Photo | Good Fight Management
Knocked Loose otherwise abbreviated to 'K//L' released their first official [11 Track] EP: 'Laugh Tracks' on September 16th, 2016 via Pure Noise Record and are currently signed to Good Fight Management. We reviewed the album and the band's tour line-up for 2018. Browse this link for upcoming tour tickets and an active roster of their touring schedule.
Members include Bryan Garris (Vocals), Cole Crutchfield (Rhythm Guitar, Back-Up Vocals), Isaac Hale (Lead Guitar, Back-Up Vocals), Kevin Otten (Bass), and Kevin "Pacsun" Kaine (Drums).
In 2014; K//L independently published a [5 Track] promo-record titled, 'Pop Culture.' According to public records, Knocked Loose have been active since 2013; originally from Oldham County, Kentucky.
Photos | K//L Twitter
Table of Contents:
Recent Accomplishments & Upcoming Tours
Press & Interview Quotes
'Laugh Track' (2016) Album Review
Recent Accomplishments & Upcoming Tours
1. Summer of 2017: K//L toured the U.S. Warped Tour festival "every date; on the full Sail Stage alongside bands such as Trophy Eyes, Boston Manor and Movements." Live recap video available for view directly below!
(Quote | K//L Wikipedia).
Video | Vans Warped Tour Twitter
3. Spring of 2018: K//L is currently (02.28) to (04.01) headlining with support from Terror, Jesus Piece & Year of the Knife: cross-country U.S. & Canada; packing sold-out shows.
Poster | 'Knocked Loose' via Twitter
K//L with Terror, Jesus Piece & Year of the Knife | Tour Dates:
02.28 | Nashville, TN @ The End; 03.01 | Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger
03.02 | Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade; 03.03 | Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
03.04 | Jacksonville, FL @1904 Music Hall; 03.06 | Houston, TX @ Walter's Downtown
03.07 | San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall; 03.08 | Dallas, TX @ RBC
03.09 | Kansas City, MO @ Davey's Uptown; 03.10 | Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
03.11 | Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue; 03.13 | Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
03.14 | Portland, OR @ Analog Theatre; 03.16 | Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman
03.17 | Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom; 03.18 | Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
03.19 | Phoenix, AR @ Nile Theatre; 03.21 | Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th St. Collective
03.22 | Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground; 03.24 | Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
03.25 | Columbus, OH @ Skully's; 03.26 | Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
03.27 | Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground; 03.28 | Montreal, QC @ Fairmount
03.29 | Rochester, NY @ California Brew Haus; 03.30 | Worcester, MA @ Palladium
03.31 | Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar; 04.01 | Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
4. Summer of 2018:
June | K//L will participate at the Download Festival UK & a headlining show in Copenhagen Denmark.
July | Alternative Press confirms Knocked Loose will perform  'Special Guest' appearances at Warped Tour 2018; select cities:
K//L Warped Tour Summer of 2018 | Tour Dates:
07.10: Nashville, TN | 07.18: Cuyahoga Falls, OH
07.19: Cincinnati, OH | 07.21: Tinley Park, IL
07.24: Noblesville, IN.
Press & Interview Quotes
1. "I booked all the bands that should become the next Sleeping With Sirens or Pierce the Veil. I booked Neck Deep and Knocked Loose and I Prevail and Beartooth -- all doing really well as bands."
(2017 | Billboard Interviews Peter Lyman; Founder of Warped).
Kill Your Stereo:
1. "[K//L] is one of the most hyped bands 'in the scene' right now - that is with good reason;"
2. "The drumming is consistently two-step inducing - regular high-hat employment."
3. "Spoken word sequences on multiple tracks are menacing."
4. "They genuinely give the impression - there's no gimmick - that their anger is not forced;"
5. "A favorite for the live-oriented listeners."
(2016 | Kill Your Stereo Reviews 'Laugh Tracks').
1. "There aren't many bands that receive this much attention within just a couple of years [in] the scene."
2. "The success of EP 'Pop Culture (2014)' & extensive touring to build their following has paved the way."
3. "These ['Laugh Tracks'] songs; pit-inducing sections - heaviness and agression is constant."
(2016 | Invicta Reviews 'Laugh Tracks')
1. "The group's cardinal rules are to never turn down an interesting gig offer."
