Monday, June 19, 2017

BISON: You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient From Vancouver Sludge Unit Streaming In Full

You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient is the imminent new full-length from Vancouver sludge-bringers, BISON.
 
Set for release in Europe on June 23rd followed by a North American release on July 7th, You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient follows BISON's 2014-issued 1000 Needles EP and serves as their first full-length to include bassist Shane Clark, former lead guitarist of 3 Inches Of Blood, who joined the band following their Lovelessness full-length (2012, Metal Blade).
 
In advance of its release, you can stream the record at Cvlt Nation (US) HEREand BeatRoute (Canada) HERE.
 
BISON's You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient was captured in the band's hometown with longtime friend Jesse Gander at Rain City Recorders. The record will be available on CD, vinyl, and digital formats. Preorder yours today at THIS LOCATIONFor EU CD preorders point your browser toTHIS LOCATION. For EU vinyl orders, go HERE
In an 8/10 rating Hellbound gushes, "Both a step forward and a return to form, BISON is back, baby!" VancityRockers concurs. "There is no messing around on BISON's You Are Not the Ocean You Are the Patient," furthering, "The Vancouver band has dialed up the sludge on this, their fourth full-length - treating us to some slow, dripping, heavy riffs. On the other hand, parts of the album are prime headbanging material, driving up the intensity. While all seven tracks are full-on ragers, third track 'Drunkard' is a particularly intense listen." Adds BrooklynVegan, "[You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient] may prove to be the band's best album yet; while previous releases had great songs, ...Ocean... has a cohesive, deliberate structure that the other albums lack. The band's affinity for longer songs and a dual vocal attack are firmly in place, as well as their knack for weaving bursts of thrash between the slower sinews of sludge. The songs flow effortlessly into one another, culminating in album closer 'Water Becomes Fire.' It starts slow, layering guitars atop what sounds like a fiddle or violin, distortion building and blasting for a few moments before pulling back again. The dynamic is familiar but effective; Neurosis has built their brand on the 'soft-loud-swirl-dirge-repeat' hook, andBISON follows it (mostly) to the letter here. That's no slight; plenty of bands attempt the same thing and fall away, whereas BISON sounds like they used their time away to figure out what works best and went with that."
 
You are not the ocean. You do not orchestrate a beautiful cacophony of life and death, struggle and destruction, creation and dependence. You are not the sole reason for the existence of a nation of creatures to live and abide by your stark and simple rules. You are not married to the moon. You do not allow the constellations to be your map. You do not destroy cities and drown their citizens. You do not embrace the land's golden hem as your child, with calm and tenderness. You do not crash and spray craggy shores with fury and passion. You are not unstoppable. You are not powerful. You are not necessary.
 
You are the patient. You are controlled. You are cared for. You are maintained with medicines and examinations. You are met with cold hands and protocol. Your most intimate self is put on a form. You are questioned about pains and thoughts. You are dependent on those with knowledge. You are helpless. You are tired and bed ridden. You do no harm and you do not help. You are monitored and caged. You are kept away from others. You are contaminated. You are sick. You are keeping yourself sick. You do not know how to recover. You do not want to recover. You do not know what recovery is.

 
STONE SOUR’S “SONG #3” CLAIMS #1 AT ACTIVE ROCK RADIO
MARKING THE BAND’S FOURTH #1 AT THE FORMAT

PRE-ORDERS FOR HYDROGRAD AVAILABLE AT ALL DSPS AND WWW.STONESOUR.COM

NEW SONG “MERCY” LIVE FROM SPHERE STUDIOS OUT NOW

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ALONGSIDE KORN UNDERWAY

HYDROGRAD ARRIVES EVERYWHERE FRIDAY, JUNE 30TH

WATCH STONE SOUR PERFORM NEW SONG “MERCY” LIVE FROM SPHERE STUDIOS

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Breakthrough rock act Stone Sour has claimed the #1 spot at Active Rock Radio with their new single “Song #3.” The track, which is joined by a Ryan Valdez directed official video, has received over 2 Million views on the band’s official YouTube channel while garnering over 3 Million streams on Spotify. “Song #3” is the GRAMMY® nominated band’s fourth #1 single and eighth Top 5 single at the format.
Last week Stone Sour shared a fourth new track off their highly anticipated LP, HYDROGRAD, as theyunveiled a live video for “Mercy,” which they performed and recorded at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, CA.  The performance of “Mercy” is streaming now on Stone Sour’s official YouTube channel.
Stone Sour’s eagerly awaited new LP, HYDROGRAD, features the tracks “Song #3,” “Fabuless,” and “Taipei Person/Allah Tea,” which are available now at all DSPs and streaming services. “Fabuless” is joined by an official music video, directed by Paul Brown, which has amassed over 4.5 million views on Stone Sour’s official YouTube channel.

