Delusions Sign To Tragic Hero Records; Debut Full Length Due Out Early Summer

Burgeoning Raleigh, NC indie Tragic Hero Records continues to expand its roster. The label just announced its latest signing, NJ/PA ambient hardcore metal act Delusions, which will release its Drew Fulk-produced debut full-length in early summer. Look for the band on the road throughout 2011. For the band’s latest tour dates visit: www.myspace.com/delusionsnj.

About Delusions: Amidst most bands in their respective genre these days, melody and harmony seems to be a key element to the attention sustained by any desired audience or wealth of fans. Delusions, despite any premeditated first impression, carry this desired weight with each song they present – no matter how heavy, or how dark. Producer Drew Fulk exemplified this in their highly anticipated debut record for 2011, “The Language Barrier,” to be released through Tragic Hero Records. This release packs 10 crushing songs, each supplied with their own unique groove, texture, and low-tuned striations similar to the likes of For The Fallen Dreams, Meshugghah, and Misery SIgnals. There is a also a noticeable sense of comforting ambiance in each song, characterized to the writing styles of Oceana (prior years) and Of Machines. Vocalist Trevor Gildbride maintains a charisma that will allow fans to separate him from any other multitude of competitive vocalists, taking into additional consideration the raw, distinct tonality of his voice that surely leaves a “memorable kick” to back of one’s head.

Delusions includes 4 other members, each with a valuable mark and presentation both in the writing process and live performance. Tony Ciaramello and Andrew Lopez on guitar, Christopher Definis on drums, and Brendan Walsh on bass completes the lineup. New Jersey and Pennsylvania are to be credited as their home-town states, and share a beneficial factor on their personalities and motivational attitudes. Delusions are expected to be a tough competitor in the league or Hardcore / Metalcore bands alike, and will likely claim territory to the fields the play in.

Stingray – The Complete Series (DVD Set)

Mill Creek knows how to pull series from well beyond the grave and provide viewers with an experience that many of them have not had since the show originally aired. For those that were not alive or watching NBC from 1985 to 1987, Stingray was a Stephen J. Cannell (The Rockford Files, The A-Team) production. Provided further energy through the inclusion of a number of different musical interludes, Stingray is a show with a tremendous premise – Ray (Nick Mancuso, of Embassy and Under Siege) helps people with whatever problems they may have. In exchange, Ray extracts a future favor with each person ey helps. Ray is a true renaissance man, controlling of eir mind and body to the point that ey can slow down eir heart or assume the mantle of a number of different and distinct characters. Ey can also hack computers, take down even the most educated feet, and remember practically anything that eir series. Ray’s interactions with the world are always intense and fun; the show’s two-hour pilot immediately straps viewers in and does not let them go for a good two hours. Continue reading “Stingray – The Complete Series (DVD Set)”

MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE TO RELEASE LIMITED-EDITION VINYL VERSIONS OF CURRENT ALBUM, DANGER DAYS: THE TRUE LIVES OF THE FABULOUS KILLJOYS, ON FEBRUARY 1ST

My Chemical Romance will release its current album, Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys on limited-edition colored and black vinyl on February 1st. In the U.S., 500 colored vinyl discs will be available for purchase exclusively at MCR’s webstore at www.mychemicalromance.com/shop, while 2,500 black vinyl discs will be available for purchase at retail outlets, the band’s website, and www.becausesoundmatters.com.

Released by Reprise Records on November 22nd, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys claimed the No. 1 spot on Soundscan’s Rock and Alternative Album Charts, and debuted at No. 8 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart, selling 112,460 units in its first week of release.

My Chemical Romance recently appeared on TBS’ Conan (watch their performance here: http://teamcoco.com/content/my-chemical-romance-perform-sing). The band will hit the road on March 31st for the North American leg of its 2011 “World Contamination Tour.”

www.mychemicalromance.com

Provoked – Infant in the Womb of Warfare (CD)

The clarity in which Provoked start out their “Night of the Livid Punks” really seems to show a different sound than was present in their “Infant in the Womb of Warfare”. New vocalist Kerri has a different sound to eir vocals that really seem sedate in wake of Scaba’s work, which are bolstered well when a second or third vocalist joins in . In fact, the stylistic change in regards to the instruments tends to draw Provoked away from the general sound promoted by the Profane Existence bands and into something closer to GMM Records (Patriot, Ducky Boys). The one thing that can be said about Provoked is that they do come forth with a differing method of assault between these two albums, instead of trying to milk a specific style to its conclusion.

The simple arrangements of the bass lines during “Beatin’ Around The Bush” adds a certain amount of confidence and authority that just are not to be found with arrangements that rapidly grow more chaotic. By “Lumbergh Fucked Em!”, Provoked has decided to change up their style again, this time choosing to excite listeners with an nuanced (yet still speedy) sound that will have listeners focused in more on the interplay of instruments rather than any one constituent part. Each track seems to draw a little more on the track that preceded it, so there is a nice feeling of cohesion (and the necessary experimentation) throughout the entirety of the disc. What really becomes a treat during “Prepare For The Cold” is when another set of vocals join in with Kerri; this has the benefit of breaking up the oft-similar sound of Kerri’s screaming and really allows Kerri to do different things with eir vocals (just take “Discarded Lives”, which has Kerri do a vocal breakdown and nearly speak out a line or two before assuming eir normal role on the disc.

