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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.

Louder Than Life Spotlight: PALISADES

*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 Palisades.

On Saturday, September 30th, electronic rock band Palisades will be opening up Louder Than Life. Palisades formed just six short years ago in New Jersey. The same year they formed, they put out their first taste of music with a four song EP. Their mix of electronic rock, alternative rock, and metalcore sound were enough to grab the attention of Rise Records. They were signed to the label in the same year. That same EP was released again later with Rise and the title was changed from ‘The Rise’ to ‘I’m Not Dying Today’.  “Disclosure” and “Bury It” from the EP both received music videos. Two year later, the band dropped their debut album ‘Outcasts’. Check out “High & Low” from that record below. ‘Mind Games’ dropped in 2015 and was their heaviest record yet. It features their best combination of electronic music and rock to date. Louis Miceli sounds extremely similar to Tyler Carter of Issues at times on this record. The band went out on the Vans Warped Tour for their first time that same year to promote ‘Mind Games’.

Less than a year after ‘Mind Games’, bassist Brandon Reese and keyboardist Earl Halasan left the fold. Brandon Elgar was introduced as the new bassist and someone by the name of Graves would be on the turntables. Shortly after the changes in the bands were made, the band dropped one more song featuring the old members. “Fall” was a bit of foreshadowing with what direction the band was heading toward. They were starting to add more pop elements to their music while still maintaining their old sound. In January of this year, the band released their third full length album, ‘Palisades’. The record combined all of the work they had done into the past into one diverse record. “Let Down” is still the biggest hit on record as it continues to receive airplay on big stations like Sirius XM Octane. Check out that song and “Better Chemicals” (which just got a music video a few weeks ago) below. While the old material is great, Palisades has mainly been sticking to playing lots of material from the new album live.Don’t miss this band if you are a fan of bands like We Came As Romans, Crown The Empire, or I See Stars. This will be the band’s first time on a Danny Wimmer Presents festival. Buy your tickets to see Palisades at Louder Than Life this fall right here. Be sure to follow the band on Facebook for updates on new music and upcoming tours. Also like the festival page on Facebook to stay up to date with any changes in the lineup or any additions of experiences to the festival.

Palisades is:
Louis Miceli – Vocals
Matt Marshall – Guitar
Xavier Adames – Guitar
Graves – Producer/DJ
Brandon Elgar – Bass/Vocals
Aaron Rosa – Drums

LENG TCH’E Releases Music Video For New Song “Stentor of Doom” [Video Stream]

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Belgian deathgrind monsters Leng Tch’e just dropped a brand new, brutal track off their upcoming record ‘Razorgrind’. “Stentor of Doom” clocks in at just under two minutes. If it were any longer, it might just give you a heart attack. You can check out the track below along with other previously released tracks from the album. See what the band had to say about the track below. ‘Razorgrind’ is Leng Tch’e‘s sixth full length album and comes out on August 25th. The record will be released via Season of Mist. It is their second record via Season of Mist and their first album since 2010’s ‘Hypomanic’. You can pre-order it here. Be sure to follow the band on Facebook to hear more music from ‘Razorgrind’ early. Continue reading

State of the Art: BEG FOR LIFE

*This is a part of our State Of The Art series, showcasing bands every Monday from the featured State*

This month’s state is Arizona!

We are on our final week of State of the Art in the great state of Arizona! There’s no better way to end it then with Yuma’s Beg For Life. The band was formed in 2006 and refers to their genre on Bandcamp as “Prison Hill Hardcore”. The band released their only full length in 2009 titled ‘Doomed’. It comes at you with full force for the entirety of the record. You can check out their video they did for “Means To An End” (the opener on the record) below. Three years later, the band released their EP ‘Mare Miseria’. The four songs on the EP showed the band’s capability to become heavier, faster, and better as they continued. Both records were released via Westcoast Worldwide Records. The band has been somewhat inactive since then, but it appears that they are gearing up for more music soon. Continue reading

PRIMUS Set To Release Ninth Studio Album, New Song And Tour Dates Also Released

Experimental rock group Primus has just announced the release date and title of their upcoming album. On September 29th, ‘The Desaturating Seven’ will be unleashed to the public via ATO Records. They also released the first song off the record, which they have also been playing live this summer. “The Seven” is a groove filled monster that sounds like it belongs on any of their old school albums. Les Claypool even compares it to King Crimson‘s 1981 record ‘Disciple’. The album is based on a 1978 children’s book called “The Rainbow Goblins” written and illustrated by Italian writer Ul de Rico. It will be the band’s first record since ‘Tales From The Punchbowl’ (1995) that features Larry LaDonde and Tim “Herb” Alexander back in the band. I can’t wait to see how many more twists and turns the band takes. They also added more US tour dates in the fall set to kick off towards mid October. Be sure to pre-order the record here with several other bundle pack options as well. You can check out album artwork, the track list, and all of Primus‘ tour dates below. Continue reading

Review: NUCLEUST – ‘Terra Cerebral’ [Tracks Streaming]

Artwork by Nas Ghadiri

 

Nucleust is a progressive metal band from Perth, Australia. When the band formed in 2013 they were determined to put out music that shook free the mold of typical metal. And, while they did go through some lineup changes initially, they soon began putting together songs for a debut EP. One notable thing about them is the old school approach they took in the beginning. And, like other bands in the last few years, it paid off for them. Primarily, playing the local circuit in order to flesh out their songs as well as gaining a fan base. People responded to the eclectic range of screaming vocals and the technical riffs. Fueled by this, the soon released the single track “Whisper”. It caught the attention of regulars to the scene and even local radio stations. Blunt magazine also gave it a feature track. With this success, they were ready to record a 6 track release ‘Fractured Equilibrium’ that debuted November 6th, 2014. This debut really set things in motion for them and included a 6 day tour in Indonesia in 2015. By August of that year they even had their first music video for “Faith by the Sword”. Having a drastically diverse musical background that combines influences from classical music, jazz, prod rock, death and doom metal, they’ve created a super heavy sound while maintaining a melodic flow that even goes back to Carcass somewhat. 2016 really intensified things as they toured heavily with numerous bands around Australia as well as recording their second EP ‘Resistivity’. The huge response it received led to even more tours with even more influential bands like Twelve Foot Ninja. By December they were ready to work on their first full album, ‘Terra Cerebral’. ‘Terra Cerebral’ will release July, 28th. Released with the help of Rockpit Management and publicist Chris Maric, it was mixed and mastered by Forrester Savell & produced by Max Palizban.  See what vocalist Shannon Marston had to say about the record below. Buy the album here.

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

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

*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

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

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