2. (Garris): 'We'll play with any band in any genre.'"
3. (Garris): [regarding writer's block] "I've got more to say."
(2017 | Revolver on K//L: 'Humility and Hard Work - Midwestern Hardcore')
Peck Metal Picks:
1. (Garris): "Nobody is in charge of hardcore; it's for everybody."
2. (Garris): "Kentucky is very close knit and everyone works hard to maintain (the scene)."
(2017 | Knocked Loose Interview by Andrew Pecoraro)
'Laugh Tracks' (2016) | Album Review
Two years ago; 'Laugh Tracks' (2016) was released; Today this album still conquers global word of mouth as one of the most recent contributions to radicalize the hardcore / metalcore the scene. With a screaming attention-to-the-public delivery of lyrics and eclectic drum patterns; guitar and bass riffs drive senses to dis-control. We at HeadRush listened to the album and our favorite lyrics are highlighted below.
K//L released an MV for "Deadringer" & "Billy No Mates" // "Counting Worms."
Spoiler: The last song on the album concludes with a literal sampled laugh track.
Album Tracklist | Favorite Lyrics
1. "Oblivions Peak" | "Institutions supporting murder; No, I won't support it."
2. "Deadringer" | "My tombstone was made at birth" - "Wish I could get away with murder."
3. "The Rain" | "The rain brings fear; and it burns my skin" - "The sky rains eternal."
4. "Blood Will Have Blood" | "Victim of deceit" - "Blood will have blood."
5. "Counting Worms" | "I wrote a song about getting better; It's a feeling I can't remember - Counting worms."
6. "My Heroes" | "I lost a stranger and my heart is crushed" - "All my heroes went to hell."
7. "Billy No Mates" | "Reject the blame" - "I did away with the poison; But I still feel like I'm dying."
8. "Last Words" | "Make me bleed; Master of pain." "The season of despair."
9. "No Thanks" | "Sentenced a life in hell" - "Time has passed; I still feel the same."
10. "A Fetish" | "If it wasn't me to pull the trigger; And my eyes roll back; As your spirit leaves."
11. "Laugh Tracks" | "Forget my words; Fall back in line; Do what you're told."
Pure Noise Artists | Bearings, Boston Manor, Can't Swim, Counterparts, Drug Church, Elder Brother, First Blood, Four Year Strong, Gardenhead, Hawthorne Heights, Homesafe, Jule Vera, Less Than Jake, Like Pacific, Lizzy Farrall, Masked Intruder, Reggie & the Full Effect, Seaway, Senses Fail, Sharptooth, Speak Low if you Speak Love, State Champs, Stick To Your Guns, Terror, The Story So Far.
Good Fight Manages: '68, The Acacia Strain, Anthony Green, Between the Buried & Me, Bless the Fall, Cannibal Corpse, Circa Survive, Children of Bodom, Comeback Kid, Counterparts, The Devil Wears Prada, Eighteen Visions, Every Time I Die, Galactic Empire, Harms Way, In Motive, Martyr AD, The Menzingers, Miss May I, Nails, Old Wounds, Restorations, Saosin, Stick To Your Guns, Terror, Turnstile, Unearth, Whores.
Video | 'Vans Warped Tour' via Twitter
Author and Photographer: Ian Urquhart
Before lines started to accumulate, everyone knew this show would be special. Special in a sense that the amount of passion pouring off the stage could very well overtake the volume pumping out of the speakers. Gathered at the Worcester Palladium on February 18th, 2018, were three, talented and emotionally driven bands. Bands who spoke about the overwhelming sadness being felt by those spread across the globe. War. Bloodshed. Self-centered politicians. Death. Loss. Greif. You name it. But one thing was certain, music brought everyone together on this evening.
Counterparts were first to bring the angst to the limelight. As a general rule of thumb, you do not want to get on Counterparts’ bad side. They will write a song about you. They will orchestrate a breakdown about you. They will let the crowd know how much you hurt them in order to awaken the beasts within them. There was so much passion being exuberated by every member of this band throughout the entire set. Guitar flips by Blake Hardman (guitarist) and chord whips from Brendan Murphy (lead vocalist) were key to Counterparts’ performance. Showcasing their most recent album You’re Not You Anymore (2017), “Thieves” sent the pit into a frenzy. So much technicality was found in this track. It truly displayed the talent in this group.
