I Prevail – Band Feature

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I Prevail is an American metalcore band formed in Southfield, Michigan and established in 2013.

The band currently consists of Brian Burkheiser – clean vocals , Eric Vanlerberghe – unclean vocals, Steve Menoian – lead guitar, Lee Runestad – drums, Dylan Bowman – rhythm guitar, backing vocals and Tony Camposeo on bass guitar.

The band was formed on the 1st of December 2014 and shortly thereafter they started working on their EP. On the 10th of December I Prevail released the first two singles from the EP, “Love, Lust, and Liars” and “The Enemy”. The band became popular after posting a cover of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” on YouTube on the 17th December 2014. To date the video has received over 30 million views.

The band released their debut EP, Heart Vs. Mind on the 26th of January 2015. The EP moved over 60,000 copies as I Prevail toured with the likes of Hollywood Undead and Crown The Empire in 2015 on Day of the Dead tour and they opened for Pop Evil in December. On the 12th of March 2015  rhythm guitarist Jordan Berger left the band due to other commitments. The band added touring members Tony Camposeo on bass and Dylan Bowman on rhythm guitar. The band embarked on a few tours namely the Heart Vs. Mind tour, Massive Addictive tour and The Crossroads tour.

On the 17th of May 2016 the band announced that they would be embarking on a headlining tour with support acts being The White Noise, My Enemies and I and Bad Seed Rising.

In early 2016, the boys retreated to Wall of Sound Studios in the small and secluded town of Riley, Michigan to work with trusted producers B.J. Perry and John Pregler. The band worked a year on their EP before they released anything publicly. This allowed the band to learn one another’s musical style. This process prepared the band for the writing and recording for their debut album, they were able to merge their vision in order to create the sound they wanted on the album.

On the 20th of June it was revealed that the name of the band’s debut album would be Lifelines and it would be made available on the 20th of October 2016. The first single titled “Scars” was released on the 1st of July 2016 and you can view the music video below.

I Prevail supported Pierce The Veil and Neck Deep on the Journey’s Made to Destroy tour throughout the fall of 2016. The second single from the band’s debut album “Stuck In Your Head” received a lot of attention from rock music fans and was listed on numerous blogs/websites as one of the best rock songs in 2016 including our list:

https://therockriff.wordpress.com/2016/12/29/best-16-rock-songs-of-2016/

This is how I discovered the band and their music, now I’m addicted and the rest is history. 😉

The third single off the album “Come and Get It”, released on Short.Fast.Loud, an Australian-based punk and hardcore radio show on youth station Triple J. I Prevail was nominated for “Breakthrough Band” at the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards and has since garnered features from Billboard, Detroit Free Press, AXS, Loudwire. 

I love how I Prevail always has just the right amount of clean vs unclean vocals. In general I’m not a metalcore fan, but I Prevail may have single-handedly converted me. The majority of their songs have catchy choruses laced with enough angst for any hard rock music fan. The band has created a beautiful balance with their layered vocals and a solid sonic backdrop.

I Prevail on Twitter: https://twitter.com/IPrevailBand

Rock Regards,

Lauren

 

 

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Band Feature – Twenty One Pilots

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There have been many opinions about which genre Twenty One Pilots fall into, but I believe that music doesn’t always need to fit into a specific category. As long as you enjoy the music you are listening to, does it really matter? I think music genres are just a general guideline used to describe what type of music we prefer to listen to. I decided to feature Twenty One Pilots, because I think rock fans tend to forget that rock music isn’t just about how many riffs and guitar solos one can fit into one song. Rock music is about attitude and standing out from the crowd as well. I feel TØP are a very unique band and they have a beautifully awkward demeanor when they perform.

 

Twenty One Pilots are an American musical duo hailing from Columbus, Ohio. The band was formed by Tyler Joseph in 2009 along with former members Nick Thomas and Chris Salih. Nick and Chris left the band in 2011. The band currently consists of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun.

 

The band was formed in 2009 in Columbus, Ohio by college friends Tyler Joseph, Nick Thomas and Chris Salih. The band’s name originated from a 1947 play by Arthur Miller called “All My Sons” based on true events about a man who has to decide what is best for his family after causing the death of twenty-one pilots during World War II, because he knowingly sent them faulty parts for the good of his business. Tyler explains that this story of moral dilemma was the inspiration for the name of the band. On the 29th of December 2009, they released their self-titled debut album Twenty One Pilots and started touring Ohio.