HYDROGRAD is available for pre-order at all DSPs and via www.stonesour.com, with all pre-orders accompanied by instant grat downloads of “Fabuless,” “Song #3” and “Taipei Person/Allah Tea” (see tracklisting / album art attached). Exclusive pre-order merch bundles are also available at www.stonesour.com.

Stone Sour recently embarked on an epic summer trek alongside fellow Roadrunner recording group Korn deemed, “The Serenity of Summer Tour,” which is set to continue through early August (see tour itinerary attached). Presented by Live Nation, support throughout the eclectic tour comes from Babymetal, Skillet, Yelawolf, Islander and Ded.  Furthermore, Stone Sour has several festival appearances slated for this summer including Rock Fest (7/14), Rock USA (7/15), Chicago Open Air (7/16) and more. This fall Stone Sour will head overseas for an international leg of their ‘Hydrograd World Tour’ which will kick off November 10th with a performance at Moscow, Russia’s Stadium.  The band will then return to the states this October for a set of festival performances including Houston Open Air (10/15), and Monster Energy Aftershock (10/21). For complete details and ticket availability, please visit www.stonesour.com.

Stone Sour unleashed their eponymous debut album in 2002 and was immediately confirmed as one of the most significant hard rock outfits of the 21st century. The self-titled release earned RIAA gold certification while singles “Get Inside” and “Inhale” each received GRAMMY® Award nominations for “Best Metal Performance.”

COME WHAT(EVER) MAY followed in 2006 and proved an even greater accomplishment with a top 5 debut on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 and a #1 entry onto Billboard’s “Rock Albums” chart. The acclaimed album spawned still another GRAMMY®-nominated single in “30/30-150” on its own way to RIAA gold certification. COME WHAT(EVER) MAY unleashed a series of rock radio classics, including “Sillyworld,” “Made of Scars,” the #1 hit, “Through Glass,” which spent seven weeks atop Billboard’s “Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks” while also reaching #2 on “Alternative Songs” and the top 40 on the overall “Hot 100.” The song’s companion video was also a favorite, now with over 49 million individual views at YouTube alone.

Stone Sour’s most recent all-original releases, the monumental HOUSE OF GOLD & BONES – PART 1 and HOUSE OF GOLD & BONES – PART 2, both made top 10 debuts on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 just six months apart from one another – the band’s third and fourth consecutive top 10 chart entries. The two-part concept album yielded a string of multi-format rock radio hits, including the top 5 favorites “Absolute Zero,” “Do Me A Favor,” and “Tired,” the latter of which ascended to #1 at Mainstream Rock outlets nationwide.

HOUSE OF GOLD & BONES drew widespread critical applause with ArtistDirect hailing “PART 1” as “a milestone for Stone Sour and for modern rock music. It's on par with Alice In Chains’ ‘DIRT,’ Metallica’s MASTER OF PUPPETS, Queens of the Stone Age’s SONGS FOR THE DEAF, Soundgarden’sSUPERUNKNOWN, and any other game-changing albums you can think of.” HOUSE OF GOLD & BONES – PART 2 earned equally great acclaim, including placement on Revolver’s “Top 20 Albums of 2013” andLoudwire’s “Top 10 Rock + Metal Albums of 2013” ranking. The Guardian, in its four-out-of-five starred rave, praised Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor’s “remarkable transformation into heavy music's premier polymath and renaissance man” while further hailing the album’s “towering melodies and moments of radio-friendly majesty, the band's trademark straddling of the divide between metal and commercial rock sounding increasingly adroit.”