Plain and simple, a Stick To Your Guns show is an energetic, exciting and pulse pounding experience (just watch out for the ridiculous amount of crowd-surfers potentially kicking you in the face). One could assume that this band spends more time in the air than standing on stage. Chris Rawson (guitarist) and Jesse Barnett (lead vocals) have famously been known to get their jump on while rocking. Although Stick To Your Guns played many crowd favorites such as “Amber” off of The Hope Division (2010) and “Against Them All” off of Diamond (2012), they had a stronger message to convey. Jesse passionately addressed the Worcester crowd to speak about human values. About how these values make you unique and unlike anyone else. How this concept is much more accepting to those who don’t fit in or feel as if they will never fit in. To remember that no matter what you do in life, you only have one to live. This monologue transitioned beautifully into “We Still Believe” off of Diamond (2012). Bands such as Stick To Your Guns do the metal community justice. They provide a moral compass that many choose to follow. Be yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Stay metal.
It’s hard to back up such a powerful and emotional performance given by Stick To Your Guns. However, this is why Architects, Stick To Your Guns and Counterparts tour together. They all have stories to tell and messages to pass forward. This is exactly what Architects achieved.
Loss and grief rarely disappear. People begin to accept their altered reality in a positive and beneficial way. This is done in order to continue on their paths in life to achieve happiness. One could assume this is what Dan Searle (drummer) and the rest of Architects do every day to make their late guitarist proud – Tom Searle. Tom passed away in August of 2016 due to cancer. The record All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us (2016) was said to be dedicated to Tom and the rest of Tom’s family. This heavy weight traveled to the Palladium while Architects took the stage. Fans showed their support to the band with Tom Searle posters and chants. Nevertheless, the show must go on. Architects showed incredible precision in every song they performed. Timing was spot on. Not a note was missed. Sam Carter (vocalist) took a few moments to express his deep appreciation for all those who have stuck with Architects through everything that has transpired. Sam spoke about the last time they played at the Palladium and how, maybe, there were 50 people. They played in front of over one thousand fans on this evening.
Their most recent single Doomsday (2017) seemed to offer a sense of acceptance to all the fans who expressed grief for Tom alongside Architects. Other songs such as “Gone With The Wind, A Match Made in Heaven and Memeto Mori,” off of All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us (2017) also carried a message to show how special Tom was (and is) to this band. How his music is still living and carrying on. This performance was much more than lights, sound and instruments. In a way, any Architects concert is a tribute to anyone who has lost a loved one or dear friend. How it’s possible to push forward when the tide is against you.
This evening was special and most likely meant a lot to many people. Tom would have been proud.
Until next time.
Pictured above: Barry Stock (Guitar); Brad Walst (Bass); Matt Walst (Vocals); Neil Sanderson (Drums, Percussion, Keyboard, Programming).
We are left [refer to album art symbolism], in awe after our advanced streaming of Outsider, the 6th studio album premiere of multi-platinum legends: Three Days Grace from Ontario, Canada. Fans can Pre-order: Outsider on all formats here; out via RCA Records on March 9th.
Exclusively, we spoke with founding member and guitarist Barry Stock, regarding the anticipation for Outsider’s release.
As an introduction, the first single and newest music video, “The Mountain” dropped January 25th, 2018, accumulating already a shattering 4.5 million streams on YouTube. Review the Archives: "Three Days Grace New Music Video “The Mountain."
The second single teaser for Outsider is titled, ““I Am an Outsider;” it was published on YouTube last Friday, February 16th; already climbing the charts as well.
HRTV: “How would you best describe either your own or collective Three Days Grace feelings regarding the release of Outsider?”
Barry Stock: “Feeling excited; We took a year off away from the city; towards the lifestyle of how we all grew up; far from distractions to record this album.”
For context and comparison; In this interview with Guitar World, Barry had stated, “We did a lot of writing for [Human (2015)] while we were on the road.”
According to RCA, band members exclaim they wrote the content for Outsider collaborating around, “bonfires with acoustic guitars; tapping into the wild spirit surrounding them” on remote properties; incarnating the album quite literally as outsiders from the chaotic drift of city life.