The incorporation of even more styles than on the previous album shows a band that can even take aural hints from the guitar work of bands like Bad Religion while throwing on five or six different levels of their own creation (“Old World Traits”). Finishing off the disc with the spastic sounds of “Mad Heads Collide”, Provoked show a nice amount of musical growth that is coupled with a maintenance of much of the sound and fury that made “Prepare For The Cold” such a memorable album. The fact that there was a lineup change between album may make the band sound a little different, but Kerri succeeds in all senses of the term on this album.

Top Tracks: Mad Heads Collide, Beatin’ Around The Bush

Rating: 8.1/10

Provoked – Infant in the Womb of Warfare / 2005 Profane Existence / 10 Tracks / http://www.angelfire.com/band/provoked / http://www.profaneexistence.com / Reviewed 11 October 2005

[JMcQ]

“NYC SUCKS” VOLUME 1 OUT NOW!

olume 1 of NYC Sucks, the completely free comp we’ve compiled to spotlight some of the best metal bands currently dominating the New York metal scene. This volume features fourteen songs by as many bands, who run the gamut of genres, from death to tech to prog to grind to black to hardcore to doom and more. We truly feel that this is a great sampling of all that New York’s thriving metal scene has to offer, and we’re beyond proud to be sharing it with you — absolutely, 100% free of charge.

You can stream, or, better yet, just download the comp at the below address. It contains high-quality 320kbps MP3s, and as well as a PDF of digital liner notes with information about all the bands. Please help get the word out… send the comp to your friends, put it up on torrent sites, submit it to .rar Mediafire blogs… just spread the friggin’ music by any means necessary!
—> http://bit.ly/ihRkJX <--- Tracklisting: 1. East of the Wall, “The Ladder” 2. Made out of Babies, “Invisible Ink” 3. Tiger Flowers, “Cuts” 4. Black Anvil, “The Evil of All Roots” 5. Naam, “Frosted Tread” 6. Batillus, “The Children of the Night Make Their Music” 7. Meek is Murder, “Sundowners” (demo) 8. The Binary Code, “Encircled” 9. Castevet, “Stones” 10. Hung, “Desert of Sad” 11. Wizardry, “The Falconer” 12. Pyrrhon, “King of All Tears” 13. Mutant Supremacy, “Epitaph” 14. Incendiary, “Victory in Defeat” And don’t forget that Volume 2, featuring thirteen more great bands and songs, will be out on February 22nd!!!

Provoked – Infant in the Womb of Warfare (CD)

I honestly thought that this disc was skipping when the drum line to “Dead Hopes” started out. This drum line (laid down by Joey) is the equivalent to those jokes on shows like the Family Guy that move beyond the comfort level of the Aristophanesian-influenced “trio” jokes (something is funny when it happens to an individual three times). The humor in Family Guy’s jokes (and why exactly Joey’s drum line is so important here at the onset) is due to the breaking through of these arbitrary conventions. It is not only Joey who finds fun in breaking down conventions, as “Dickin Out” is a track that moves through a number of tempos, instead of locking into one style for a few minutes and allowing the track to fizzle out.

The mixture of metal guitar work and punk bass lines during a track like “SKO” really creates a nice Frankenstein’s monster, even if the bass work does tend to feel a little rough in regards to the spot-on guitar noodling on the track. “Milk Carton” continues this rough and raw sound, never really sounding as if an over-zealous producer has gotten eir grubby hands on the master tapes. What issues forth is a fury unmitigated, led single-handedly by Scaba’s vocals. These vocals vacillate between hoarsely-screamed out lyrics and almost-spoken words; the beauty inherent in Provoked really seems to be their continually-shifting sound. “Black Hole” has a maze-like bass line to the track that really sets the tone for the track, which couples a bassier sound with an in-track struggle between the guitars and drums for complete dominance.

While the typical response to someone playing this album would be to thrash around or drink or do something else while this plays, the fact is that Provoked put forth an immense amount of material each track, much of which just cannot be picked up by a casual listener. What simply sounds like a solid, loud bass line during “Black Hole” and “Flying Monkey” is in reality punctuated by lightning-fast diversions and a harmony that is only comparable at certain times (such as the vocals and guitar work on “Flying Monkey”). Overall, Provoked play a furious blend of punk, metal and thrash that skillfully grabs anything that seems worthwhile at the time (grunge/progressive-rock a la A.P.P.L.E. in “Faces Of Shame” en route to creating something completely new. The disc may be a few years old but the fury is not blunted by the passage of time.

