Author - John Indiveri
The Kalamazoo, Michigan based Boy Becomes Hero (Andrew Brittingham) is bringing to life his post-hardcore debut LP 'Reverie' on February 28th. The album takes listeners on a journey of a character named “Tsukuyo” as he battles evils; both past, present and future. Narrated by “Katsuben” (Kurt Davis), the journey follows Tsukuyo (Andrew Brittingham) and his battle to overcome these evils.
Photos | Boy Becomes Hero Facebook
This 10 track concept LP will feature epic anthems and melodic breakdowns as well as feature vocals from Garret Rapp (The Color Morale), Aaron Gillespie (Underoath, The Almost), Kurt Travis (Royal Coda, ex-Dance Gavin Dance), and Sam Kohl (ex-Sea in the Sky).
This project is particularly personal to Andrew as he had battled addiction for over 10 years, getting sober in 2017 and struggling to find his place in the music world. Now with clarity, Andrew has found his calling with 'Reverie'; his way to give back.
Full Reverie Track listing:
1: Exordium (feat. Kurt Travis and Darina Kayukova)
2: Perspicacity (feat. Garret Rapp)
4: Expatiate (feat. Darina Kayukova)
7:Abeyance (feat. Darina Kayukova)
8: Deluge (feat. Aaron Gillespie & Sam Kohl)
9: Delectation (feat. Kurt Travis & Garret Rapp)
Andrew and Boy Becomes Hero have partnered with To Write Love on Her Arms on the “Gravity Initiative” T-Shirt which will be available online both individually and as part of pre-order bundles. 100% of proceeds from the shirt and bundles plus another 10% of all additional album sales will be donated to To Write Love on Her Arms to help further their mission.
Photo | Boy Becomes Hero Bandcamp
'Reverie' is available for pre-order now at www.boybecomeshero.com and be sure to follow them on their social channels:
Photo of Andrew Brittingham | Boy Becomes Hero Facebook
for whom the beer flows
Hey y’all, long time no talk! This past Monday, January 14, Metallica in collaboration with Stone Brewing Co. released their very own Enter Night pilsner. An announcement that truly rocked two worlds that suddenly collided.
Enter Night is described as "a hoppy pilsner played through a distortion pedal" and is available now at select locations. This adult beverage checks in at 5.7% ABV and is served in a METAL can. I'd like to imagine that opening the can itself sounds like Hetfield screeching "ENTER NIGHHHIIGHT," but that's just me.
The brew was previously only available to fans that attended Metallica shows in the fall of 2018. Although James Hetfield is a reformed man and leads a straight-edge life, drummer Lars Ulrish explained in a recent interview with USA Today that "[the band] wanted to create something that would be good to drink, (when) maybe you are tailgating outside a venue waiting to get into a concert. We wanted to have a very drinkable beer and one that would not, you know, knock your socks off."
Would you try Enter Pilsner? Keep your eyes peeled for an exclusive Headrush TV taste test.
Music fans rejoice - You Me At Six, Dreamers, and MachineHeart have announced the best start to 2019; from Feb. 21st to March 16th - the Back Again Tour!
You Me At Six has been a band that has continuously grown with their music - staying true to their British rock sound while adding an edginess that appeals to many. With amazing albums like Take Off Your Colours and Sinners Never Sleep, YMAS has captivated their fanbase for years. And as of October of this year, they have their newest album, VI, quickly becoming a fan favorite.
Dreamers | Jimmy Kimmel Live | 09.08.18 | "Sweet Disaster" | (2016) Album:
Within the past year or two, Dreamers has taken the alternative rock scene by storm. With their upbeat yet meaningful lyrics, style, and stage presence, they have captured the attention of many and continue to grow. Some major accomplishments of the band include playing "Sweet Disaster" on Jimmy Kimmel Live in September as well as a headlining tour. On July 13th, 2108 the band released, 'Launch;' a four song EP that serves as "the first of a trilogy of releases."