2015 saw the arrival of STRAIGHT OUTTA BURBANK, an unprecedented EP in which Stone Sour take on five immortal songs originally performed by such iconic artists as Bad Brains, Iron Maiden, The Rolling Stones, Mötley Crüe, and Slayer. The EP is highlighted by a stunning rendition of The Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” featuring distinctive guest vocals from Lzzy Hale of Atlantic recording group Halestorm,STRAIGHT OUTTA BURBANK is available now at all DSPs and streaming services.

Known far and wide as a truly incendiary live act, Stone Sour has built an international fan following through countless headline tours, multi-artist caravans, and performances at such famed festivals as Rock In Rio and the UK’s Download Festival.

Stone Sour is: Corey Taylor (vocals), Josh Rand (guitar), Roy Mayorga (drums), Johny Chow (bass), and Christian Martucci (guitar).


STONE SOUR
ON TOUR SUMMER 2017
6/16 – 8/2 with Korn
*Festival Date

JUNE
20       Chula Vista, CA                                      Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
21       Inglewood, CA                                       The Forum
22       Mountain View, CA                             Shoreline Amphitheatre
24       Auburn, WA                                           White River Amphitheatre                          
25       Nampa, ID                                               Ford Idaho Center
26       Pocatello, ID                                           Portneuf Wellness Complex Amphitheatre
30       Mesa, AZ                                                 Mesa Amphitheatre

JULY
1         Las Vegas, NV                                        T Mobile Arena
14      Cadott, WI                                                Rock Fest*
15      Oshkosh, WI                                            Rock USA*
16      Bridgeview, IL                                         Chicago Open Air*
19       Syracuse, NY                                          Lakeview Amphitheater
20       Mansfield, MA                                      Xfinity Center
22       Bangor, ME                                             Rise Above Fest*             
23       Hartford, CT                                            XFINITY Theatre
25       Toronto, ON                                           Budweiser Stage
26       Camden, NJ                                            BB&T Pavilion
27       Holmdel, NJ                                            PNC Bank Arts Center
29       Noblesville, IN                                       Klipsch Music Center
30       Clarkston, MI                                         DTE Energy Music Theatre

AUGUST
1         Cincinnati, OH                                        Riverbend Music Center
2         Cleveland, OH                                        Blossom Music Center
7         Jackson, MI                                             Jackson County Fairgrounds*
23      Auckland, New Zealand                      Spark Arena 
25      Melbourne, Australia                          Festival Hall
26      Sydney, Australia                                  Hordern Pavilion
30      Brisbane Australia                 Eatons Hill Hotel

SEPTEMBER
4              Koto-Ku, Japan                                 Zepp DiverCity
5              Koto-Ku, Japan                                 Zepp DiverCity
7              Nagoya, Japan                                   Zepp Nagoya
8              Osaka, Japan                                      Zepp Osaka Bayside
22           Greenwood Village, CO                 High Elevation Rock Festival*

OCTOBER
15           Houston, TX                                       Houston Open Air*
21           Sacramento, CA                                Monster Energy Aftershock*

NOVEMBER
10           Moscow, Russia                                                Stadium
15           Copenhagen, Denmark                 The Gray Hall
16           Stockholm, Sweden                        Annexet
17           Oslo, Norway                                     Sentrum Scene
19           Frankfurt, Germany                        Jahrhunderthalle
20           Berlin, Germany                               Columbiahalle
22           Brussels, Belgium                             AB
23           Eindhoven, Netherlands               Klokgebouw
24           Paris, France                                      Bataclan
26           Luxembourg, Luxembourg          Luxepo
27           Hamburg, Germany                        Sporthalle
29           Birmingham, United Kingdom    Barclaycard Arena
30           Leeds, United Kingdom                 First Direct Arena

DECEMBER
1              Brighton, United Kingdom           Centre
4              London, United Kingdom             O2 Brixton Academy
5              Cardiff, United Kingdom               Cardiff International Arena
8              Glasgow, United Kingdom           SSE Hydro
10           Cologne, Germany                          Palladium
11           Munich, Germany                           Zenith
12           Vienna, Austria                                 Gasometer
14           Zurich, Switzerland                          Samsung Hall
15           Milan, Italy                                          Alcatraz                               

JANUARY
21-25     Port Canaveral, FL                            ShipRocked*

Friday, June 16, 2017

SOURVEIN: Cape Fear Sludge/Doom-Bringers Kick Off Live Takeover Tonight

Cape Fear sludge-bringers SOURVEIN will kick off a short run of live takeovers beginning this evening in Denver, Colorado. The mini trek will rumble a total of ten cities, coming to a close in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 29th. See confirmed dates below.
 