In 2011, Thomas and Salih left the band due to their busy schedules, both posting farewell notes on the band’s Facebook page. Tyler was joined by Josh Dun, former drummer for House of Heroes.

The band’s second self-release Regional at Best was released on the 8th of July 2011, the first album with the current line-up. The album release was accompanied by a free show on the grounds of New Albany High School. In November 2011, they played a sold out show at Columbus’ Newport Music Hall attracting the attention of a dozen record labels. It was ultimately decided that TØP would sign to Atlantic Records’ subsidiary label Fueled by Ramen.

During 2011 the band gave fans two unreleased songs for free via their newsletter, the original version of  “House of Gold” and “Two”.

On the 11th of February the band released a music video for as yet an unreleased song titled “Goner” was rewritten and re-recorded for its release on Blurryface in 2015.

During a sold-out show in April 2012 the band announced their signing to Atlantic Records subsidiary label Fueled by Ramen. On the 17th of July 2012 the band released their debut recording under the new record label in the form of a three song EP, entitled Three Songs. In August 2012 the band embarked on a short tour with Neon Trees and Walk The Moon. They worked with producer Greg Wells on their first full-length album with their new record label titled “Vessel”.

The duo had their first charting single on radio charts in America with “Holding On To You” which reached 11 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. On the 12th of November 2012, the official music video for “Holding Onto You” was released on YouTube. In 2013 music video for “Guns For Hands” and “Car Radio” were uploaded respectively  on the 7th January and on the 19th of April.

In 2013 Twenty One Pilots toured as a support act for Fall Out Boy on their Save Rock and Roll Arena Tour. On the 8th of August 2013 performed their song “House of Gold” on Conan for their late night debut and the video for the song released on the 2nd of October.

In 2014, Twenty One Pilots played a number of music festivals and other events all around the country, such as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Boston Calling and Firefly. As a result they took show requests from different cities and blended them into the Quiet Is Violent World Tour which began in September 2014 and ended in the same year.

In April 2014, the band performed “Car Radio” at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards and on “Late Night With Seth Meyers”.

On the 31st of December 2014 the duo released their music video for “Ode To Sleep”.

It was announced in March 2016 that the band would be releasing “Blurryface” on the 19th of May 2016. The first single released from the album was titled “Fairly Local” and the second single was called “Tear In My Heart”. The third single “Stressed Out” was released along with the music video. “Stressed Out” peaked at number 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and number one on both the Alternative Songs and Hot Rock Songs.

“Blurryface” released early on the 17th of May 2015, selling 134,000 copies in its first week in the United States becoming the band’s first number one album on the Billboard 200. On the 22nd of May 2016, Blurryface won the “Top Rock Album” category at the Billboard Music Awards and the band won the “Top Rock Artist” category as well.

The band began the Blurryface World Tour on the 11th of May 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. The U.S part of their tour started on the 8th of September in Washington, D.C. They toured with Echosmith and Finish Ticket and the tour continued into the United States, Australia, South East Asia, Japan and Europe. Twenty One Pilots performed “Stressed Out” on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” on the 14th of September 2015.

As the duo grew more popular, they turned down record deals with signing bonuses, acted as their own roadies long after they were selling out large venues, and refused to trade in their van for a touring bus. Recently they’ve declined significant sponsorship offers for their 2016 tour.

The band began their Emotional Roadshow World Tour which started in Cincinnati on the 31st of May 2016.  The tour will go through the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia with Chef’Special and Mutemath joining them on tour.

On the 16th of June 2016, Twenty One Pilots released the first single from the official Suicide Squad soundtrack called “Heathens” and the music video for the song released on the 21st of June 2016.

Watch the music video for “Heathens”:

TØP became the third musical act to have two singles simultaneously chart in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100 joining The Beatles and Elvis Presley, also becoming the third duo to accomplish this.

Twenty One Pilots are a unique band that have created a strong brand by reinforcing ideas, imagery and performances. This is how they have differentiated themselves in the music industry which is an incredibly hard task, especially in the current economic climate and considering how connected everyone is in our current day and age.

