book artist Marc Silvestri, who started out on the original X-Men comics and went on to form Top Cow Productions (Witchblade, The Darkness). Together, they are putting together the story of September Mourning in graphic form, to accompany, and enhance the musical message.

Having performed at large festivals like Rock on the Range and Download Festival and shared the stage with acts like Marilyn Manson and Avatar, September Mourning has already built up an impressive fan base, which she calls her “Children of Fate,” constantly encouraging them to have “the courage to embrace their passion… to allow yourself to follow your heart and not be a slave to your fears. To know that the only boundaries that exist in our lives are the ones we allow.””The next chapter of September Mourning’s journey begins with their debut single “Empire”which will accompany the 3rd comic book in the series, “Trinity”

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WORLDWIDE PANIC Release Official Music Video for “Party”

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LA Based Heavy Metal Band WORLDWIDE PANIC has released the Diego Gonzales directed official music video for their newest single, “Party.”

“In my perspective it was a challenge to us as a band as well as in respect to finding a director. There are no shortages of videographers and directors in Los Angeles County. I know a lot of great ones that are total visionaries and could have easily shot this video and it would have just been another day at the office for them and I didn’t want that. I wanted to find someone who had the same passion for the song that we had. The moment I spoke to and met with Diego and showed him the song and saw his reaction we immediately started storyboarding with each other. It was not an easy task to complete in any regard. We wanted something extremely specific that was based on true life events that occurred in my life. Finding the actors, booking a sound stage, finding a crew, getting props, and be lengthy processes to deal with. A week to the date, Worldwide Panic, myself and Diego spent four hours at a professional soundstage filming the band performance and that weekend we had casted the actors who take this dream and turn it into a nightmare. The scenes portrayed in this video most actually happened to me. It is still difficult for me to watch this and not feel empathy for the actor on screen. I could not believe that those things happened to me in real life and now I am where I am living a happy fulfilling life. I think the rawness captured in this video encapsulates many life lessons I had to learn the hard way. Even with the dark subject matter of the song and video I like that it is done in a fun way and makes something that was very painful entertaining and fun and teaches people to avoid the many pitfalls that exist in society. It is with great pleasure I present, Party!” – Lane Steele (Bass / Vocals)

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“On this track we had the pleasure of having my good friend Aaron Nordstrom help produce the vocals. He had this to say, “I’ve known Lane Steele for many years since we were in school together. I’ve seen him evolve and work very hard for awhile and find his voice as a musician. I had the pleasure of working on the song “Party” and enjoyed it very much. It was a smooth workflow and resulted in a great song. Take a listen and be sure to catch them on the road with Flaw this fall.”
– Aaron Nordstrom (Gemini Syndrome)

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WORLDWIDE PANIC will also be joining FLAW, SMILE EMPTY SOUL, and NEW LINGO on THE FLAWLESS SMILE TOUR!

Tour Dates:
09/17 @ Paris Theatre – Portland, OR
09/18 @ El Corazon -Seattle, WA
09/20 @ Diamondz Event Center – Jerome, ID
09/21 @ Liquid Joes – Salt Lake City, UT
09/22 @ Sunshine Studios – Colorado Springs, CO
09/23 @ Herman’s Hideaway – Denver, CO
09/25 @ Original Bar & Nightclub – Minot, ND
09/27 @ The Playhouse – Eau Claire, WI
09/28 @ Offsides – Woodstock, IL
09/29 @ Pierre’s – Ft Wayne, IN
10/01 @ The Forge – Joliet, IL
10/03 @ Nikki’s – Sturgis, MI
10/04 @ Empire Concert Club – Akron, OH
10/05 @ Blue Note – Harrison, OH
10/06 @ Diesel – Chesterfield, MI
10/07 @ Nightshop – Bloomington, IL

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Band Line Up:
Francis Cassol (drums)
Lane Steele (lead vocals / bass)
George Gutierrez (rhythm guitar)
George Patmas (lead guitar)

