Total Assault News for 8/21

 Here is some information that Total Assault thought was particularly breaking, but was not long enough to merit a full article:

This week marks the long awaited second album from Texas’ own Eisley. Combinations finds the band, made up of 4 siblings and one cousin, pushing their brand of britpop influenced songs into far more orchestral areas. The Duprees worked with film composer and former Oingo Boingo keyboardist Richard Gibbs at his Woodshed Studios in Malibu, CA. The producer helped the quintet explore their more avant-garde impulses on songs such as “If You’re Wondering” and even their rootsier influences on “Ten Cent Blues.” The band is gearing up to support the album with a tour with Mute Math which kicks off in September. Continue reading “Total Assault News for 8/21”

Obliteration Interview (NeuFutur Vintage Pieces)

1)Who are the members of the band and what do they play?:

Eric Stitnum (Vocals), John Reyna (guitar), Billy Flint (guitar), Vince Zenobi (bass), Michael DeAntonio (drums)

2) How old are each of you?

16, 16, 16, and 17. Michael’s the youngest and Billy’s the oldest. Continue reading “Obliteration Interview (NeuFutur Vintage Pieces)”

Introducing… The Selfish Gene

Remember Biology 101 in college? For many, it was filled with dissecting animals, usually frogs (eww, gross!) or struggling to stay awake during multiple slide shows of how groups of organisms are ranked from the general of domain to the specific of species (Y-A-W-N.)

But not everyone was falling asleep during lectures. Especially not The Selfish Gene who’s name was lifted from the book that made the world re-evaluate their thoughts on evolution — The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins. Continue reading “Introducing… The Selfish Gene”

Lifehouse – Who We Are

Lifehouse – Who We Are / 2007 Geffen / 12 Tracks / / /

You know, I had no clue that Lifehouse took their name from a failed Who follow-up to their classic album “Tommy”. Enough for random trivia: “Who We Are” marks the fourth full length album for Lifehouse, and it shows the same sort of stable sound that acts like Nickelback and Daughtry have been creating throughout their careers. The first track on this album is “Disarray”. It takes only a few seconds to start, the band is able to command the attention of listeners soon after. “First Time” is probably how individuals will be introduced to this album. Continue reading “Lifehouse – Who We Are”

Will Smith’s Protege K. Smith Makes His Debut With ‘Better Man’ Featuring Omarion

New Rapper From Philly Performs On The Russ Parr Back To School Tour

NEW YORK, Aug. 14 /PRNewswire/ — Will Smith became the first rapper to win a Grammy in 1998, and now nearly a decade later, his nephew K. Smith is following in his footsteps with his debut single “Better Man” featuring Omarion. The song is heating up radio and video outlets across the country (video directed by Omarion’s manager Chris Stokes), and now K. Smith is introducing himself on his first tour, the Russ Parr Back To School Tour which kicked off August 3rd in Detroit and continues through August 17th in Washington, D.C. Continue reading “Will Smith’s Protege K. Smith Makes His Debut With ‘Better Man’ Featuring Omarion”

IAMX (featuring Chris Corner, Sneaker Pimps) Returning to the U.S. For a Full Tour

“Heavier, dirtier and more sinister than the Sneaker Pimps’ listener-friendly sounds, The Alternative is almost industrial without the excessive noise. Taking the buzzes from that genre and mixing them with electro elements, orchestral washes and Corner’s dangerous delivery makes for a tempting mix.” – Remix Magazine Continue reading “IAMX (featuring Chris Corner, Sneaker Pimps) Returning to the U.S. For a Full Tour”

Sacha Sacket – Lovers and Leaders

Sacha Sacket – Lovers and Leaders / 2007 Golden Sphinx / 11 Tracks / /

Sacha Sacket plays a brand of pop music that takes on the style of a Stephen Curtis Chapman or a Michael Smith. However, during tracks like “Stay”, there seems to be much more of an electronic influence to the track than either of those two singer songwriters. It is almost as if Sacket has taken on a little bit of a Fischerspooner to the overall emotional brand of pop music that is presented during “Lovers and Leaders”. “Halo” is the first track that shows a little bit of a crack in Sacket’s foundation. While the song still has the honesty and eager sound present in Sacket’s vocals, it just feels as if there could be a little bit more in the way of variation in the instrumentation here. Continue reading “Sacha Sacket – Lovers and Leaders”

Cradle To Grave Tap Devin Townsend to mix “Texas Medicine”

CRADLE TO GRAVE, featuring ex-AGGRESSION guitarist Denis “Sasquatch” Barthe, have announced that they have enlisted Devin Townsend (Lamb of God, Darkest Hour, GWAR) to mix and master their upcoming new album “TEXAS MEDICINE”. The new LP will be released on Year of the Sun Records.

“We got introduced to Devin through a mutual friend which is kind of ironic since I know Gene Hoglan way back from the Dark Angel days but never had the chance to meet Devin via the drum god,” says Barthe. “We’re almost done all the vocals and guitar solos which will be followed by our favorite mad scientist mixing up the insanity.”

The album was recorded at Speaker Freaker Studios in Surrey, British Columbia. The album is the follow-up to 2004’s “CTG”, which prompted to say, “Huge, sludgy slabs crawl out of nowhere, but the group focus most of their attention on creating non-stop lethal carnage in the form of violent chops and bone shaking rhythm.” The album also scored a solid 8/10 from Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles.

“There is not one similar song and we wanted to confuse the shit out of people. I’m pretty sure we succeeded,” says Barthe about the album’s sonic direction. “You pretty much got it all in there; crushing 80’s hardcore crossover, high flying velocity riffs, insane drumming, thrash metal attack, Cavanagh’s arsenal of screams, epic war songs, Yes-inspired acoustic pieces. I mean, we’re all over the place. We wanted to create an album that surprises our listeners.”

CRADLE TO GRAVE has also recently announced the return of ex-Karrion & Assault drummer Matt Fowler to their ranks. The band has four tracks from their debut album uploaded at the following location

The track listing for “TEXAS MEDICINE” will contain the following tracks:

01. Five Years of Fire
02. At War With Myself
03. Fuck It Up
04. Broken God
05. I Am Nothing
06. At Last
07. From Nowhere To Nowhere
08. The Light
10. Daughters
11. Nothing Left To Taste
12. Beheaded In Paris

Carpal Interview (NeuFutur Vintage Pieces)

1. Who are the members of the band and what do they play?

1)Who are the members of the band and what do they play? Jim Kang – Guitars, Vocals, Miscellaneous Jason “Rabirius” Parise – Bass, Vocals Dan McNevin – Rhythm Guitar, Vocals We seem to have a different drummer for each album. Continue reading “Carpal Interview (NeuFutur Vintage Pieces)”

Watch Monty Are I’s video for “Between The Sheets” on Purevolume!

Monty Are I are proud to unveil their video for “Between The Sheets,” the first single off their Stolen Transmission debut, Wall of People.

The video was done entirely by the band, from beginning to end, last December over two freezing cold Rhode Island nights. They started by scheduling two big holiday shows in their home state and personally assembled a stage, rigged up lighting, and set up the sound for what would become the live concert footage included in the video. They wanted to make sure their most loyal and enthusiastic fans would be part of one of their biggest milestones as a band.

Over the course of the next week, the band conceived a concrete idea for the the video and enlisted friend Chris Faulisi to help them start turning their vision into a “reel” reality.

Monty Are I filmed the video at some of their favorite spots in their hometown of Providence. The video features cameos from the band’s family and friends, making it very near and dear to their hearts.
After the filming was over, Justin Muir (drums, sampling) spent the next couple weeks editing the video in Final Cut Pro on his laptop. With extremely limited amounts of time, money and resources, Monty Are I managed to accomplish something they are really excited to finally show the whole world. Enjoy!


Watch “Between The Sheets” NOW on Purevolume HERE

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Tour Dates

September 8 – The Station – Portland, ME*
September 9 – Avalon – Boston, MA*
September 10 – Lupo’s – Providence, RI*
September 11 – The Chameleon – Lancaster, PA*
September 15 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH*
September 17 – Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA*
September 18 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC*
September 19 – Johnson State College (Dibden Center) – Johnson, VT
September 20 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ+
September 21 – Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA+
September 22 – Rochester Institute of Tech (Clark Gym) – Rochester, NY+
September 23 – Headliners – Toledo, OH+
September 26 – St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI+
September 27 – The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI+
September 28 – Metro – Chicago, IL+

* w/ Sum 41, Yellowcard & Amber Pacific
+ w/ Sum 41, Amber Pacific

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