Follow the band on Twitter: https://twitter.com/twentyonepilots

Follow Josh on Twitter: https://twitter.com/joshuadun

Follow Tyler on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tylerrjoseph

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

 

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Band Feature – KONGOS

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The Kongos’ label, Just Music, presented us with a plaque for Lunatic going Gold! (South Africa)

The youngest of the four Kongo brothers, Danny was born in South Africa. The other three brothers were born in London and moved to South Africa when they were more or less one to two years old. They grew up surrounded by music as their father was John Kongos, a South-African musician who enjoyed two Top 5 UK pop hits in the early seventies.Over time he gravitated more towards the production side of the industry, he enjoyed the studio more than he did touring. His father built his own studio and he worked together with producer Mutt Lange on Def Leppard’s “Pyromania”.

The family moved from South Africa to Paradise Valley in 1996 and this is where the boys had a chance to hone their craft in the basement studio and cut their latest album. All four brothers attended Chaparral High School, only Johnny and Jesse tried college, but both of them never finished. The brothers wanted to earn their living through music and Jesse and Johnny were playing in jazz groups. Danny and Dylan didn’t finish High School and never had the desire to have a career in anything but music, school was viewed as an obstacle by the brothers more than as a means to an end.

The Kongos played their first show at a coffee shop in Mesa in 2003, the place was packed. The Kongos’ friends and family came out to support the band and thereafter the number of audience members dwindled, but that first show gave the band a taste of what it felt like to play to a larger audience. The brothers always had their parents’ support, their dad was in the music business which meant they had access to an amazing facility and mentor.

The band went on to hone their craft releasing their debut album “Kongos” in 2007. The album did not spawn any major breakthroughs. Fast forward to 2010 and the band had a lot of expenses recording and touring, but they weren’t generating a lot of income. They had already recorded a large part of their sophomore album “Lunatic” and were performing the songs live. They were sending songs to record labels and radio DJs, to no avail. The band was starting to doubt the longevity of their music career when they got a break at a radio station in Phoenix and started generating interest. Soon another radio station started playing their songs which reflected in the size of the audiences they were performing for in Phoenix.

The band sent e-mails to various radio stations across the world among them South Africa ,the program director for 5FM (national radio station) responded, because he loved the song and decided to play it to more or less 2 million listeners.

The station played “I’m Only Joking” and The Kongos blew up overnight. The proof of the country’s reaction was evident with the influx of people who “Liked” the band’s official Facebook page and interacted with posts. After an extensive tour in South Africa the band went back to the United States and it took another year for the band to have a breakthrough. In the meantime the band wasn’t being idle and they worked on what would eventually become “Egomaniac”.

Initially their record label Tokoloshe Records decided to push the single“I’m Only Joking” based on its performance on KWSS and 5FM. A DJ called Nerf heard something special in the song “Come With Me Now” and started playing it in it in Denver on KTCL-FM. The single received the biggest reaction for his station than ever seen before. “Come With Me Now” started the fastest climb up the Billboard Alternative Songs chart by an unknown artist since Evanescence did the same with “Bring Me To Life”. They had to set aside the new material they were working on in order to concentrate their efforts and capitalize on their platinum breakthrough. A lot of the material had already been written or was in the demo-ing process, due to the lag of success between South Africa and the United States.

 

The downside of the success of “Come With Me Now” is the high expectations for the band to deliver a smashing follow-up single. The life of the first single was extended due to the success that it experienced.

The brothers’ goal with their latest album was to turn fans of their hit single “Come With Me Now” into fans of the band as a whole. “Take It From Me” is the first single from the “Egomaniac” and it’s well on its way to become the band’s second hit single.

The Kongos care a lot about their sound production and they have invested a lot of money to upgrade their equipment instead of the studio. The band was determined to retain their stamp on their music, while still creating something new, unique and fresh.

The Kongos are currently on tour and they performed in Cape Town last night and they are performing at the Oppikoppi Festival tomorrow.

The Kongos are a unique band with a “flavour” of their own that sets them apart from the competition. If you want to explore your taste in music then this is the place to start.

Follow the band on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KONGOS

Follow Jesse Kongos on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JesseKONGOS

Follow Dylan Kongos on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DylanKONGOS

Follow Danny Kongos on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dannyKONGOS

Follow Johnny Kongos on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JohnnyKongos

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

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Band of the Month – The Fuel

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Credits to Bart Heemskerk Source: https://www.facebook.com/thefuelrocks

The Fuel originated one night on a balcony in Athens, Greece when two friends made a pact to start a new band. Arjen and Olly was at the end of a 3 week European tour with their respective bands at the time namely Hermano and Spoiler. The duo had shared the bill at numerous shows in the preceding years. The pair share a passion for high-energy, bluesy, soul injected rock music. The foundation for The Fuel was built on their mutual love for rock music.