Based out of Los Angeles, Worldwide Panic is a hard rock/heavy metal band that started out in 2016 with the aim of writing heavy, catchy music and personal, meaningful lyrics. In a world mired with social and political controversies, Worldwide Panic offers a more relatable take on everyday life and overcoming the trials and tribulations the common man faces. With a songwriting approach that focuses on a mix of clean and aggressive vocals and a guitar-driven sound, Worldwide Panic appeals to listeners all across the hard rock and heavy metal spectrum. This music is presented on stage by engaging the audience in a theatrical and unique experience. The band has completed work on new material which was mixed by Mike Plotnikoff (In Flames, Warbringer, Fear Factory, Mudvayne, Van Halen, Aerosmith, KISS, and many others) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Slayer, Pantera, Korn, Deftones, Nirvana, etc). Worldwide Panic is gearing up to release new singles and music videos, and the band looks forward to conquering stages everywhere. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for lots from Worldwide Panic in the near and distant future!

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WORLDWIDE PANIC Reveal High Energy New Single, “Party”!

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LA Based Heavy Metal Band WORLDWIDE PANIC has revealed a first listen to their newest single, “Party.” With production collaboration from GEMINI SYNDROME’s AARON NORDSTROM,

“This song is a chronicle of my battles with substance abuse and how a lot of fun can in my case, lead to life feeling hopeless. There is a message of “dark hope” in this song. I feel like sharing my story in the most transparent way I can hopefully will help others make better life choices”
– Lane Steele (Bass / Vocals)

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“On this track we had the pleasure of having my good friend Aaron Nordstrom help produce the vocals. He had this to say, “I’ve known Lane Steele for many years since we were in school together. I’ve seen him evolve and work very hard for awhile and find his voice as a musician. I had the pleasure of working on the song “Party” and enjoyed it very much. It was a smooth workflow and resulted in a great song. Take a listen and be sure to catch them on the road with Flaw this fall.”
– Aaron Nordstrom (Gemini Syndrome)

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WORLDWIDE PANIC will also be joining FLAW, SMILE EMPTY SOUL, and NEW LINGO on THE FLAWLESS SMILE TOUR!

Tour Dates:
09/14 @ Full Circle Brewing – Fresno, CA
09/17 @ Paris Theatre – Portland, OR
09/18 @ El Corazon -Seattle, WA
09/20 @ Diamondz Event Center – Jerome, ID
09/21 @ Liquid Joes – Salt Lake City, UT
09/23 @ Herman’s Hideaway – Denver, CO
09/25 @ Original Bar & Nightclub – Minot, ND
09/27 @ Hipps Pub – Eau Claire, WI
09/28 @ Offsides – Woodstock, IL
09/29 @ Pierre’s – Ft Wayne, IN
10/01 @ The Forge – Joliet, IL
10/03 @ Nikki’s – Sturgis, MI
10/04 @ Empire Concert Club – Akron, OH
10/05 @ Blue Note – Harrison, OH
10/06 @ Diesel – Chesterfield, MI
10/07 @ Nightshop – Bloomington, IL

Click HERE for Additional Dates and Ticketing Info:

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Based out of Los Angeles, Worldwide Panic is a hard rock/heavy metal band that started out in 2016 with the aim of writing heavy, catchy music and personal, meaningful lyrics. In a world mired with social and political controversies, Worldwide Panic offers a more relatable take on everyday life and overcoming the trials and tribulations the common man faces. With a songwriting approach that focuses on a mix of clean and aggressive vocals and a guitar-driven sound, Worldwide Panic appeals to listeners all across the hard rock and heavy metal spectrum. This music is presented on stage by engaging the audience in a theatrical and unique experience. The band has completed work on new material which was mixed by Mike Plotnikoff (In Flames, Warbringer, Fear Factory, Mudvayne, Van Halen, Aerosmith, KISS, and many others) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Slayer, Pantera, Korn, Deftones, Nirvana, etc). Worldwide Panic is gearing up to release new singles and music videos, and the band looks forward to conquering stages everywhere. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for lots from Worldwide Panic in the near and distant future!