HRTV: In a press quote by Neil Sanderson, Outsider was instrumentally inspired by the diverse cast of Nine Inch Nails (1988), White Zombie (1985), Bring Me The Horizon (2004), Lana Del Rey (2005) and the cult, dark-teen vampire classic: Lost Boys (1987) staged in a fictional city of California. Is this the band’s collective inspiration; or specific to Neil?
Barry: “We’re four different characters; we each have our own separate influences but when we were collectively discussing album themes, Outsider was one of our first ideas. The vampires in Lost Boys were outsiders; we find that [as a society] we’re all very different from each other and we need to be accepting of that; celebrating our differences and individuality. It’s O.K. to be different and to go against the grain; we should be judged on the content of our character and not by how we look like.”
Within my first advanced streaming of Outsider, my notes exactly paralleled research, writing that Metal, Rock, and Electronic seamlessly join together in the craft of the album. I found myself embodying the full-blown metal-dance-core progressions.
GIF from Film: "Lost Boys"; Directed By: Joel Schumacher
HRTV: The Outsider theme is transparent relating to the newest single released, “I am an Outsider;” and the album artwork portrays a compass indicating left (a motif of rebellion and straying away from pack-mentality). However, further tracks on the album struck different genres of what it means to be an Outsider; would you be keen to expand on this?
Barry: “Regarding Outsider themes, ‘The Mountain” is about getting up and moving forward [despite resistance]; one of my favorite tracks [unreleased] is about being righteous everyday; even if one doesn’t know where they’re going specifically. Another [unreleased] song speaks about seeing each other differently in a relationship than others do; an additional [unreleased] song inspires the theme to yell back and be bold.”
HRTV | Outsider Album Review | Situational & Emotional Descriptions:
Gif: "The Mountain" | Directed By: Sean L.T. Cartwright
HRTV: May we expect another Outsider music video soon?
Barry: “I Am an Outsider” (02.16.18) was a sneak peak; yes we have another music video in mind [no confirmation as to which song]; we’ll update.”
Since their inception, Three Days Grace have been pioneers towards featuring a broad range of emotional narratives and diverse cast (who sometimes sing along to the lyrics) in their music videos.
World reknown throwbacks include: “I Hate Everything About You”  and “Human Race” .
We’re anticipating everyone’s thoughts when Outsider is introduced to 2018 on March 9th; also let’s gear up for more accompanying Three Days Grace music videos!
Catch Three Days Grace on Tour:
Apr 20 2018 | Tampa, FL @ WXTB 98 Rockfest
Apr 21 2018 | Orlando, FL @ 101.1 WJRR Earthday Birthday
Apr 22 2018 | Charleston, SC @ WYBB 98 Rockfest
May 18 2018 | Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range
August Burns Red, Born of Osiris, Erra and Ocean Grove bring the house down at the Worcester Palladium
Author and Photographer: Ian Urquhart
The first guitars and amps to be tuned and warmed up belonged to the gentlemen from the down-under. Ocean Grove – an Australian band from Melbourne introduced a style of music that could remind one of a Linking Park feel. Specifically, the use of voice modulation and scratch-table effects. An effect board was used throughout the set by Luke Holmes (lead vocals) to nail the electronic additions to his performance. Ocean Grove provided a wide range of creativity in their songs. These weren’t your typical breakdown-blasting and hair-whipping rockers. In a way, they gave off a P.O.D. vibe with their heavy hitting choruses accompanied by their hip-hop feeling bridges. Ocean Grove certainly blended well with the rest of the bands on The Phantom Anthem tour. If this band isn’t on your list of “need to see,” be sure to add them.
It would be interesting to know how many times JT Cavey (lead vocals) from Erra has gotten mistaken for Jake Luhrs (lead vocals) from August Burns Red. Both have golden pipes and impressive beards. But this is beside the point. Erra proclaimed the stage theirs after Ocean Grove. The technicality displayed during their set was truly inspirational. Jesse Cashe might be from another universe with the amount of talent this human being possesses. The ability to effortlessly sweep pick while nailing his high octaves is nothing short of incredible. But this is how Erra has made their name over the years. By being so technically orchestrated, their performances speak for themselves. They certainly did not fall short on this evening. “Seven” off of Impulse (2011) also ripped off all of Palladium’s floorboards.
