Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Amity Affliction - Let The Ocean Take Me

Ahh my love for Australian metal has been rejuvenated once more.  Brisbane's The Amity Affliction have done quite well for themselves over the past few years.  Some very successful album releases, non-stop touring, and the constant interaction on social media (not to mention a big label like Roadrunner) have combined to work in their favour.  255,000+ followers on Facebook alone (plus the 43K on Twitter and 23K on Instagram) is a good momentum to have for their forth full length release.

TAA's new album "Let The Ocean Take Me" will be released on June 6th (AUS), June 9th (UK) & June 10th (USA) via Roadrunner Records.

1. Pittsburgh
2. Lost & Fading
3. Don’t Lean On Me
4. The Weigh Down
5. Never Alone
6. Death’s Head
7. FML
8. My Father’s Son
9. Forest Fire
10. Give It All

So the guys seem like they are really excited about this new album.  Using past releases to predict futures, it seems they have been honing in on their craft and making sure that they stay true to a core sound that brought the fans in, while at the same time hoping to tweak songs just a bit to give them distinction and originality.  It's a fine line to play but the payoff is worth it for the artists.

“We’ve always been in this for the long haul, and we always want to keep getting better.  We toured for five years around Australia almost non-stop before anyone even really noticed us, and then with each of our records our following seemed to double. That’s really humbling, because we never set out to be ‘successful’ in this way, and our fans are really important to us, and we’re just going to keep writing the best songs we can.” -Birch

The Amity Affliction consists of:

Troy Brady – guitar | Ahren Stringer – vocals; guitar | Joel Birch – unclean vocals
Ryan Burt – drums | Dan Brown – guitar

Since discussing the new single "Pittsburgh", I thought to share it with you all as well to make your own assumptions and decisions about the new material from TAA.  Even one of my top sites to visit, Under The Gun, has been giving the new song high praise, citing "The lyricism of this band has to be some of my favorite in the music scene right now. Their verses are so well written and so raw; it’s easy for anyone to make a connection with the band. “Pittsburgh” is one of the best songs they’ve released so far, and I hope it’s only one of many."

Check out the music video for "Pittsburgh" below:

Production Company: | Director/DP/Editor: Simon Harvey Smith | Producer: Clint Gough

It's like there's cancer in my blood,
It's like there's water in my lungs,
And I can't take another step --
Please tell me I am not undone.

From reading comments from both Birch and Stringer, the guys still got that 'butterflies in your stomach' feeling that you get when completing a song, a painting, a photograph, etc.  Just basically when you set a goal and it follows through for you.

“We were in a better place going into making this record, and coming out of the studio with an album we’re all so proud of has only elevated that.  It’s such an overwhelming feeling sometimes when you listen to a song you worked so hard on and go holy shit, we made that from scratch. It’s a feeling you can’t get from anything else, and that applies to every song on Let The Ocean Take Me. With that under our belts we’re all just looking ahead right now, we’re excited for what’s next, and I feel like the sky’s the limit.” -Stringer

Pre-orders are happening now so be sure to get the new album with some pretty cool merch.  As as always from AFGM, we're crossing our fingers for a string of Canadian dates soon enough.  Stay tuned for more info!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Music Releases For April 22nd, 2014

I can understand the lack of quality material coming out this Tuesday as most artists took part in Record Store Day that happened over the weekend.  A fair amount of singles and vinyls hit the shelves on Saturday with a whole bunch of goodies and bonus material for dedicated fans.  So it's understandable that the following release day would be a bit sluggish.  However, artists like Keb' Mo', Sebastian Bach, and Joe Satriani should keep the good vibes going and should convince you to hit up a local record store to show some love.  If not a record store, then order from an online retailer, or digital purchases as well.  Cheers and enjoy!

(Sebastian Bach - Give 'Em Hell)

‘Give ‘Em Hell’ iss quite an ambitious name for the album, which does not sound so ‘hellish’ except for the album cover (with Bach portrayed as the Devil) and a few songs, which were actual plausible attempts to ‘make the hell’. Otherwise it’s a melodic hard rock album with the iconic voice of the Sebastian Bach all over it. If you are not looking for something innovative from this guy and simply enjoy listening to his voice – you should be pleased with the quality. -Planet Mosh

(Army of the Pharaohs - In Death Reborn)

Lyrically the album is fire, with almost every verse on here being real dope. There isn't really much going on with the rhymes conceptually, however, as each track just seems like a collection of battle raps. I'm fine with that though, since everyone's lyrics and deliveries are spot on for the most part. There are a few weaker verses here and there (especially on the bigger posse cuts), but it never gets out of hand. Where the album falters a bit is with the instrumentals. The first half of the album has some generic instrumentals that don't quite stand out in the overall scope of the project. Luckily the second half of the album sounds much better and makes up for some of the weaker beats on the first half. I must admit that I wasn't really feelin' the album that much after my first listen, but it did end up growing on me after repeated listens and turned out pretty well overall. -The Essence of Rap and Hip-Hop

(Keb' Mo' - Blues Americana)

And give the multi-talented Mo’ credit for getting somewhat down and dirty by overdubbing himself on bass, slide and electric guitar, organ and harmonica on a perfectly credible version of Rogers’ blues standard “That’s Alright” assisted by Steve Jordan’s always in the pocket drums.

