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WHITE WILLOW: Norwegian Act Debuts Video For “Future Hopes” Via PROG As Album Nears Release Through Lasers’ Edge

Eclectic Norwegian progressive/post-metal outfit, WHITE WILLOW, has debuted the first single from their Laser’s Edge-bound seventh album, Future Hopes, with an official video for the record’s title track, which has been premiered exclusively through PROG.

Experience WHITE WILLOW’s “Future Hopes” video only through PROG at THIS LOCATION.

Laser’s Edge will issue Future Hopes on CD, LP, and digital formats on March 31st, 2017. Digital preorders are live, the standard version HERE and the hi-res version HERE.

Additional audio clips, preorder info, and more from the album will be issued in the coming days.

WHITE WILLOW‘s first album since 2011’s well-received Terminal Twilight sees the outfit exploring some of the most “progressive” territory the band has ever ventured into, with several lengthy tracks and more instrumental passages than they are usually known for. Musically, the album builds upon the foundation of its predecessor, with a modern approach to production. Future Hopes also features a heavy use of synthesizers, including the unique textures of the famed Blade Runner synth, the Yamaha CS80. Future Hopes was mixed by highly respected Norwegian Grammy-nominated engineer Christian Engfelt, known for his work on the Elephant9/Reine Fiske album, Atlantis, and the Todd Rundgren/Lindstrøm collaboration, Runddans. The record was mastered by Grammy Award-winning audiophile legend Bob Katz, and completed with a specially commissioned painting by Roger Dean.

Offers WHITE WILLOW‘s Jacob Holm, “‘Future Hopes’ is the title track off our new album. I actually wrote these songs a couple of years ago, and the title is ironic, seeing as even at that point I felt there wasn’t that much future hope. I grew up in an age of scientific optimism – the ’70s and ’80s, and I was an avid reader of science fiction. As I have grown up and seen the future come and go, I feel that ‘future’ is a term that doesn’t quite hold the magic it used to. The whole album is really about that. How do you cope with a future that seems hopeless? The question becomes more apt each day. To me, interpersonal relationships, the human bond, is the thing that gives us hope and keeps us moving into the future. Love, basically, both platonic and romantic. The actual song ‘Future Hopes’ is that kind of love song, a bit hopeless and hopeful at the same time. The video is really just an atmospheric collage of images of a future/present where there is both happiness and sadness, beauty and decay.”

The Future Hopes lineup, which as always is a loose constellation of musicians with multi-instrumentalists Jacob Holm-Lupo and Mattias Olsson at the core, sees the return of several WHITE WILLOW stalwarts, including flautist Ketil Einarsen (Jaga Jazzist, Motorpsycho), keyboardist Lars Fredrik Frøislie (Wobbler, Tusmørke), and bassist Ellen Andrea Wang (Pixel, Manu Katché Quartet). The singer is however a new arrival. Venke Knutson is best known in her native Norway for a string of Top 10 hits and is well established as a solo pop artist. She came into Holm-Lupo’s orbit as a guest singer with his other project, The Opium Cartel. Guesting on several tracks and putting a clear stamp on the album is Norway’s trailblazing guitar hero Hedvig Mollestad, known from her own Hedvig Mollestad Trio. Holm-Lupo felt the material needed a soloist who could both navigate the tricky, almost jazz-influenced chord and time changes on the album while at the same time retaining a rock edge, and Hedvig fit the bill perfectly.

The CD and digital versions of Future Hopes also feature two bonus tracks, including an original tune, “Damnation Valley,” as well as WHITE WILLOW‘s unusual cover of The Scorpions’ classic dirge, “Animal Magnetism,” re-interpreted as a Tangerine Dream-like electronic piece while still retaining the heaviness of the original. The star on the track is New York-based clarinetist David Krakauer, knows as the world’s foremost klezmer clarinetist, with countless credits to his name both with his own projects, in jazz constellations, with many of the world’s best philharmonic orchestras and with soundtrack music. Krakauer is a recipient of many prestigious nominations and awards, from DownBeat to the Grammys.

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THE CLASSIC CRIME Announce New Album How To Be Human, Out April 20 via BC Music

classiccrimeFive years have passed since THE CLASSIC CRIME released their highly acclaimed album Phoenix, and now the Seattle rock group is back to unleash their fifth studio album, How To Be Human (Out April 28 via BC Music).  The album was completely funded via Kickstarter, with over 2,500 backers, tripling the original goal. Album pre-orders begin on March 20 via PledgeMusic.

“My goals for every album is to push the boundaries a bit,” explains lead singer-songwriter Matt MacDonald, “When we started playing together back in 2003, our influences (wide as they were) were pretty apparent. With each record we’ve tried to go some place different, to incorporate different styles while maintaining core structure and textures.”