After losing touch the pair reunited in Troy, Torino inevitably spending most of their time in a van. These road trips ignited the spark that was created many years ago. Early 2014 Arjen and Olly decided it was time to make their dream a reality. They decided to team up with long-time friend of the scene Jordi Langelaan an established and talented musician who owns his own recording studio called Barn In The Meadow. The trio played together for a couple of months, laying down the foundation for the band’s sound, but they felt like something was missing. The trio didn’t feel right and the band members felt like the vocal melodies needed to be expanded to create a bigger sound. Arjen had come across a vocalist singing some established blues songs on Soundcloud, a true diamond in the rough. The band asked Jelle to come to a studio, which was unknown territory for Jelle at the time, because he never experienced what it felt like singing into a microphone. The band was impressed with how easily Jelle adapted to the studio and evolved to become the essential ingredient in The Fuel’s recipe. The Fuel spent some time together creating and moulding their sound for the 5 track EP Add Fire to THE FUEL in July 2015. The EP has not been released yet.

The band consists of Jelle Klumpenaar (vocals), Arjen Rienks (Bass, Backing Vocals), Olly Smit (Guitars) and Jordi Langelaan (Drums, Backing Vocals).

I discovered the band when Jelle sent me a link to their new music video. I was blown away to say the least. The guitar intro is enough to give any rock music fan goosebumps. Jelle’s voice is raw, edgy, gritty with some bluesy soul thrown in for good measure. “Revolution” the band’s debut song has been on loop in my ears this whole week. The groove, guitars and bluesy sound is addictive. It is inspiring to see a new band produce a quality music video with high production value, because it creates a great first impression and fans buy into the band more easily.

All of us need to keep an eye on this band, because I can tell there is a lot more that this band can offer the rock music industry.

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Follow the band on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefuelrocks/

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

View the video for “Revolution”:

 

 

 

Band of the Month – Disturbed

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Disturbed is an American heavy metal/hard rock band from Chicago, Illinois. The band consists of vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan and drummer Mike Wengren. Former members of the band are vocalist Erich Awalt and bassist Steve Kmak.

The band formed in 1994 originally known as Brawl and was renamed Disturbed after David Draiman was hired as the lead vocalist. Five of the band’s six studio albums consecutively debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.

Before David Draiman joined the band the line-up consisted of vocalist Erich Awalt, guitarist Dan Donegen, drummer Mike Wengren and bassist Steve “Fuzz” Kmak. Dan mentioned on Disturbed’s DVD “Decade of Disturbed” that the band’s name was supposed to be “Crawl”, but they changed it to “Brawl” due to another band who had the same name. Erich Awalt left the band shortly after the recording of the band’s demo tape. The three remaining members decided to advertise for a lead vocalist. The vacancy was advertised in the Illinois Entertainer, a local music publication in Chicago, to which David Draiman responded after auditioning for 20 other vacancies that month. David Draiman was ultimately chosen, because he was the only singer brave enough to attempt releasing original songs with the band. Dan Donegan and Mike Wengren were drawn to Draiman from the start and realized that there was huge potential. David joined the band in 1996 and the band was renamed “Disturbed”. David had considered Disturbed as the name for a band for years, because it described the state of mind that the band was in at the time and they wanted to push the envelope.

Disturbed recorded two three-track demo tapes, the first having demos for “The Game”, “Down With The Sickness” and “Meaning of Life” and the second consisted of demos for “Want”, “Stupify” and “Droppin Plates”. The artwork featured the band’s recently created mascot The Guy and the band eventually signed with Giant Records. In 2000 Disturbed released its debut album “The Sickness” which launched the band into stardom. “The Sickness” peaked at number 20 on the Billboard 200 and it has sold over 4 million copies in the US alone since its release.

Steve Kmak decided to use the fire escape outside Disturbed’s rehearsal hall in Chicago, he fell and  broke his ankle right before Disturbed was due to join Marilyn Manson’s European tour in 2001. Marty O’Brien replaced Kmak for the European part of the tour, but Kmak performed with the band on the 11th and 12th of January 2001 at Disturbed’s Chicago show.

