Hardcore Veterans Lionheart Return with New Single “Trial By Fire”

Over a year ago, California’s reigning kings of heavy hardcore, Lionheart, decided to call it quits. However, it wasn’t long before they realized that walking away was futile. The group has announced their return via the new single “Trial By Fire.” The song will be on their upcoming full-length Welcome To The West Coast II, a sequel of sorts to one of their most acclaimed albums that brought forth a new era in California hardcore.

When we started writing these songs we had no idea if they’d ever get released at all so there was no pressure, no timelines, and no expectations,” said the band. “We wrote whatever the fuck we wanted and we ended up with the best shit we’ve ever written. No gimmicks, no hype, no bullshit- ‘WTTWC II’ is pissed, heavy, and straight-up.

Lionheart stormed onto the West Coast hardcore scene in 2007, taking influence from bands like Blood For BloodHatebreed, and Ringworm; the band came out swinging with a full blown assault of blistering metallic hardcore. Since then they’ve released five albums, including 2016’s Love Don’t Live Here, a well-received record that charted #2 on the iTunes Metal Charts.

Welcome To The West Coast II is available now for pre-order via Fast Break Records, who are also offering a limited vinyl run. “Trial By Fire” is live now on Spotify.

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Call Me King Reveal “Sycamore Lane” Music Video

Texas based post hardcore outfit Call Me King has released their new music video for “Sycamore Lane“. The single comes from the group’s latest full length, …And the Snow Will Turn to Ash, which dropped late 2016 and was produced by Craig Owens of Chiodos and recorded by Jordan DiSorbo of Before Their Eyes.

“This song is about the walls we create within ourselves, and breaking free from those walls,” says vocalist, Joel Gauthier. “The video exemplifies the fact that those walls can only be broken from the inside; no one can save you from yourself but you.”

You can check out the new video for “Sycamore Lane” below and stream ...And the Snow Will Turn to Ash on Spotify HERE.

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Established in the spring of 2015, Call Me King quickly got to work creating and energetic and emotive sound that is powerfully reflected both in recordings and live performances. Call Me King recorded their debut full-length “…and the snow will turn to ash” in January of 2016, just a few months after their live debut. ATSWTTA was recorded at Glass Arrow Audio in Toledo, Ohio by Before Their Eyes’ Jordan DiSorbo, and was produced by Craig Owens of Chiodos.

Call Me King spent the spring and summer of 2016 relentlessly playing shows in Austin and San Antonio, establishing themselves as one of the go-to local acts for several production companies in both cities. Call Me King has performed with multiple national touring acts including Mushroomhead, blessthefall, Alesana, Oh Sleeper, Famous Last Words, Convictions, Dayseeker, Hotel Books, and more.

On October 7th, Call Me King released “…and the snow will turn to ash” in both digital and physical form. Simultaneously, the band kicked off the Eighth Day Tour with up and coming Dallas act Newhaven. Their first tour took them from San Antonio up through the Midwest to Detroit and back. The tour garnered Call Me King a small profit and was quite successful in exposing the band to several new markets and fans. Call Me King saw an increase in social media followers during and after the tour, effectively bringing their following across all platforms to just over 11,000 fans. In addition, Call Me King has gained approximately 70,000 views on YouTube for the first single and accompanying music video “A Short Drop, a Sudden Stop.” All of these factors combine to leave Call Me King ready and poised to take on a national market, with regional and national tours, distribution, and more.

Call Me King’s next endeavors include re-entering the studio to record their second full length, and a regional tour with Emery in the Fall.”

Watch Figure It Out’s New Music Video for “Silence Isn’t Golden”

Knowing when a relationship has run its course and realizing that it’s time to let go can be a difficult pill to swallow. Arizona-based pop punk quartet Figure It Out tackle this head on in their anthemic new single “Silence Isn’t Golden”, which also serves as the title track of their latest EP. The group has released a music video for the song.

When asked about the track vocalist/guitarist Mike Weakley says “I wasn’t looking to write another energetic high-tempo song when looking for the title track. The last EP was full of them. I wanted to write something that reminded me of Blink’s ‘Stay Together for the Kids” or an ‘Adams Song’ chorus. When I belt the hook, it’s big and powerful. The song is about any relationship where if the communication isn’t there, it’s time to let go. I think it came out meaningful and still fun.

Silence Isn’t Golden follows the band’s last EP Nothing To Lose, which featured Bless The Fall‘s Beau Bokin on the title track. The song caught the attention of MTV Teen Wolf star Tyler Posey who directed his nearly 5 million Instagram followers to “Listen and love it,” words that his followers heeded. When it came to tracking Silence Isn’t Golden, the band recruited an all star line-up to help bring their ideas to life, working with producer Matt Good (From First To LastD.R.U.G.S) and engineer Ryan Daminson (The Word AliveAsking Alexandria).

Silence Isn’t Golden is available now on all digital retailers here.

Upcoming Tour Dates: 
9/26 – Colorado Springs CO – Triple Nickel Tavern 
9/28 – Chicago IL – Cubby Bear 
9/30 – Dallas TX – The Dirty 30

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Moth Wings Release Music Video for “Sleepy Eyes”

Texas-based Moth Wings is an over the top rock band, ready to prove that they’re more than just loud. The Houston natives released their new single “Sleepy Eyes,” a chilled out departure from their usual abrasive sound, accompanied by a stop motion music video. The track is from the new mixtape DragonFruit, out yesterday.

Frontman Spencer Fort says “When I went into ‘DragonFruit’ I spent a lot of time talking back and forth with myself. I remember asking myself ‘Really? We’re going to put the guitars down already?’ And though it is not a permanent move by any means, it was still weird to start up a release with little to no guitar tracks. That’s why we’re treating it as a Mixtape more than an actual album, because I want the chance to express a side of myself that isn’t masked so heavily in loud drums and distortion.

This Mixtape is to be listened to more like a letter, from me to you,” Fort continues. “I didn’t clutter it up with noise and theatrics because I want people to be able to sit down and actually listen to what I’m saying, hopefully find a relation to it, or let it speak to them in a way that I haven’t been able to previously. Some moments of ‘DragonFruit’ felt like an open nerve to record, and all I can ask is that someone understands it. This is my most honest work.

DragonFruit is available now on iTunes and Spotify.

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Blessing A Curse Release Music Video for “Every Single Lie”

Orlando-based metalcore band Blessing A Curse has released their new music video, “Every Single Lie”. The track comes from their latest album Satisfaction from the Vengeful, released on Smartpunk Records last year.

Lead Guitarist Brandon Swanson says “It’s a song written about the struggles and hardships of our day to day life, not just as musicians but as people. This song is for anyone who’s been promised something that never came true and lost the will to keep fighting. We were all in a pretty dark place when this album was written, and I think this song especially reflects that.

The new album Satisfaction from the Vengeful was produced by Andrew Wade and the video for “Every Single Lie” was shot by Bryce Hall (The Summer Set, Wage War) at a live show in Florida.

Satisfaction from the Vengeful is available now on iTunes.

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Mike Mangione & The Kin Release New Single “Riding Down”

The orchestral folk/rock group Mike Mangione & The Kin will be releasing their new record But I’ve Seen The Stars on October 20th, but you can hear their new single “Riding Down” below.

Mangione says “The song is based out of the classic question of who am I, what am I and where am I going? Roots music has a long tradition in dealing with either running toward or away from light/darkness. This song swims in the same waters. In this case the protagonist is fighting to break out and run towards the good and he knows that when he finally gets free the hounds will be howling.

Up until 2014, Mike led the group Mike Mangione & The Union, alongside his brother Thomas. After they dissolved, Mike began spending time in the Northwoods of Wisconsin to focus on writing his fifth studio record. In addition to having his brother in the fold, Mangione was in need of an accomplished rhythm section for the project. He reached out to friends, Josh Collazo (drums) and Seth Ford-Young (bass) of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. Later, Mangione was introduced to Chauntee and Monique Ross of the band Sistastrings. Their musicality on violin and cello, as well as beautiful vocal harmonies won Mike over. Having two sets of siblings in the group sparked the new moniker Mike Mangione & The Kin and resulted in a gentle, shining new effort.

Mangione says “When we recorded ‘Riding Down’ we were in the big room, studio room B, at United Recording in LA. It was my brother, Tom and I, on the side, facing Josh and Seth. The song was just a guitar riff at that time. I expressed a loose vision to them, referencing Howlin’ Wolf and Wille Dixon. Right away they caught on, set the groove and we were off. We had it recorded within 30 minutes.

But I’ve Seen The Stars is available for pre-order now on iTunes and includes an instant download of “Riding Down”.

Upcoming tour dates: 
Sep 16th @ The Abbey Fest – Paoli, Pennsylvania 
Sep 28th @ Hotel Cafe – Los Angeles, CA 
Oct 4th @ Shitty Barn Concert Series – Spring Green, WI 
Nov 17th @ Anodyne Coffee – Milwaukee, WI

 

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The Plague Celebrate Adversity on New Single “Make Me Over”

Rochester-based “Futurepunk” band The Plague‘s debut album Hope For The F.U.T.U.R.E will arrive on October 13th, but you can catch their new single “Make Me Over” below. The pulsating rock track is about how life can throw you curveballs that expose your weaknesses and help you grow.

Frontman/producer David Adam Monroe says “Sometimes the hardest thing to do in difficult times is celebrate the wisdom that you’re getting from the situation. This song is about celebrating forces beyond your control guiding you to being a better person. In my life, all the best things that happened to me, whether it be my relationships with friends and family or perspective that I’ve gotten overtime, have been a result of things that I didn’t plan. When I take a step back, I can appreciate the pain that I’ve been through in my life and I thank god for it.

Hope For The F.U.T.U.R.E will be released via Recover Records, a label owned and operated by the band themselves. Monroe is no stranger to the business side of music, producing records alongside Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) and Earl Cohen (Lady Gaga, Pink, Jessica Simpson), and serving as an A&R rep for Victory and Torque records. Before that, Monroe led the band Third Estate who appeared on Warped Tour from 02-06 and toured with many established acts such as Story Of The Year, Yellowcard, and My Chemical Romance.

After 20 years in the music industry, Monroe sought to create a project that would spread a message of hope, and to rebel against these growing self-destructive ideals. “In the early days, most of my experience in the music industry seemed plastic and fake. Every time I got involved in something that seemed like it was going to take off, I was very concerned about the situation. Music is important to me, but so is being kind and loving. I didn’t feel I could make the world a better place with those opportunities, whereas working in a basement on this record has already done more for me spiritually than any work in the past.” says Monroe

“Make Me Over” is available now on iTunes.

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