Karl Schubach Breaks His Silence On Being Fired From Misery Signals

With Misery Signals‘ 2008 release having recently hit its tenth anniversary, the group’s ex-vocalist Karl Schubach breaks his silence on his 2014 firing from the band to make way for the return of his predecessor frontman Jesse Zaraska:

“This year marked the 10th anniversary of what, by definition, should have been one of the greatest accomplishments of my life. Misery Signals third studio album, Controller, was released July 22, 2008. I still receive floods of messages from fans explaining how much that album means to them.

To this day, I’ve maintained my silence in regards to my departure from the band which, in retrospect, might be part of the reason I find myself struggling with my mental health to this day.

Over the past few years, I’ve felt growing resentment, and increasing negativity towards my experience as a member of Misery Signals. Removal from the band has left me fighting increasing battles with depression, anxiety, and a complete loss of self-confidence that has severely affected my personal relationships, and has hindered the way I interact with people.

In order to grow, move forward, and begin the healing process I feel there’s no better time than this 10 year milestone to shed some light:

I received a phone call from Ryan in early October, 2015. It was only a week or so after I had made the drive two hours north to link up with Kyle and Stu at a Comeback Kid show in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It had been a while since I had any communication with the guys, as no touring plans were in the immediate future.

After the formalities and courteous catching up on life, Ryan’s tone shifted. I already knew what was coming, I could feel it in his voice. He proceeded to inform me that the band collectively had decided to continue on with the original vocalist Jesse, which whom they had re-established their relationship with through performing together on the Malice X tour a few years prior.

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For those who don’t know how I came to join the band, I submitted an audition via Myspace of myself singing over an instrumental track off their first record. At that point, they asked me to come down to Madison, WI in order to do an in-person audition, and to pack like I wouldn’t be coming home for a while. After a week of auditions and rehearsals, it was official: This random kid from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada became the vocalist of his favorite band.

Everything was great in the honeymoon phase. Being on tour, in a different city every night, playing music to hundreds of people, sharing a stage with my idols…every….single….night. I was in no position to call any shots, nor did I want to. I was the new kid, and a literal stranger thrown into a world that was completely unknown to me. These guys had been touring together for years. They clearly had everything figured out. I was content in just being along for the wild ride.

Communication had never been the band’s strong suit. Although tempers never flared, feelings were rarely expressed. It felt like we would rather just bite our tongues, rather than butt heads in an effort to avoid confrontation. Quite simply, it was easier this way. I was guilty of it just the same.

Towards the end of an Australian tour, Stu and Kyle both announced their intentions to leave the band upon our return home. I remember Ryan and I having a conversation about the future of the band, and how he thought it should play out. Eventually he ended up recruiting Greg Thomas, who we had met while he was filling in on guitar for Shai Hulud. With Greg in the mix, it came time to start the writing process for what would become Absent Light.

Something changed in me during the writing of Absent Light. I felt like every decision was being made without my consideration. As if my opinion didn’t count for anything. Seven years, hundreds of shows, thousands of miles, and here I was still feeling like the new kid as I perceived to watch Greg waltz in and immediately get to start calling the shots alongside Ryan as to how things should sound, the recording process, the mix, etc.

That was the first time I could pinpoint that something wasn’t right. I found my mind constantly taking me to a dark place where I only had the ability to feel like a victim, and like everyone was out to get me. Every set of thoughts was illogical, and irrational.

Nothing made sense, but I still tried to justify my sporadic thought patterns. Rather than seek help, or make anyone aware, I shut down. I became distant, passive, and secluded. I had trouble sleeping, and staying focused. All motivation, creativity and passion seemed to vanish. I felt numb…..empty.

I contributed almost nothing to the lyrical content of Absent Light, as I simply couldn’t find the inspiration anymore. That same inspiration, which at one point flourished, had simply evaporated. I removed myself from the recording process of Absent Light and returned home to Regina, where I tracked the vocals in my home studio to the lyrics and vocal patterns that Ryan provided.

The album released a few months later, and a very light touring schedule was set up to support it. The runs were much shorter than what we were typically used to, but that didn’t seem to change anything. I was miserable on the road, completely disengaged from everyone.

I was content in being in a bubble 23 hours of the day, playing the show, and then returning to isolation. This wasn’t a healthy existence for me, or for the rest of the band members. I knew it. They knew it.

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Flash forward to a day after that phone call: I was angry. I felt used, discarded like a piece of trash tossed to the roadside out of a moving vehicle. “How dare they?!” For them to simply tell me my services were no longer required after essentially putting “real life” on hold, and investing 9 years into helping them to continue living out their dream.

No severance package, no two weeks notice, just simply: “welp…See ya later”. It’s taken a lot of time and self-reflection to realize their decision to remove me from the equation wasn’t out of malice (bad reference, I know), but as a necessity for both parties to be able to continue a healthy existence.

Up until recently, I hadn’t listened to a Misery Signals song since that phone call. The countless framed tour posters, magazine articles, vinyls had been collecting dust in a dark corner of my basement for years, rather than being out on display. It pained me to look at them, because I collectively associated them with the result of that conversation, and not the incredible memories and friendships that each of them represented.

In an attempt to heal, I’m letting go of the resentment. I’m taking ownership of the role I played, and the end result. I’m dusting off those posters, and hanging them on the wall, as I feel like I can finally show how proud I am of what I accomplished in that time.

To Ryan, Branden, Kyle, Stu & Greg: I haven’t had the opportunity to tell you I’m sorry. I’m not proud of what I let myself become, and ask that you forgive me for not having the strength to get the help I needed back then. Part of me wishes things could have been different, but most of me also thanks you for doing the right thing. I wish you nothing but the best of luck with Jesse and the new album. I’ll be one of the first to pre-order it.

To everyone else: I hope that by reading this, I haven’t let any of you down. If any of you are struggling with depression or anxiety, please make getting help a priority. Don’t let it go untreated. If you feel alone or like you have no one to talk to, please message me. I’d be happy to help in any way I can.

Writing this all out has actually been very therapeutic. To the point where I now feel the need to rephrase the very first sentence I wrote:

‘This year marks the 10th anniversary of what, by definition, is one of the greatest accomplishments of my life.’”

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Krisiun Posts New Lyric Video, “Demonic III” Online

Brazilian death metal veterans Krisiun has posted a new lyric video online for the song, “Demonic III.” You can check it out below. The song comes from the band’s forthcoming new studio album, “Scourge Of The Enthroned,” which is scheduled to be released on September 7th through Century Media Records.

Speaking about the track, the band stated:
“It’s pure relentless death metal in your face, straight forward, no bullshit, uncommercial, no computer ‘quantization’, no editing, just the pure human feel of Death Metal. The Demonic III are back!”

Recorded with Andy Classen at Stage One Studio in Germany (Belphegor, Legion Of The Damned), who has previously worked with the band on Conquerors Of Armageddon, Southern Storm and The Great Execution, the newest album features artwork by Eliran Kantor (Testament, Hate Eternal, Incantation).

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Drawn and Quartered Debut New Song “Nefarious Rites” From Upcoming New Album “The One Who Lurks”

Drawn and Quartered debut a new song entitled “Nefarious Rites”, taken from their first album in six years “The One Who Lurks”, whichwill be released on July 27th by Krucyator Productions.

Check out now “Nefarious Rites” below.

The One Who Lurks by DRAWN AND QUARTERED

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Revocation launches video for first single from new album, ‘The Outer Ones’

– July 10th, 2018 –

‘The Outer Ones’ now available for pre-order

On September 28th, Revocation will release their new album, The Outer Ones, via Metal Blade Records. For a preview of The Outer Ones, a video for the first single, “Of Unworldly Origin” (directed by David Brodsky / www.davidsbrodsky.com), can be viewed at: metalblade.com/revocation – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:


–jewelcase-CD
–transparent blue w/ black smoke vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 750 copies)
–purple w/ kelly green splatter vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
–transparent grey inside opaque grey vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
–opaque cyan / aqua vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 250 copies)
–180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
–transparent olive green marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–transparent red/black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–clear w/ red, blue & green splatter (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–clear water blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–transparent dark green/black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

The Outer Ones sees Revocation pushing both the death metal and progressive elements of their signature sound harder than ever. “I knew that I wanted to go in a darker direction, and this is our most death metal album to date,” states vocalist/guitarist Dave Davidson. “Sometimes when death metal bands go down the prog route they lose some of that edge, but we wanted to keep the aggression at the forefront of what we do while still pushing our boundaries.” Moving away from the societal and historical themes that informed 2016′s Great is Our Sin, this time Davidson has immersed himself in the fantastic, evoking one of the great writers of the sci-fi/horror genre. “The title is my ode to H.P. Lovecraft and the entities of pure cosmic horror that rule that universe he created. Since the new music we were writing was so evil and spacey in sections it seemed to be the right title to fit the overall vibe. But while the lyrical content is largely influenced by such writings, in every allegory there is of course some reflection of the real world, so I enjoy writing in a way that could have one overlaying meaning and then another deeper, symbolic meaning as well.”


The Outer Ones track-listing
1. Of Unworldly Origin
2. That Which Consumes All Things
3. Blood Atonement
4. Fathomless Catacombs
5. The Outer Ones
6. Vanitas
7. Ex Nihilo
8. Luciferous
9. A Starless Darkness

On August 6th, The Outer Ones will be played in advance of release, at an exclusive album listening party (sponsored by Metal Injection) at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, NY – with Revocation‘s Dave Davidson in attendance! After the record is played in its entirety, fans are welcome to join Davidson for metal karaoke, plus discounted drinks all night long. To RSVP for this event, please email: revocationparty@gmail.com

This September/October, Revocation will head out on the road for their first North American headlining tour in several years, with Exhumed, Rivers Of Nihil, and Yautja as support. See below for all dates!


Revocation tour dates
w/ Exhumed, Rivers Of Nihil, Yautja

Sept. 17 – Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery
Sept. 18 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
Sept. 19 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Sept. 21 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
Sept. 22 – Austin, TX – Come & Take It Live
Sept. 23 – Ft. Worth, TX – Rail Club
Sept. 24 – Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard
Sept. 26 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
Sept. 27 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
Sept. 28 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
Sept. 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Union
Sept. 30 – Petaluma, CA – Phoenix Theatre
Oct. 1 – Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
Oct. 3 – Vancouver, BC – Astoria*
Oct. 4 – Spokane, WA – The Pin
Oct. 5 – Seattle, WA – Highline
Oct. 6 – Portland, OR – Analog
Oct. 7 – Boise, ID – Shredder
Oct. 9 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Oct. 10 – Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
Oct. 11 – Minneapolis, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Grill
Oct. 12 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
Oct. 13 – Kent, OH – The Outpost
Oct. 14 – Detroit, MI – Loving Touch
Oct. 15 – Toronto, ON – Hard Luck*
Oct. 16 – Ottawa, ON – Mavericks*
Oct. 17 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques*
Oct. 18 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
Oct. 19 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
Oct. 20 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
*= No Exhumed

Revocation line-up:
David Davidson – Guitars / Vocals
Dan Gargiulo – Guitars / Vocals
Brett Bamberger – Bass / Vocals
Ash Pearson – Drums

Revocation online:
http://www.revocationband.com
https://www.facebook.com/Revocation
https://twitter.com/revocation
https://www.youtube.com/OfficialRevocation

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KEN mode Debut Music Video For “Feather & Lips”

A new music video for KEN mode‘s new track “Feather & Lips” is streaming below.

Comments guitarist/vocalist Jesse Matthewson:

“I’ve never understood why so many of the most aggressive and extreme/cruel political figures are also the least likely candidates to win in an actual fight. This isn’t exclusive to either side of the spectrum. There’s a hole in these people that is being filled with being a dick to and/or trying to control other humans with some of the most irrational bullshit. And their voices are always the ones being heard, because they tend to be yelling the loudest…”

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Dream Theater Enters The Studio To Begin Writing New Album

In late 2017, Dream Theater signed with Sony Music’s progressive imprint InsideOutMusic. Now, in preparation for the band’s fourteenth studio album and their first album ever produced in collaboration with this leading worldwide label, they are pleased to announce that they have entered the studio to begin the writing process.