In February 2001 the band recorded a cover of the song “Midlife Crisis” for a Faith No More tribute album, but the cover was not used. Thankfully a recorded version of the song appeared on the album called “The Lost Children”.

In September 2001 production for the band’s second studio album began. On the 4th of June 2002 Disturbed released a documentary DVD about the band named M.O.L which depicts the band behind the scenes and life on the road. The DVD includes music videos and live performances. Watching the DVD you realize that life with Disturbed is pretty chaotic, but you can definitely feel their energy coming through during live performances. Disturbed’s second album “Believe” released on the 17th September 2002 and the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The music video for the first single “Prayer” was pulled from most television stations due to perceived similarities with the 11th of September 2001 attacks. David Draiman provided vocals for a song called “Forsaken” which was written and produced by Jonathan Davis (Korn) for the movie soundtrack of Queen of the Damned.

In 2003 Disturbed played Ozzfest and went on their own tour for Music as a Weapon II. Chevelle, Taproot and Unloco toured with the band. After the Music As A Weapon II tour Steve Kmak was fired from the band due to some personal differences and he was replaced by John Moyer, the current bassist for Disturbed. On the same night that John Moyer joined the band they performed two new songs “Hell” and “Monster”, both appeared as B-sides on the band’s third studio album “Ten Thousand Fists”.

Disturbed’s third studio album “Ten Thousand Fists” released on the 20th September 2005. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 238, 000 copies the week following its release, the album was certified platinum and shipped 1 000 000 units in the US on the 5th of January 2006. In support of the album Disturbed toured with 10 years and Ill Niño. The band headlined Ozzfest along with System of a Down, Lacuna Coil, DragonForce, Avenged Sevenfold and Hatebreed. Ten Thousand Fists is the first studio album by Disturbed to feature guitar solos. The reason for this is that the band felt that guitar solos are absent in a lot of modern music and they wanted to bring it back. “Stricken”, ” Land of Confusion” and “Overburdened” all feature guitar solos.

In 2006 the band’s European tour was moved twice due to David Draiman experiencing severe acid re flux, which affected his voice. Later that year David underwent surgery for a deviated septum which affected his voice. After a succesful operation David reduced his alcohol intake while touring. In late 2006 the band headlined another tour called Music As A Weapon III and Nonpoint, Flyleaf and Stone Sour toured with Disturbed. The band completed one leg of the tour and decided to go back to the studio to work on their fourth studio album.

In July 2007, a new track titled “This Moment” appeared on the soundtrack for the movie Transformers. Disturbed mixed their fourth studio album “Indestructible” in Los Angeles in late 2007. “Inside The Fire” the first single off the album was made available on digital distribution services for purchase on the 25th of March 2008. The band toured in the United States during April and May 2008 with Five Finger Death Punch and Art of Dying. The music video for “Inside The Fire” released on the 2nd of May 2008 on the band’s official website. A second single titled “Perfect Insanity” became available on iTunes on the 6th of May 2008 and “Indestructible” could be pre-ordered for the release date on the 3rd of June 2008. The album became the third consecutive number-one debut on the Billboard 200. The band played their first live online concert on the 29th of May 2008 in Las Vegas. Disturbed toured in support of the Mayhem Festival alongside Slipknot, Dragonforce and Mastodon during summer of 2008. The band toured in Australia and New Zealand from August to September 2008. In May 2008 Harmonix , the developers of video game Rock Band reached a deal with Disturbed and Best Buy to offer two tracks from “Indestructible” to play on Rock Band when the game is pre-ordered via Best Buy’s website. Harmonix later released an extra three songs from their fourth album namely “Indestructible”, “Inside The Fire” and “Perfect Insanity”. On the 12th of May 2009 Harmonix released “Stricken” and “Stupify” to the Rock Band music store. On the 30th of September 2008 Disturbed released an iTunes exclusive live album entitled “Live & Destructible”. The band toured Europe where they started in London during October 2008, finishing in Helsinki in November 2008 and later toured the United States during November and December 2008.