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THE DARKEST HEARTS Release Official Lyric Video for “Mississippi Devil”

Tennessee Hard Rock Band THE DARKEST HEARTS has released the official lyric video for their single, “Mississippi Devil.” Created by Brad Owens of Snake Productions, “Mississippi Devil” grew legs and gained traction with Spotify in Europe with little promotion.

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“Mississippi Devil’s story is about seduction, addiction, and the attractiveness of someone or something that does not necessarily return the feelings you have towards them but you are drawn in none the less.” – Luke Vavrek

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Track List:
1. Disappear
2. Listen
3. Resistance
4. Mistakes

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Hailing from Tennessee, The Darkest Hearts is a DIY Hard Rock band that echoes characteristics of grunge with strong, melodic Pop Rock vocals against almost Heavy Metal instrumentals and organic tones.

Recently, The Darkest Hearts’ newest release “Mississippi Devil” has been catching on; spinning on Z 97.5 and 102.9 FM Wbzz as well as in the Australia and Rock Rage Radio. “Pick of the Week” . Over the course of 2017 The Darkest Hearts were seen opening for acts such as Jennifer Hudson, Saliva, and Austin Winkler formerly of Hinder. Recently they’re sharing the stage with Flaw, Smile Empty Soul, and Blacktop Mojo. The Darkest Hearts were nominated for the Nashville Industry Music Award 2016 for Best Alternative Rock Band and Best Rock Vocalist 2017. They are drawing attention world-wide for their unique combination of Rock, Pop and Punk genres, featuring striking guitars and rich, theatrical vocals.
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Mississippi Devil’s deep bass creates the heavy atmosphere intertwined with crunchy and sometimes atmospheric guitars. Combined, the instruments create a undeniable groove. The dark imagery combined with the complexities of the song’s alternative genre give it a truly unique vibe. The punchy drums drive the song as the strong heartbeat of Mississippi Devil.

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T.R.O.Y Release Official Music Video for “Wicked World”

Springfield, MO hard rock band T.R.O.Y has released the official music video for their single “Wicked World.”

“Truth is, good news doesn’t sell.We have all been fed a lie or two, ‘Wicked World‘ just talks about how poisoned the spring really is. #WickedWorld #Unplugged #FalseMedia #TallTales #Newspeak #Orwellian #MediaSensationalism #TheRealityOfYourself ” – TROY

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Catch T.R.O.Y. Live:
05/26 @ Rocklahoma – Pryor, OK
05/27 @ Rocklahoma – Pryor, OK
05/28 @ Rocklahoma – Pryor, OK
05/29 @ Old Rock House w/ Red Sun Rising – St. Louis, MO
06/01 @ The Riff – Springfield, MO
06/23 @ TBA
08/12 @ Gen X Tour w/ Buck Cherry, POD, Alien Ant Farm, Lit – Nixa, MO
09/22 @ Uno Rios TX Rally & Music Festival- New Braunfels, TX

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T.R.O.Y (short for The Reality Of Yourself) is an American Rock band that formed late 2004 in the small town of Pleasant Hope MO. Today the band consists of vocalist and guitarist Cord Bishop, lead guitarist Kyle Girth, drummer Erik Milan, and bassist Kane Ransom. T.R.O.Y’s moniker is inspired by the bands musical perception, and the notion that thought truly manifests reality. The band has released 3 studio albums to date, is known for their gripping live shows, energetic songwriting style, and winning of several battle of the bands within the Midwest region. The original four members grew up and attended school together, creating a brotherhood bond between them and their fans. T.R.O.Y has shared the stage with today’s top rock artists, such as KORN, Skillet, Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Puddle of Mudd, Crossfade, Evan’s Blue, Smile Empty Soul, The Exies, 12 Stones, Trapt, Submersed, Red, and Shamans Harvest, Blackstone Cherry, Nothing More, & Pop Evil. T.R.O.Y is currently in the studio working on new music, with some scheduled to drop in 2018!