MachineHeart | Pre-Order 'People Change' Album Out February 8, 2019:
The tour will kick off on February 21st in Boston, MA and wrap up on March 16th in Atlanta, GA. Click the link in the photo below to visit the source of the flyer.
What songs are you excited to hear?
Over the past few years,The 1975 has been a big player in the music scene and for the hype around their new album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, is real.
With the album, the band has announced both a UK/Ireland, and North American tour along with European dates to commence in Spring of 2019; the full album will be released on November 30th, 2018 via Dirty Hit and Polydor Records.
The album is available for pre-order online at this official link here and at Target; otherwise stream the YouTube audio singles below or on Itunes/Spotify.
Follow The 1975:
The 1975 | "It's Not Living (If it's Not With You)" | 'A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships' | 2018
A fan favorite of the album already is "It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You):"
At first listen, "It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)" definitely catches my interest and I can’t wait for the full album to be released. As someone who is new to the 1975 and who’s always looking for new music, this is definitely a release I'm anticipating.
This single, published on October 18th, 2018 has already gathered 1M+ views; showing the dedication of the 1975 fans. The song has no doubt been on repeat across their international audience.
In the end, with a band as electic and talented as the 1975, it’s going to be fun seeing what journey this new album takes the band and fans alike.
The 1975 North American tour in support of the new album kicks off Spring of 2019 on March 20th; the very first tour date will commence in Guadalajara, Mexico. The North America tour will run until June 3rd, 2019 with the last stage in Toronto, Ontario. Visit: the1975.com/northamerica for tickets and further information.
Dave Stephens made the announcement in a recent interview with Kerrang! following a tribute show for Kyle Pavone.
The band recently finished touring with Bullet For My Valentine amidst the devastating loss of the late vocalist and will not take the much needed off-time to process the past few months. “I think as of now, we need some time to navigate our grief,” says Stephen.
Pavone passed away on August 25 from an accidental overdose. WCAR has since set up the Kyle Pavone Foundation to honor the late singer’s life. As for the future of the group, vocalist Dave Stephens says that the band has no plans on ever replacing Pavone.
“We wrote those songs together and they’re still my songs as well, but it’s weird even for me singing his parts,” he says. “I’m sure it’s kind of strange to the fans and the band, but I can’t imagine how much more strange it would be to have someone else singing them permanently. We don’t ever want to add another member again, and at this point, we’re closer than ever. We wanna do our best to honour [him] and make him proud but never replace him. He definitely won’t be forgotten.”
There are multiple ways to support the foundation. To donate to the Kyle Pavone Foundation, you can do so by donating a specified amount on the site, texting “Support KYLE” to 20222, or you can send checks or money orders to the following:
The Kyle Pavone Foundation/BCCF
32 West Michigan Ave. Suite 1
Battle Creek Michigan 49017
Mike Shinoda released 'Post Traumatic' on June 15th, 2018 via Warner Bros. Records; the sixteen track album is on tour this Fall throughout the U.S. up until November 17th, 2018 culminating at Silver Spring in Maryland. Our review of the album includes our first impressions of all the music videos released in promotion.
Visit the album 'Post Traumatic' on the official website here or stream below:
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Pitchfork wrote in a 'Post Traumatic' review, "On October 27, 2017, three months after the suicide of their bandmate Chester Bennington, the surviving members of Linkin Park played a tribute concert at the Hollywood Bowl." The video mentioned is embedded above and below courtesy of Linkin Park official YouTube.
1. "Place to Start:" This song is written from the heart; the MV features Mike Shinoda directly projecting his vulnerable lyrics introducing 'Post Traumatic.' Towards the end of the song and video we embrace shock and grief; voicemails left by Shinoda's loved ones are sampled in contrast with footage of a child's room.