“Inside The Fire” was nominated for a Grammy Award in the “Best Hard Rock Performance” category. In March 2009, Disturbed released a music video for the single “The Night”. The Music as a Weapon IV tour started in March 2009 and culminated in May 2009. The tour featured Lacuna Coil, Killswitch Engage and Chimaira on the main stage. Disturbed released an impressive second cover version of the band “Faith No More”‘s song “Midlife Crisis” on the album “Covered, A Revolution In Sound” which included bands such as “Mastodon”, “The Used” and “Avenged Sevenfold”.

A reissue of the band’s debut album “The Sickness” was released on the 23rd of March 2010 with more B-side songs “God of the Mind” and “A Welcome Burden”, updated artwork and a remastered track list. “The Sickness” became available on vinyl for the first time.

On the 8th of February 2010, Disturbed entered the studio in Chicago, Illinois to begin recording for their fifth studio album. The band released a superb cover of heavy metal band Judas Priest‘s song “Living After Midnight” for the Metal Hammer Presents… Tribute to British Steel album. The band finished recording the album “Asylum” and planned to start mixing it in Los Angeles, California. The self-produced album “Asylum” was released on the 31st of August 2010. On the 9th of July 2010 the official track list became available on the band’s official website. Asylum was the fourth consecutive album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200, an achievement only earned by two other rock groups Metallica and the Dave Matthews Band.

Disturbed headlined the first “Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar” tour along with Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Hellyeah and Halestorm among others in late summer 2010. In October 2010 David Draiman was diagnosed with a serious throat condition and the band’s US tour was canceled as it was estimated that David’s recovery could take up to four weeks. Close to the end of 2010 Disturbed announced that they would leave for their tour of Music As A Weapon V in 2011, co-headlining with Korn and guests Sevendust, In This Moment and Stillwell. In January 2011 they announced that Disturbed would be headlining the Mayhem Festival along with Godsmack and Megadeth for summer 2011. In February 2011 it was confirmed that the band would be playing Download Festival and in May 2011 Disturbed co-headlined the Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio.

A previously unreleased song “3” became available for download on their website. All proceeds from the song would go towards benefiting the Damien Echols Defense Fund, a foundation supporting the release of the West Memphis Three.

In July 2011, Disturbed confirmed that the band would go on hiatus after completing their US tour and during an interview in the same month David Draiman dismissed rumors that the hiatus came about as a result of conflict between band members. Disturbed went on hiatus in October 2011. They released a b-side compilation album, titled “The Lost Children” on the 8th of November 2011. The song “Hell” became available for digital download on the 11th of October 2011. The track listing and release date for the album was announced on David Draiman’s Twitter profile. On the 21st of April 2012 to commemorate Record Store Day, Disturbed released “The Collection”, a box set featuring the band’s five full-length studio albums in 140g vinyl LPs.

On the 20th of June 2015 on Disturbed’s official Facebook page and website, posts were made hinting at the band’s return. The website displayed a new Disturbed logo and a video of the band’s mascot on life support, still breathing. On the 22nd of June 2015 a video was posted by the band of The Guy awakening from life support along with an 18-hour countdown on their official website giving speculation to a definite reunion. On the 23rd of June 2015, Disturbed officially announced the end of their hiatus and the title of their new album titled “Immortalized”. A music video for their song “The Vengeful One” released on the same day. “Immortalized” released on the 21st August 2015. All bass tracks on the album was performed by Dan Donegan and not John Moyer. However John Moyer still remains an official band member appearing in promotional material and performing during live performances. On the album’s release day, the band played their first show in four years at the House of Blues in Chicago. “Immortalized” is Disturbed’s fifth consecutive number-one debut on the United States Billboard 200 chart.

Disturbed is a monumental force in the rock music industry and has walked the line between becoming successful and still catering to the die-hard hard rock community which is no small feat. I discovered the band on a compilation of rock music videos. I had never heard of the band, but didn’t think it would hurt to give them a try. I was pleasantly surprised and I was a fan since I watched the music video for “Land of Confusion”. I admire the band for experimenting with sounds and lyrics, but essentially staying true to their roots. My favourite album thus far (excluding “Immortalized”) has been The Lost Children, I can’t believe that most of those songs are b-sides!  I hope the fans can look forward to many more years of Disturbed.