It’s clear that Mo’ put his heart into these tunes and even if they’re not as rootsy as the album’s title suggests, this is a warm, relaxed and enjoyable set that creates an effortless and natural blues/soul groove. -American Songwriter

(G. Love & Special Sauce - Sugar)

When I say that this album has no “Kiss and Tell”, it’s not to lament the fact that G. Love & Special Sauce can’t replicate past glories. It’s to say that too much of Sugar feels more like a finely-tuned jam session than a collection of songs. As welcome backs go, it will be embraced. It will remind people why they love(d) G. Love & Special Sauce so much. But if you already have a favorite G. Love album (and if you’re reading this, you certainly do), Sugar is not likely to bump it out of that number one spot. -Pop Matters

(Joe Satriani - The Complete Studio Recordings)

Joe Satriani is the guitar. Plain and simple. No one else has ever been able to play with such pizzazz, such fluidity, such timelessness.

Since the late eighties, the self-taught, multi-platinum virtuoso has been winning over fans and musicians alike with his groundbreaking style and legendary sounds. He has been around the world several times on tours of his own, as well as tours with Mick Jagger, Deep Purple, and hugely successful G3 summer tours and albums with fellow guitar legends Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd and as part of the supergroup, Chickenfoot. He has been both artist and teacher, instructing such famous pupils as Steve Vai, Metallica s Kirk Hammett, Counting Crow s David Bryson, and jazz fusionist Charlie Hunter.

Now for the first time, all of Joe's studio albums are compiled in The Complete Studio Recordings, the most comprehensive collection by the world's best selling instrumental guitarist. 15 albums including the new compilation titled Additional Creations and Bonus Tracks. Featuring brand-new digital remasters for the best sound reproduction overseen by Joe himself, each CD is packaged in a replica cardboard jacket and housed in a clamshell box. -Amazon

Devil You Know Streaming ENTIRE "The Beauty of Destruction" Album

Not sure how long this will stay online for but thought to give you all an equal taste of what I got this morning while listening to the debut album of Devil You Know.  The former Killswitch Engage vocalist (Howard Jones) is the household name that has been carrying the notoriety for the group, but the other members are nothing to shy away from.

("The Beauty of Destruction" will be released on April 24th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records)

Drummer John Sankey comes from the Fear Factory/Divine Heresy camp, guitarist Roy Lev-Ari comes from Boston's Hiss of Atrocities, bassist Ryan Wombacher is quickly filling in the gap that Bleeding Through (RIP) will be leaving him, and guitar aficionado Francesco Artusato comes from a long line of solo projects and All Shall Perish.

Not a bad lineup overall and (personally) feel is worthy of a 'supergroup' moniker.  So the group is making their name heard in advance of the release and put their entire debut album, "The Beauty of Destruction", online for the eager fans to have a preview.  A great way to get people interested in buying the album.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Music News and New Music For April 21st, 2014

So of course, when running your own blog it can be tough to keep up with the s**tload of stuff that comes across our ears over a weekend!  Some good, some bad, some not even worth mentioning.  I guess that's how I use AFGM in general.  These articles that I go through everyday from various sites (Blabbermouth, CBC, National Post, AV Club, Exclaim, Music News, Rolling Stone, etc.) and sort of "filter" some of the nonsense news such as the latest fashion design, who's got beef with who and who ISN'T doing music...still.

These articles brought forth are for a few different reasons:

1. It is relevant music information that pertains to you as a reader, no matter the level of intent or the genre.

2. They are relevant to the music I would be currently listening to or a genre I have put some attention and focus on.

3. I am rather patriotic about my Canadian music, so that always comes as a first for me.  I enjoy music from all parts of the world respectively, but I still have to promote local if I can.  Canadian music rocks!

4. Because it's humorous and we can always use a good laugh.  Rarely will it be at someone's expense...but then again I am just the guy talking about it.  They're the ones causing the comments.

So in closing, I trust you all will not read EVERY single article posted here.  But I hope you find something of use here and keep the conversation going by forwarding it onto someone else.  Click on each article heading for redirection to the full article.  Cheers!