2. "Over Again:" Another home made video is welcomed as a sequel; this song and video initiates an internal dialog. The hook, "Sometimes- you don't say goodbye once - you say goodbye over and over and over again" is flipped by a harsher Fort Minor reminiscent delivery, "What (are) they saying, I’m not raw? What the fu*k you take me for? All the sudden you hear what I’ve said a hundred ways before? I been pushed, I been trapped - Drug myself through hell and back -."
3. "Watching As I Fall:" No longer is this a progression of home-videos, here; Shinoda introduces himself as a filmmaker for 'Post Traumatic.' This video adds dynamic flashbacks to hand-held vlogging; his signature is in the editing.
A candid monologue greets us at the end of this music video where Shinoda explains: "It's been coming up four months since Chester passed away; the holidays are going to be hard." Shinoda adds, "It's stress. I open my phone - everything I read on the news from stuff inside the country; and stuff outside the country; weird racist... garbage, chaos... It's hard to even just set up an appointment to go to the doctor in the midst of all the chaos."
If you did not know, 8123 Fest is a music festival put on by The Maine that takes place in Phoenix, Arizona - celebrating the band's anniversary in their home town.
The hype behind the fest initiated after its 2017 debut, and fans from all over the world are prepping for round two in 2019. View the year one documentary below!
The festival will take place over an extended weekend from Thursday, January 18th through Saturday January 20th; ending with a meet and greet with the band.
8123 Fest | 2019 | Official Tickets
8123 Fest | 2017 | Official Documentary & APTV Official Concert Recap
8123 Fest | 2019 | Art Gallery
Fun events such as a pop up shop filled with merch, and an 8123 fest art gallery!
Check out this art painting on the left by The Maine frontman John OâCallaghan:
8123 Fest | 2019 | Accompanied Acts
Any guesses as to who might be joining the lineup?
Corey Taylor has made it pretty clear that 2019 is going to be Slipknot's year. Just look below.
Need any more proof? The frontman has even gone on the record saying that the he will take a break from Stone Sour to focus on Slipknot. The first objective: finishing up the bands followup to their 2014 album, .5 The Gray Chapter. The future is looking bright for all you maggots.
In a recent Twitter exchange with a fan All That Remains front man, Phil Labonte stated that he wants to tour with Corey Taylor; Stone Sour or Slipknot. And then Corey Taylor joined the conversation ...
With both bands planning to release new albums within the next year, the likelihood of them touring together is a very real possibility. All That Remains released their new single 'Fuck Love' last Monday. Hint hint, it's very heavy and indeed very metal.
Would you like to see a tour co-headed by All That Remains and Slipknot?
Mental Health is a crucial topic in need of open conversation, and musicians are not exempt to this. Fame and fortune become fickle in the face of this struggle. For Suicide Awareness Month, a mission throughout September, rockstars speak out to illuminate their own struggles, but also to inspire their community to speak out as well.
Always an advocate for this cause, Lzzy Hale of Halestorm was one of the first to take action. On September 9th, Lzzy joined in on a two hour broadcast on with a surplus of other musicians to discuss mental health and the importance of not keeping it bottled up. "Find your therapy, find that thing, you know, that makes you you, that makes you feel better, and do that," she shares. "Let's make sure that whoever is struggling knows that they are not alone."
Following this, Lzzy took to her online Diary to share a much deeper, more personal story. "Before the start of this record I was in a dark place. And this time, I wasn't sure if I could fight my way out," she recalls. "What people don't tell you about depression is that it's not like this big even happens and all of a sudden you are sad. It starts very small, picking at you piece by piece, compounding on itself, and by the time you realize what's happening the beast has gotten so big that it's unrecognizable...like a thick fog all around you until you can no longer see the way home."
Knowing this feeling first hand, and knowing the danger of keeping it quiet, Lzzy took to social media, promoting her unique and personal movement, #RaiseYourHorns. This was met with endless selfies, stories, and songs from fans and musicians alike.