SOURVEIN:
6/16/2017 The Hi-Dive - Denver, CO
6/18/2017 Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO
6/21/2017 The Merrow - San Diego, CA
6/22/2017 Five Star Bar - Los Angeles, CA
6/23/2017 Black Light District- Long Beach, CA
6/24/2017 Mods Bar - Tijuana, MX
6/26/2017 The Rock - Tucson, AZ
6/27/2017 Club Red - Phoenix, AZ
6/28/2017 Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
6/29/2017 Garth Haus- Las Vegas, NV
 
SOURVEIN released their Metal Blade debut Aquatic Occult last April. Produced by Corrosion Of Conformity's Mike Dean and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Yob), the album features guest performances by Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe (vocals, organ), Amebix's Stig Miller (guitar), andCorrosion Of Conformity's Reed Mullin (drums). MetalSucks gushed,"...sonically, it's definitely a mother... Aquatic Occult is a celebration of slow, brooding, fuzzy heavy metal," Treble crowned the record, "one of the more ambitious doom releases this year," while Guitar World noted, "SOURVEINis an extremely rare breed of band, one that should be a household name but somehow isn't...yet."

Preview and purchase Aquatic Occult via metalblade.com/sourvein.

THE COLD STARES: Head Bent Out NOW And Streaming; Video Interviews Posted + Live Dates Announced

Head Bent is the newest full-length from Nashville rock duo THE COLD STARES. Produced and mixed by the band with Greg Pearce and mastered by Chris Goosman (Acid King, La Chinga, Solace, Lo Pan, Freedom Hawk et al), the record serves as a must-have gem for fans of The Black Crowes, Dirty Streets, Rival Sons, and Royal Blood.
 
Head Bent is out NOW on CD, LP, and digitally via Small Stone. Orders are currently available at THIS LOCATION where you can stream the record in its entirety.
 
You can also check out an interviews series with the band exploring Head Bent at THIS LOCATION.
 
"It's a title [Head Bent] that evokes the notion of capitulation, and particularly in the context of Southern and blues tinges the Nashville-based two-piece bring to their brand of heavy rock, also of prayer," writes The Obelisk of the release. "Vocalist/guitarist/etc.-ist Chris Tapp and drummer/percussionist Brian Mullins deliver a crisp eleven tracks in thirty-seven minutes as they follow-up 2014's A Cold Wet Night And A Howling Wind and a series of EPs and singles, and the clearheaded traditionalism of their taut songcraft becomes one of Head Bent's most defining aspects. It also rocks, and that certainly doesn't hurt its cause either." Shockwave concurs, "Each track on this album is tight, in-the-pocket, and yet maintains a fluidity I haven't heard since I don't know when... Every track is full of life and paints a different picture. Tapp's voice helps add color, but the emotion felt and conveyed through the lyrics are what really draws out the texture of each song. Complex and vivid, they provide distinct visuals."
 
THE COLD STARES will play a handful of shows throughout the summer and fall, which include a record release show on July 1st in Evansville, Indiana as well as performances opening for Matthew Sweet, Grand Funk Railroad, and Drive By Truckers. Additional live dates will be announced in the weeks to come.
 
THE COLD STARES:
7/01/2017 Mojo's - Evansville, IN Record Release Show
7/15/2017 Summerfest - Springfield, IL w/ Matthew Sweet
8/26/2017 Lincoln Amphitheater - Lincoln City, IN w/ Grand Funk Railroad 
9/24/2017 The Forum - Hazard, KY w/ Drive By Truckers
 
Forged in 2008 and named in honor of The Black Crowes song "Stare It Cold," vocalist/guitarist/etc.-ist Chris Tapp and drummer/percussionist Brian Mullins united with the sole intent to jam. The result is a sonically and emotionally weighted, story-based brand of rock sung directly from the soul.
 