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RadioBlack partner with INgrooves to Release “Thread (I Am)”

California Rock Band RadioBlack have partnered with Legend Distribution / INgrooves to launch their action packed single “Thread (I Am).” After signing with CB Entertainment Artist Management firm in 2017, this year will see a new single in March with a full-length album in May followed by extensive touring.

“‘Thread’ is about that friend you have that gets themselves in a rut and can’t break out of it… no matter how much you try to help them. It’s about that inner struggle to want to help those people but make sure you come out unscathed yourself.” – TJ Courtney (vocals / guitar)

Click HERE to Download / Stream “Thread (I Am)”

Shortly after recording at the Foo Fighters’ private Studio 606, lead singer/guitarist TJ Courtney brought in drummer Derek Gledhill, founding member of Smile Empty Soul, and bassist Hayato Takano to form RadioBlack. The 3-piece’s sound is a melodic mixture of grunge and 90’s inspired alt-rock that incorporates modern production elements.

The 606 sessions were recorded through the famed Sound City Neve 8028analog console, previously graced by the likes of NirvanaRage Against The Machine, and Paul McCartney. Producer John “Lou” Lousteau arranged dream collaborations for Courtney with Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy), Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction), and Mick Murphy (My RuinChevy Metal). The production team was rounded out by “Sound City” documentary producer Jim Rota, and Brad Smith of Blind Melon. These recordings will be featured on Radio Black’s debut album, slated for release next spring.

The remainder of the album was recorded with producer/mixer Jason “Space” Smith (MementoDigital Daggers) with sessions that featured the new line-up at Wishbone StudiosOcean Way, and The Village Recorder. Having already shared the stage with Puddle of MuddTrapt, and Vast, and with plans to release singles throughout the rest of the year, RadioBlack shows no signs of slowing down in the lead up to their 2018 debut.

“Between Courtney’s gruff vocals and Hawkins’ steady drumming, (Run Away) has an emotional intensity akin to the Foo’s own ‘Times Like These.'” – Consequence of Sound

“RadioBlack’s TJ Courtney is living proof that taking risks pays off.” – PureVolume

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State of Illusion Releases Official Music Video for “Blind” Off of ‘Aphelion’

South Carolina rock quartet State of Illusion has released the highly anticipated music video for “Blind,” the newly remixed single off of their 2014 released LP, Aphelion. Originally premiered on Tattoo.com, “Blind” was directed and edited by Erez Bader of Silent Flight Productions.

“I wrote ‘Blind’ in the middle of the night roughly 10 years ago, but we still feel life and energy from it every time we play it. Those 10 years can definitely be felt on ‘Blind’ because the new mix takes tiny recordings from almost every member we’ve had over the years and subtly inserts them throughout the track. We included it on Aphelion because we knew that it was a song that needed to be heard. Despite originally promoting another song as the single for Aphelion, ‘Blind’ was the song that seemed to connect most with listeners, probably because of the back and forth volley of mellow and hard-hitting elements and personal lyrics written so that they can be applied to the listeners’ unique situations. That’s why we decided to team up with Silent Flight Productions to create a visual to go along with the music. Hopefully, the new version of ‘Blind’, along with the awesome video, will resonate with new listeners on an emotional level and give them a little taste of what State of Illusion is all about.” – Jacob Porter (vocals)

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Life is often comprised of our reactions. Often, negatives can be turned into positives through the way we look at situations or how hard we are willing to work for what we love. At least, that’s the philosophy that Greenville, SC-based rock band State of Illusion has adopted.