Top Tracks: Flying Monkey, Faces of Shame

Rating: 7.5/10

Provoked – Infant in the Womb of Warfare / 2005 Profane Existence / 14 Tracks / http://www.angelfire.com/band/provoked / http://www.profaneexistence.com / Reviewed 11 October 2005

[JMcQ]

2011 METALLIANCE TOUR DATES OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED VIP TICKET INFO NOW AVAILABLE

The 2011 Metalliance Tour dates have officially been announced. The tour sponsored by Revolver
Magazine, Loudtrax.com, Brooklyn Vegan, Mosh Potatoes Cookbook and Giddy Up! Sauces is proud to announce HELMET,
SAINT VITUS and CROWBAR for its inaugural line up. Tour dates can be found below.

TOUR POSTER: https://www.box.net/shared/n3yv79xgh9

03/17/11 Dallas, TX @ Southside Music Hall
03/18/11 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog / SXSW
03/19/11 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
03/20/11 St Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
03/21/11 Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live
03/22/11 Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street
03/23/11 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
03/24/11 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
03/25/11 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
03/26/11 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
03/27/11 Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s
03/29/11 Denver, CO @ The Summit
03/31/11 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
04/01/11 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
04/03/11 San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
04/05/11 Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues

$50 VIP tickets will be available courtesy of Artist Arena. This very special package will include:
– A General Admission Ticket
– Access to a Meet & Greet with Metalliance lineup
– A Metalliance hot sauce bottle
– A Commemorative VIP Show Laminate
– An Autographed poster
– 1 Issue of Revolver Magazine

One grand prize winner will be randomly selected for a Dinner With The Bands, an autographed Mosh Potatoes Cookbook
and one T-shirt from each of the bands.

One second-place winner will randomly be selected for a one-on-one guitar lesson with Kirk Windstein from Crowbar and an
autographed Mosh Potatoes Cookbook.

Proverb – Proverbs (CD)

Underground rap is always really hit or miss, and Proverb’s self-titled single, “Proverbs” exemplifies that to a t. With a loud synth line struggling to overtake Proverb’s flow. In fact, Proverb seems a little compressed in eir music, with the lush synth choking eir slowly. The hook is found on the earliest seconds of the disc and really amounts to a premature ejaculation on the tack. While Proverb tries to wow with eir flow, each line bogs down with the incredible amount of syllables found. The production value on “Proverbs” is fairly high, with only the aforementioned problem concerning the extremely high level of the the backing beat. While a single is probably the worst way to judge an act, Proverb just stays the course for this track and finds eirself being nothing better or worse than average. Hopefully an EP or LP can come out for individuals to get a better idea of where Proverb is coming from and what all ey has in eir. 15 is young to start out, and ey can only get better from here.

Rating: 5.2/10

Proverb – Proverbs / 2004 Self-Released / 2 Tracks / http://www.soundclick.com/bands/6/proverb.htm / Reviewed 18 October 2004

LEGION OF THE DAMNED Tour

LEGION OF THE DAMNED reached a tremendous rank # 27 in the official German and rank # 55 in the Austrian albumcharts!
You can see LEGION live cause they are on the road with the NECKBREAKERS BALL TOUR:

2011-02-01 DE- Frankfurt Batschkapp
2011-02-02 DE- Bad Arolsen Outback
2011-02-03 DE- Saarbrücken Garage
2011-02-04 DE- München Backstage
2011-02-05 BE- Antwerpen Hof Ter Loo
2011-02-06 NL- Tilburg 013

PUJOL Introduction

PUJOL was raised in Tullahoma, Tennessee, where he lived in a haunted house which sat one block away from the wrong side of the tracks. He spent his formative years scribbling on walls, shredding behind closed doors, and riding around in cars with older kids. He took his first communion at 13 and secretly drank his first beer shortly thereafter in St. Cecilia’s bathroom, emerging an identity-inclusive Peter Panentheist.

When asked at the tender age of 4 what he wanted to be when he grew up, he responded, “Naked.” While PUJOL has yet to achieve this particular goal he has made good on several other promises, becoming an accomplished musician, author, and songwriter. He has even dabbled in theatre, playing The Robot in a high school production of The Canterbury Tales. He is also a prominent social critic, shreditorialist, unlicensed metaphysician, and polymathmagician. Some journalists have called PUJOL the “Philosopher King of the Nashville Scene”, and while he shies away from such lofty titles and burning windmills, he totally digs the literary allusion, as does his mom.

PUJOL’s “Black Rabbit” 7″ is out now on Third Man Records. Look out for the new limited edition 7″, “Mayday”, is also out now on Turbo Time Records.

Upcoming US Tour Dates
2/1/11 – The Bottletree Cafe – Birmingham, AL*
2/2/11 – The End – Nashville, TN*
2/3/11 – King Barcade – Raleigh, NC*
2/4/11 – Comet Pizza – Washington D.C.*
2/5/11 – 285 Kent – Brooklyn, NY*
2/6/11 – Machines with Magnets – Providence, RI*
2/7/11 – The OX – Philadelphia, PA*
2/8/11 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH*
2/9/11 – MOTR Pub – Cincinnati, OH

*w/ Monotonix

PUJOL
Daniel Pujol – Vocals / Guitar
Sean Thompson – Guitar
Joey Scala – Bass
Adam Tanaka – Drums

www.myspace.com/danielluccapujol
www.thirdmanrecords.com
www.turbotimerecords.com