This guy’s tattoo actually plays music:

The tattoo is “specifically designed to contain the maximum number of variable time slots between triggers for variable music to be made. It is possible to manually control the velocity of sensors’ movement, direction and step length. In addition, all control parameters and sensor movements can be programmed to operate autonomously.” -Morozov

AC/DC's BRIAN JOHNSON - We Are Not Retiring:

"We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver.  We're going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we'll record it." -Johnson

AC/DC 'Insiders' Refute Retirement Rumors:

"We've been denying anything, 'cause we weren't sure. One of our boys was pretty ill, so we didn't like to say anything, and we're very private about things like this, so we didn't wanna say anything. But I think we'll be going in the studio in May in Vancouver. Which means, we should be getting ready.  It's been 40 years of the band's existence, so I think we're gonna try to do 40 gigs, 40 shows, to thank the fans for their undying loyalty. I mean, honestly, our fans are just the best in the world, and we appreciate every one of them. So, like I said, we'll have to go out, even though we're getting a bit long in the tooth [Laughs]." -Johnson

Prince Signs with Warner Bros. for 'Purple Rain' Reissue, Promises New Album:

"A brand-new studio album is on the way and both Warner Bros Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship." -Prince

Jack White Debuts "Lazaretto" Single:

This is the title track from Jack White's new album "LAZARETTO" which will be out on June 10th, 2014 via Third Man Records.

Neil Young Releases Jack White-Assisted Covers Album:

"Most of the covers are of songs by well known artists, including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, the Everly Brothers and Bert Jansch; there are two apiece by Gordon Lightfoot and Willie Nelson."

"A Letter Home":

1. A Letter Home Intro
2. Changes (Phil Ochs)
3. Girl from the North Country (Bob Dylan)
4. Needle of Death (Bert Jansch)
5. Early Morning Rain (Gordon Lightfoot)
6. Crazy (Willie Nelson)
7. Reason to Believe (Tim Hardin)
8. On the Road Again (Willie Nelson)
9. If You Could Read My Mind (Gordon Lightfoot)
10. Since I Met You Baby (Ivory Joe Hunter)
11. My Hometown (Bruce Springsteen)
12. I Wonder If I Care as Much (The Everly Brothers)

GODSMACK Completes Recording New Album:

"We are officially DONE recording! And this record is BAD ASS! Haven't been this excited in awhile! Hope u all love it! 1st single out soon!" -Erna

'Super Duper Alice Cooper' Documentary Trailer:

"This clip shows the exciting momentum the ALICE COOPER group gets swept up in when their iconic teen anthem 'I'm Eighteen' turns them into overnight sensations. The song 'Caught In A Dream' self-referentially soundtracks a swirl of images including limousines, gold records, airplanes, and lunatic teenagers." -Reginald Harkema (filmmaker)

APEX DJ Tour Hits Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal on North American Tour:

The tour features artists like Thugfucker, DJ Tennis, Maya Jane Coles, Magda, James Holden, Justin Martin, Catz 'N Dogz, Kill Frenzy, Harvard Bass, Danny Daze, Tale of Us, Joy Orbison, Blond:ish and Michael Mayer. The lineup changes each night.

04/19 Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl (Thugfucker, DJ Tennis)
04/24 Toronto, ON - Hoxton (Magda, James Holden)
04/25 Montreal, QC - Telus/Stereo (Maya Jane Coles, Magda, James Holden)
04/26 Denver, CO - Gothic Theater (Maya Jane Coles, Magda)
05/02 Brooklyn, NY - Verboten (Justin Martin, Catz n Dogz, Kill Frenzy, Harvard Bass)
05/08 Seattle, WA - Q (Justin Martin, Danny Daze)
05/09 Los Angeles, CA - Lot 613 (Tale of Us, Joy Orbison, Blond:ish, Danny Daze, special guest)
05/10 San Francisco, CA - 525 Harrison (Tale of Us, Joy Orbison, Thugfucker, Blond:ish)
05/16 Miami, FL - Treehouse (Michael Mayer, Danny Daze)

Neil Young's Pono Kickstarter Raises Over $6 Million:

"It's been pretty predictable, because I'm a musician and I know how musicians feel about sound.  The record companies made some bad choices and did not realize how big this tech [MP3s] was going to be. And when that happened, there was no alternative to the cheap sound. . . We're going to be able to play records back just like the artists made them — with absolutely no magic sauce, no DRM, no encoding, decoding, none of the things that screw with the sound and make it an intellectual property." -Young

Queens Of The Stone Age Reveal More Dates For July North American Tour:

07/05 Oshawa, ON – General Motors Centre
07/06 London, ON – Budweiser Gardens
07/08 Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Bluesfest
07/09 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
07/10 Quebec, QC – Plains Of Abraham (feat. The Kills)
07/12 Bangor, ME – Cross Insurance Center
07/13 Albany, NY – Palace Theatre
07/16 Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
07/20 Philadelphia, PA – Skyline Stage at The Mann Center

Struc/tures Streaming New Song “Extinction”:

“Life Through A Window” will be released on May 13th, 2013 via Sumerian Records.


