Platinum-certified and twice GRAMMY-nominated Michigan rock powerhouse I PREVAILave announced their upcoming record, ‘TRUE POWER’, their third full length offering on Fearless Records set to drop on 19th August 2022.
“Trauma was a very reflective record,” says singer Brian Burkheiser, referring to TRUE POWER‘s game-changing predecessor. “I’d struggled with a major vocal injury and had been wondering whether I wanted to continue doing this thing at all. Eric [Vanlerberghe] had also lost his best friend over that same time, so there was a lot of heartache behind it. With TRUE POWER, we were going into a new phase. After taking that trauma and figuring out how to channel it, you find this sense of newfound confidence and an ability to grow as a person: to become truly yourself. We took a ‘no rules’ mentality into the songwriting, and a lot of it is heavy as fuck, but the songs sound as diverse as they’ve ever been, too. There is a song on the record called ‘There’s Fear In Letting Go,’ and that became a huge mantra for us. Yeah, it can be scary letting go of things, but it can also help you take back everything that’s yours: which is exactly what we’ve done on this album.”
Check out the Cover Art, Tracklisting, Video for the first single, ‘Body Bag’ as well as Pre-order options below.
0:00 There’s Fear In Letting Go Body Bag Self-Destruction Bad Things Fake Judgement Day FWYTYK Deep End Long Live The King Choke The Negative Closure Visceral Doomed
Pre-order options are available via the following link.
I Prevail have revealed that they are rescheduling their tour of the UK and Europe to 2023.
They will unfortunately no longer be joined by Wage War and Dream State as they have dropped off the touring schedule, but Trash Boat have been added to the dates.
There’s one more supporting band on the lineup there. Any guesses?
Below are the UK Touring dates for March 2023.
17th – PORTSMOUTH Guildhall 18th – BRISTOL Academy 19th – BIRMINGHAM Academy 21st – LEEDS Academy 22nd – GLASGOW Academy 23rd – LIVERPOOL Academy 25th – DUBLIN Olympia 27th – MANCHESTER Victoria Warehouse 28th – NOTTINGHAM Rock City 29th – LONDON Brixton Academy
So it’s a bit of a good news, bad news situation today.
The good news is that the other day, the Welsh powerhouse Dream State dropped their stunning new single ‘Monsters’ on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show. You can read the review of the single here.
Singer CJ Gilpin explains – “Monsters is an expression of the inner goddess in me and is about the acceptance of my messy, chaotic energy; the owning and surrendering to who & what I am. It’s an awakening and I am saying, ‘I am okay with who I am and I will not be misled anymore’. It has taken lifetimes to get here.”
Produced by long term collaborator Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, BABY METAL, Bury Tomorrow) ‘Monsters’ is the first chapter in an incredibly busy next twelve months for DREAM STATE. The band are currently recording a new EP due for release in the first half of next year, and will also be unveiling a limited edition vinyl press of the ‘Recovery’ EP. These will be followed by their rescheduled UK tour supporting I, Prevail (on mostly already sold out shows) and slots on both Slam Dunk and 2000trees festivals.
The bad news is that the band also have announced the amicable departure of drummer Jamie Lee, who has decided to step away from band life. The band wish him well and will be announcing a permanent replacement in due course.
Check out the cover art for the track ‘Monsers’ below.
And check out the Music Video for ‘Monsters’ below.
The band are set to tour the UK in April / May 2021 in Support of I Prevail as well as perform at Slam Dunk Festival and 2000 Trees Festival.
Here are the dates.
April 30th – Leeds Beckett University (SOLD OUT)*
May 1st – Academy, Dublin (SOLD OUT)* 3rd – SWG3, Glasgow (SOLD OUT)* 4th – O2 Institute, Birmingham (SOLD OUT)* 6th – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London (SOLD OUT)* 7th – O2 Academy, Bristol (SOLD OUT)* 9th – Academy, Manchester (SOLD OUT)* 10th- Rock City, Nottingham (SOLD OUT)* 11th – Pyramids, Portsmouth (SOLD OUT)* 29th – Various Venues, Slam Dunk Festival
Michigan based band I Prevail have announced the details of an upcoming Live Record, which consists of live recordings of tracks from their latest record, ‘Trauma’, recorded from several live shows.
