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James Maddern

Of Mice & Men debut ‘Pain’

The long-awaited return of metalcore gods Of Mice & Men has officially come, currently in the form of new single Pain.

The track is a shift towards a more roots metal sound from the very distinctive melodic direction they developed with bassist/vocalist Aaron Pauley‘s arrival back in 2012. It is presumably taken from their yet-to-be detailed follow up to 2014’s Restoring Force which was recorded after frontman Austin Carlile‘s recovery from his surgery for Marfan’s Syndrome last year.

Watch the video below (warning: it’s stupendously heavy…):

Of Mice & Men to premiere track

 

Orange County’s Of Mice & Men have a well-publicised comeback after about 9 months off the road this year with their mini UK tour before going off to play a run of European festivals, which they used to record their fourth full-length.

The release has been a long time teased but until this point, nothing has been released by the band at all but this seems to indicate the first video/track will be out sooner than some people may have thought.

It has been announced the track will be titled Pain and the video is tipped for a Monday 27th June release. The track will premiere tomorrow at 8pm BST (noon PST) and the video looks grim so far…

Oh, by the way: it looks pretty psychotic…

See the clip and cover below:

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Vexxes Unveil New Single ‘Lead Us Home’

Alt-rockers Vexxes have unveiled their new single Lead Us Home, from their newly-released EP Common Ground.

Vocalist Tom Fieldhouse said of the video: “With it being such an energetic track, it would have been far easier to throw together another generic performance-based video. Instead we spent a few weeks bouncing ideas back and forth developing a storyboard for a kind of short film. The epic scenery just seemed like a more fitting way to match the size of the song. Between us, we’ve played everything from large venues and concert halls, to squats and youth hostels around mainland Europe. The feeling you get when you see people singing your songs back to you is so amazing; it’s addictive. Also, who doesn’t want to be in a band, touring and playing every night?! We’re in a massive digital age of music, some people say it’s over-saturated and that live music is ‘dead’ – but we just think it’s really exciting!”

See the new video below:

New Label SharpTone Is Founded

Nuclear Blast CEO Markus Staiger and Shawn Keith have decided to cooperate and launch a brand new label, suitably named SharpTone.

The new label will encompass a multitude of genres and subgenres in rock music as can be seen in the opening roster and cover a number of locations across the world with offices located in Los Angeles with satellite centres in the UK, Germany and Australia.

The afformentioned opening roster features a few well-established bands, see the 6 bands so far below:

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Chris Fronzak of Attila has stated: “We are REALLY excited to announce that we have officially signed to SharpTone! We are at an amazing point in our career and we know that these guys have the power that we need to take things to the next level. We’re ready to dominate the planet with our brand new album. SharpTone is a label that shares our enthusiasm and understands who we are and what our vision is. So let’s fucking crush the world and spread party metal to the masses!”

Co-founder Shawn Keith said: “Developing this label has been very exciting for me. The opportunity to partner and cultivate new and established artist working towards broadening their global potential is thrilling. SharpTone will continue to diversify and evolve as a brand for music fans to truly identify with. We are not just another record label, we are new music company, allowing artists to be as creative and passionate as they choose to be.

Halfnoise premiere new track

Ex (or current?) Paramore drummer Zac Farro has been quiet since he left the band who made him famous, but has lately been publicising his solo project Halfnoise more than ever, and has finally released a new video.

The track is called Know The Feeling and it is taken from a forthcoming studio album, which is as yet not detailed. The record will come as a follow up to 2014’s Volcano Crowe, and will be his third under the guise.

View the video below:

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The Kenneths launch new track ‘All Cried Out’

London punks The Kenneths have been on a steep increase in popularity after appearing at Warped UK last year including support slots for artists even as big as Anti-Flag and Less Than Jake, and this is reflected in new single All Cried Out.

The track was produced by Bill Stevenson (DescendantsBlack Flag), and marks a shift to a more produced sound than they’ve had in earlier releases.

Warped Tour guru Kevin Lyman said: “The Kenneths are a reincarnation of what got me into punk rock in the first place, I had to book them the first time I heard them.” High praise from the man who is at the top of the scene’s booking game today!

Hear the track below:

The Color Morale announce new album

Post-hardcore outfit The Color Morale have announced the details for their new album.

The new album is titled Desolate Divine and is due to be out on August 19th on Fearless, and physical and digital pre-order options are available at TheColorMorale.net.

The announcement comes with the release of first track Walls which gives a clear outline of the step up the band has taken coming into this record. Listen below:

 

The Color Morale are also on the Vans Warped Tour this summer, so check out the dates:

Jun 24 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
Jun 25 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Jun 26 – Houston, TX @ NRG Park-Main Street Lot
Jun 27 – New Orleans, LA @ Mardi Gras World
Jun 29 – Nashville, TN @ The Fairgrounds Nashville
Jun 30 – Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheater
Jul 1 – St Petersburg, FL @ Vinoy Park
Jul 2 – Orlando, FL @ Tinker Field
Jul 3 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheater at South Florida Fairgrounds
Jul 5 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
Jul 6 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Jul 7 – Syracuse, NY @ Lakeview Amphitheater
Jul 8 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
Jul 9 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheater
Jul 10 – Hartford, CT @ The XFINITY Theatre
Jul 11 – Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Jul 13 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
Jul 14 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Jul 15 – Burgettstown, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
Jul 16 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
Jul 17 – Holmdel, NJ @ P.N.C Bank Arts Center
Jul 19 – Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
Jul 20 – Cuyahoga Fallas, OH @ Blossom Music Center
Jul 21 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
Jul 22 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
Jul 23 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Jul 24 – Shakopee, MN @ Canterbury Park
Jul 26 – Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheater
Jul 27 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Jul 28 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
Jul 30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Utah State Fairpark
Jul 31 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center Arena Lot
Aug 1 – Albuquerque, NM @ Balloon Fiesta Park
Aug 2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Phoenix Event Complex
Aug 5 – San Diego, CA @ Qualcomm Stadium at Jack Murphy Field
Aug 6 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
Aug 7 – Pomona, CA @ Pomona Fairplex
Aug 9 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Aug 11 – Nampa, ID @ Ford Amphitheater
Aug 12 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheater
Aug 13 – Portland, OR @ Portland Expo Center

Cane Hill premiere video for ‘You’re So Wonderful’

Cane Hill have been getting their name out and about including an appearance at Slam Dunk before their album release in July, continuing with the release of the video for new song You’re So Wonderful.

The album is to hit shelves 15th July and it will be their debut full length, as well as their first Rise Records release. The band are going off on Warped Tour playing their first date today, so releasing the video to coincide with this commencing.

Watch the brutal new video here: