Twitching Tongues announces North American tour with Code Orange, Vein, and more

– April 26th, 2018 –

After releasing their new album, Gaining Purpose Through Passionate Hatred, last month, Twitching Tongues are now ready to get back on the road in support of it, this time heading out with Code Orange and Vein – plus Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, Trail of Lies, Ghostemane, Kaonishi, Nicole Dollanganger, Show Me The Body, and Disembodied on select shows. See below for all dates!

Twitching Tongues tour dates
w/ Code Orange, Vein, Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, Trail of Lies, Ghostemane, Kaonishi, Nicole Dollanganger, Show Me The Body, Disembodied

June 22 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club *
June 23 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza *
June 24 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer **
June 26 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club ##
June 27 – Detroit, MI – Shelter at St. Andrew’s Hall ##
June 28 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge ##
June 29 – St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar and Hall
June 30 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada
July 2 – Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater
July 5 – San Francisco, CA – August Hall #%
July 6 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent #%
July 7 – Mesa, AZ – The Nile %
July 9 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada %
July 10 – Austin, TX – Barracuda %
July 11 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall %
*=w/ Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, Trail of Lies
**=w/ Ghostemane
#=w/ Disembodied
##=w/ Nicole Dollanganger
%=w/ Show Me The Body

The title for Twitching Tongues‘ fourth full-length, Gaining Purpose Through Passionate Hatred, was drawn from a quote by famed social philosopher Eric Hoffer – “Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life” – and it reflects the band’s mentality in approaching the record: paying homage to those who supported them while belligerently responding to their detractors. With “failure” as a core theme driving Colin Young’s lyrics, it also features his first foray into the political arena, motivated by the contemporary political climate to speak his mind. Directly inspired by film scores, the record has a strong epic feel, the band realizing their vision of having the music flow like a story being told. With interconnected parts, musical references and callbacks in each song, everything is tied together in a manner unlike any of their previous releases. At the same time, while maintaining the same levels of hardness and aggression that has characterized their later work, it features much more immediate and memorable melodies, which evoke the sound of In Love There Is No Law yet at the same time feel fresh and new.

To preview and purchase Gaining Purpose Through Passionate Hatred, please visit: metalblade.com/twitchingtongues

Twitching Tongues line-up:
Colin Young – Vocals
Taylor Young – Guitar/Vocals
Sean Martin – Guitar
Alec Faber – Bass
Cayle Sain – Drums

Twitching Tongues online:
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Altar Premiere New Official Music Video & Single “Unfinished Business”

Netherland’s death metal band Altar premiere a new official music video and single titled “Unfinished Business”. The video was directed and produced by Sebastiaan Spijker of Metal Media – Music Video Production.

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Altar Premiere New Official Music Video & Single “Unfinished Business”

Netherland’s death metal band Altar premiere a new official music video and single titled “Unfinished Business”. The video was directed and produced by Sebastiaan Spijker of Metal Media – Music Video Production.

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Alkaloid (Obscura, Etc.) Premiere New Track “Chaos Theory And Practice”

Alkaloid (Obscura, etc.) premiere their new song “Chaos Theory And Practice“. The band’s new effort “Liquid Anatomy” is due out May 18th via Season Of Mist.

Explains the group’s vocalist/guitarist Morean:

“This is the second of two new songs in the Dyson saga, which I started on our first album. When we set up the band back in 2012, getting a chance and platform to write these tracks was one of my main reasons to join – and when I had finished the first four songs, I realized that this story had only just begun… This time around, I’m realizing once more that it’s far from finished.

The Kardashev scale, which is used to measure how advanced a spacefaring civilization is, is nothing less than a technological path leading planet-bound organisms to becoming cosmic overlords – basically, god. In these two new songs, the sentient, self-aware ‘spaceship’ that developed from the swarm of robots that built the Dyson Sphere now finds itself traveling interstellar distances at, well, nothing more than the speed of a truck, pulling the sun with it by a technique called ‘star lifting’.

In the song that precedes this one on the album, ‘Interstellar Boredom‘, the aeons pass without much change, and it becomes obvious that any meaningful seeding of the galaxy will be impossible at these ridiculous time scales and vast distances. A drastic decision is made: the sphere sets course to Sirius B, the nearest white dwarf star. There, the sphere splits up again into thousands of little self-contained worldlets, watching as our good old sun is intentionally collided first into Sirius A, and then both of them into the white dwarf, which triggers a supernova explosion.

This extremely violent cosmic blast serves as a greatly accelerated way to spread the Dyson seeds across the galaxy, ending the dilemma of sluggish physical motion through endless distances in the most dramatic way. In ‘Chaos Theory and Practice‘, the plan is put into action. In a few stages of acceleration, like gear changes which are also noticeable in the music, this explosion that lights up the galaxy sends the now again separated parts of the sphere towards random destinations all over the galaxy.

The consideration behind this choice is that it can be better to throw it all up in the air, shuffle the cards anew, and take a risky maneuver that might end everything, than to condemn yourself to a near infinite wait in stasis, and the secure knowledge that on the path you’re on, nothing much is going to happen except inevitable insanity from cosmic isolation, and a resulting gradual death wish from a total lack of perspective.

Musically, I think we stayed true to the style laid out on the first album. But much more than a repetition of previous ideas, we feel we continued right where we left off this time around, eyes always on the horizon. We feel this is true for the entire album.

So although we are glad to welcome you back to Alkaloid’s universe, you all also know that there will always be a few surprises on the way. I’m extremely happy and proud for the chance to add these songs to our second album. Danny contributed some incomparable lead guitar sugar at the end as well. So enjoy, everyone!”

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Judas Priest & Deep Purple Co-Headlining Summer North American Tour Announced

Deep Purple and Judas Priest announce a North American summer co-headlining tour which will see them out across the United States and Canada kickking off in August. Dates for that trek include:

08/21 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
08/22 Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/24 Detroit, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
08/25 Mt. Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort
08/27 Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre
08/29 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
08/30 Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron
09/01 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
09/02 Bethel Woods, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
09/05 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
09/06 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
09/08 Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
09/09 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
09/11 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
09/12 Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
09/14 Atlanta, GA – Verizon Amphitheatre
09/16 Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
09/18 Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
09/20 Welch, MN – Treasure Island Casino
09/21 Council Bluffs, IA – Harrah’s Council Bluffs
09/23 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
09/26 San Diego, CA – Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
09/27 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
09/29 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
09/30 Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre

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Witch Casket Premiere Music Video For “The True Knot”

In anticipation of the release of their debut EP entitled “Hatred Index”, Southern California Blackened Death Metal outfit Witch Casket have announced the release of the music video for “The True Knot”, one of the tracks from their upcoming album due out April 27th. The video was filmed in Los Angeles and directed by the band’s vocalist “Drogoth”.

Watch the video below:

Drogoth had this to say about the video:

“Since our first music video was mainly a “performance” video, I wanted to do something more cinematic and story driven. The video finds the band members fleeing the city, being pursued by an unseen adversary, or perhaps being drawn to the outskirts by the call of a coven of powerful witches. The band is taken on a journey that serves as a sort of “origin story”, following them through a transformation from crestfallen reprobates to a stronger, more unified force. The video was shot on location in Downtown Los Angeles, as well as along the Angeles Crest Highway in the San Gabriel mountains.”

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Witch Casket Premiere Music Video For “The True Knot”

In anticipation of the release of their debut EP entitled “Hatred Index”, Southern California Blackened Death Metal outfit Witch Casket have announced the release of the music video for “The True Knot”, one of the tracks from their upcoming album due out April 27th. The video was filmed in Los Angeles and directed by the band’s vocalist “Drogoth”.

Watch the video below:

Drogoth had this to say about the video:

“Since our first music video was mainly a “performance” video, I wanted to do something more cinematic and story driven. The video finds the band members fleeing the city, being pursued by an unseen adversary, or perhaps being drawn to the outskirts by the call of a coven of powerful witches. The band is taken on a journey that serves as a sort of “origin story”, following them through a transformation from crestfallen reprobates to a stronger, more unified force. The video was shot on location in Downtown Los Angeles, as well as along the Angeles Crest Highway in the San Gabriel mountains.”

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Witch Casket Premiere Music Video For “The True Knot”

In anticipation of the release of their debut EP entitled “Hatred Index”, Southern California Blackened Death Metal outfit Witch Casket have announced the release of the music video for “The True Knot”, one of the tracks from their upcoming album due out April 27th. The video was filmed in Los Angeles and directed by the band’s vocalist “Drogoth”.

Watch the video below:

Drogoth had this to say about the video:

“Since our first music video was mainly a “performance” video, I wanted to do something more cinematic and story driven. The video finds the band members fleeing the city, being pursued by an unseen adversary, or perhaps being drawn to the outskirts by the call of a coven of powerful witches. The band is taken on a journey that serves as a sort of “origin story”, following them through a transformation from crestfallen reprobates to a stronger, more unified force. The video was shot on location in Downtown Los Angeles, as well as along the Angeles Crest Highway in the San Gabriel mountains.”

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Watch: Protosequence’s Guitar Playthrough for “Parasitic”

PROTOSEQUENCE guitarists Kyle Hunter and Dylan Parker are offering a shred-a-thon with a new playthrough video for the band’s track “Parasitic” streaming below.

Drawing influence from acts like All Shall Perish, August Burns Red, and The Black Dahlia Murder, PROTOSEQUENCE root their music in technicality while layering emotional, yet gruff vocals weaved into every track. The band transitions seamlessly through djent riffs, grinding drums and groove elements, making their sound versatile and ever-changing. Their latest EP “Biophagous” was unleashed during August of 2017 to follow their 2016 debut “Schizophrene”.

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Keyboardist Vikram Shankar joins progressive metal band Redemption

– April 11th, 2018 –

Photo credit: Stephanie Cabral

Keyboardist Vikram Shankar has joined progressive metal band Redemption. Nick van Dyk – the band’s guitarist and songwriter, who has also played the majority of keyboards on Redemption‘s seven studio albums – comments: “We haven’t had a dedicated keyboard player since before 2011′s ‘This Mortal Coil‘. We were very happy and fortunate to have had Greg Hosharian in the band for some time, but when Greg left to focus on composing and conducting classical music, we decided to continue without replacing him and I returned to playing keys in addition to guitar. I’m comfortable enough handling things, but at the same time, from a performance and also from a compositional standpoint, it’s always been in the back of my mind that having a dedicated keyboardist allows us to do more, sound better, and grow.”

Van Dyk continues: “Almost as soon as Tom [Englund, vocals] joined Redemption, he introduced me to Vikram by way of Vik’s YouTube channel, where Vik showcases both original compositions as well as stunning arrangements of some great progressive metal songs. I was utterly floored. This is a guy who has perfect pitch, tremendous feeling to his playing, and is absolutely a virtuoso – I mean he literally plays blindfolded to perfect his technique. I’ve never seen anything like it. Then we spent some time together, both one on one and then with the rest of Redemption, and learned he’s a terrific guy as well as a terrific musician. He came out to LA for a few days and spent some time adding some parts to our otherwise-finished upcoming release, Long Night’s Journey into Day, and it was evident that not only does he have technique and feel for miles to enhance our musicianship, but he and I share a similar compositional sensibility. We hear things the same way, plus Vikram adds fresh ideas and his tremendous talent as an arranger and writer. I can’t wait to involve him more in songwriting for future material, and we are all thrilled to have him join us on stage and in the studio. He’s an absolutely stunning talent.”

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to play alongside the talented folks in Redemption!” enthused Vikram. “The guys are wonderful musicians and wonderful people, and I can’t thank them enough for welcoming me into the fold as they have. Can’t wait to see and play for all the Redemption fans at Progpower USA and elsewhere, and for the future of our music and collaboration!”

Vik’s YouTube channel can be found at: youtube.com/channel/UCal7_PcromdHIiUfD_oa3Uw, and a good example of his technique and composition can be found in his Fugue in B Minor here: youtube.com/watch?v=tfVBTOJOfA8.

Already confirmed to headline ProgPower USA 2018, Redemption – featuring Tom Englund (vocals; Evergrey), Nick van Dyk (guitars and keyboards), Sean Andrews (bass), Chris Quirarte (drums), Vikram Shankar (keyboards) – will release their seventh full-length album, Long Night’s Journey into Day, this summer via Metal Blade Records. The first to be produced with Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Primal Fear, Amaranthe, Doro, etc.), Long Night’s Journey into Day also features guest guitarists Chris Poland (Megadeth, OHM) and Simone Mularoni (DGM). Stay tuned for more Redemption news coming soon!

Redemption online:
http://redemptionweb.com
https://www.facebook.com/RedemptionBand
https://twitter.com/redemptionmetal

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