Follow Dan Donegan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DanDoneganGtr

Follow John Moyer on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JohnMoyerBass

Follow Mike Wengren on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MikeWengren

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Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Band of the Month – Tremonti

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Band of the Month – Tremonti (continued…)

Tremonti is an American rock band founded and fronted by talented lead vocalist and guitarist Mark Tremonti. Mark is best known as the guitarist for Creed and Alter Bridge. In addition Tremonti consists of rhythm guitarist Eric Friedman, drummer Garrett Whitlock and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen. Originally the band started out as Mark’s solo project which evolved into a fully fledged band after the release of the band’s first album titled “All I Was” on the 17th of July 2012. Mark played bass and lead guitar on the band’s debut album as well as fulfilling his duties as the lead vocalist. Mark’s band mate in Creed and Alter Bridge Brian Marshall was the touring bass guitarist for the band until his departure later that year. Brian was replaced by Van Halen bassist Wolfgang Van Halen.

Towards the end of Creed’s career in the early 2000s, Tremonti wanted to form a speed metal side project called Downshifter which would have included Hatebreed vocalist Jamey Jasta and Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison, but the project never came to fruition. Later in 2008, Mark and his brother Dan Tremonti formed FRET12 , an online musicians’ community, production company, record label and artist management company to release his 2008 instructional guitar documentary DVD titled Mark Tremonti: The Sound & the Story, where he teaches warm-ups, alternate tuning, finger picking style, legato techniques, and other advanced exercises. It marked the first in a series of  The Sound & The Story instructional DVDs which includes DVDs by Leslie West and Troy Stetina.

Mark started showing interest in releasing a solo album , because he writes a lot and he felt there was potential in songs he had written that didn’t suit Alter Bridge or Creed’s genre/material. Former Submersed members Eric Friedman and Garrett Whitlock formed part of the band. Mark described the music as melody driven and in an interview he described the album as being a heavier-sounding thrash metal album.

On the 20th of January 2012, Tremonti launched a website where fans can visit to find out about the latest news, previews, live streams and giveaways. A list of song titles and the title of the band’s debut album “All I Was” was announced on the website. The release date for the album was set for July 2012 on FRET12 Records under the management of Dan Tremonti & Tim Tournier. The first single from the album “You Waste Your Time” was made available on the 6th of May 2012, one day before its release on Loudwire.com.

One day after its release, the song reached number 10 on the iTunes Rock Songs chart and the live video for the song premiered on the 17th of May 2012 on Noisecreep. The official release date for the album was announced on Ultimate Guitar Archive as the 17th of July 2012. Produced by Michael “Elvis” Baskette, the album shows prominent thrash metal influences. This album marks the debut of Mark Tremonti as a lead vocalist.

Tremonti originally consisted of Eric Friedman, Garrett Whitlock and Brian Marshall playing bass guitar as a session/touring member. The band’s first concert took place at The Social in Orlando, Florida, on July 17, 2012. Wolfgang Van Halen replaced Brian Marshall as a touring bassist in September 2012 and was named as an official member of the band in March 2013. A previously unreleased B-side “All That I Got” became available as a single on the 16th of April 2013.

In 2014 Tremonti began recording their second album with Wolfgang Van Halen playing bass. Another B-side called “Gone” was released as a single on the 16th of September 2014. On the 3rd of March 2015, the band released a sample of their song “Radical Change” and revealed the album title “Cauterize” along with the song listing for the band’s sophomore effort. On the 17th of March 2015 Tremonti released another song preview for the track “Flying Monkeys” and gave a concrete release date of the 9th of June 2015 for Cauterize. On the 20th of March 2015 Tremonti unveiled on Twitter that the first single would be titled “Another Heart” and that it would be released on the 24 March 2015. On the 23rd of March 2015, the single “Another Heart” was available for streaming via FRET12. The artwork for Cauterize was revealed on the 27th of May 2015, additionally it was announced that it will be the first of two albums that were recorded together to be released. The second single “Flying Monkeys” released in the US on the 15th of May 2015 and is available for digital download via iTunes.

After listening to Cauterize I was struck by Mark Tremonti’s vocal performance on the latest record in comparison to its predecessor. Cauterize engages all of your senses and doesn’t let up until the end. By listening to Cauterize you witness the development of the band as a unit. I love the philosophical lyrical content of “Providence” and Mark’s vocals shine on the song combined with some beautiful riffs.