Recently, John Petrucci and James LaBrie shared a quick video update from the writing sessions on the band’s official Facebook page (see below).

James comments: “We’ve been here for one week and it is going sensational. Everybody is in the one room… and I gotta tell you, if the first week is any indication of where this album is going, you’re in for a treat.”

John adds: “There’s a lot of ideas flowing, and it’s already been really productive after only a week in. So far the music is heavy, progressive, melodic, shredding and it’s epic.”

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Drawn and Quartered Debut New Song “Deliverance To the Worms” From Upcoming New Album “The One Who Lurks”

Drawn and Quartered debut a new song entitled “Deliverance To the Worms”, taken from their upcoming new album “The One Who Lurks”, whichwill be released on July 27th by Krucyator Productions.

Check out now “Deliverance To the Worms” below.

The One Who Lurks by DRAWN AND QUARTERED

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Soulfly Add UK Headlining Dates To European Tour

Soulfly will be out on the road for a number of UK headlining dates in August around their appearance at this year’s ‘Boomtown Fair‘. Below’s how their entire European tour schedule runs:

06/16 Grafenhainchen, GER – With Full Force
06/19 Rostock, GER – M.A.U. Club
06/21 Copenhagen, DEN – Refshaleoen
06/22 Halden, NOR – Tons Of Rock
06/24 Aachen, GER – Musikbunker
06/25 Essen, GER – Turock
06/26 Haarlem, NET – Patronaat
06/28 Belfort, FRA – La Poudriere
06/29 Epinal, FRA – La Souris Verte
07/01 Cuneo, ITA – Nuvolari Liberia Tribu
07/02 Milan, ITA – Circolo Magnolia
07/03 Zagreb, CRO – Vintage Industrial Bar
07/04 Belgrade, SER – Fabrika
07/06 Sofia, BUL – Universada
07/07 Bucharest, ROM – Metalhead Meeting
07/08 Budapest, HUN – Durer Kert
07/09 Bratislava, SLO – Majestic Music Club
07/10 Wien, AUT – Szene
07/11 Dresden, GER – Beatpol
07/13 Gavle, SWE – Gefle Metal Festival
07/17 Tallinn, EST – Rockclub Tapper
07/18 Riga, LAT – Melna Piektdiena
07/19 Vilnius, LIT – Loftas Club
07/21 Wroclaw, POL – Zaklete Rewiry
07/22 Prague, CZE – Roxy
07/23 Zurich, SWI – Dynamo
07/25 Tolmin, SLO – Metaldays
07/27 Saint Jean de Vedas, FRA – Secret Place
07/28 Madrid, SPA – Sala Live
07/29 Malaga, SPA – Sala Eventual Music
07/30 Alicante, SPA – Sala The One
07/31 Barcelona, SPA – Sala Salamanrda
08/02 Kostrzyn nad Odra, POL – Pol’and’Rock Festival
08/06 London, UK – O2 Academy Islington
08/08 Glasgow, UK – King Tut’s
08/09 Newcastle, UK – Riverside
08/11 Winchester, UK – Boomtown Fair
08/12 Birmingham UK – O2 Institute 2
08/13 Bristol, UK – The Fleece

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Revocation announces North American headlining tour with Exhumed, Rivers Of Nihil, Yautja

– June 5th, 2018 –

Reveals details about upcoming album, ‘The Outer Ones’

This September/October, Revocation will head out on the road for their first North American headlining tour in several years, with Exhumed, Rivers Of Nihil, and Yautja as support.

See below for all dates!