In the meantime the band is excited announce their ‘How To Be Human’ Tour, kicking off in April year and leading into May. Opening bands on the 12 date tour will include Matt & Toby and CIVILIAN.

How To Be Human contains The Classic Crime’s most mature body of work yet, featuring 12 tracks of pure indie rock in the stylings of Death Cab For Cutie meets Motion City Soundtrack. Working with longtime producer and mixer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Albatross, The Silver Cord, Vagabonds), the band was able to challenge themselves, exploring a “happy to be here” songwriting style, while feeling at home with Baskette’s ability to try new recording techniques and cement the The Classic Crime’s signature tight drum work and guitar layering. “Control and comfort will always reel us back in some,” MacDonald explains, “But I like to cast out as far as I can to see if we can catch something good.”

The Classic Crime is Matt MacDonald (vocals & guitar), Robbie Negrin (guitar), Skip Erickson (drums), and Alan Clark (bass).

THE CLASSIC CRIME
TOUR DATES

w/ Matt & Toby and CIVILIAN
April 27 – Seattle, WA – Neumos*
May 04 – Nashville, TN – The End
May 05 – Cincinnati, OH – Mad Frog
May 06 – Columbus, OH – Steadfast Festival
May 07 – New York, NY – Blackthorn 51
May 09 – Hartford, CT – The Space
May 10 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
May 11 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
May 13 – Orlando, FL – The Abbey
May 14 – Miami, FL – Churchills
May 15 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar
May 17 – Atlanta, GA – Vinyl @ Centerstage

*Without CIVILIAN

KISS’ Gene Simmons to hit Cleveland at Wizard World Con 2017 and Agora!

genesimmonsWizard World, Inc., (WIZD) the preeminent producer of Wizard World Comic Cons across North America, has formed a new Touring Unit in partnership with veteran music and technology executive Nick Turner. The new unit will bring vibrant live entertainment to Wizard World shows, building on the Wizard’s initiative to create an atmosphere of a weekend festival at every Wizard World show.

Wizard World is proud to announce that the first venture of Wizard World Touring a joint venture production with Gene Simmons by which the legendary KISS front-man, bassist and rock icon will perform “An Evening with Gene Simmons and his Band” and attend five Wizard World Comic Con events as an iconic star attraction in 2017. The club venue concerts are in conjunction with appearances at conventions in Cleveland (March 18-19), St. Louis (April 8-9), Philadelphia (June 2-3), Chicago (August 26-27) and Austin (November 17-18).

Evening concerts are planned on Friday in each of the respective cities, with Simmons on hand each Saturday to greet fans, pose for photo ops, sign autographs and conduct live interactive Q&A sessions at each Wizard world Comic Con.

“I’m excited to bring Rock & Roll back to Wizard World Comic Con in 2017,” said Simmons. “It will be great to meet fans and perform for them in every city.”

John D. Maatta, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wizard World stated: “We are thrilled to be working with Gene for our inaugural production by Wizard World Touring. Gene is a showman-businessman hyphenate, and there is no better entertainer whom the fans love more.” Maatta continued: “We are working very hard at Wizard World to build it into a ‘best of breed’ entertainment/live event company. Wizard World Touring is another aggressive step forward into a sector that is extremely promising for us—It is a brand new day at Wizard World. We are very pleased to have a seasoned executive of the caliber of Nick Turner to guide us into this space.”

The agreement is the beginning of a new touring unit spearheaded by Nick Turner, which will bring entertainment to Wizard World shows, building on the promotion’s initiative to create an atmosphere of a weekend festival at every stop.

In Cleveland, fans can rock out on Saturday night, March 18, with “An Evening with Gene Simmons and his Band” at Agora Theater (5000 Euclid Ave.) beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for $29.95 in advance at http://agoracleveland.com and http://www.wizardworld.com and $35 at the door, with special meet-and-greet packages also available. Venues, times and pricing for other cities to be announced closer to those respective shows.

Simmons, who was a big hit in his first Wizard World Comic Con appearance in Richmond in 2016, is a multi-hyphenate entrepreneur and one of the world’s most recognized personalities. He co-founded KISS 42 years ago. KISS is America’s #1 Gold Record Award Winning Group of all time, in all categories (RIAA). KISS has sold over 100 million CDs and DVDs worldwide, is celebrating its 43rd year, and continues to sell out stadiums and arenas around the world, breaking box-office records set by Elvis and the Beatles. KISS was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at the 2014 induction ceremony, and the band is recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for its pioneering work.

Wizard World comic and gaming con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor. The famed Wizard World Comic Con Portland Costume Contest will take place on Saturday night.

