Rock outfit The Wedding have signed with Tooth & Nail Records and will release their label debut No Direction on September 25th.
The Wedding first formed in 2008 and despite a few lineup changes, quickly created a stir with their soaring rock anthems. The band finally hit its stride with the addition of front man Matt Shelton (formerly of Island Records’ Letter Kills.)
On the album’s title, Shelton explains, “No Direction” means cutting ties with the idea that you can prepare your life in such a way to keep you from danger. As C.S. Lewis said, it’s an illusion of safety. We are meant to live life unabashed and free, and this can only happen in the face of danger; which to most is the idea of not knowing where you are going. It is when we have No Direction at all and still we press on, trusting that the great unknown will be our rescue and not the demise we are so fearful of. We went into making this record with complete reckless abandon. We tried to write the record that we wanted and needed to hear.”
“We are stoked to join the family at Tooth & Nail. It’s exciting to get to make the records we want to make with so many good friends,” says Shelton.
Consisting of 12 tracks, No Direction was produced by Jasen Rauch (Breaking Benjamin) at Harker House Studios in Springfield, TN, and features guest vocals by Dan Marsala of The Story Of The Year on the track “The Lesser Worth.”
No Direction Track Listing:
1. No Direction
2. The End
3. The Lesser Worth (feat. guest vocals by Dan Marsala of The Story of The Year)
4. The Raconteur
5. Hang on Love
6. The Wildest Ocean
7. Mors Tua Nos Vita
8. Kill Any Excuse
9. Heartbreak In Melody
10. Don’t Let Me Down
11. Young and Dangerous
12. Distance and Resolution
Washington, DC-based heavy metallers A SOUND OF THUNDER have begun work on their third full-length album entitled Time’s Arrow. The band has entered Assembly Line Studios with producer Kevin “131” Gutierrez (Shinedown, While Heaven Wept, Raven). With the same band line-up, producer and studio that created 2012’s acclaimed Out of the Darkness (Nightmare Records), Time’s Arrow features 11 new songs combining rousing and catchy traditional metal with crushing modern production. Time’s Arrow will release in early 2013.
The centerpiece of the album is the 9-minute sci-fi themed title track. Guitarist and composer Josh Schwartz describes the track as “a high octane headbanger with an unforgettable riff and an engaging story. Stylistically it’s Iron Maiden meets Rush with a bit of Meatloaf thrown in for bombast.” The tale begun in the lyrics is expanded in a short story by drummer Chris Haren, available in the limited box set edition of Time’s Arrow.
On August 20, 2012 A Sound of Thunder started a Kickstarter.com fundraiser campaign for the recording of Time’s Arrow. The campaign will run for 30 days and offers fans a chance to pre-order the album, have their name printed in the album booklet, reserve an ultra-limited box set edition of the album, and acquire unique and rare items from the band. Video at the band’s Kickstarter page contains the first clips from the new album. The Kickstarter campaign can be found here.
The band has also announced a second new release, the Queen of Hell EP, due out in November. Also recorded at Assembly Line Studios with producer Kevin “131” Gutierrez, the Queen of Hell EP contains four new tracks and is only available via the band’s Kickstarter campaign.
The cover art for Queen of Hell can be seen below. “We’ve always wanted to do an homage to classic swords & sorcery themed metal album covers,” says lead vocalist Nina Osegueda. “As you can see, we’ve gone horns up with the Queen of Hell art…I finally have the throne of skulls I’ve always wanted!” The cover art was provided by Serbian artist Dušan Marković.
“The Queen of Hell” track-listing:
01. The Queen of Hell (album version)
02. The Queen of Hell (Two Queens Mix)
03. Trashed (Black Sabbath cover)
04. Let’s Start a Fire
– Red vinyl
– Download card included
– 12″ full color sleeve
– 2 new paintings by Dusan Markovic
– Exclusive “Legion of Thunder – The Queen’s Guard” embroidered patch
– Limited to 250 copies worldwide
“The Queen of Hell” is available exclusively as a reward for donors to the band’s Kickstarter campaign.
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Helsinki vampire rock outfit, The 69 Eyes, has released the second video trailer for the band’s upcoming album, X, which is set to be unleashed in North America on October 9, 2012 via Nuclear Blast. Check out the trailer on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/TEMvkQvfsWg.
The first trailer can still be seen online at: http://youtu.be/s-SVq2hK1e4.
X jewel casetrack list is…
01. Love Runs Away
04. If You Love Me The Morning After
06. I Love The Darkness In You
08. I’m Ready
09. I know What You Did Last Summer
10. When A Love Comes To An End
Bonus DVD *Digi edition*
– Red (video single)
– Made In Sweden – Stockholm & THE 69 EYES (documentary)
The 69 Eyes recently shot a music video for the album’s first single, “Red,” with renowned producer, Patric Ullaeus(Dimmu Borgir, Dream Evil, Keep Of Kalessin), which will premiere in the coming weeks.
The lyric video for “Red” can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSgrpoQJFIA,
Stay tuned for more information on The 69 Eyes and X.
The 69 Eyes online…
With the new DANKO JONES album – Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue – set to be released in the United States on October 9th, the band has released the first single from the record, ‘Just A Beautiful Day’, as a free download today at www.rockandrollisblackandblue.com.
‘Just A Beautiful Day’ features a cloud-parting chorus and is sure to be an instant favorite among fans. A video for the song is set to be shot in New York in early September. Directing will be the Diamond Bros. who were responsible for all three music videos done for the previous album and who also were behind the band’s recently released DVD documentary, Bring On The Mountain.
Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue tracklisting:
2. Get Up
4. Just A Beautiful Day
5. I Don’t Care
6. You Wear Me Down
7. Type Of Girl
8. Always Away
10. Don’t Do This
11. The Masochist
12. I Believed In God
13. I Believed In God (Reprise)
Feel free to spread the download link in any way possible! Pre-order links for Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue can also be found on the same site.
DANKO JONES will embark on a European tour starting mid-October and expect to announce the first sold out shows this week. You will find the full list of dates here:
http://www.dankojones.com/home/tour. Also, keep your eyes and ears open… new North American dates are scheduled to be announced soon, as well.
Make sure to keep up with DANKO JONES online:
Mother Road, the German/American Blues Hard Rock band, fronted by vocalist Keith Slack (ex Steelhouse Lane, MSG) and guitarist Chris Lyne (ex Soul Doctor) have made their new single “Dirty Little Secret” available as a free download. Please visit the band’s facebook page, and get your free song!