Wait. who’s up next? Born of Osiris? Time to party.
The breakdown, djent and double-bass gods have spoken. All must go see a Born of Osiris set. If you decide to partake in this experience, you’ll hear a fulfilling synthesizer, shredding guitar fills, and double kick-drum beats for days. And just for kicks, David DaRocha (bassist) and Lee McKinney (guitarist) cut off all the tuning heads to their instruments. Why? No one knows... but it’s awesomely unique. What’s also awesomely unique is how well all of these instrumental progressions blend so well together. Vibes of Children of Bodom could be felt with the finish guitar style and synth combination taking over. Every now and then, you can also hear a dash of death metal with Jashka Raatikainen’s (drummer) blast beats. Not a soul in sight was seen stationary while Born of Osiris was on stage. Be ready to move, jump and headbang when seeing these boys live.
With a flaming “U” lingering above Matthew Greiner’s (drummer) set, August Burns Red greeted the New England (anti-Philadelphia) crowd with the intro music to “King of Sorrow” off of Phantom Anthem (2017) bellowing into the Palladium walls. Jake Luhrs (vocalist) has this indescribable ability to sound like three vocalists performing at the same time while on stage. The amount of practice and precision Jake puts into his craft is visibly noticed during ABR’s live sets. JB Brubaker (guitarist) and Brent Rambler (guitarist) effortlessly demonstrate their ability to play in sync with each other while Matt Greiner hits seven cymbals at once with ease (joking… but it seriously sounds like he hits at least four cymbals with one swoop of his drum stick). One unique detail of an August Burns Red concert is that you can go from a thrashing breakdown to a salsa dance within moments of each other. An example of this was seen during performance of “Provision” off of Rescue and Restore (2013).
Although the Phantom Anthem Tour has come to its completion, keep all of these bands on your radar (if you haven’t already). The next time you’re in town when these groups are performing, you have to go!
Until next time.
Author and Photographer: Alison Bauer
Veil of Maya | Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL | February 16, 2018
Echoing, “We speak through defiance,” watch Veil of Maya headline a crowd-surfing performance of “Overthrow” from False Idol [Sumerian Records] at the Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL; their hometown farewell show before their upcoming March [04 to 09] U.K. tour opening for Dance Gavin Dance.
Accurately prophesized in the Artist Exclusives archives, accessible via this link,
False Idol | (Album Review):
“The classic punk, metal vibe of Veil of Maya is evident in False Idol and the live shows are not ones you’ll want to miss. The energetic and emotional aspects of every song will have plenty of angry finger pointing, stage diving, and jumping around. Who doesn’t love that?”
- Vicky Branca | HeadRush TV
Dead on! Instrumentally introducing the False Idol stage with “Whistleblower:” Sam Applebaum (Drums), Danny Huaser (Bass), Lukas Magyar (Vocals) and Marc Okubo (Guitar) employed a cheering unison of fans as the lights synchronized; the pit immediately identifying itself as a rager.
Live at the culmination of the recap video and the finale of their mosh-adoring  encore, “Subject Zero.”, Lukas stage-dives. Fan-favorite throwbacks performed included: “Nyu,” and “Leeloo” from Matriarch , “Punisher” from Eclipse , and “It’s not Safe to Swim Today” from The Common Man’s Collapse .
Current Tour Dates:
Veil of Maya opening for Dance Gavin Dance:
Sun | March 04 | Bristol, GB
Wed | March 07 | Manchestor, GB
Thurs | March 08 | Nottingham, GB
Fri | March 09 | London, GB
Author and Photographer: Ian Urquhart
The only thing in bloom on a February evening in Worcester, Massachusetts was found at the Palladium theater. Neck Deep, Seaway, Speak Low If You Speak Love and Creeper parked their buses, unloaded the trailers and tuned up their instruments for an evening of Pop Punk.