Though the rock act has had many successes, including memorable performances with artists such as Staind (hand-selected by vocalist Aaron Lewis), ChevelleFlawSmile Empty SoulAustin John Winkler (ex-Hindervocalist), Like a StormFailure Anthem, and Stitched Up Heart, along with functions for DisturbedKillswitch EngageLacuna Coil, etc., State of Illusion has faced more than its fair share of adversity.

After releasing their most recent studio album, Aphelion (self-produced, self-engineered, and self-released), State of Illusion took another dose of their well-documented bad luck (see the documentary One More Song – A Decade of State of Illusion from their brand new DVD, State of Illusion – Live) through the loss of core-members. Though beautifully crafting Aphelion with only two members (Jacob Porter on vocals, guitar, piano, pedal steel, engineering, and editing and Josh Breland on bass, drums, guitar, and piano) and seeing a top 100 worldwide rock chart release, the immediate post-Aphelion lineup was not meant to be.

What began as a rag-tag group of hired-guns pulled from other local acts to fill in on an opening show for an early musical influence in the band Flaw, a mixture of hard work, dedication, positive outlooks, and a love for the music turned bad luck into the strongest line-up State of Illusion has ever had. Former guitarist Cameron Price, drummer Bryce Chism, and Solaristvocalist/guitarist Tom Carden on bass stepped up to help Porter when State of Illusion needed it most.

This line-up continued to assist State of Illusion throughout 2017 as, one by one, these temporary members dedicated themselves as permanent members of the band. While filling in admirably, Carden knew that he needed set his focus back on Solarist and allow room for a permanent bassist to cement themselves into the lineup. His parting gift was former Solarist bassist Brandon Rodgers.

Once the 4 piece was solidified, State of Illusion sought the creative minds of Silent Flight Productions’ director Erez Bader (The ContortionistVeil of MayaThe Dear Hunter) and VFX supervisor and producer Casey Crescenzo(vocalist of The Dear Hunter) to bring a visual representation of their single “Blind” (remixed by Greg Macklin of Ordinance) to life. The moody result is a perfect fresh start for State of Illusion, who plan to use this opportunity to introduce Aphelion to a new set of listeners they couldn’t reach before.

Aphelion stands out amongst its contemporaries. The album is complete, in every sense of the word, with its many textures and range of sonic landscapes. With soaring anthems, such as the radio-ready singles, “Blind” and “Find Yourself,” to heavy-yet-melodic tracks, “Over” and “The Price You Pay,” to quiet moments, highlighted in the reflective “Reach the End,” Aphelion covers a full spectrum of emotion.

State of Illusion, seasoned with experience, a solid and energetic line-up, a reinvigorated approach, and having met success on the road for the past two years, have just released their first DVD, State of Illusion – Live, and are hard at work writing the highly-anticipated follow-up to Aphelion.

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Darling Down Release New Music Video for “Collide”

Battle Creek, MI hard rock band Darling Down have released the official video for their single, “Collide”, featuring a solo by Clint Lowery of Sevendust, off of their newest album  Never Tell.  “Collide” was directed by Travis and Samantha Ross at RipJaw Media.

Every video we do is a challenge to outdo the last. I feel that “Collide” is a mini movie with elements of a grade A thriller with on par Hollywood cinematic value – our acting, however, could use some work 🙂 – Ryan Hudson (Drums)

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With their symphonically powerful sound and an arsenal of brand new material, mid-Michigan’s Darling Down is prepared to show the world that they are ready to stake their artistic claim in the territory of modern rock.