REVOCATION Drop New Song “Profanum Vulgus” New Studio Video Available

Revocation - Great Is Our Sin

As REVOCATION near closer to the release of their latest masterpiece Great is Our Sin, the band is pleased to debut another track entitled “Profanum Vulgus”.  The song, which was first heard with an exclusive interview with frontman Dave Davidson on the Metal Sucks Podcast earlier this week, can be heard HERE.

 

REVOCATION has also released a video providing in-depth footage from the recording process of Great Is Our Sin.  Watch the video HERE.

 

Having delivered five killer albums boasting some of the most potent, technical and abrasive metal unleashed over the last decade, it would be easy for REVOCATION to sit back and rest upon their laurels. However, with their constant drive to push their sound ever forward and refusal to compromise their integrity, this could never be the case – and Great Is Our Sin is their most dynamic, boundary-pushing and weighty release to date.

 

The lyric video for the song “Monolithic Ignorance” can be viewed HERE.  The lyric video for  “Crumbling Imperium” is available to stream HERE.

 

Great is Our Sin is slated for a July 22nd release date via Metal Blade Records.  The first song track streaming from the album entitled “Communion” is streaming now at http://www.metalblade.com/revocation Pre-order your copy of Great is Our Sinin exclusive bundle packages there as well!

 

When it came time for the follow up to 2014’s Deathless the quartet had their work cut out for them, and their response to the challenge is a record that grabs you by the throat and refuses to let go. Never forcing anything, the songs that would comprise Great Is Our Sin came together organically, and while the members being spread all around North America would have been an impediment to some, REVOCATION drew strength from it.

 

Reuniting with producer Zeuss (Hatebreed, Bleeding Through), who also helmed Deathless and 2012’s Teratogenesis EP, the record packs the requisite punch, yet retains the organic feel with which it was conceived.  Known for their technical prowess, the band remained dedicated to upping the ante without ever losing sight of the importance of good songwriting.

 

Regardless of the state of the world, nothing is going to slow REVOCATION down any time soon. Whilst the lineup has changed over the ten years the band has been in existence, Davidson’s passion has never waned, and they are arguably sounding better than ever as they look toward the future. “We can’t wait to bring these songs out on the road and perform them for different audiences all over the world. Great Is Our Sin is a new chapter for the band, and collectively we feel that it is our defining record to date.”

 

In support of Great Is Our Sin, REVOCATION will be hitting the road this summer as part of the Summer Slaughter tour alongside Cannibal Corpse, Nile, After the Burial, Suffocation, Carnifex, Krisiun, Slaughter to Prevail and Ingested.  The tour kicks July 23rd in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and runs through August 21st in Atlanta, GA.  A complete list of dates can be found below.

 

Great Is Our Sin Track Listing:

  1. Arbiters of The Apocalypse
  2. Theatre of Horror
  3. Monolithic Ignorance
  4. Crumbling Imperium
  5. Communion
  6. The Exaltation
  7. Profanum Vulgus
  8. Copernican Heresy
  9. Only the Spineless Survive
  10. Cleaving Giants of Ice

 

REVOCATION Line-up

David Davidson – Guitars / Vocals

Dan Gargiulo – Guitars / Vocals

Brett Bamberger – Bass / Vocals

Ash Pearson – Drums

 

Summer Slaughter Tour 2016:

7/23: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room

7/24: Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor

7/26: Knoxville, TN @ The International

7/27: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live

7/28: New York, NY @ Webster Hall

7/29: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance

7/30: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

7/31: Cleveland, OH @ The Agora Theatre

8/2: Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze

8/3: Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall

8/5: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall

8/6: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex

8/8: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO

8/10: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom

8/11: Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory

8/12: Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo

8/13: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee

8/15: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live

8/16: Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room

8/17: Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live

8/19: Richmond, VA @ The National (B4BQ)

8/20: Wilmington, NC @ Ziggy’s By The Sea
8/21: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

 

REVOCATION online:

http://www.revocationband.com

http://www.facebook.com/revocation

http://www.twitter.com/revocation

http://www.youtube.com/officialrevocation

Get Cool with TWIZTID this Summer Official Sodas Now Available in Madrox’s “Sour Apple Sludge” and Monoxide’s “Redrum Strawberry”

Twiztid Soda

Pepsi-Cola, Coca-Cola, Royal Crown…we’re gonna hypnotize ’em, murderize, then knock ’em down… All other mainstream sodas better watch out, because the underground now has its own soda pop – new TWIZTID sodas are here! After teasing the drinks for the past few months, the demented duo are thrilled to announce the release of their two official TWIZTID soda flavors, Madrox’s “Sour Apple Sludge” and Monoxide’s “Redrum Strawberry”. The sodas are available for purchase in packs of four via www.Twiztid-Shop.com now! TWIZTID‘s new sodas are powered by DeadWorld premium Zombie Soda.

