Thursday, 28 July 2016

ALTER BRIDGE - First single "Show Me A Leader" from new album "The Last Hero" premieres on radio stations worldwide

Photo Credit: Carlos Amoedo

ALTER BRIDGE have announced their fifth studio album, The Last Hero, will be released on October 7 through Napalm Records. The Last Hero is the follow up to 2013's critically acclaimed Fortress, which swept into album charts worldwide - including a #6 slot in the UK, #12 in the US (Billboard 200), #7 in Germany and #4 in Austria.

The band worked with producer and longtime collaborator Michael 'Elvis' Baskette to craft the songs for The Last Hero, recently showcasing those tracks at a special listening party for fans at The Beacham club in the band's home base of Orlando, FL. The sleeve artwork was also revealed.

Pre-orders for the digital album, the CD and limited vinyl editions of The Last Hero went live on July 26.

The first single, “Show Me A Leader”, premieres via radio stations worldwide. “Lyrically, it reflects the frustrations that a lot of people are feeling with the current state of the world,” admits Myles Kennedy about the new single. “The world is looking for trustworthy effective leadership and not this undignified dog and pony show that’s really made a mockery of our system.” “It’s indicative of our process,” Mark Tremonti adds. “Myles had this guitar intro that I loved, and I had the chorus. We put them together. The words call out for a proper leader.”

The band has released an exclusive video visualizer to present the single “Show Me A Leader”. Don’t miss out & hear it for yourself:

The Last Hero's track listing runs as follows:

1) Show Me A Leader 2) The Writing On The Wall 3) The Other Side 4) My Champion 5) Poison In Your Veins 6) Cradle To The Grave 7) Losing Patience 8) This Side Of Fate 9) You Will Be Remembered 10) Crows On A Wire 11) Twilight 12) Island Of Fools 13) The Last Hero 14) Last of Our Kind (bonus track)

With ALTER BRIDGE currently on the road in the US, tickets for their European tour are moving fast and available now via The tour features their biggest headline shows to date, with support from VOLBEAT (UK dates only), GOJIRA and LIKE A STORM. The dates stack up as follows:

With: Special Guest TBC, Like A Storm Fri 4th Nov - BILBAO, Spain - Santana 27 Sat 5th Nov - BARCELONA, Spain - Razzmatazz Tue 8th Nov - PARIS, France - Zenith Wed 9th Nov - BRUSSELS, Belgium - AB Thu 10th Nov - AMSTERDAM, Holland - HMH Sun 13th Nov - BERLIN, Germany - Columbiahalle Mon 14th Nov - VIENNA, Austria - Gasometer Wed 16th Nov - KATOWICE, Poland - Spodek Sun 20th Nov - OSLO, Norway - Sentrum Scene Mon 21st Nov - COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Vega Main Hall

With: Volbeat, Gojira, Like A Storm Wed 23rd Nov - MANCHESTER, England - Arena Thu 24th Nov - LONDON, England - O2 Arena Sat 26th Nov - NOTTINGHAM, England - Motorpoint Arena Sun 27th Nov - BIRMINGHAM, England - Genting Arena Mon 28th Nov - CARDIFF, Wales - Motorpoint Arena Thu 1st Dec - GLASGOW, Scotland - Hydro Fri 2nd Dec - LEEDS, England - First Direct Arena

With: Gojira, Like A Storm Sun 4th Dec - FRANKFURT, Germany - Jahrhunderthalle Mon 5th Dec - COLOGNE, Germany - Palladium Tue 6th Dec - HAMBURG, Germany - Mehrl Theater Fri 9th Dec - BOLOGNA, Italy - Unipol Arena Sat 10th Dec - MUNICH, Germany - Zenith Sun 11th Dec - BASEL, Switzerland - Jakobshalle

THE BREVET Release Live One-Take Music Video For "Hold On" On PopMatters

Irvine, CA: Cinematic Americana outfit The Brevet have just released a new music video for their song “Hold On”, which PopMatters called, “anthemic acoustic guitar driving the song forward with verve.” The song is the second single off the band’s upcoming EP Embers, dropping August 5th.