I like the heavier, yet melodic style that the band has adopted, it attracts new fans without alienating existing fans especially since the genre of music the band play is so far removed from Mark’s other projects. I can imagine it takes a lot of investment and guts to start a third band from scratch, especially when your schedule is already planned years in advance. Tremonti is unique, because of the fact that the band consists of established musicians who really don’t have anything to prove and is making music purely for the love and passion that the band members possess for their craft.

You can follow Mark Tremonti on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarkTremonti

You can follow Eric Friedman on Twitter: https://twitter.com/IIEROCKII

Follow Garrett Whitlock on Twitter: https://twitter.com/GWDrums

Follow Wolfgang van Halen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WolfVanHalen

Follow Tremonti Project on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TREMONTIproject

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

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Band of the Month – T.R.O.Y

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T.R.O.Y (short for The Reality Of Yourself) is an American rock band that formed late 2004 in the small town of Pleasant Hope, MO. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Cord Bishop, bassist Kane Ransom, guitarist Kyle Girth and drummer Erik Malan. The original four members grew up together and attended the same school creating a strong bond between them.  T.R.O.Y’s moniker is inspired by the band’s musical perception and the philosophy that thought truly manifests into reality. The band has released two studio albums (“Effective Immediately” and “The Reality of Yourself”) to date and they are known for their gripping live shows, their energizing songwriting style and winning Ernie Ball’s National Battle Of The Bands.

The band has performed on the same stage with bands like Korn, Nothing More, Skillet, Three Days Grace, Red, Like A Storm, Godsmack, Pop Evil and Papa Roach to name a few. By winning Ernie Ball’s Battle of the Bands the band had the opportunity to tour and they received an endorsement deal through Ernie Ball Music Man. They have plans to release their new E.P. “Two Worlds” before their tour, with their single “Revolution” on the airwaves. Before the Rockstar Uproar tour the band planned a string of special events in their hometown, The Evolution of T.R.O.Y is a series of shows that celebrates the band’s past achievements and their future which is bright with potential.

I recently spent a lot of time listening to the band’s self-titled release on Soundcloud while I was surfing the web and I love the feeling you get as a listener when you realize that you are listening to a GREAT band that has not been established yet and have not signed to a major record label. The album “The Reality of Yourself” consists of a diverse choice of rock songs which vary from the smooth “Caught in the Fire” to the more heavy “Martyr of Deceit”. “Caught in the Fire” is my favourite track, so much so that after listening to it a few times I went and bought it on iTunes. This song in particular displays the mesmerizing voice of the band’s lead vocalist Cord Bishop. The lyrics of the song is raw and honest which probably drew me in to begin with. “Double-Edged Sword” is a fast paced song leaning more towards metal with the ferocious arrangement of the song and distorted vocals. “The Great Dying” is a dark, somber song with a hard rock edge to it, a song which contemplates the concept of freedom. “Into The Unknown” is a straight-up rock song which will satisfy any rock music fan’s appetite. “Divide” I can imagine would be a great track to see live and I would guarantee a lot of head-banging!

“Deadman”,  a single that the band released on the 17th of July 2014 on iTunes is a great rock song with a solid arrangement and some serious BASS! It is everything you would expect from a song with “Deadman” as the title. Another song that stood out to me is a single that the band released on the 21 May 2015 on iTunes titled “Revolution” which is a song that feels very current, it has the potential to satisfy fans of the band and drawing in a brand new audience. Their latest single “The Reckoning” is lyrically gripping and it starts with a soft, slower vocal introduction, before Cord rips into an aggressive chorus. A mature delivery from the band and I can definitely see this song making waves when it reaches the target audience.

I discovered T.R.O.Y when I was checking out my followers on Twitter, looking for a band to feature this month. I find it difficult to get into new music, because I have to invest a lot of my time to decide if I like a band’s music or not. I have to listen to a song about 5 times before I can decide if it appeals to my taste. This is a band I have become a fan of and for good reason, the talent, songwriting, musicianship and bond between the band members are all there and I can only see the band going from strength to strength. Their music has really grown on me and I am truly impressed by their level of talent.

Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/therealityofyourself

Then buy on iTunes by searching therealityof yourself!

Follow the band on Twitter: https://twitter.com/realityofTROY

Follow Erik Malan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/eriktmilan

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Credits to the photographer. Source: http://therealityofyourself.com/photos/

Credits to the photographer.
Source: http://therealityofyourself.com/photos/

Credits to the photographer. Source: http://therealityofyourself.com/photos/

Credits to the photographer.
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