About Low Gain

I’m just a teenager, living in Southern Illinois, that loves music in general. I love attending festivals as it feels like everyone comes together as a giant family. I also look forward to hearing new music and passing it onto the masses. In my free time I play guitar, basketball, and attend high school.

ARCHSPIRE Releases Second Song “Remote Tumour Seeker” From Upcoming Album

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Technical death metal band Archspire continues to destroy minds everywhere with their new song. While it isn’t as fast as the first song “Involuntary Doppelganger” (which you can also check out below), it still makes everyone else look like amateurs. The speed and technicality of this band is unrivaled and remains a force to be reckoned with. These Canadians aren’t here to mess around. ‘Relentless Mutation’ drops via Season of Mist on September 22nd. You can see the epic album artwork in the videos below. You can pre-order the record here. This will be the band’s third full length album and the follow up to the highly praised 2014 release ‘The Lucid Collective’. Follow the band on Facebook to stay updated on more music being released before the record drops. This is shaping up to be another great year of metal! Continue reading

HIGHLY SUSPECT Announces Fall Headlining Tour

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Alternative rock band Highly Suspect continues their onslaught of touring with another headlining run this fall. Support on the tour will come from DJ Redbees. They are currently out on the road this summer doing a headliner tour across the country. You can check out the remaining dates to that and the newly added dates below. The band is out supporting their 2016 release ‘The Boy Who Died Wolf’ which features several hits like “Serotonia”, “Little One”, and “My Name Is Human”. It sounds like the band has already been playing more new material in preparation of another new record so get out to a show and hear these songs before they officially release in the future. All ticket links can be found on their website here. Tickets for the fall tour go on sale this Friday. Continue reading

Louder Than Life Spotlight: FIRE FROM THE GODS

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*Every Tuesday and Thursday from now until Louder Than Life gets here we will be releasing an article about a band playing the festival to get you familiar with them.*

Today’s artist is Fire From The Gods.

On September 30th, Texas rap metal band Fire From The Gods hits Champions Park for the first time. The band formed in Austin, TX in 2010 and has really sprung onto the scene in the last year or so. Their album ‘Narrative’ had bangers like “Excuse Me” and “End Transmission” with AJ Channer controlling the flow of the songs with his blend of rap, reggae, and rock vocals to keep you on your toes. AJ Channer is actually the band’s second vocalist after he replaced Eric July who is now doing a project called Backwordz. Fire From The Gods has already played several major festivals this year like Rock on the Range, Carolina Rebellion, and Welcome to Rockville. They only continue to gain popularity as they’ve been playing on the Vans Warped Tour all summer as well. This isn’t just your typical, generic rap metal band. These guys have a message to go with their music that has been needed for a long time. Continue reading

AUGUST BURNS RED Teases New Album

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Barely an hour ago, Christian metalcore band August Burns Red posted their first teaser of their upcoming new record. It has only been two years since the Pennsylvania quintet put out the terrific ‘Found in Far Away Places’ record. It was considered by many as one of the best records of 2015. The band has only continued to evolve and progress more and more throughout their career so I’m curious to see where this album will take them. The teaser was also posted by Fearless Records’ Facebook page so it looks like the band will be sticking with them for a second album. The only words on the caption of the video are “October 6th, 2017”. We can assume that they are planning to drop the new record on that date so keep your eyes peeled for more news on the future record from these metalcore giants. You can follow them on Facebook below and check out the 20 second teaser right under it. Continue reading

ANIMALS AS LEADERS and PERIPHERY Announce Co-Headlining Tour w/ CAR BOMB and ASTRONOID

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This morning, prog titans Animals As Leaders and Periphery announced a large US tour.  The Convergence Tour is set to kick off on October 31st in Columbus, Ohio at Newport Music Hall. (There are also two Canada dates.) The tour will feature support from the mighty Car Bomb and the progressive maestros Astronoid. Car Bomb takes the first half of the dates while Astronoid takes their place on the November 17th date in San Antonio, TX at the Alamo Music Hall. Get ready for a flurry of mind blowing riffs and complicated time signatures. You can view all the tour dates below. Tickets go on sale on Friday at 10 am local time. Continue reading

Louder Than Life Spotlight: THROUGH FIRE

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*Every Tuesday and Thursday from now until Louder Than Life gets here we will be releasing an article about a band playing the festival to get you familiar with them.*

Today’s artist is Through Fire.