 

“One of our company highlights was aligning with TWIZTID to cross promote DeadWorld Zombie Soda with their fans. Their product creativity and their enthusiasm in promotion have exposed DeadWorld Zombie Soda to thousands of people. We look forward to working TWIZTID in many new promotion concepts,” statesPaul Burke, CEO of DeadWorld Soda.

 

TWIZTID and I tasted these flavors months ago and we stand behind the fact that these are the BEST tasting pops out there! They mix well with alcohol and taste amazing on their own,” adds George Vlahakis, CEO of Majik Ninja Entertainment.

 

These new sodas are out just in time for TWIZTID‘s upcoming re-release of their most coveted album to date, 2003’s The Green Book, set to hit stores on August 19, 2016. After acquiring the rights to this instant classic, TWIZTID immediately sought out to re-distribute it in refreshed CD and vinyl formats, which you can also pre-order via www.Twiztid-Shop.com.

 

What is surely TWIZTID‘s most requested out of print album, The Green Book features guest appearances from Shaggy 2 Dope, E-40, Esham, Tech N9ne, Violent J, Layzie Bone, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Anybody Killa and Bushwick Bill and originally debuted at #52 on the Billboard charts nearly 13 years ago. Sit back, pop open a TWIZTID soda and enjoy some tunes!

 

TWIZTID recently announced their massive 2016 fall tour, the “Spooktacular Horror Show”, beginning on September 28 in Minneapolis, MN and visiting 30+ cities before coming to a close on Halloween night in Sauget, IL. The “Spooktacular Horror Show” tour will feature special guests Mac Lethal, Zodiac Mprint (Blaze and The R.O.C.), Lex The Hex Master, Menage 2 Sobriety and Godz Of Kaos.

 

Tickets and VIP Packages are on sale via www.Twiztid-Shop.com. VIP Packages include a pre-show Meet and Greet with TWIZTID, Zodiac Mprint and Lex The Hex Master. They also include a VIP pass, 24×36 poster, hat pin, Majik Ninja Entertainment sampler, Get Twiztid CD, Mutant Remixed And Remastered CD, TWIZTID live DVD and three black and white 8×10 promotional photos that VIP’s can get signed by TWIZTID at the VIP Meet and Greet.

 

See below for currently confirmed “Spooktacular Horror Show” dates.

 

TWIZTID on the “Spooktacular Horror Show” 2016 Fall Tour

9/28 Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze

9/29 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room

9/30 Denver, CO @ The Roxy Theatre

10/1 Denver, CO @ The Roxy Theatre

10/2 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex

10/4 Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk

10/6 Los Angeles, CA @ Union

10/7 Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS

10/8 Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee Theatre

10/9 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater

10/10 Oklahoma City, OK @ Farmers Market Event Center

10/11 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

10/12 New Orleans, LA @ Southport Hall

10/13 Marietta, GA @ The 120 Tavern and Music Hall

10/14 Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry

10/15 Boonsboro, MD @ Boonsboro Event Center

10/16 Worcester, MA @ Worcester Palladium

10/17 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero Theatre

10/18 Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall

10/20 Canandaigua, NY @ Vpub at The Villager

10/22 Cleveland, OH @ The Agora Theatre

10/23 Newport, KY @ Madison Theater [NEW VENUE!]

10/24 Clarksville, TN @ The Warehouse [NEW DATE!]

10/25 Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse at the International

10/26 Columbus, OH @ The Alrosa Villa

10/27 Louisville, TN @ Diamond Pub and Billiards

10/28 Kokomo, IN @ Front Row Live

10/29 Chicago, IL @ Portage Theater

10/30 Detroit, MI @ The Majestic Theatre

10/31 Sauget, IL @ Pop’s

 

 

About TWIZTID:

For over two decades, TWIZTID – the cult-phenom brainchild of diabolical duo Jamie Madrox and Monoxide – has infectiously meshed flavors of rap, rock and beyond while fervidly moonlighting as the sonic manifestation of a Hollywood horror flick. TWIZTID‘s most recent album, The Darkness, debuted on the Billboard Top 200 charts at #29, marking their 11th overall album debut on the chart. The Darkness marks the Detroit, Michigan natives’ first Billboard debut since the launch of their independently owned and operated label, Majik Ninja Entertainment. Order your copy of The Darkness now via www.TwiztidShop.com.

 

For more information on TWIZTID, please visit:

www.Twiztid.com

www.Twitter.com/TweetMeSoHard

www.Facebook.com/Twiztid

www.TwiztidShop.com *official webstore*

www.Instagram.com/OfficialTwiztid

www.youtube.com/officialtwiztid

 

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