Revocation tour dates
w/ Exhumed, Rivers Of Nihil, Yautja

Sept. 17 – Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery
Sept. 18 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
Sept. 19 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Sept. 21 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
Sept. 22 – Austin, TX – Come & Take It Live
Sept. 23 – Ft. Worth, TX – Rail Club
Sept. 24 – Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard
Sept. 26 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
Sept. 27 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
Sept. 28 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
Sept. 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Union
Sept. 30 – Petaluma, CA – Phoenix Theatre
Oct. 1 – Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
Oct. 3 – Vancouver, BC – Astoria*
Oct. 4 – Spokane, WA – The Pin
Oct. 5 – Seattle, WA – Highline
Oct. 6 – Portland, OR – Analog
Oct. 7 – Boise, ID – Shredder
Oct. 9 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Oct. 10 – Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
Oct. 11 – Minneapolis, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Grill
Oct. 12 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
Oct. 13 – Kent, OH – The Outpost
Oct. 14 – Detroit, MI – Loving Touch
Oct. 15 – Toronto, ON – Hard Luck*
Oct. 16 – Ottawa, ON – Mavericks*
Oct. 17 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques*
Oct. 18 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
Oct. 19 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
Oct. 20 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
*= No Exhumed

Revocation will be touring in support of their upcoming album, The Outer Ones. Due out September 28th via Metal Blade Records, The Outer Ones sees the band pushing both the death metal and progressive elements of their signature sound harder than ever. “I knew that I wanted to go in a darker direction, and this is our most death metal album to date,” states vocalist/guitarist Dave Davidson. “Sometimes when death metal bands go down the prog route they lose some of that edge, but we wanted to keep the aggression at the forefront of what we do while still pushing our boundaries.” Moving away from the societal and historical themes that informed 2016′s Great is Our Sin, this time Davidson has immersed himself in the fantastic, evoking one of the great writers of the sci-fi/horror genre. “The title is my ode to H.P. Lovecraft and the entities of pure cosmic horror that rule that universe he created. Since the new music we were writing was so evil and spacey in sections it seemed to be the right title to fit the overall vibe. But while the lyrical content is largely influenced by such writings, in every allegory there is of course some reflection of the real world, so I enjoy writing in a way that could have one overlaying meaning and then another deeper, symbolic meaning as well.”

For a first preview of The Outer Ones, a short clip from the album can be heard at: facebook.com. Stay tuned for more details and music coming soon!

Revocation line-up:
David Davidson – Guitars / Vocals
Dan Gargiulo – Guitars / Vocals
Brett Bamberger – Bass / Vocals
Ash Pearson – Drums

Revocation online:
http://www.revocationband.com
https://www.facebook.com/Revocation
https://twitter.com/revocation
https://www.youtube.com/OfficialRevocation

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Otep Target Trump And His Administration In New Single & Video “To The Gallows”

Otep debut a lyric video for their new track “To The Gallows“. It’s the first single to be launched from the group’s new album, “Kult 45“, out July 27th via Napalm Records. The song and clip calls out current U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration.

Comments Otep frontwoman Otep Shamaya of the song:

“Art is resistance. Art allows us to fightback without violence. This song, ‘To the Gallows‘, is meant to shine a light on Traitor Trump’s attacks on the Constitution, on Healthcare, on the LGBTQ+, the African American, Hispanic and Muslim communities, DREAMERS, and women’s reproductive rights.

Not to mention that this spurious President might have committed just a little bit of light treason, but this is why we rally, this is why we march, and this is why I write. Because when I look back someday I want to know that I did everything in my power as an artist, activist and citizen, to stop him and his bigoted embryonic autocracy.”

Says Shamaya further of her intent with the track and the album:

“For me this song is a reminder that Trump needs to be held accountable for his crimes and he also needs to be reminded that the American people are the ones that have the true power in this country, and I want people to remember that. My hope is not only does it give people the courage to stand strong but it also gives them an opportunity to feel connected and sing along and feel empowered. Who knows, maybe the next time a rally comes around or a rally needs to be made, they’ll be open to being part of it.”

Adding:

“It’s meant to provoke. I hope it does. I’ve never been afraid to stand by what I say. I don’t worry about what some of his supporters might say. I don’t think they’re necessarily gonna be fans of my music anyway simply because of who I am — a loud-mouthed lesbian radical who’s fighting for the working class. That’s not normally what people who support Trump are appreciative of. I just make sure I’m not just running off at the mouth without actually knowing something about what I’m upset about.”

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