"It's already been proven there are tons of travesties that have gone on with that place. How in the world did it take forever to get BLACK SABBATH in there? Honestly, I don't think PANTERA will ever get in there. But if we do, I'm going to embrace it just like anything else. I've actually been there and heavy metal is barely even represented in the place, so I wouldn't expect that to happen."

Alice In Chains Announce August Canadian/US Tour:

08/08 Penticton, BC – S. Okanagan Centre
08/10 Prince George, BC – CN Centre
08/11 Dawson Creek, BC – EnCana Events Centre
08/13 Lethbridge, AB – Enmax Centre
08/18 Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center
08/19 Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre
08/22 Hamilton, ON – Copps Coliseum
08/23 Rama, ON – Casino Rama

Why the music industry is trying—and failing—to crush Pandora:

"Pandora started its internet radio service in 2005. A five-year, experimental accord agreed with ASCAP that year was one of the factors that allowed it to do so. By 2011, when the company went public, it had amassed 80 million registered users, and was valued at about $2.5 billion."

Machine Head Preview New Track “Killers & Kings”:

The song will be released on a 10 inch vinyl on April 19th, 2014 for Record Store Day.

Alexisonfire Announce New Pressing Of Their Vinyl Discography Box Set:

“We are doing a 2nd Edition of the AOF box set.

It’s slightly smaller than the original press and it’s a bit cheaper. It contains all of the studio albums on beautiful 180 gram 2xLP’s. The first press will remain nice and rare and special for all the psychopaths who got up early on Christmas Day to buy it; in all sincerity, that was amazing and we love you for that.

So this is a good way to get all the AOF LP’s in one shot but lets say you hate Dog’s Blood or Crisis (pfft, we all know you love crisis. Clearly the best AOF record…) and you don’t want them…you’re in luck because all of our albums will be pressed individually and sold a la carte. They will also be available in your local independent record stores near the end of the summer, should you feel the need to be charitable to a dying part of what was once a vibrant and profitable music industry. Lots of love – George.

- Available for pre-order begining today
- Will begin shipping in August 2014
- Will be available in select retail end of summer/begining of fall 2014
- you can buy each album & the box a la carte (incase you already own some full lengths and want to complete your collection)

ALEXISONFIRE – 2×12″Completely re-mastered and cut at 45 rpm on 180g double black vinyl for the first time ever

WATCH OUT! – 2×12″Mastered at 45 rpm on 180g double black vinyl for the first time ever.

CRISIS - 2×12″Mastered at 45rpm on 180g double black vinyl for the first time ever.

OLD CROWS / YOUNG CARDINALS – 2×12″Long out-of-print and re-pressed on 180g double black vinyl.

DOGS BLOOD – 12″Long out-of-print and re-pressed on 180g black vinyl.

TURNTABLE SLIPMAT** Exclusive “Daggers” Slipmat. (not available outside of the box set)

DIGITAL DOWNLOAD Digital Download cards will be included in each album.

Avatar Streaming New Track "Bloody Angel":

"Hail The Apocalypse" comes out on May 13th, 2014 via eOne.

Whitechapel Announce August Eastern North American Dates:

08/07 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
08/08 Ottawa, ON – Ritual
08/09 Montreal, QC – Parc Jean-Drapeau (‘Heavy Montreal‘)
08/10 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
08/12 Richmond, VA – The Canal Club


"We are more than excited to get into the studio and work with producer Dave Fortman (GODSMACK, SLIPKNOT, EVANESCENCE) on our upcoming crowd-funded record.  The music industry is such a different place these days, and we'd much rather have our fans in charge of the record as opposed to a bunch of suits whose only interest is the bottom line. Indiegogo, and crowd-funding options, have made this a possibility, and we're taking full advantage of it." -Cameron Heacock

Scars Of Tomorrow Officially Reunite:

“It’s been six years since the Scars Of Tomorrow‘s final tour. In that time, many things have happened and changed. Music is the best outlet for emotions and it’s something we all needed to feel again. This time, the game has changed and it is awesome to be able to write and play music for all of the right reasons again with no politics behind it.” -SOT

Victory Records’ Free Spring Sampler Has Arrived:

Including artists such as Emmure, Comeback Kid, Tear Out The Heart, Wretched, Ill Nino, Terror, Counterparts, and more!

RIAA Revs Up Lawsuit Against Megaupload:

"Two years after the U.S. Department of Justice raided his New Zealand mansion, indicting him for building up $25 million a year in ads and $150 million from premium fees, the Recording Industry Association of America recently announced that it would be piling on with a new lawsuit."

Sevendust Streaming New Song “Bonfire”: