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Quick Questions With Black Bolt

Quick Questions With Black Bolt

Black Bolt are a punk band from Boise, ID, formed in 2010. Their style encompasses punk, indie rock, garage rock, and other impolite music. So far they’ve released ‘Falls’ (2012), ‘MBD&B/Like the Bear’ (2013), ‘Comfort of the Grave’ (2016), and the ‘2017 EP’ (2017). They are currently working on a new record, tentatively titled ‘The North End.’ Continue reading →

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Five Finger Death Punch Announce New Album & Tour, First Single Out Now

Five Finger Death Punch Announce New Album & Tour, First Single Out Now

Five Finger Death Punch

Announce Long Awaited Eighth Studio Album, “F8”

Out Globally February 28THPre–Order The Album NOW

4 x Platinum, 6 x Gold record selling rock juggernaut FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH have announced their long awaited eighth studio album, titled “F8” today. The album will be released globally on February 28th, 2020 and is available for pre-order now. Continue reading →

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Muzicity – Social Media For Music

Muzicity – Social Media For Music

Muzicity is a social media network for music and the bonafide alternative to Soundcloud.

Muzicity comment page gives the website a friendly feel and is populated with the latest music, comments and videos.

The comment section is very interactive and what sets Muzicity apart is comments come from actual music enthusiasts, so you can bet on getting direct feedback. Continue reading →

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Quick Questions With Keep Up

Quick Questions With Keep Up

Before Keep Up, the band was known as ‘Sampere’. The first single, “The Fallen,” was written to inspire those to overcome what they might think is impossible; purely to embrace the fight within. The song was named in Syracuse’s Top 20 Songs of 2016 by rock alternative music station, 95X. For the past 2 years, after absolutely killing their first show together, they have been busy blasting their name across the region and most recently, releasing their debut EP, “World of Illusion.”

Syracuse, NY has set the stage for Keep Up; building their fan base, providing recognition, and instilling motivation with partnering artists. Keep Up will be promoting the release of new music this coming fall, expanding it across the country.

“We want to share our music, play our music, and gain a bigger audience in local and regional markets,” says Matt. Fans from all over the East coast will be able to find venues rocking and jamming with Keep Up.

The band’s inspiration originates from a common thread of reaching a balanced state-of-mind while creating music together, and the desire to diffuse inspiration amongst their fans. Matt describes how the lyrics written are often generated from daily encounters, both positive and negative, while DJ forwardly states, “drumming is everything. Without the beat… life would be flat, bland, and one-dimensional.”

Quick Questions With Keep Up

Quick Questions

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

(Chris) I remember watching music videos on late night MTV and seeing these musicians jamming out. It always looked so cool so that’s what I knew I wanted to do.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?

(Ian) As far as stage gear goes I love having a footboard/pedal. Being able to switch between different tunings and FX is super handy. But as far as recording gear, I couldn’t live without my custom built PC, allowing me to record high-quality audio.

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?

(Chris) For me, that’s so hard to choose only one. There have been so many amazing albums this year that I fell in love with like Let Light Overcome by Our Last Night, Nine by Blink-182, Pressure by Wage War and Hollywood’s Bleeding by Post Malone just to make a few. Each has its own taste to me so it honestly depends on my mood.

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

(Ian) I would love to have a guitar lesson from John Petrucci. (Guitar player from “Dream Theater”) that dude has been around for some time and has amazing chops.

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?

(DJ) For any new musician looking to play, play a little bit of everything. A different instrument, different styles, different techniques. Building multiple skills can help you appreciate music, like no one else. Find a friend(s) that can join you. It’s working great for Keep Up at the moment, I guess we can tell you more in 20 years. We find it fascinating to learn each other’s instruments, it only helps build as musicians and performance artists as a whole.

Check out our latest album, Up In Flames now on Spotify, Apple Music and our website. We’re very excited to speed out and play our new music.
www.keepuporshutup.com

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Coheed And Cambria And Sixthman Partner For Their Inaugural Cruise With Special Guests Taking Back Sunday

Coheed And Cambria And Sixthman Partner For Their Inaugural Cruise With Special Guests Taking Back Sunday

S.S. Neverender Sets Sail October 26th – 30th 2020, And Offers Fans An Immersive, Intimate Experience Into Theband’s Catalogue And Sci-Fi Universe

https://www.ssneverender.com/

“Is it the dreams that make us real?”

Progressive rock icons Coheed and Cambria continue to create new career benchmarks for themselves. This is showcased in their recent partnership with Sixthman to create an immersive festival at sea that brings their audience closer than ever before in their 19-year history. The band plans to perform early songs and deep cuts that can rarely be heard, as well as bring their sci-fi concept, The Amory Wars, to life in several on-board installations. The band will also interact with fans in Q&A sessions and other scenarios. Joining the Coheed on this fantastic voyage is Taking Back Sunday, The Dear Hunter, Polyphia, Culture Abuse and others. More artists and activities will be added in the near future. The S.S. Neverender sets sail aboard the Norwegian Pearl on October 26-30, 2020 from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas. Continue reading →

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Cinematic Metal Outfit HYPNO5E Stream New Album In Full

Cinematic Metal Outfit HYPNO5E Stream New Album In Full

 ‘A Distant (Dark) Source’ Released Today (Pelagic Records) 
HYPNO5E have forged the term “cinematic metal” with their truly epic- scope compositions, oftentimes exceeding not only the 10- but the 20-minutes mark, merging elements of contemporary metal with latin folk and soundtrack-score like sonic landscapes. 
 
After the acoustic special album “Alba –Les Ombres Errantes” (2018), the Southern French quartet are now returning with a more “typical” HYPNO5E record, if there is such a thing: their 5th album, “A Distant (Dark) Source”, is the second part of a diptych album project released on 22nd November (Pelagic Records). Today the band are now streaming the album in full ahead of tomorrow’s release date with guitarist Emmanuel Jessua adding,
 
“A Distant Dark Source is our 5th album. It continues to chase those demons and lost memories which we have been chasing ever since the debut album “Des Deux L’Une Est L’Autre”. The album is an inward journey to the land of the ghosts of the past. At the origin of this distant dark source lies Tauca, an old Paleolithic lake located in Bolivia, where I grew up, and where I continue to find inspiration for my musical work. 
 
This album is the continuity of what we’ve built since the begining of the band, but it has a more visceral and direct, violent approach. It’s raw, direct and it got no boundaries, it’s our more personal album for many reasons. We found a common way to express this music, now we feel like all those lands we travelled together result in this particular musical object. But there’s more than sound, and we hope that you’ll escape on great wanderings too.”

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