It’s set to be released on October 30th via Fearless Records.
Check out the Cover Artwork, Track Listing and Pre-Order Options below.
01.) Bow Down (Live from Grand Rapids) 02.) Paranoid (Live from Rock am Ring) 03.) Every Time You Leave (feat. Delaney Jane) (Live on SiriusXM) 04.) Rise Above It (Live from Montreal) 05.) Breaking Down (Live from Detroit) 06.) DOA (Live from London) 70.) Gasoline (Live from Download Australia) 08.) Hurricane (Live from Vienna) 09.) Let Me Be Sad (Live from Rehearsal) 10.) Low (Live from Boston) 11.) Goodbye (Live from Pittsburgh) 12.) Deadweight (feat. Caleb Shomo) (Live from Fayetteville) 13.) I Don’t Belong Here (Live from Rehearsal) 14.) Feel Something – ILLENIUM and Excision (with I Prevail) 15.) DOA (feat. Joyner Lucas) 16.) Hurricane (Reimagined) 17.) Every Time You Leave (feat. Delaney Jane) (Live Acoustic)
Hello everyone! Welcome back to the new music roundup. We’re here for a roundup of five of the best recently released tracks. They’re not all within the same genre and they’re all different in some way or another but that means that there’s a little something for everyone here but come on, let’s get down to the music!
First up this week, I’ve selected a cover. Don’t get mad at me because this reimagining of the track is absolutely amazing as it is hypnotic. This in their style provides a majesty to their sound which incorporates it into their unique style in a way nobody else could. Check out Palaye Royale’s cover of Tears For Fears ‘Mad World’ as the first pick of the New Music Roundup this week.
The next choice is from Not A Toy. ‘Antidote’ is a slow-burning genre slice of genius which has a bubbling bass and melody which will infect you in a way no current track does.The spine tingling vocals will only have you listing in again and again where you’ll want to visit their recently released self-titled EP again and again.
Moving to a stripped down track for the next pick this week, I Prevail have reeased an alternative version of ‘Every Time I Leave’, a track which was originally on their record, ‘Trauma’.
This version has an added bonus where it features vocals from JUNO award nominee, Delaney Jane.
For the penultimate track this week, we’re switching things into a totally different gear and heading into the world of pirate metal, namely Alestorm with their latest masterpiece off their latest release, ‘Curse Of The Crystal Coconut’ in the form of ‘Big Ship Little Ship’.
“Oh wow! We’ve all been stuck at home and incredibly bored since the release of our latest album ‘Curse of the Crystal Coconut’, so we thought we’d make a fun little ‘home video’ for y’all, to celebrate the digital release of our two bonus tracks ‘Big Ship Little Ship’ and ‘Bassline Junkie’. We even got the wonderful Patty Gurdy involved, since this song features a massive hurdy gurdy melody that she played on the record. Watch us do our normal everyday home activities, such as crossdressing, shouting obscenities at buildings, and hanging out in children’s playgrounds!”
And lastly this week, we’re heading over to West Virginia for the new masters of metalcore, Curses. The band recently released their latest record, ‘Chapter II: Bloom’ via Sharptone Records.
“For us, Chapter II is about growing and even flourishing through hardships such as loss. It acknowledges the beauty that can be found in the impermanence of all that exists, especially the beauty in one’s own mortality. The difficulties, suffering, and constant change we experience in life are precisely the things that motivate us and allow us to ‘bloom’.”
Of all the tracks ‘Toska’ stands out because of the suspense of the building of the track which just explodes into the huge sound which Curses are and with ‘Toska’ in their repertoire now, the single will only help build them up to be an exciting act when touring returns to our normal lives.
And that’s it for another week of a countdown of the best singles out in the world in the last week. Be sure to check back next-time for another round of great music videos. If you have any suggestions for me to check out, be sure to send an email or message us via the socials on Facebook or Twitter!
We’re back for another week! We have another roundup of ten music videos which have been recently released and they’re always some of my favourites! They’re not all within the same genre and they’re all different in some way or another but that means that there’s a little something for everyone here but enough talk, let’s get down to things.
First up this week we have KOU. This is a new project from Jon Wilkes (Ex- The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus) who released the video ‘Burn’, which exclusively premiered though Punktastic.
Wilkes started KOU in 2009 where the first single was released just back in 2018. In addition to this, KOU is an acronym which stands for ‘Kingdom Of Us’.
“The idea of running a (KOU)coup in defense of our livelihood as humans and anything that holds us back. It’s about following your dreams no matter the cost”-KOU
Wallflower have their upcoming debut record, ‘Teach Yourself To Swim’ set to be released on June 5th 2020.
The latest cut from their release comes in the form of ‘Further Down.
Vini Moreira-Yeoell comments:
“Everything that happens on this track is a perfect combination of everything this record is about and, ultimately, what this band is about. The lyrics to this song contain the album’s title ‘Teach Yourself To Swim’. In the context of the track, it could mean one thing but when you take those words and say them out loud they start to take their own form and we all felt the phrase represented the album perfectly. One of the biggest things we hope people take away from this album is that none of us claim to have any answers to the questions being asked by the songs on the record. It’s about conversation and discourse and figuring out a little bit more about our own traits – both positive and negative. Sometimes it all gets a little overwhelming, that’s what this song is about.”
We move to something a little more crazy in the form of In Hearts Wake. They have a new release for ‘Hellbringer’.
It’s a pretty mental video where you have Polaris’s Jamie Hails turn into a werewolf as well as blood raining down on everyone.
On the track Jake Taylor (vocals) said:
“At some of our American shows extremist groups have picketed outside, telling our fans that they’re ‘going to hell’. If only they knew just how positive the energy inside the venue was! Never judge a book by it’s cover. So rather than fight hate with hate, we decided to have some fun and lean into the metal stereotype.
In 2020 with live streams becoming the new norm, we decided to stage our own hell-bent circus. We thought it would be funny to ask Jamie to dress up as a werewolf, turn me into a vampire and rain blood on the entire band. Guess Halloween came early this year. Thank you Blade.”
The track is off their upcoming release, ‘Kaliyuga’ which is set to be released on August 7th via UNFD.
Let’s keep the genre of the weird and wonderful going. Creeper have added to their upcoming, ‘Sex, Death & The Infinite Void’. The latest cut is ‘All My Friends’, which was filmed remotely and put together by non other than Oll Appleyard (Static Dress).
Moving into the singer / songwriter category now we have A.A. Williams who has dropped a video for ‘Melt’. This is taken off her debut full length record, ‘Forever Blue’.
Next up, we have I Prevail, whom have something truly in their style. They pull no punches where the band address some of the issues taking place right now and there’s a guest on this version of the track where rapper Joyner Lucas lends his vocals to a verse!
We do have to warn viewers here that the video contains scenes which some may find distressing, so please watch with caution!
Time for a fan video! A few weeks ago, The Word Alive revealed that they needed their fans to “Sing along, play instruments, air guitar and more” to help them make a video for their song ‘Thank You’.
And this is what the result has come to! It’s an inspiring video which showcases the fanbase and helps bring people together.
Anyone for a Dutch track? Heavy metal heavyweights Within Temptation have premiered a new video with Kerrang. ‘Entertain You’ is a standalone single which is the first new cut of material since their 2019 record, ‘Resist’.
On the track, the bands vocalist Sharon Den Adel has said:
“The best way to explain the lyrics is to see how we treat a certain groups of people that don’t fit in our society,” begins Sharon. “[There is] a need to emphasise that they do not fit in so we can feel good about ourselves. We’re singling them out, cornering them in all sorts of ways – think of videos of fights in the streets, filming an incident instead of helping someone. They’re not here for our entertainment. It’s a problem that has always been a part of society and it will always be there, unfortunately. So this subject is never old, but it’s something we need to keep talking about so it doesn’t get accepted as normal behaviour.”
This is a new one. Crown The Empire, in addition to releasing a video for ‘BLURRY’, have also launched an AR (Augmented Reality) hologram experience via JADU, an app that “allows fans to enjoy the unique experience of performing with their favourite artists by choosing from a library of photorealistic holograms of different musicians.”
The band adds:
“Hello, it’s been a while since we’ve last spoken. As you may know, our world is in a state of isolation and confusion. The future is unknown and we’re all uncertain of what’s to come. With that being said, we wanted to release something special to get you through these dark times — a song about feeling lost when it seems like all hope is gone.
“We are excited that the official music video for our song ‘BLURRY (out of place)’ is out now.
“Andy Leo has been turned into a hologram, and you can bring him to life wherever you are in the world.
“Download the app, choose the hologram of Andy, scan your surroundings, and he will appear in front of you. Film videos of you and Andy singing/dancing to ‘BLURRY’ together and post them on all your socials. We hope you enjoy this interactive experience as well as the new music video. Stay safe out there.”
And lastly, we turn to what is a hilarious and amazing video, and the fact Megan Fox is in this is just a plus. This is Machine Gun Kelly with his latest track, ‘Bloody Valentine’, off his upcoming ‘Tickets To My Downfall’ record.
Fox force feeds MGK during the video as well as tying him up amongst other things. You have to see it to believe it.
And that’s it for another week of the music video roundup! Be sure to check back next week for another look at the latest music video releases from the best bands around and who knows? Maybe you’ll find your new favourite band on that list.
It’s 4PM on a Friday! This means it’s time for the music video roundup. If you’re new to either the blog or these music video roundup posts, this is how it works. Every week, I watch some of the best recently released music videos and compile them into a list for everyone’s viewing pleasure. They’re span across all the different genres, so expect something different for most of the tracks. First up are Hopeless Records new emo-rapper Dying In Designer. Apparently, he’s reminiscent of Blink-182 crossed with nothing, nowhere. I’ll leave that for you to decide.
Late last year, Steve Aoki had a track released with Blink-182 (we’re getting those band mentions in this week aren’t we?) and he teased everyone that a video was coming but ultimately, that came to nothing. But now, the video has surfaced! You’re welcome world!
The Pop-Punkers Seaway are just on the rise at the moment, and have a compilation record of sorts full of b-sides and other tracks out soon but, recently they released a huge new track titled as ‘Pleasures’. It’s one you’ll certainly remember and hopefully, that’ll be because of the video as well.
Moving to New Jersey next, the Post-Hardcore up and comers Vanish have recently released their debut record, ‘Familiar Faces’ earlier this month but they had one final cut from the record ‘Under Water // On Fire’ before everything got released.
Coming straight back to the UK for this next choice, Lincoln metallers Borders have their second taste for their debut record, ‘Purify’ which is a track about corruption. Let’s dive into ‘War’.
We had one I Prevail video last week, but they’re getting the word out for their new record, ‘Trauma’ through their haunting music videos. This time, it’s for the track ‘Paranoid’ which has a surgery theme and WARNING…. it’s not for the squeamish.
This next band are known for their intense music. That’s not a great clue but I’ll just tell you. Having just recently released, ‘Uterine Industrialisation’ Venom Prison has just recently debuted a brand new video for ‘Asura’s Realm’, their second cut from their latest record. The visuals though? It’s in their style.
Recently Grayscaled released a new music video for their track ‘If I Ever See You Again’, but they also revealed that their drummer, Nick Veno left the band. They should’ve waited until April Fools Day with this one because actually, it was just a massive joke by the band! It’s an intriguing set up though and makes for one hell of a video as Veno fights his way back into the band.
For the penultimate video, we’re going for a live video. Architects performed at Germany’s Sporthalle last month and before they go across the pond to take Holy Hell to new heights, I suppose they wanted to reflect in the form of a live version of ‘Royal Beggars’. Check it out below.
Lastly, we’ve got a band I personally chose to close out the list. Now, this band is possibly British heavy hitting at their finest. “Harsh Truth’ is all about the difficult but necessary talking point of suicide for Employed To Serve which is directly from the band’s upcoming third record, ‘Eternal Forward Motion’.
On the track, vocalist Justine Jones has said: Lyrically, ‘Harsh Truth’ is an anthem for the ill represented masses who are struggling behind the veil of positive social media posts. The world is a better place with you in it, so please seek help as it’s always there.”
And that’s it for another week of music video roundup. Don’t forget to check back next week at 4PM sharp for another countdown of ten of the best recent music videos to feast your eyes upon. There’s also new posts every day on the Almost anything Media so be sure to check out anything that might catch your eye.