Brent Smith and Eric Bass of Shinedown also shared some personal insight into their new hit "GET UP" off of the album 'ATTENTION ATTENTION.' Brent reveals that he wrote the lyrics as a witness to the struggles Eric endured with depression.
Eric adds, "We're writing our experiences down and performing them through music. If a kid can listen to our song and go, 'He's writing about something that he knows that he's lived through, and I've lived through the same thing,' it gives them hope."
This one song has been changing lives since the very first note, both for the fans as well as the band members. This impact led to the fan created #GETUP movement, which took off among listeners, and grabbed the attention of the band as well.
#GETUP & #RaiseYourHorns | #SuicidePreventionMonth
These artists are revolutionizing the mental health stigma from the inside out. A simple song, a photo, a blog, even a hashtag - all hold the immense potential and possibility to bring about real change. Rockers, head-bangers, and strangers to the scene come together in Unity. So #GETUP and #RaiseYourHorns for #SuicidePreventionMonth - and every month.
Authors: Alison Bauer and Erica Doubek
Bring Me The Horizon announced that their sixth studio album titled, 'Amo;' will be released on January 11th, 2019 via RCA; Pre-order your exclusive copy here.
To support the new record, BMTH have broadcast their 'First Love' world tour. Kicking off in the U.K. on November 5th, 2018; they will continue on to U.S. and Australia; culminating in Melbourne on May 13th, 2019; here are pre-sale tickets.
'Amo' will include their first 2018 single, "Mantra;" the official music video is attached below. Stream our review with us & be sure to schedule your tickets early!
Gif | "Mantra" 2018 by BMTH Official MV
Erica: This video takes a wild and shocking path of endless twists and turns. Various old school scenes from television commercials are speckled between flashes of the band members. The beginning calls to awaken you from your mindless wandering, whereas the end points towards death instead, making this a wild ride from start to finish.
Alison: As the first single and music video to their upcoming record 'Amo' we have much to anticipate from Bring Me The Horizon. When might you predict the release of a second single or music video? Visit their 2018 & 2019 tour dates below!
11/05 — Stuttgart, DE @ Schleyer-Halle
11/06 — Hamburg, DE @ Sporthalle
11/08 — Berlin, DE @ Ufo Im Velodrome
11/09 — Chemnitz, DE @ Messe
11/10 — Vienna, AT @ Stadthalle
11/12 — Zurich, CH @ Samsun Hall
11/13 — Milan, IT @ Forum
11/14 — Munich, DE @ Zenith
11/16 — Antwerp, BE @ Lotto
11/17 — Frankfurt, DE @ Jahrhunderthalle
11/18 — Duesseldorf, DE @ Mitsubishi Electric Halle
11/20 — Amsterdam, NL @ Afas Live
11/21 — Paris, FR @ Le Zenith
11/23 — Birmingham, UK @ Arena
11/24 — Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena
11/25 — Glasgow, UK @ SSE Hydro
11/27 — Cardiff, UK @ Motorpoint Arena
11/29 — London, UK @ Alexandra Palace
11/30 — London, UK @ Alexandra Palace
North American dates:
01/23/19 — Nashville, TN @ Municipal Auditorium
01/25/19 — Orlando, FL @ CFE Arena
01/26/19 — Atlanta, GA @ Coca-cola Roxy
01/28/19 — Fairfax, VA @ Eaglebank Arena
01/29/19 — Manhattan, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
02/01/19 — Boston, MA @ Tsongas Center
02/02/19 — Montreal, QC @ Place Bell
02/04/19 — Detroit, MI @ The FIllmore Detroit
02/05/19 — Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
02/06/19 — Minneapolis, MN @ Armory
02/08/19 — Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
02/09/19 — Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
02/11/19 — Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium
02/13/19 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
02/15/19 — Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
02/16/19 — Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
04/10/19 — Brisbane @ Entertainment Centre
04/12/19 — Sydney @ Qudos Bank Arena
04/13/19 — Melbourne @ Rod Vaer Arena