Tapp's unique guitar rig and Mullins' giant bass drum provide a visual and sonic landscape for the two to travel on different paths than other acts. You may find yourself looking for another member behind the curtains, but it's just the two of them. As Huffington Post writer Radley Balko wrote in describing the first time he saw the group at a hometown gig at 3rd And Lindsley, "This will go on for an hour. Between songs, people will whisper. They're asking one another if anyone knows who the hell this is. And it's here that you and everyone in the room will have the same realization just about everyone else has the first time they see and hear THE COLD STARES live: These guys are better than the band you came to see."
 

MARZI MONTAZERI Featuring TIM "RIPPER" OWENS: New Track Streaming At Decibel Magazine; The Uprising EP To See Release Next Week

The Uprising is the forthcoming debut EP fromHeavy As Texas guitarist MARZI MONTAZERIfeaturing TIM "RIPPER" OWENS on vocals. The record is set for release on June 23rd viaMONTAZERI's recently-launched Crunchy Western Records.
 
As a precursor to its release, Decibel Magazine is streaming second track, "A Monster Within" at THIS LOCATION.
 
"It's about the strength that lies within and the power to always push forward," says MONTAZERI of the track, "to follow the beat of the drum which you hear in your heart no matter how close or how far and not being a follower! It's about believing in yourself in the midst of all the shit around you!"
 
MARZI MONTAZERI Featuring TIM "RIPPER" OWENS' The Uprising will be released on June 23rd on CD, vinyl, and digital formats. Preorders are currently available at THIS LOCATION.
 
Known for his groundbreaking musicianship and energetic showmanship, MARZI MONTAZERI is a guitarist, producer, and songwriter from Houston, Texas. In the mid '90s, MONTAZERI joined Superjoint Ritual and in 2010 rejoined forces with Philip H. Anselmo to work on Anselmo's first solo project, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals. The Illegals would go on to release the War Of The Gargantuas EP, followed by the Walk Through Exits Only LP, and finally the Scion A/V issuedHousecore Horror Film Festival EP. MONTAZERI's collaborations as a guest artist include Prong, Doug Pinnick (Razr 13), Defiatory, and the Judas Priest tribute record Hell Bent Forever, also featuring TIM "RIPPER" OWENS.
 
OWENS is a Grammy-nominated American hard rock singer who first gained attention as the vocalist for Judas Priest (1996-2003) followed by stints with Iced Earth and Yngwie Malmsteen. OWENScurrently tours the world as a solo artist and performs as the lead singer of Charred Walls Of The Damned alongside drummer Richard Christy (The Howard Stern Show, Death, Control Denied, Burning Inside et al). OWENS has also started a supergroup called Project Rock with James Kottak (Scorpions), Keri Kelli (Alice Cooper, Slash's Snakepit, John Waite), Rudy Sarzo (Whitesnake, Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Dio), and Teddy "Zig Zag" Andreadis (Guns N' Roses, Carol King). Additionally, the movie Rockstar (Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Aniston) was loosely based on OWENS' time in Judas Priest.
 
"A while ago I was asked to play a couple of solos on the Judas Priest tribute album Hell Bent Forever and the track was, 'Exciter,'" recalls MARZI of first meeting OWENS. "When I arrived, TIMwas walking out of the vocal booth for the evening. I was blown away by his performance and personality. He's a super cool and funny dude. So when it came to this EP where I knew I wanted a powerful metal vocalist, I just made a call to him and here we are with some original music."
 
Together, this extraordinary pair offer up the fiery sounds of The UprisingThe Uprising was recorded at Matherne Studios by Kevin Matherne in Houston, Texas, and mixed and mastered at CMC21 Productions by Chris Collier in Los Angeles, California.
 
"This is a record for the everyman, the guy who just wants to go out slam some beers and appreciate top notch guitar work." - Two Guys Metal Reviews
"The solos are just plain out of this world... Tim 'Ripper' Owens hasn't lost it a bit. Again he uses every bit of his range from top to bottom. There is not ONE single bad second on this album. None. Period... This is straight ahead heavy metal and of the highest quality; in fact, a quality that should be returned to by all of these math metal maniacs; a great mix of fast and slow parts, break-downs and crazy solos." - Noise Beneath The Snow