The song demonstrates the group’s unique and intricate songwriting capabilities, which sends a deep message to all listeners. “I wrote this when trying to figure out if I still wanted to pursue this career,” says lead singer Aric Chase Damm exclusively to PopMatters. “There is a line in it that says 'Hold on to me' and most people assume that’s meant in a romantic way. It’s meant to mean hold on to the pieces that make you you and don't get swayed by all of the other distractions.”

“Hold On” starts with a beautiful melody on the acoustic guitar that gradually leads to what is known as The Brevet’s classic sound of booming harmonies and uplifting lyrics. Instead of the usual produced music video that dubs the original song, The Brevet display their true artistic talent by playing the song live and getting it down perfectly in one take.

"It’s funny. We had actually planned for a entirely different video with our director and good friend Sarah Wilson Thacker. It was suppose to be an outside shoot but when we got to the location and saw how windy it was we knew it wouldn't work for a live performance,” explains Damm to PopMatters. “Sarah, the guys, and I headed back to our studio space which was in the process of being torn down. She came up with the idea of shooting a one-take (no cuts or edits) right there. Probably the most fun we’ve had filming a video!”

The music video’s live setting demonstrates symbolism amongst the song itself. Without the production or orchestra involved, listeners get to experience a rare, raw, and live music video that shows the humanistic part of music that does not appear on most videos. Aric Chase Damm and Michael Jones started making music together while they were both attending grade school. Although they eventually separated and went to different colleges, they were still able to continue working together during their time off. Throughout college, Damm and Jones both wrote scores for student films, which lead to the creation of the band’s big cinematic sound. The band eventually moved to Los Angeles where they added drummer David Aguiar and bassist Ben Ross to The Brevet.

The Brevet is currently touring this Summer throughout the US festival circuit with more upcoming dates to be announced.

The Brevet is Aric Chase Damm (lead vocals/guitar), Michael Jones (backing vocals, piano), David Aguiar (backing vocals, drums, percussion), and Ben Ross (bass, backing vocals). Their new EP Embers will be released on August 5, 2016.

ARCH ENEMY announce press conference at WACKEN OPEN AIR

ARCH ENEMY will play the biggest stage production of their career at next week’s WACKEN OPEN AIR on Saturday, August 6th around midnight, making this the pinnacle of a highly successful album campaign. It all started in March 2014 when the band announced the new singer Alissa White-Gluz and the video for the album title track 'War Eternal', which became the most successful video in the band’s career and reached close to 20 million YouTube views.

The album reached the highest US and German chart positions in the band’s career and ARCH ENEMY played over 200 shows in over 40 countries around the world. In late 2014 Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore) joined ARCH ENEMY during the world tour with Kreator and in 2015 they played arenas as direct support of Nightwish.

WACKEN OPEN AIR won’t be the last 'War Eternal' show - see further show dates below, including a run of 4 UK headline shows next month - but it’s going to be something very special. Therefore, don’t miss their press conference at

WACKEN on Friday August 5th at 5:00pm – 5:45pm CET in the press tent / VIP area. Fans can follow the press conference on an online live stream at:

ARCH ENEMY Live: 04.08.2016 Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany 06.08.2016 Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany 07.08.2016 RheinRiot 2016, Cologne, Germany (with Devildriver, Aborted and more) 10.08.2016 Foir Aux Vins Festival, Colmar, France 11.08.2016 Hirsch, Nuremberg, Germany 12.08.2016 Brutal Assault Festival, Josefov, Czech Republic 13.08.2016 Metal on the Hill, Graz, Austria 15.08.2016 Klub B90, Danzig, Poland 17.08.2016 Barba Negra Track, Budapest, Hungary 19.08.2016 Summer Breeze, Dinkelsbuehl, Germany 20.08.2016 Himos Park, Jämsä, Finland (with Nightwish) 21.08.2016 Waterfront, Norwich, United Kingdom (supported by Soilwork) 22.08.2016 Corporation, Sheffield, United Kingdom (supported by Soilwork) 23.08.2016 Tramshed, Cardiff, United Kingdom (supported by Soilwork) 24.08.2016 Engine Rooms, Southampton, United Kingdom (supported by Soilwork) 26.08.2016 Reload Festival, Sulingen, Germany 27.08.2016 Neuborn Open Air Festival, Wörrstadt, Germany 22.09.2016 La Belle Électrique, Grenoble, France 23.09.2016 LA BAM, Metz, France 24.09.2016 Wuennstock Herbst Festival, Bad Wuennenberg, Germany 25.09.2016 Femme Metal Event, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Wednesday, 27 July 2016


February 2016; Enter Shikari head out on a tour of the UK, taking in some of the biggest venues they have ever headlined in their decade-long career.

In the DIY fashion that the band have become synonymous with, the video screen content and programming for the front of house quadrophonic audio system has all been created and slaved over for months by the band themselves. Wary of the potential disaster / glorious victory that lies ahead, but never ones to shy away from lifting the curtain to show the inner-workings of their endeavours, the band consider it a wise move to ensure someone is on hand to capture it all on video.

Enter Shikari met photographer / videographer Alexey Makhov on one of their now regular trips to Russia; so when he mentioned his availability prior to the tour, it struck everyone as a no-brainer.

The resulting 30 minute mini-documentary mixes beautifully shot & edited live footage, behind the scenes access, and candid interviews with the band; following them from the tour’s production rehearsals right through to its conclusion at a sold out show at London’s 9000 capacity Alexandra Palace.

The full film can be viewed here:

Frontman Rou Reynolds had this to say on the subject ; “It was great to have Alexy along to document the biggest tour of our lives. He captured both the tension behind the scenes and the emotional release on stage perfectly! "

The band recently released the only usable surviving full live track footage from the Alexandra Palace show (don’t ask. technical issues) in the form of a live version of Redshift, edited by Rou and with audio mixed by guitarist Rory C. you can see that here

A full audio recording of the Alexandra Palace show, however, DOES exist, and has now been mixed and mastered. Details of what will be happening with that will be forthcoming shortly. Enter Shikari have a small number of European festival dates remaining this summer, along with an outdoor headline show at Budapest’s Barba Nagra Track, before heading to Japan and finally rounding off their live 2016 with a short Australian run.


JULY: 30th - Amber Beach Party Festival - Russia | AUGUST: 11th - Kubana Festival - Latvia 19th - Zaxidfest Festival - Ukraine 20th - Rock Am See festival - Germany 22nd - Here Come The Wolves Festival - Austria 24th - Barba Negra Track, Budapest - Hungary 25th - Czad Festival - Poland | SEPTEMBER: 3rd - Home Festival - Italy 6th - Tokyo, Japan 8th - Osaka, Japan 9th - Nagoya, Japan 10th - Tokyo, Japan 19th - Melbourne, Australia 20th - Brisbane, Australia 21st - Sydney, Australia 22nd - Adelaide, Australia 24th - Fremantle, Australia

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

IN FLAMES Premiere exclusive first listen to new music from forthcoming album; to embark on UK tour with Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed

Sweden's finest modern heavy music institution, IN FLAMES, have announced the first tour dates for their upcoming studio release. In January 2017, the band will embark on a tour of major UK arenas together with AVENGED SEVENFOLD and DISTURBED, to destroy England, Scotland and Wales and give a demonstration of their impressive live abilities, that their fans will witness on the next DVD 'Sounds From The Heart Of Gothenburg', scheduled for release on September 23rd.

The band also premiered an exclusive preview of new music from the forthcoming album today. Check it out HERE.

Catch IN FLAMES on the following UK dates early next year:



The pre-sales for these shows will start this Wednesday, July 27th at 9am and the general ticket on-sale begins on Friday, July 29th at 9am so be quick.

They break the rules, reinvent themselves with every album and are considered to be Swedens's brightest pearl in modern heavy music - since the early 90’s, IN FLAMES have delivered a spectacular band progression which has seen them transform their sound from classic melodic death metal to their current modern and unique style. The Swedes never cease to challenge their artistic boundaries, never looking back and taking every possible risk. After 11 successful studio albums, they are now back to haunt the planet not only with their upcoming DVD 'Sounds From The Heart Of Gothenburg' (September 23th), but also with a fresh brew from the studio.