On Saturday, September 30th, Nebraska hard rockers Through Fire will be hitting the stage at the 4th annual Louder Than Life. The band came to be just last year after the band Emphatic decided to change their name. If you’ve been listening to rock radio for the last few years, Emphatic might sound familiar. They had hits like “Put Down The Drink” and “Remember Me” that received a lot of air time. I don’t think they play any material from those days as they already have their full debut record out as Through Fire. ‘Breathe’ dropped last year and charted very well in the US for a debut rock artist’s release. Their song “Stronger” played a large part in this. It stayed atop Sirius XM Octane’s “Big Uns” list for many weeks. This will be the band’s second Danny Wimmer Presents festival. They opened up the inaugural Chicago Open Air festival last year right as their record was released. Continue reading

Chicago Open Air 2017 Day Three: Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Lamb of God, Amon Amarth, Behemoth, & More

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We have finally arrived to the last day of Chicago Open Air. Sunday was the reason many of us made the trip for this huge three day weekend. By the time it rolled around, some fans were calling it “Death Day”.  You could definitely understand where they were coming from. There were several heavy hitters taking the stages today including Ozzy and Zakk Wylde, Slayer, Lamb of God, Amon Amarth, DevilDriver, Behemoth, and more. Lots of running back and forth would lead to a very tiring day. Luckily, it ended up being the coolest day of the weekend, which made it a bit more bearable. Continue reading to see our review on the most electric day of the festival. Continue reading

Chicago Open Air 2017 Day Two: Korn, Godsmack, Avatar, Clutch, Body Count, & More [Photo Gallery]

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After an electric first day, it was time to get back up early Saturday morning to head in for day two of Chicago Open Air. Several great performances from bands like Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Anthrax, Crobot, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Code Orange, and more had all of us very interested to see if the second day could top it. With Korn, Godsmack, Avatar, Body Count, Clutch, and several others, we knew it would be very close. It only took a few performances and we already knew that Saturday would be on an even higher level. Continue reading

Chicago Open Air 2017 Day One: Kiss, Rob Zombie, Megadeth, The Dillinger Escape Plan, & More [Photo Gallery]

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It has been a few days, but we are still recovering from an absolutely legendary weekend at Toyota Park. We witnessed several remarkable performances across the rock and metal genres from bands like Code Orange, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Clutch, Body Count, Godsmack, Amon Amarth, Avatar, and more. There were the classic artists like Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer, and Metal Church while new comers like Aversed, Whores., Code Orange, Crobot, and more lit it up early in the day. Without these younger bands, there won’t be any of these festivals in the future, so make sure you get out early and support these young talents. The wide variety of bands playing the festival made for an eventful weekend as there was something for everyone attending. Today’s article will be about the performances on Friday. Before I dive into that, I’d like to talk about the other experiences at Chicago Open Air. Continue reading

Danny Wimmer Presents Releases “Driven” Interview with COREY TAYLOR

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Just about an hour ago, festival promoters Danny Wimmer Presents released an incredible video with Corey Taylor asking what drives him. It’s an interesting, motivating interview that I highly recommend watching. This is the second edition of “Driven”. The first “Driven” was released with member of Korn. You can check it out below. Don’t miss Corey Taylor performing with Stone Sour at several Danny Wimmer Presents festivals including Chicago Open Air, Aftershock, Houston Open Air, and Louder Than Life. Continue reading