The band, an outstanding female fronted four piece, has a synergistic effect among its members: Amanda Legault’s clear, strong vocals that range from powerfully compelling to hauntingly sweet, Dustin Claud’s driving and dynamic guitar riffs, Nathan Simmon’s thunderous bass lines, and Ryan Hudson’s tight musicianship on drums. Committed to lyrically thoughtful and melodically engrossing songwriting with powerful hooks, Darling Down is distinctive in today’s musical arena. With lyrically relatable songs full of enough edginess, passion and real life to appeal to a wide audience, Darling Down’s songs are catchy, intriguing, and heavy; beautifully sung, constructed and arranged. Sonically driving, with soaring vocals and harmonies, the deep lyrics are sometimes juxtaposed with eerily strong, pretty vocals and heavy guitars, as on their earlier recording, “Revenge is Sweet Like Cherries.”

Fast forward to 2014, Darling Down is not holding anything back with their second full length release, “Never Tell,” produced by the nationally acclaimed producer / engineer / mixer Chuck Alkazian (Soundgarden, Trust Company, Pop Evil) and recorded at Pearl Sound Studios. “Never Tell,” which was released on 7/22/2014, has garnered a sizable amount of industry buzz. A stellar collection of songs, creatively written and with spectacular pieces of orchestration, Darling Down and their producer have created an album full of great musicianship, mesmerizing rhythms and melodies, and exciting, innovative collaborations with accomplished outside artists. “Never Tell” features guest appearances by Clint Lowery of SevendustVinnie Dombrowski of SpongeStephen Richards of Taproot, and Brett Hestla of Dark New Day.

Ramping up for the expansion of their touring in addition to their current live shows on schedule, following the release of “Never Tell” Darling Downcontinues to increase their live show radius throughout North America. In recent years, Darling Down has developed a loyal fan base with their passionate music and high energy live performances, and grabbed the attention of audiences throughout the Midwest. The band has performed alongside many notable acts including Theory of a DeadmanNonpointTaprootSmile Empty SoulPop EvilRedRaFraming HanleySaving AbelEvans BlueSalivaHed PEMushoomhead, and many more.
Darling Down, fresh off the release of “Never Tell,” will be one to watch as they share their new music and unique show with an even wider scope of music fans throughout the country. Be on the lookout for upcoming tour dates!

Blacktop Mojo Releases Official Video for “Where The Wind Blows” Off New LP

Seamlessly blending melody with adrenaline fueled, heavy rock and roll, Blacktop Mojo draws in everyone from old metal heads to people whose radio dials have never left top 40 stations. With soaring, gritty vocals and impeccably blended heavy guitar grooves set around a raucous southern stomp, Blacktop Mojo’s live shows are sure to leave fans’ screaming at the top of their lungs with metal horns in the air.

It was a blast making this video. We got to do it with a bunch of our friends from our home town of Palestine, TX in the bar where we played our first show. It basically turned into a two day party and the fun we had really comes through in the video. – Blacktop Mojo

Formed in the final weeks of 2012, Blacktop Mojo began cutting their teeth in the numerous country venues that Texas has to offer, but the guys never quite felt like they belonged. With each song they wrote, the vocals got less twangy and the sound from the amps became more gravelly and distorted until the guys had found their own unique blend of heavy southern rock. Through touring, the band has played with many national acts such as Bon JoviSammy HagarAaron LewisDaryl “DMC’ McDanielsCandleboxDrowning PoolPuddle Of MuddSmile Empty SoulAudiotopsy, and Whiskey Myers.

After running the highways for two years in support of their debut album, I Am(2014), in July of this year the band loaded their gear in the van and made a trip to Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville, as well as FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL to make their sophomore effort entitled, Burn The Ships. In addition to the producer of the band’s first record, Philip Mosley, the band brought in co-producer, Jimmy Johnson of the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound studios as well as his long time engineer, Steve Melton (Lynyrd SkynyrdThe Rolling StonesBob Seger) to bring a seasoned sonic quality to their brand of raw, grungy rock. Burn The Ships was released March 10th of 2017 garnering critical acclaim in both US and European press outlets including Team Rock’s Classic Rock Magazine, who is quoted as saying “Blacktop Mojo might just be America’s next big rock band.”

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