This evening was full of surprises. Normally, the first band to play has a decent following (hopefully). It could be worse while it could also be better. This was not the case for Creeper. Starting off the evening, these Southampton rockers brought the weather with them. Black Rain, to be exact. For a moment, you could have thought the concert was headlined by this group with all the voices echoing from the stands. As an international band visiting the United States, I would only imagine this made their performance even more special. Popular hits like “Black Rain” and “Hiding with Boys” off of Eternity, in Your Arms (2017) really got the crowd interacting with lead vocalist, Will Gould.
Initiate surprise number two of the evening: Speak Low If You Speak Love. An Emotional Indie Rock band playing with Pop Punk bands? Something didn’t make sense there. Lead vocalist, Ryan Scott Graham, even mentioned that they played a small art club in Massachusetts in front of, “maybe 6 people” prior to the Worcester show. But these Pop Punk fans are another breed. No matter what the genre, expect crowd surfing and circle pits for any band on the lineup. Which is exactly what Speak Low If You Speak Love received. It was such an odd but moving sight to be hearing an acoustic guitar strum along to the sound of security guards catching fans surfing over the barrier. It was obvious that this show, specifically, meant a lot to them. It almost seemed as if they’ve never received a reaction to their music like that before. It was a pleasure witnessing such a memorable moment for a group of dedicated musicians.
With the calmness of Speak Low If You Speak Love’s set coming to a close, it was time for Seaway to pump the energy back up. The Pop Punk atmosphere had made its way to the stage while lead vocalist, Ryan Locke was locking it in.in The pit jumped around to “Best Mistake” off of Color Blind (2015) and “Shy Guys” off of Hoser (2015). To keep the surprise train chugging along, Fil Thorpe-Evans – Neck Deep’s Bassist, came out to the stage for a one song, bass-player substitution. You spontaneously felt a beach, summer vibe while listening to Seaway’s choruses. Seaway embodied a comforting concert experience as the show was almost stopped twice to ensure a fallen fan’s safety.
With the NFL Superbowl occurring the night after their set, it was only fitting for Neck Deep to accommodate the New England crowd. As the white canvas fell to reveal the stage, Ben Barlow was seen rocking a Randy Moss – New England Patriots jersey. Incredible. This provided additional fuel to the adrenaline fire of what was the Worcester Palladium. Everyone knew every single word to every song played by Neck Deep that evening. It was a sight to see. One aspect of Neck Deep’s performance that spoke volumes was their ability to incorporate the other bands into their set. You see this occasionally with headlining bands. It’s special when it happens. As an example, Ken Taylor from Seaway joined the Neck Deep boys in “Don’t Wait” off of The Peace and the Panic (2017). Sam Carter, vocalist for the Architects was the original artist who was featured on this track. Additionally, Hannah Greenwood, keyboard player, was brought back to stage in order to cameo in “A Part of Me” off of Rain in July (2012). These collaborations really allow the fans to grow a deeper appreciation for artists who respect other artists who are just as talented.
This tour is filled with go-lucky, positive and nostalgic feels. If there is a stop on this tour coming to a city near you, I highly suggest you check it out. Even if you don’t know the music, this is a show that anyone can have fun at.
By Vicky Branca
2018 is finally here, and I don't know about you, but I like to start the year off by finding new and different music. Tonight Alive is giving us just that with their album "Underworld," which releases tomorrow 1/12/18.
Tonight Alive has been a household name in the alternative music scene as the Syndey, Australia natives have toured all around the world with bands like All Time Low, Taking Back Sunday, Set It Off and more as well hitting the music festival scene such as Warped Tour and Slam Dunk Fest - gaining them a passionate fan base as a result.
"Underworld" is Tonight Alive's 4th album and consists of 13 tracks, including single Disappear featuring Lynn Gunn of PVRIS. Disappear is a catchy yet meaningful song that is reminiscent of Mid 2000s Emo(Flyleaf, etc). It's unique in sound from any Tonight Alive or PVRIS song and I can tell that this will become a fan favorite and in fact, I've hit replay at least 5 times so far today. Check out the music video
Tracks like Crack My Heart are emotional and have heavier lyrics like "Crack my heart open with your bare hands, watch me bleed" and my favorite, "It's only growing pain, nothing is permanent."
Looking For Heaven is a slower, pretty song that's very piano biased and has inspiring lyrics like "Life gives you what you need to know, so why just make it up as I go?"
You can also find another collaboration on the album in track My Underworld featuring Corey Taylor of Slip Knot. My Underworld is the perfect duet that compliment Corey and Jenna's talents. It isn't too slow, and allows the vocals and instruments to shine without being boring or overwhelming.
Front Woman Jenna McDougall has stated that Underworld is a darker album, inspired by the "ugly parts in me that I wasn't ready to see until now." This album will definitely make you delve deeper into your emotions and fortunately, is the music you need to cope with them and an album you can relate to. I certainly am a bigger fan after this album.
You can pre-order it here.
Also, don't forget to catch Tonight Alive as they hit the road with Silverstein, Broadside, and Picturesque from 1/19 to 3/1 on the Get Free Tour! Dates below.
Author and Photographer: Catherine Patchell
This past Friday, December 15th, marked the final show for Vanna. The sold-out show was held at The Palladium in Worcester, MA, a venue that the band played countless times throughout their career. Vanna is known for putting on an explosive, high-energy show, but for this final one, they outdid themselves.
Supporting Vanna on the Main Stage for their farewell show included Actor | Observer, Currents, Lions Lions, Like Pacific, Knocked Loose, and Eighteen Visions (yeah, that's right, they're back). But one stage was not enough space for the massive celebration, so the Upstairs of the Palladium was open as well to house an additional set of talent. This included Roseview, Sharptooth, END, Kublai Khan, On Broken Wings, and Old Wounds. Ever since I was first introduced to Vanna, I have seen them constantly work to build up the scene and promote an inclusive environment for everyone. It was no surprise to hear Davey Muise (vocals) note during their set that they had handpicked the lineup and brought together a group of bands that they fully endorsed to help celebrate that night.
The hour and a half set was no less than an emotional rollercoaster filled with an extensive set list spanning the band's lengthy discography. Lining the left and right sides of the stage, friends and family stood close by for the entire show. It wasn't long into the set that it became apparent that this show was about to turn into an even larger family affair. The plot twist of the night (which Vanna successfully kept under wraps for the weeks leading up to the show) was that ALL THREE generations of Vanna lead vocalists would be taking to the mic alongside former guitarists and drummers.
Chris Preece was the first to surprise the audience and was greeted with a roaring round of cheers as he emerged onto the stage. As a few more songs were played more and more former members cycled into the set - original lead vocalist Joe Bragel, lead guitarist/clean vocalist Evan Pharmakis, drummers Brandon Davis and Eric Gross. I can not have imagined a better way to have celebrated the Vanna family and music they created over the years.
As an emotional Muise said "Thank You, Goodnight" to the crowd for the last time, many were left with a hole in their hearts. Though Friday marked an end to Vanna, the impact they have had on so many will not be forgotten.
Thank YOU - Goodnight, Vanna.
The Few And The Far Between
The Lost Art of Staying Alive
Year of the Rat
Let’s Have An Earthquake
We Ate The Horse You Rode In On
A Dead Language For A Dying Lady
Safe To Say
Piss Up A Rope
I Am The Wind, You Are The Feather
Author and Photographer: Ian Urquhart
On December 1st, 2017, the Poison the Parish Tour made its way to the Worcester Palladium. Lined up for the evening’s entertainment included The Dead Deads, Shaman’s Harvest and the main event: Seether.
Surrounded by extraterrestrial decor, The Dead Deads set the stage to greet the Massachusetts friendly. Immediately, the “x” marked eyes were spotted on each band member. In fact, there were fans in the crowd found to be marked the same. Primarily found jamming in Tennessee, these Nashville rockers brought growls and unique time signatures to the table. Striking similarities could be found when considering the signature style of the Pixies. However, hints of punk-rock and metal were also noticeable as “Super Tiny” off of Flying Saucers (2017) was performed. Overall, The Dead Deads brought fire. There was nothing but positive energy on stage from beginning to end.
Ominously situated at stage front, a lone mountain goat-skull guided the way for Shaman’s Harvest. Immediately, the Worcester Palladium’s atmosphere molted into a Midwestern “shindig.” By no means could Shaman’s Harvest be considered a country rock band. However, a pinch of southern flavor had certainly been added to the hard-rock vibes these Missouri natives were giving off. An overwhelming response to their concluding song, “Dragon Fly” off of Shine (2009) could be felt with the crowd finishing the ending verse. Do not let the cowboy hats, boots and drawl sway you, these gentlemen know how to rock and put on a show.
Completing the evening, Seether lit the stage on fire with gasoline. Pumping their set off with a bang, “Gasoline” off of Fragile (2000), ignited many fans (primarily of the ages thirty and older) to rock out like they were back in high school. An impressive light display illuminated the stage while the Seether faithful belted out numbers such as “Driven Under” off of Fragile (2000) and “Rise Above This” off of Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces (2007). What was equally as impressive was Seether’s ability to go from hard rock, fast paced and heavy hitting riffs to the soft melodies found in the ever popular “Broken” track off of Disclaimer (2004). To no surprise, the hit of the night was Seether’s 2007 single “Fake It” off of Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces (2007). It’s always a pleasure being able to witness legends playing their favorite tracks for those who want to listen. The Poison the Parish Tour is certainly jammed packed with rock-loaded talent. If possible, check it out. You’ll thank yourself!
Author and Photographer: Ian Urquhart
Doors opened the Worcester Palladium at 5:45 PM. At 5:15 PM, a five-block line patiently waited to gain entrance to an anticipated night of metal. This was to be expected with Trivium and Arch Enemy co-headlining the evening’s festivities. However, before these metal vets took the stage, a few other bands wanted to make their presence known.
First to the stage: Fit For An Autopsy.
As the first band to initiate the evening’s events, Fit For An Autopsy opened the metal flood gates as well as the pit. There were no secretes about these New Jersey natives. They came to slay. Initiate: Death Metal. Featuring one of their heaviest hits “Absolute Hope Absolute Hell” off Absolute Hope Absolute Hell (2015), Worcester was given a loud wake up call to get moving, sweating, jumping and screaming. It worked. Warm-up: complete.
Next on the bill: While She Sleeps.
While far away from home, the Sheffield boys brought everything but the kitchen sink to Massachusetts. Lead by their intensely dedicated vocalist, Lawrence Taylor, gravity seemed to be non-existent. Guitar flips. Stage dives and drum leaps are what could be found during a While She Sleeps set. Persevering through microphone difficulties, nothing stopped the UK metal-heads from melting faces. What drove the crowd into a circling frenzy was their banger “Brainwashed” off of Brainwashed (2015). Coming off a recent headlining tour across-the-pond, it’s clear to see why people are drinking the While She Sleeps kool-aid.
Soon to follow: Trivium.
“Trivium! Trivium! Trivium!”
The crowd could have been heard from Lansdowne Street. A switch was flipped. The Palladium’s energy thickened as Matt Heafy, lead vocalist/guitarist, and the rest of the Florida rockers opened a Trivium can of whoop-ass while performing their newest single “The Sin and Sentence” off of The Sin and Sentence (2017). Conceptualizing the fact that hundreds of fans were witnessing legends was heavy enough; let alone Trivium’s breakdowns. “Like Light to the Flies” off of Ascendancy (2005) has easily been one of the most recognizable Trivium tracks to have been recorded. This being said… the general admission floor almost split in half when this record ripped the stage. Even the photographers couldn’t help but to sing along. And what better way to end a set than to have hundreds of headbangers jump in synchronous. Heroes get remembered, Trivium never dies.
In Conclusion: Arch Enemy.
After co-headliner number one stepped behind the curtain, surely there wasn’t enough energy for another hour-long set...
Goodness gracious did Arch Enemy deliver. With one of the most distinct, impressive and unique voices, Alissa White-Gluz, lead vocalist, made her presence known. Accompanied by two guitar-shredding pros, Michael Amott and Jeff Loomis, there was still fuel in the Worcester tank to bring it up a notch. “War Eternal” off of War Eternal (2014) triggered a floor wide mosh-pit our mothers and fathers would have been proud of. No one remained still. Absolute chaos. Even with broken in-ear-monitors, these Swedes knew what it took to perform and follow up bands like Fit For An Autopsy, While She Sleeps and Trivium. If you are contemplating going to an Arch Enemy show in the near future..
.. Do it!
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